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Goldstein, Grub Street, and getting to the polls

Posted by Adam 12 April 30, 2013 12:47 PM

Just another Manic Monday Tuesday with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer, who welcomed Love Letters writer Meredith Goldstein to talk about her latest column.

Per usual, Julie tied it all together with a song.

Then, Grub Street Executive Director Eve Bridburg stopped by to talk about this weekend's 'The Muse in the Marketplace.'

Finally, another spirited conversation with Joanna Weiss, who's Boston Comment blog addressed voter fatigue as we trudged to the polls yet again today.

Don't forget to tune in Wednesday, May 1st for another edition of Henry in the Grub, where Henry welcomes Granary Tavern!


15 Alternative Rock Album Covers That Would Be Better With Cats

Posted by Carly Carioli April 30, 2013 09:23 AM

Concerns that the internet has reached "peak cat" -- a concept, similar to "peak oil," that posits the threat that we may someday run out of cats to populate our blog posts -- continue to be proven unfounded. For instance: the designer Alfra Martini continues to find felines to populate a collection of album covers re-created with cats in them.

The only thing better than the Radio BDC playlist? The Radio BDC playlist's top albums as rendered with cats. Pics or STFU, you say? Well then:
















Source: The Kitten Covers [Tumblr]

The four types of people who don't give a bleep that Neutral Milk Hotel is getting back together

Posted by Carly Carioli April 29, 2013 07:22 PM

On Monday, the hipsternet had an orgasm over the announcement of a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion. Today, the rest of the world goes: "meh." Because there are only two kinds of people in the world . . .

Well, actually, there's a few more kinds of people than that.

1. There are the people who are just confused about what could be so neutral about milk hotels.



2. Then there are people who know who what a Neutral Milk Hotel is, but just . . . don't . . . care . . .



3. There are people like my friend, former Phoenix music editor and Vanyaland boss Michael Marotta, who are pretty sure they are the only people in the world who don't care about Neutral Milk Hotel:


4. And there are people who are mad at the Neutral Milk Hotel reunion because it is not a reunion by their favorite band:

One thing you can't fault people for asking -- I mean, does anybody have an answer for this?


SIREN: Neutral Milk Hotel announces reunion tour dates. But not in Boston. Yet.

Posted by Carly Carioli April 29, 2013 04:21 PM


NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL last played Boston on July 24, 1998. The group played its final show, in its hometown of Athens, about six months later. Now you can start the countdown: today the band's web site announced that there are five reunion shows planned this year, featuring the lineup that accompanied Jeff Mangum during the tours for the group's two best releases, On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane . . . Over the Sea.

The past couple years have seen Mangum touring solo, playing stripped down -- but utterly fantastic -- versions of the NMH catalogue. And seriously, those shows -- including two in Boston in September 2011 -- have been great.

But in their heyday, NMH were a chaotic and raucous punk-rock circus band. And the idea that they could be coming back is pretty much the best thing ever.

Neutral Milk Hotel tour dates:

OCTOBER 22, 2013
w/ Elf Power
Athens, GA
40 Watt Club
Tickets go on sale Friday May 3rd at 10am EDT, Online Only

OCTOBER 23, 2013
w/ Half Japanese
Athens, GA
40 Watt Club
Tickets go on sale Friday May 3rd at 10am EDT, Online Only

OCTOBER 25, 2013
w/ Half Japanese, and Daniel Johnston
Asheville, NC
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

NOVEMBER 28, 2013
Taipei, Taiwan
Hostess Club Festival

DECEMBER 1, 2013
Tokyo, Japan
Hostess Club Festival

Schoolhouse Rock rocks Adam 12

Posted by Adam 12 April 29, 2013 03:27 PM

Hey, it's Adam 12. And yes, I'm old enough to have watched Schoolhouse Rock as a young boy. And I can remember being in college when they brought it back and Bob Dorough visited WFNX to play songs like "I'm Just a Bill" live on the air. And now that I have kids of my own, you know I'm pulling up classics like these on YouTube and passing down my love for the franchise.

So was I excited when I heard the Boston Children's Theatre was staging Schoolhouse Rock? You betcha believe it! We checked it out, sang along to the likes of "Conjunction Junction" and "Interplanet Janet" and were thoroughly entertained.

