Kevin and Adam 12 talked realignment this week, addressed the League's scoring problem, and Brad Marchand having no problem scoring whatsoever. Listen:
Oh, and here's the Paille-generated, Ference-tweeted side-by-side pic of Dougie Hamilton and Beaker from the Muppets:
Best part: Dougie doesn't even know who the Muppets are.
Remember Mike Snow? Drafters host, BBQ enthusiast, helped build and launch RadioBDC? (That's him on the right on-stage at the Paradise for our Launch Party last summer.)
After he helped get RadioBDC up and running, Mike Snow departed for parts unknown, telling us he had something big in the works. We were heartbroken to see him go, but trusted that the "something big" would be just that.
Turns out it is.
Mike stopped by this morning to announce the Boston Calling Music Festival, May 25th and 26th on City Hall Plaza in Boston. Listen to the announcement here:
fun., The National, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Matt & Kim...the list goes on and on. Save the date and pick up tickets starting this Friday, May 1st. And make sure to follow Boston Calling on Twitter for updates.
(*psst* The Early Bird ticket code is "Boston.")
Who says you have to wait until the sun goes down to have a cocktail and a great meal? Certainly not Henry Santoro, who joined Julie Kramer in welcoming a pair of wonderful guests to the RadioBDC Studios for this week's 'Henry in the Grub.'
First up, it was our old friend Tim from Tito's Handmade Vodka. Henry Santoro has said it, and Adam 12 agrees: Tito's truly is the best vodka in the world.
The centerpiece this week was the spread provided by Tommy Floramo's: chicken parm, pasta, steak tips, ribs...the RadioBDC crew ate very, very well.
Visit Tommy Floramo's at 213 Everett Ave. in Chelsea, because what Tommy says is true: "The meat falls off the bone!"
RadioBDC is serious about our commitment to great music, so every Tuesday we scour the Boston music scene to pick out the best of the best.
Here are this week's picks.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Chicagoans The Orwells are at T.T. the Bear's Place with The Kingston Springs and Nice Guys. ($10 / All ages / Doors at 8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 28
Icelandic electro-pop outfit FM Belfast are with Child Actor at Great Scott. ($12 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Sean Bones, Boytoy and Velah will rock T.T. the Bear's Place. ($9 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Friday, March 1
The Middle East Upstairs has a double-header on Friday, an early show and a late show. The doors open at 6 p.m. for Hess Is More and The Okay Win, followed by Pilot To Gunner, Great Lakes USA and Devil on Horseback. ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Saturday, March 2
It'll be hard to pick which of these sure-to-be-great shows to hit up, but at least one of them will strike your fancy.
Hilarious duo Tenacious D and Sasquatch are at House of Blues. ($50 / 18+ / Doors at 6 p.m.)
English quartet Alt-J are playing a sold-out show at the Paradise. Cross your fingers that some fall into your lap. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is playing with Foxygen and Wampire at Brighton Music Hall. ($13 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Sunday, March 3
It's Alt-J's second night at the 'Dise, in case you can't make up your mind choosing between all the great shows on Saturday. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Also, this is one of the craziest videos I've ever seen – check it out.
Check back every Tuesday for more local shows.
Police have tentatively identified a body found near Interstate 93 yesterday morning as a 43-year-old Roxbury man, Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello told RadioBDC listeners this morning. A preliminary investigation indicated was that the man's death was a homicide, but authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, Bello said.
Police considered the possibility yesterday that the man was homeless, but after investigating, he seems to have had no connection to the nearby Pine Street Inn. State police say an identity could be released later today.
Bello also discussed Boston City Councilor John Connolly's announcement that he would run for mayor in the city's upcoming election, saying the 39-year-old had distinguished himself on the city council by speaking out for education reform.
Listen to the entire interview with Mike Bello here.
Janeane Garofalo. Stand-up comedian, actress, liberal political activist, writer. Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Now and Then, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion...the list goes on and on.
How'd you like to see her Live in the Lab before her show at the Wilbur Theatre this weekend?
