Play all the good bands or die trying - Dirty Virgins (7/24) and Stereo Telescope (7/25) @ Great Scott
When WFNX announced their sale a couple months back, a lot of dialogue was kicked up regarding the state of the Boston scene (see my article from the Boston Metro) The verdict seems to be that the scene is pretty damn healthy--healthier than ever maybe--and that while it stinks to lose a local radio station to Clearchannel, there is plenty to celebrate in the dedicated organizers, producers, DJs, writers, musicians, venues, etc, that will continue to use their creativity and will to make it all happen.
So when WFNX Boston Accents' DJ Michael Marotta (also my writing colleague when I contribute at the Boston Phoenix) found out about the loss of the station, he put together three massive bills at Great Scott to celebrate everything that he worked for on the air--namely bringing together many of the great Boston scenes--roots, punk, electronic, indie, psych, etc, into one forum where everyone is judged according to their individual merits. Last night saw Viva Viva, RIBS, Earthquake Party and Fat Creeps making varied musical chalk drawings all over the Great Scott stage. Tonight will feature a rocking bill with Mean Creek, Mellow Bravo, Soccer Mom, and Dirty Virgins. Tomorrow is more of a synth-pop theme with Gentleman Hall, Black Light Dinner Party, Bearstronaut, and Stereo Telescope holding down the fort. Each of these bills is like a Rumble final in and of itself, and if it they aren't sold out already, get thee in!
I am especially excited to check out Dirty Virgins tonight and Stereo Telescope tomorrow--two newer bands which both have their first full lengths in the works. Dirty Virgins are a punk/garage four-piece from the Allston basement scene who last left us with their Tapped Out EP (7") in March.
Although drummer Alex Carlo and guitarist Dean Mulone attrribute some of their success to a healthy community scene in Allston where they can "be a little bit more freeform and people don't have to pay for drinks," Tapped Out shows evidence of a pretty impressive young band on the rise. "Cheap Talk" is a nice Kinks/Stooges vamp that sounds faithfully out of a 1990's Detroit garage. "Crazy High" adds some charming slop. Where they started out a little more on the garage tip with perhaps a bit of twang even, the boys of Dirty Virgins (where everyone writes material) indicate that their future sounds will be fuller and more aggressive, in the direction of artists like Ty Seagull who have recently been a major influence. They project their first LP to be available this Fall.
Stereo Telescope are currently shopping their first full-length, On and Running, which is comprised of new versions of tracks the duo have already released in addition to several new full-on tracks and musical interludes. According to vocalist/keyboardist Nikki Dessingue,seven tracks in total will include vocals, and according to multi-instrumentalist/producer Kurt Schneider, the release will run about 35 in length. For those curious to listen, the chip-tunes/electro warmth of their late-2010 tour EP still sounds pretty sweet and approachable.
For Stereo Telescope, music is evolving as quickly as they are able to wrap their heads around all of the technology that playing electronic-based music affords them. Both Scheider and Dessingue have an indie-rock background and are still having fun with the learning curve. "Our writing process is a lot more dependent on how things go along programming wise," says Dessingue from the phone talking about the band's evolution. "Kurt has spent the last year in the cave." In the spirit of Boston Accents, Stereo Telescope are a great example of a band making strides to bring the electro-pop and DJ scenes together, as their recently confirmed half DJ/half life music bill at Middlesex on August 29 with Young London, DJ Die Young and DJ Leah V.
Boston Accents Farewell Party
Tuesday, July 24
Mean Creek, Mellow Bravo, Soccer Mom, Dirty Virgins
with DJs Brad Searles (Bradley's Almanac) and Jay Brietling (Clicky Clicky)
Wednesday, July 25
Gentleman Hall, Black Light Dinner Party, Bearstronaut, Stereo Telescope
with DJ Sterling Golden of Legacy
9PM, 18+, $10
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