See it for yourself! Bring the kids along! The Boston Children's Theatre is presenting Schoolhouse Rock this Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. Click here to get your tickets!


BDC Sports: after amazing April, Sox sit atop MLB

Posted by Adam 12 April 29, 2013 03:10 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Boston Red Sox--projected by many to finish fourth in the AL East--have the best record in Major League Baseball at 18-7. If they beat the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night, that'll make 19 wins in the month of April and new club record.

The old adage rings true: pitching wins games. Adam 12, Chad Finn, and Steve Silva talked pitching, pitching and pitching today on RadioBDC, from the starters to the pen, plus a bit on Big Papi. Have a listen:

Tune in next Monday at 2, when the Sox will likely be 18-13 and we'll be talking about the second Wild Card spot again.


Listen to Beyonce cover Amy Winehouse

Posted by Carly Carioli April 29, 2013 11:42 AM

Beyonce performs during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013, on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, UK. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP)

Hey, remember audio watermarks? No? OK, rewind: once upon a time, there were these things called record labels who sort of owned the music industry? And WHOLE MONTHS before an album was released to the public, these entities would secretly mail a CD version of the album to the press. But these labels had the wildly misguided notion that they could PREVENT THE PRESS FROM LEAKING THE ALBUM, so they recorded goofy voices saying weird phrases over the music every 20 seconds.

We'd completely forgotten about audio watermarks until East Village Radio evidently decided they absolutely needed to get all of the credit -- ALL OF THE CREDIT! -- for leaking a new Beyonc-ified version of Amy Winehouse's "Fade To Black" on their airwaves. The person doing the leaking happened to be Mark Ronson, who produced the original. So now when we listen to the new version, we have to endure what is probably the most annoying watermark since 2006's legendary "Atlantic Records, TI Clearance."


Anyway: there is now on planet earth a version of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" that starts off with Outkast's Andre 3000 singing and gets better when Beyonce starts singing. History will likely record that you listened up to the part where Beyonce started singing, and then shortly thereafter we all lost interest and went back to looking at photos of Beyonce's latest tour, because . . . well, because this:


. . . and this:


. . . and this:


Also: Amy's dad doesn't like this version, and Beyonce isn't letting press photographers into her tour. Sad trombone.

GO: Beyonce, July 23 at TD Garden.

5 best-worst tweets from the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 29, 2013 10:11 AM

It's an annual tradition that, according to Tom Brokaw, has been "ruined" by the likes of Lindsay Lohan. But the band plays on at the so-nicknamed "Nerd Prom" down in Washington, each year getting more outrageous as the President gets less funny and Hollywood types take over our nation's capitol.

This year, the guests were all a-Twitter at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and there were some surprising (read: silly and mean) tweets from your favorite sideline characters.

Sarah Palin, the country's favorite do-nothing big-mouth, criticized everyone for wasting time on honoring the fourth estate, while "real" Americans are working.

The most heartbreaking example of the worst part of the correspondents dinner is this tweet from Christiane. Even the most seasoned war journalists lose their heads around the glitzy celebs.

But apparently not all journalists are so easily swayed. Professional explainer Ben White was clearly unhappy about the media's blatant hob-nobbing with the stars.

In which members of Congress are so dumb, a Sports Illustrated model tricks them.

But the best BEST tweets were all the ones calling out the Boston Globe for excellent coverage of the bombings. (Aw, shucks...)

7 Completely Inappropriate Behind-The-Scenes Photos from The Empire Strikes Back

Posted by Carly Carioli April 29, 2013 09:42 AM

Everyone knows that The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest Star Wars movie of all time. Sure, it will be nice if JJ Abrams can top it. But until he does, director Irvin Kershner's masterpiece stands as the pinnacle. Kershner, who died in 2010, would've turned 90 today. In his honor, here's a glimpse at the lighter side behind-the-scenes of the darkest episode of the original trilogy -- looks like this one might've been the most fun to film, too.








Source: 66 behind-the-scenes images from The Empire Strikes Back.

Watch: "John Mayer Dines With Taylor Swift"

Posted by Carly Carioli April 28, 2013 09:12 AM


Let's hear it for the age of the SEO concept song.

First things first: This is not a video of Tay-Tay eating out with ex (ex?) boyfriend John Mayer.