This Friday, March 1st, Janeane Garofolo will make an appearance at the Globe Media Lab. Meredith Goldstein of Boston.com's Love Letters will host a Q&A session, and you can bet it will be rife with Janeane's special brand of wit.
You can stream Janeane Garofolo Live in the Lab here, or if you're feeling lucky, click here for a chance attend this exclusive event in-person.
A busy morning for Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer, as they welcomed a bevy of guests to the RadioBDC Studios.
First up, it was Ellen Keiley from Boston.com's Global Business Hub, who just took their cameras into Boston's Harpoon Brewery. Listen:
Next, Henry and Julie welcomed Mike Bornhorst from Boston Children's Hospital. We're looking for local salons to register for 'HAIRraising' on Sunday, April 28th. Click this link to register your salon, or to see a list of salons who will cut your hair with proceeds benefiting Boston Children's Hospital.
Finally, our old friend Captain Bob from the Spirit of Boston stopped by with lobster rolls!
Don't forget to listen to Henry and Julie together, weekdays from 9-11 a.m. You never know who might stop by!
Steve Silva wraps up his Spring Training coverage, including an intruder in camp, Tom Caron spewing vitriol, and an epic Jim Rice story. Chad Finn gives an "unconventional" preview of the upcoming season. Adam 12 tries desperately to keep track of it all. Listen:
Tune in next Monday at 2 to hear Steve Silva suffer through the cold and snow with the rest of us. And to talk Sox with Chad and 12, of course. HEY, PEDRO! SIGN MY CHEST!
State police have found the body of an adult male, believed to be a homicide victim, near Interstate 93 in Boston, Boston.com reported.
Investigators received a tip regarding the location of the victim and found the body earlier this morning near Albany Street. It's unclear whether the victim was homeless or what the cause of death is at this point.
Deputy metro editor Mike Bello has the story.
Listen here to his conversation with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer.
Another snow storm is headed our way this weekend, say meteorologists who expect the brunt of the weather to hit Northern and Central Massachusetts. Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello noted during his news update on RadioBDC this morning that experts are divided on how much snow Boston can expect, but reports point to between four and eight inches of heavy, wet snow.
Bello also spoke to Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro about a 1.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Tuesday night, about 2.8 miles off Newburyport. According to Globe reporter Martin Finucane, the US Geological Survey says that earthquakes that small aren't felt by many people.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will be on his way to Rome next week to meet with the College of Cardinals and elect a new pope. O'Malley will hold a farewell Mass at high noon today in Braintree to pray for the papal conclave before heading across the pond.
Interestingly, according to Henry, once inside the the meeting, the Cardinals are not allowed to tweet.
Listen to the rest of this morning's new segment here.
Photo Credit: ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE
Check out the festival's full lineup below.
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Click here for last week's playlist.
- Haim// Falling
- St. Vincent// Cruel
- The XX// Swept Away
- Deap Vally// Lies
- Purity Ring// Fineshrine
- The Lumineers// Big Parade
- Cults// Abducted
- Cat Power// Cherokee
- Beach House// Wild
- Matt and Kim// Cameras
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros// 40 Day Dream
- Of Monsters And Men// 6 weeks
- Björk// Big Time Sensuality
We had so much fun hanging with you and Meredith Goldstein at Naga in Cambridge, taking in a set from Benjamin Francis Leftwich, that we decided to book another FREE show in our +1 Series right away.
Talk about turnaround: on Thursday, March 7th at Church in Boston, we're teaming up with our friends from Heineken to welcome Kodaline. The Dublin band penned one of our favorite heart-breakers in 2012, "All I Want." And the video is a force to be reckoned with, too. Unique and uplifting. Watch:
Clearly, we're not the only fans. Google used the song in their 'Zeitgeist 2012' Year in Review ad:
This is a band on the rise. This is a band your friends and co-workers will be talking about months from now. So see them at Church in Boston on Thursday, March 7th for our +1 Series. Click here to RSVP.
Last September, we had up-and-coming New Orleans sextet Royal Teeth headline a RadioBDC +1 Series show at T.T. The Bear's Place.
They're great, right? Well, we're bringing them back. Before they play Brighton Music Hall on Wednesday, March 27th, see them Live in the Globe Media Lab. Visit our Get Stuff page to get a seat in the Lab, or just stream the set at 1 p.m.
Can't wait to hear what this one sounds like stripped down Live in the Lab!
This all started with some of our friends in the Globe Media Lab. Erin and Emera decided it would be fun to have a "Grunge Day" at Boston.com: break out the flannel, Docs, thermals, old concert tees, and pretend it's the early 90's all over again. And with Kurt Cobain's birthday looming on February 20th, we pretty much had the day picked out for us.
Now, all we needed was the right soundtrack to transport us back to those carefree days of yore, where Adam 12 could be seen cruising in his 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo, wearing out the cassette copies of 'Ten' and 'Dirt' and 'Badmotorfinger' he'd bought at the old Strawberry's on Route 1 in Saugus. Lucky for us, you came through with some killer requests for the 4:00 Free-For-All. We've posted them below.
Mother Love Bone "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"
Pearl Jam "Yellow Ledbetter"
Temple Of The Dog "Hunger Strike"
Screaming Trees "Nearly Lost You"
Alice In Chains "Got Me Wrong"
Stone Temple Pilots "Creep"
Smashing Pumpkins "Drown"
Great work, really. We'll do this again sometime. And make Chris Rattey and Adam 12 break out their flannels again. Don't they look 90s-licious?
Looks good, right? But what about relocation/expansion? In the course of conversation, Adam 12 advocated for the return of the Whalers to Hartford. Be sure to listen to the entire segment, as it ends with "Brass Bonanza."
Kevin Paul Dupont joins Adam 12 to talk Bruins and hockey every Wednesday at 2p on RadioBDC. Vive les Nordiques!
OK, we'll be honest: as much as we love to eat, we love to drink even more. So it lifts our spirits when Henry Santoro shines the spotlight on spirits for his weekly Henry in the Grub segment, heard Wednesday mornings on RadioBDC.
And we were in good spirits this morning, as Boston's own Bully Boy Distillers stopped by with a bottle of their American Straight Whiskey in hand. Will Willis breaks it all down for Henry here:
Bully Boy Distillers is Boston's first craft distilery since prohibition, producing small-batch rum, whiskey, and vodka. Look for them at your local packie, kehd!
Happy Tuesday! Hopefully everyone had a nice three-day weekend and rested up for the great line-up of shows happening in Boston this week.
RadioBDC is serious about our commitment to great music, and these are some of our picks for the next few days.
Tonight, Feb. 19
Wednesday, Feb. 20
There's a benefit for stabbing victim Tony Spaulding at the Middle East Upstairs. According to Facebook, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to his family, and artists featured include Amygdala, Pariah, Behold The Believer, Low Key Confusion, Anika Scribbling, Brendan Hynes, The Common Good, Box of Birds, Melissa Prew, Carrie Reddington, and Alli Bubbelo. ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 21
The Indobox continues their Boston residency at Church. Everyone is encouraged to wear yellow clothing for a contest, and the winner gets a prize. (Psst! It's their new album). ($10 / 21+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 22
RadioBDC's +1 Series continues at Naga in Cambridge. Singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich will play a free show, sponsored by Sapporo beer. (Free! / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 24
Desaparecidos (featuring Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes) will be at the Paradise with Joyce Manor. Desaparecidos, which hasn't released an album in over ten years, has a new single called "Anonymous/The Left is Right” that's an ode to the notorious hacktivist collective of the same name.
Check back every Tuesday for more great music.
This weekend's Boston Wine Expo will feature exhibits, seminars, and tastings from wineries all over the world, including Dos Familias wines, which distributes STLTO, the only all-female operated winery in Italy.
STLTO is an eco-friendly, hand-harvested wine that comes from the hills of the Abruzzo region. The wines pair well with all foods, and all shoes – each strain is matched to a kind of women's footwear, as well as specific food groups. Perfect for girls' night!
The wine is specifically targeted to women (you can tell by the stylish label), and they can be purchased at 50 stores around Massachusetts. STLTO will also be pouring four of their wines at the Boston Wine Expo this weekend.