Instead, it is a new video for Boston retropop superfiend JOHN POWHIDA's song "John Mayer Dines with Taylor Swift," in which he mercilessly deconstructs the interpersonal dynamics of that particular celebrity encounter with a rapier wit worthy of the Onion.

If Google searchbots happen to think otherwise, then one can assume Powhida won't mind -- even if a legion of Top 40 fans end up being very, very confused.

Powhida, a cult sensation who won the 2011 Rock N Roll Rumble at an age when most performers are hanging up the gloves, is a master of the classic-rock suckerpunch. This particular song owes absolutely nothing, save the premise, to the musical styles of Mr. Mayer or Ms. Swift -- but we sure are detecting a David Bowie vibe here. Feel free to disagree in the comments.

Here it is:

John Mayer Dines With Taylor Swift from Amanda Nichols on Vimeo.

Grrl Power Playlist - 04/24/13 and 04/17/13

Posted by Steph Mangan April 26, 2013 06:25 PM
Grrl Power started off with the newest single from Lemuria whose album, The Distance Is So Big comes out June 18. This week's show also included new songs from Daughter, The xx, Laura Stevenson, Poliça, Best Coast and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Below is the full playlist from this week's and last week's show.
You can listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday nights at 9pm.

April 24th:
  • Lemuria// Brilliant Dancer
  • Haerts// Wings
  • Manchester Orchestra & Grouplove// Make It To Me
  • Best Coast// Fear Of My Identity
  • The XX// Together
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Despair
  • Poliça// Tiff
  • Great Thunder// Fade Into You (Mazzy Star Cover)
  • Shout Out Louds// Illusions
  • Daughter// Amsterdam
  • Mr. Little Jeans// The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)
  • Freezepop// Peptalk
  • Letters To Cleo// Here & Now
  • Laura Stevenson// Eleonora

April 17th:
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Mosquito
  • Stars// Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It
  • Thee Oh Sees// Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster
  • Little Green Cars// Harper Lee
  • Deap Vally// Lies
  • The xx// Sunset
  • The xx// Do You Mind (Aliyah Cover)
  • Savages// Flying to Berlin
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Despair
  • New Order// Regret
  • Grimes// Oblivion
  • Tegan and Sara// I'm Not Your Hero
  • Guards// I Know It's You
  • Wild Belle// Keep You
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Slave


Dennis Seidenberg talks to Adam 12 about Boston Marathon Relief

Posted by Adam 12 April 26, 2013 04:27 PM

Adam 12 was pleased as punch to have #44 Dennis Seidenberg on his show Friday afternoon. Of course they talked about the playoffs, but they also talked about Celebrities for Charity's Boston Marathon Relief Raffle.

Four tickets to every first round playoff home game hosted by the Bruins, meeting Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg and Ray Bourque...the list of grand prizes goes on and on. Click here help support the victims and family members that were affected by the senseless tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon.


Somerville Strong: Mayor Joe Curtatone and Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello

Posted by Adam 12 April 26, 2013 11:41 AM

After a moving memorial service for fallen MIT Police Officer Sean Collier earlier this week, a move to posthumously appoint him as a Somerville Police Officer, which was his dream.

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello joined Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer this morning to discuss the decision.

All class, always. Thank you, Mayor Joe, for being a friend of RadioBDC.


BDC Sports: The NFL Draft

Posted by Adam 12 April 25, 2013 03:33 PM

What does this year's draft class look like? How have the Pats fared in past drafts? What will they be looking to do this year? Boston Globe columnist and Boston Sports Live host Chris Gasper joined Adam 12 to break down this year's NFL Draft.

For more background, read Chris Gasper's column from today's Boston Globe. And as the Draft continues throughout the weekend, click here for all of the latest developments.

Oh, and thanks to Margaret Cote in our stats department for this cool infographic!


A HAIRraising morning

Posted by Adam 12 April 25, 2013 03:25 PM

Our friends from Boston Children's Hospital stopped in again this morning to talk about a "HAIRraising" event this weekend. Salons up and down the Back Bay and beyond have reopened with a mission to fundraise support for patients and families of Boston Children's Hospital.

This Sunday, April 28, the HAIRrasing cut-a-thon will see twenty of Newbury Street's best salons offering $40 do's to benefit the hospital's Emergency and Trauma Fund.

In its third year, HAIRraising, (founded by legendary stylist John Freida and his business partner, Gail Federici), has already raised over $300,000 for Children's Hospital, and this year, over 70 participating salons throughout New England are expected to raise another $100,000.

Listen to the interview with Henry and Julie, and watch a video of this morning's style session. Then, don't forget to stop by a participating salon and freshen up your look for Spring and help out a great cause.

Lookin' goooood...


New York Times, Rolling Stone ask: Is Jake Bugg the new Bob Dylan?

Posted by Carly Carioli April 25, 2013 12:20 PM

Being tagged the "New Dylan" has been a rite of passage for folk singers since . . . oh, about 1965. The artists who've been honored with it -- from Donovan and Springsteen to Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst -- will tell you it's both a blessing and a curse. But all told, being mentioned in the same breath with Robert Zimmerman is a good omen.

The latest to be annointed? Our good buddy, 19-year-old phenom JAKE BUGG, who's been in heavy rotation on RadioBDC and stopped by to play a few songs for us at Coachella.

"If you like Bob Dylan, Try Jake Bugg," proclaims the New York Times today.

And that echoes a four-star lead review in Rolling Stone that not only illustrated Bugg in Dylan's iconic motorcycle jacket pose but went on to describe Bugg's debut as a collection of "songs that seem steeped in The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The "Chirping" Crickets and A Date With the Everly Brothers.

In case you need more convincing, check out this video of Bugg performing his left-of-the-dial hit "Lightning Bolt" at Radio BDC's Coachella House last month:

GO: Jake Bugg plays the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on September 18.

BDC Sports: Bruins wrap up the regular season

Posted by Adam 12 April 24, 2013 04:39 PM

Adam 12 and the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont sat down for their weekly B's chat on RadioBDC, fresh off an inconsistent and disappointing 5-2 loss to the lowly Philadelphia Flyers. The covered the loss, expectations for the final three regular season games, and looked ahead at playoff match-ups.

Tune in next week as we preview the first round of the playoffs. Adam 12's hoping it'll be B's/Leafs. ORIGINAL SIX, BABY!


Louder than a bomb: Boston hardcore scene unites for massive concert to benefit the One Fund

Posted by Carly Carioli April 24, 2013 02:00 PM


Boston's legendary hardcore scene has pooled its resources and gone all-in for a May 6 concert that will benefit the One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims. The multigenerational show, dubbed "THIS IS BOSTON," features sets by Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, and more.

"For me the punk and hardcore world has always been a caring world despite the volume of things," said Converge frontman Jake Bannon on Wednesday. "It's time to show the city that."

Hardcore and civic pride have gone hand-in-hand since at least 1982's infamous compilation album This Is Boston . . . Not L.A. introduced the world to the likes of Gang Green and the F.U.'s.

Now that same sense of unity and do-it-yourself pride is surfacing to help the city in its time of need.

Converge: "All We Love We Leave Behind"

"The idea for the show came about the day after the attack," said Mike Eleftheratos of Lykaion Productions, who co-hosts the monthly metal DJ night "Agonizing the Dead" at O'Briens in Allston. He initially envisioned the benefit as a small show at the club, which seats less than 100. But after he mentioned the gig to local punk-scene legend Keith Bennett (of the bands Wrecking Crew and PanzerBastard), the idea quickly snowballed. Bennett "started to reach out to his massive network friends and the bands just started piling in," Eleftheratos said. "Within hours the show had gone from an event that would bring out 70 people to something that would draw more than 700."

That meant securing a much bigger venue on very short notice -- often an impossibility given that major music venues are usually booked months in advance. For that, he turned to Ammonia Booking's Robin Goodhue, who secured Quincy's South Shore Music Hall to house "the best show in history," as Goodhue hails it.

Converge's Bannon, who has been following the Marathon bombing developments from the headquarters of his Salem-based indie label Deathwish, said the show has a purpose beyond fundraising. "Not only will it raise money and awareness, but it is a showing of solidarity and compassion from the hardcore community to those affected," he said. "Many don't realize that many affected were not insured," and that "if they were insured many insurance companies only offer limited coverage in cases of 'terrorist attacks. Anything we can do to help those struggle a little less, we will."