Ed Peterman, a sommelier who represents the STLTO in New England, stopped by to have a quick tasting with RadioBDC's Henry and Julie.
Listen to the interview with Ed at the link below.
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Click Here for the full playlist from last week.
- Haim// Falling
- Titanic Sinclair// Limousine Machine
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Shame and Fortune
- CHVRCHES// Recover
- Night Fruit// Bittersweet
- The Joy Formidable// The Ladder is Ours (Live in the Lab)
- Shout Out Louds// Illusions
- Potty Mouth// Hazardville
- Field Mouse// Tomorrow is Yesterday
- Allison Weiss// Making it Up
- Yo La Tengo// Well You Better
- Blouse// Time Travel
- Big Eyes// Pretend to Care
- MSMR// Fantasy
- The Breeders// Safari
You probably know by now that up-and-coming, UK-based singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich is headlining our next RadioBDC +1 Series at Naga in Cambridge on Friday, February 22. You can RSVP to the free show here.
What you might not know is that Mr. Leftwich will be warming up in the Globe Media Lab that afternoon, with a 4 p.m. Live in the Lab set. We'll stream the set live here, but you can also visit our Get Stuff page to get into the session live. It'll probably look and sound something like this:
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, two live sets in one day. We hope you'll join us for at least one!
Acoustic for Autism (TM) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based project comprised of talented and caring musicians, artists, audio engineers, producers and music industry executives. Everyone involved with the Acoustic for Autism project donates 100% of their time, services and talents to help the cause.
Acoustic for Autism features compelling, independent music specifically chosen to convey themes of love, compassion, hope and healing – with a common goal to use the power of music to educate, promote awareness and understanding, and to help raise funds for non-profit autism organizations helping individuals with autism.
A pair of Acoustic for Autism-affiliated acts are coming through Boston, and since they've been doing their part to spread the word for autism awareness, we're more than happy to spread the word about their shows.
Be sure to follow Acoustic For Autism on Twitter, as they do a great job of showing love to the artists who've shown them love.
This morning, Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer welcomed Shelley Murphy, Boston Globe reporter and co-author of 'Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.' The three had a fascinating conversation about the infamous Boston bad-guy. Listen:
We love our friends at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and love when they stop by for a visit. Today, Nora Elton dropped in on Henry and Julie with some great news for kids and families. Listen:
Click here for more info on the MFA's family week adventures, and make it a point to stop in during February vacation week!
After a week off (in the penalty box?), Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe was back on to talk Bruins hockey with Adam 12. Checking in from Buffalo (OK, that's the penalty box, for sure), KPD talked to A12 about Tim Thomas and his legacy as a Bruin, Tuukka time, the Beanpot, and if it's time to take fighting out of the NHL. Have a listen:
Don't forget: Kevin Paul Dupont talks hockey on RadioBDC every Wednesday at 2.
We're committed to knowing about all the best music in Boston and passing that information on to you.
These are some of our favorite acts this week.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Dreamhaus, a beloved Boston DIY space, was robbed - and the community is coming together for a benefit show at Great Scott. Featuring Bent Shapes, Cry Guy, Earthquake Party, Olden Yolk, Dawn Fauna, and Night Paddle, with DJ sets by everydayisamixtape. ($5-10 sliding scale / 21+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 14: Upbeat, sweet-voiced Lucius are at Great Scott with Spirit Kid and The Honors for Valentine's Day. ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 15: The Maccabees are at The Sinclair, with Reputante and Gambles. ($17 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Meanwhile, Township, A Wish For Fire, The Year Million and Cult 45 rock the Middle East Upstairs ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 16: Willy Moon is at Brighton Music Hall with Early Nineties. ($13 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb 17: Alt rockers Cooling Towers play with The Life Electric and The Eversea, followed by a rock n roll dance party, at T.T. The Bear's Place. ($8 / 18+ / Show at 9 p.m.)
Mmmmaven's grad party is at Zuzu (Free / 21+ / 10 p.m.)
Check back every Tuesday for our listings of the best live shows in the city.
Anyone remember G.L.O.W.? Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling? Boston GLOW isn't like that at all. Boston GLOW was founded based around the concept that every female has the potential to be a leader, impact her community, and that her voice matters.
Mallory Bazinet, Ellen Schmitt, and Emily Copeman from Boston GLOW stopped by to promote their upcoming IGNITE the NITE event. Listen:
We hope you'll join Boston GLOW for the event on Thursday, February 28th at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston. There'll be plenty of Tito's Handmade Vodka and Mallory, Ellen, and Emily will all be on-hand...looking gorgeous, no doubt.
Chad Finn was hot on the tail of a burning Boston sports story, so Adam 12 and Steve Silva were left to their own devices this week. Lucky for you, Steve had plenty to report on from Fort Myers, including John Henry's first comments in months. Listen:
12 and Steve also talked about the unfortunate story of Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shooting himself. Naturally, we had to send a song out to him.
Be sure to tune in every Monday at 2 for Chad and Steve, talking Sox on RadioBDC. Mr. Henry will take your questions now.
Last night, music industry big-wigs celebrated the 55th Grammyzzzzz...
Sorry. Dozed off for a minute there. Awards shows have that effect on me. The Grammys, especially. My feelings on the subject can be summed up in the following series of tweets that I tweeted on Twitter last night. Tweet.
The best was when Bon Iver won the 'Best New Artist' Grammy FOUR YEARS after releasing his/their debut. The Grammys. Hahaha.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) February 11, 2013
Listening to my Black Keys records. Sound so much better now that they've won GRAMMYS.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) February 11, 2013
To clarify: The Black Keys have always been an excellent band & are still an excellent band, statues or no statues.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) February 11, 2013
To clarify further: the statues mean absolutely nothing, aside from the usual post-statue bump in record sales. No other value. At all.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) February 11, 2013
Now, that's not to say the night didn't have some fantastic moments. Isn't that the great thing about the day and age we live in? We don't actually have to sit through a disjointed, uncomfortable awards show. We can just read some mook's blog post the next day and get all the good stuff, like Mumford & Sons performing "I Will Wait."
The Black Keys jammed on "Lonely Boy," aided by Dr. John and The Preservation Hall Jazz band.
Jack White was on hand and threw down "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21."
Nice to see our old friend The Lumineers on the Grammy stage, too.
Oh yeah, The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons won some Grammys, too. Couldn't tell you how many or for what. Because statues don't matter. Ask Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. He keeps his on the floor of a closet.
Citing health concerns and speaking in Latin to a meeting of Cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday.
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello chatted with RadioBDC News Director Henry Santoro on the surprising news and offered some interesting trivia to listeners.
The Boston Archdiocese said this morning they support the pope's decision and Bishop Robert Deeley issued a statement praising Benedict.
Bello also enlightened us to a fun fact: It has been almost 600 years since the last pope resigned. Pope Gregory XII stepped down from the papacy in 1415 to end the Great Western Schism, a fight "among competing papal claimants."
Listen to the whole segment below.
So you might be thinking: "Air Traffic Controller? That's a cool name for a band!" Sure it is. But in the case of this Boston band, it's more than just a name.
You see, singer/songwriter Dave Munro was a bona-fide air traffic controller in the US Navy. During his deployment, he sent the 4-track recordings he was making stateside. By the time he got home, it was time to "deploy" these songs in a full-band setting. Naturally, Air Traffic Controller was the name that made the most sense.
See the Boston band Live in the Lab on Thursday, February 14th. Love will be in the air, so you and your sweetheart should be in the Lab. Click here to claim your loveseat, and click below to get familiar with the music of Air Traffic Controller.
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- MS MR//Fantasy
- Colleen Green//I Want To Be Degraded
- Guards//Ready To Go
- Cults//Most Wanted
- Wye Oak//Plains
- My Bloody Valentine//Nothing Is
- Shout Out Louds//Blue Ice
- Giant Drag//This Isn't It
- My Bloody Valentine//If I Am
- Waxahatchee//Peace and Quiet
- Field Mouse//Tomorrow is Yesterday
- Fight Like Apes//Jenny Kelly
- Operator Please//Back and Forth
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello stopped by the RadioBDC studio to update Julie Kramer on the developing weekend storm.