"This Is Boston" featuring Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, the Revilers, For the Worse, Insult, and Sexcrement // May 6, 5 pm // South Shore Music Hall, 58 Ross Way, Quincy // 21+, $20 // To benefit

Live in the Lab: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on May 3

Posted by Adam 12 April 24, 2013 02:00 PM

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club grew out of a Bay Area high school friendship between Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes. Hayes had just left the seminal California band The Brian Jonestown Massacre; fans of that band (like our own Adam 12) note some sonic similarities between BJM & early BRMC.

Been and Hayes have formed the nucleus of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club since forming in 1998, and we can't wait to have them perform Live in the Lab on Friday, May 3 at 2:30. (Want to see it live? Enter here!)

Check them out recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Their new album 'Spectre At The Feast' is masterful and features a cover of The Call's 1989 hit "Let The Day Begin."

Fun fact: Robert Levon Been's dad? That would be The Call's frontman Michael Been. Pretty cool tribute to your dad, Robert.

Click here to see join us Live in the Lab for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.


Please Do Not Bring Large Backpacks To WBUR's Public Forum on the Boston Marathon Bombing

Posted by Carly Carioli April 24, 2013 01:29 PM

If you're thinking about attending tonight's panel discussion at Emerson's Cutler Majesic Theater -- it's entitled "Boston After the Bombings: A Public Conversation of Hope & Healing," and will be helmed by Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR's syndicated news magazine On Point -- you won't have to pay a dime. It's free with online registration. But WBUR organizers do have one request, which we're sure you'll understand:

**Please refrain from bringing large bags and backpacks to the theater.

You don't say?

Ashbrook's guests will include Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who has written a grip of great columns this week -- among them, the piece on fallen MIT cop Sean Collier's family that Joe Biden quoted from in this afternoon's emotional memorial service. He'll be joined by Boston Foundation's Paul Grogan and On Point analyst Jack Beatty.

Meanwhile, across the river, Boston Police Department Chief Ed Davis is among the officials gathering at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard's Institute of Politics for "Boston Marathon Tragedy and Aftermath," a panel discussion moderated by Harvard Kennedy School dean David Ellwood. Among the other panelists: Mass Emergency Managament Agency director Kurt Schwartz, the Globe's national security columnist Juliette Kayyem, Harvard Divinity School dean David Hempton, and WBZ anchor David Wade. It kicks off at 6 pm, and it'll be streaming live at JFK Jr. Forum site.

Henry in the Grub: Boston Burger Company

Posted by Adam 12 April 24, 2013 12:49 PM

We're full.

So, so full.

Chef Paul from the Boston Burger Company brought us an early lunch today. So many burgers. Mac Attack. The Hot Mess. Oh, we were in heaven. Listen.

And look.

mac burger.jpeg

Hot Mess.jpeg


Thanks, Chef Paul!


Bello and Business

Posted by Adam 12 April 24, 2013 12:39 PM

Another busy morning in the RadioBDC studio. A somber day as well, as fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier was honored in a memorial service. The Metro Desk's Mike Bello stopped by with the details. Business Editor Dan Kline was also in studio, talking about the arrival of Aereo.

Click here to read a piece on Aereo by Dan's colleague Hiawatha Bray.


Posted by Adam 12 April 24, 2013 12:09 PM

Look, we're rational folks here at RadioBDC. We know you love Tegan & Sara and The Killers and Passion Pit and all the bands we play as much as we love playing them for you. But we also know that sometimes you need a break. We do, too. And when we feel the need to indulge one of the other many facets of our musical personalities, the Boston Symphony Orchestra provides a welcome alternative to..."alternative."

The BSO just announced their 2013-2014 season, which will include Britten's War Requiem (in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth), the five Beethoven Piano Concertos performed by Yefim Bronfman, and--new for the BSO--the presentation of the West Side Story film with the orchestra accompanying the film's vocals.

Intrigued? Indulge the classical, cultured side of your musical personality. Click here for details.

Boston Symphony Orchestra in Concert (Stu Rosner).jpg
photo credit: Stu Rosner

tags BSO, RadioBDC

Here's 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter

Posted by Adam 12 April 23, 2013 01:02 PM

Why? Because it's 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter. Adam 12's favorite part is at the 7:00 mark when Paul intros 'War Machine' and shouts out Albuquerque.

Thanks to Christopher Armes for uploading. In KISS-related music news, Frank Turner's new album 'Tape Deck Heart' is out. And there's a song on it called "Wherefore Art Though Gene Simmons?"