In its 38th year, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre has something to offer every breed of sci-fi fan. Starting this Friday and running through the President's Day holiday, it's ten days of films, events and interviews that run the science fiction gamut.
Founder Garen Daly stopped by this morning to preview this year's festival.
If you've been following #ProjectAdam, you probably know that Adam 12 has been dancing up a storm as part of his training regiment for the Smuttynose 5K in March. But what you might not know is that Adam 12 is dancing with a purpose.
Adam 12 has teamed up with the lovely Jillian Smith of A Waltz to Remember as one of five pairs who'll take part in "Dancing with the Celebrities" at the St. Mary's Church Parish Hall in Winchester. They'll look to wow the judges with their cha-cha routine, set to the song posted below.
"Dancing with the Celebrities" is a benefit for Autism Housing Pathways, an organization that helps Massachusetts families create self-directed housing for their adult children with autism. Buy your tickets here. It's for a good cause, and you'll get to see Adam 12 dressed up like MC Hammer.
Oh, and something cool you can do to support: click here to "buy votes" for Adam and Jillian. They're a dollar a piece and you can buy as many as you'd like!
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, but has been postponed. Watch this space to find out when Adam 12 makes it "Hammer Time!"
Back in September, I wrote the following about Mumford & Sons:
"In May of 2010, a few of us here at RadioBDC were lucky enough to see Mumford & Sons perform an acoustic set in front of about 60 people at the Ames Hotel in Boston. This summer, Paul Driscoll saw the band play to thousands on a hillside in Portland, Maine. Clearly, this is a band poised for big things.
But you don't know how big.
I caught their set at the Providence Performing Arts Center and I can say without hesitation that Mumford & Sons are, quite simply, the greatest band around right now. Their talent and heart are unparalleled. Coldplay, who were in Boston last week and are regarded by many as the "world's biggest band," paled in comparison.
Crazy talk, right? You'll see. Mark my words: Mumford & Sons will sell out the Garden someday soon."
And what happened? They sold out Boston Garden. In six minutes. And all the people (and there were plenty of them) who called Mumford & Sons "overrated" and called me a fool for putting them ahead of Coldplay had to eat crow.
Last night, there was no crowing. Just crooning, as thousands sang along with song after song. I've seen plenty of bands try to make the transition from the small stage to the big stage and come up short. Mumford & Sons had no problem at all on the Garden platform last night. They're charming and charismatic. They perform with energy and passion. They transition effortlessly from their traditional four-piece setup to a "big band" set up to stripped-down a cappella arrangements.
They're the best there is right now. And they have the makeup to keep it that way for quite some time.
These are some pictures of the view last night, and also a short video from Boston.com GM Jeff Moriarty.
What can we say about Nebo Restaurant in the North End that hasn't already been said? Best of Boston 2011, Best North End restaurant, winner of the Throwdown with Bobby Flay...and the food? So, so good.
How do we know? The "Two Sisters," Carla and Christine Pallotta, stopped by this morning to stuff Henry and Julie with samples from the menu. Mangia!
Calling all foodies and music lovers!
Henry in the Grub and Phantom Gourmet are serving up a special evening at The Boston Globe Media Lab.
Enter for your chance to be invited into the studio to hang with Henry, and the Andelman's. This is your chance to ask questions to the master minds behind Phantom Gourmet, grab a bite with Henry in the Grub, and grab a swag bag filled with RadioBDC goodies and the Phantom Gourmet's new book Guide To Boston's Best Restaurants!
Wings ... such an amazing snack. The wing is standard in nearly every restaurant and pub menu across Boston and beyond. So we posed this question ... who has the best wing in the city of Boston? Seven restaurants battled it out recently for the honor of King of the Wing, and RadioBDC's Henry Santoro, with the help of former Patriot Joe Andruzzi and the Phantom Gourmet, decided the fate of several wing makers across the city. Who won? Watch the video:
We're committed to knowing about all the best music in Boston and passing that information on to you.
These are some of our favorite acts this week.
Tonight, Feb. 5:
Mumford & Sons will play a sold-out show at the Garden. (All ages / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb .6:
Thursday, Feb. 7:
Chris Carrabba's pre-Dashboard project, Further Seems Forever, is at the Sinclair in Cambridge. ($23 / 18+ / Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 8:
A Silent Film/Gold Fields with American Authors at the Brighton Music Hall. Before that, catch Gold Fields live in the lab! ($12 advance tickets / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Mellow Bravo is at the Middle East Upstairs. ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 9:
Album release! Kingsley Flood, who you may have caught Live in the Lab last week, will play the Brighton Music Hall with Velah and Air Traffic Controller. ($13 advance tickets / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)
Check back every Tuesday for our line-up of the best live shows in the city.
We've been noticing a mini-trend with some recent music videos from some of the artists we play here at RadioBDC: kicking it old-school. First, Paul Armstrong passed along the latest video from Foals, which is a hilarious send-up to the Village People:
This brought to mind a fan-made video for "Beta Love," the title-track to Ra Ra Riot's new album, featuring found footage from a 1980's Bay-Area TV show called 'Dance Party.'
Are there any we're missing? Leave your links in the comments!
The first round of the 61st annual Beanpot Tournament took place last night at TD Garden.
Adam 12 and his dad were at press-level, taking notes and trying not to cheer too loudly when their beloved Northeastern Huskies scored. And did they ever. Here's a shot of their second goal of the night; they went on to beat Boston University 3-2. It's the first time they've beat BU in Beanpot play in a quarter of a century. In fact, that last victory 25 years ago was to capture the 1988 Beanpot; NU hasn't won one since.
That's all poised to change at the Finals on Monday night, where Northeastern will meet Boston College, who thumped Harvard 4-1 in the late game last night. The last time NU and BC met in a final was in 2011, when BC took the Beanpot with a wild 7-6 OT victory.
Will Adam 12 and his dad be on hand to see history be made? You betcha!
Are there yuppies in South Boston? Apparently there are, although turn-over is high, according to the cast of the new A&E reality show, "Southie Rules," who hung out in the RadioBDC studio today.
Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro chatted with the cast today about how producers set them up for entertaining situations, why meatballs are made with sauce (not gravy!) in South Boston, and what it's like to grow up Italian in the city's most notoriously Irish neighborhood.
Listen to the interview below and check out "Southie Rules" Tuesday nights at 10 on A&E.
Pictured left to right, Jonathan Niedzwiecki, Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, Leah Winters, Johnny L., and Camille Niedzwiecki.
Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello stopped into the RadioBDC studio to update Henry and Julie on some grisly local news this morning.
Bello reported that a five-alarm fire broke out in East Boston last night, displacing 21 residents. Investigators are still searching for the cause of the fire, Bello said.
More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, and while no one was killed, the below-freezing temperatures made it difficult to contain, according to Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald, who is quoted in the Boston Globe's story. Two buildings, 43-45 Orleans St. and 263-265 Sumner St., were damaged when a fire broke out on the third floor of the Sumner St. building at around 11:30 p.m.
A man will be arraigned this morning in Roxbury District Court on two counts of rape. Police say a man attacked two women, one early Saturday morning, another early Sunday morning, and allegedly raped them in an abandoned property on Washington Street.
Finally, a horrific attack in Weymouth resulted in the death of Ronald Beaudry, 58, who investigators say was bludgeoned to death by his 20-year-old son. Investigators believe that a propane gas canister and a piece of PVC pipe were used in the assault, which took place yesterday afternoon around 2 p.m. and was the result of a domestic dispute. According to Bello, neighbors heard cries for help before police arrived.
Police found Beaudry lying in the road in front of his home and died later at South Shore Hospital, according to the Boston Globe. His son, Michael Beaudry, was arrested and charged with murder, and will be arraigned this morning in in Quincy District Court.
To hear Bello's full news update, check out the audio file below.
"The Real Housewives of South Boston" burst on to the scene last year toying on the stereotypical “Southie” personality, pulling in millions of views on YouTube. The new year brought “Southie Rules," a reality show filmed (obviously) in South Boston, following a family and their day-to-day activities in the city.
"Southie Rules" premiered last week and Twitter was instantly flooded with feedback, critiques, questions, and reactions. But what everyone really wanted to know is if this “reality” show is actually real, or is it just another scripted act?
Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro will sit with the cast Tuesday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. to get to the bottom of it.
Do you have any questions for the cast? Tweet them to @RadioBDC #RadioBDCSouthie
Back when I was a wee undergrad at Northeastern University (who, as I'm typing this, are hours away from their annual Beanpot beatdown at the hands of BU--more on that tomorrow), I used to snowboard. OK, I only went a few times, but I enjoyed it. Not as much as skateboarding, but still.
Flash-forward to present day, and here I am at RadioBDC. The Drafters are hitting the hills twice a month and I want in. Add to that the fact that I have two kids who are at prime learn-a-winter-sport age, and off to Waterville Valley I went this weekend.
I was feeling optimistic. Dan Egan was joining us this weekend and gave me some quick advice on Friday afternoon:
I arrived at the mountain bright and early Saturday morning, sent the kids off on a private lesson, geared up, and joined in on a group lesson. See how happy I looked?
That smile didn't last for long. Now, I've never been a very athletic guy. Average at best. But put me on a pair of skis and "average" becomes "abysmal." Let's just say some of my trips down the bunny hill could've been taken right out of this video:
People, I FELL OFF THE DAMN J-BAR. TWICE.
Needless to say, I think the next Drafters outing I join in on will be with a snowboard, not a pair of skis. The bright side: my kids did great and had a blast. And I got to hang with Dan Egan!
The song of the week was an easy choice (much to Steve's chagrin): "They Boys Are Back" by Dropkick Murphys. We'll let you pick the song next week, Steve.
Happy Truck Day Eve, everybody! Talk to you next week at 2.
In collaboration with Billboard and PointsLocal, RadioBDC had its own version of Brand Bowl, churning out data on the most-talked about music in last night's Super Bowl ads.
Check out the final tally at the Brand Bowl Music scoreboard.
The Brighton Music Hall will host a national release party for Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters' debut album tomorrow night, Feb 2.
McNeill himself chatted with Julie Kramer this morning about recording the new album, “Everything’s Up For Grabs," and what it's like to have 20-plus musicians in a band before serenading her with an acoustic version of one of the new tracks.
Doors are at 8 p.m. Saturday night for the party, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Listen to the recording of Julie and Christian below.
One of our favorite political journalists, Glen Johnson, announced yesterday that he was leaving the Globe for Washington, D.C. as a senior advisor to John Kerry at the State Department, effective immediately.
RadioBDC's Julie Kramer spoke with Johnson, former politics editor of Boston.com, Boston Globe columnist, and author of the Political Intelligence blog, about his new job.
Johnson will work on strategic communications for the new Secretary of State, and said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." He described the reaction to yesterday's announcement "overwhelming" as friends and colleagues congratulated him on the news.
Listen to Johnson chat with RadioBDC about how he'll handle the 24/7, four-year job and his hopes for the future.
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Not only is Adam 12 Boston.com Radio's Production Director, he also hosts afternoons. 12 is a longtime fixture on the Boston scene, and when he's not out and about in the city, he's trekking around New England with his kids.
Julie enters the building every day with a big smile and trough of freshly brewed coffee. Shes Boston.com Radios Music Director and mid-day hostess, and will deliver Lunch At Your Desk every day from noon to 1 PM.
Henrys always on the lookout for news. Hes Boston.com Radios News Director and Morning Presenter. Hes also a music and art collector, and is a world-class cook with over 5,000 cookbooks in his library.
Paul Driscoll is Boston.com Radios Program Director who has the best ears in the business. Paul gets dozens of phone calls and visits a day, from bands and record labels looking to get their music played. Some even leave an apple on is desk.
Steph Mangan hosts Grrl Power and LocalBDC. When she's not at the studio, she is constantly on the look out for up-and-coming local bands and attending shows at Boston's many venues. She is an avid enthusiast of burritos and denim jackets.