Bello, Business, and Boston Comment

Posted by Adam 12 April 23, 2013 12:27 PM

A busy Tuesday morning with Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer. First, a visit from Mike Bello, who had an update on the Boston Marathon bombing.

Then, your weekly Global Business Hub report.

Joanna Weiss stopped by to announce the launch of Boston Comment, where your opinion can be heard. Check it out.

We were happy to welcome Nancy Porcaro from Citizens for Adequate Housing, too! What an incredible organization, helping so many families.

Tune in tomorrow morning for the return of Henry in the Grub!

Joanna Weiss launches Boston.Comment blog

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 23, 2013 12:03 PM's latest offering from the Editorial page, Boston.Comment, is our new favorite thing on the site today.

A new blog edited by Globe columnist Joanna Weiss, Boston.Comment will feature opinion from community leaders and experts on one issue every day. The launch this morning sparked a debate about whether Friday's city-wide lockdown was necessary or overkill, and has already generated hundreds of comments on the post and social media.

Weiss stepped over to the RadioBDC studio this morning to tell Henry and Julie about her new project, and talk about Friday's "shelter in place" recommendation from city and state officials.

Listen to the whole conversation here, and join the debate on Boston.Comment and on Twitter, with the hashtag #bostonlockdown.

Full disclosure: It's possible that I'm biased about the awesomeness of this blog, as the producer on the project. But I still think it's really cool.

Coachella 2013: A desert ride from L.A. to Indio in four minutes

Posted by Chris Rattey April 23, 2013 11:48 AM

desert_drive.jpgWith our recent trip to Indio, California for the Coachella 2013 music and arts festival, we invested in a couple new toys for the journey. One of which was a GoPro Hero cam. Check out the cam in action attached to our dashboard as we make the drive from Los Angeles to the California desert. Travel 130 miles into the mountains in about four minutes.

Go to our Coachella page for complete coverage as more content is released in the coming days.

BREAKING: Amanda Palmer's "Poem for Dzhokhar" was really about . . . Amanda Palmer

Posted by Carly Carioli April 23, 2013 04:47 AM

Amanda Palmer is one of the Boston music scene's biggest brands: she began her career as an 8-foot-bride in Harvard Square, won the WBCN Rock N Roll Rumble with her duo the Dresden Dolls, teamed up with her Lexington High School drama teacher to stage a production of Cabaret at the A.R.T., and raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter for her latest solo album. Her 2013 Ted Talk has been watched 2 million times.

She's also, not coincidentally, a compulsive over-sharer: her incessant tweets and intimate blog posts helped draw a passionate, creative community of theater geeks, music fans, social-media addicts, goth kids, and art nerds into her orbit.

That community has sustained her artistic career -- literally, in the case of her now-legendary Kickstarter campaign -- but there are times when the warm embrace of that community has functioned more like a cocoon. Her circle of well-wishers can seal her off from the outside world and render her tone-deaf to criticism -- as when she asked supporting musicians around the country to accompany her band for free (or for free beer), prompting a flood of hate-mail and blogosphere hand-wringing.

In Palmer's twitter feed, almost nothing is valued as highly as spontaneous creativity -- she often rebroadcasts her fans' art, and her own muse can be wildly impulsive. Many good things have come from that impulsiveness: from unannounced late-night web-video hangouts to IRL pop-up shows on far-flung street corners and concert stages.

All of which is an attempt to contextualize the disaster ("world-historically horrific," Gawker called it) that is Amanda Palmer's latest artistic endeavor: "A Poem for Dzhokhar."

On Sunday -- while Boston was still reeling from the week-long trauma of the Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that left four dead and more than 200 injured and maimed -- Palmer posted 35 lines of verse with a title referencing the most volatile name in America: the one belonging to the still-living bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


We can argue about the poem's artistic merit. Palmer often makes a point of championing DIY art for art's sake, embracing the nursery-school idea that self-expression is never bad. This is a poem that includes the lines, "you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat," and "you don’t know why you let that guy go without shooting him dead and stuffing him in some bushes between cambridge and watertown." The best thing you can say about lines like these is that they are insipid, wooden, and tactless.

But what really enraged the internet -- as best expressed in a pair of blog posts published the following day by Salon and Gawker -- was that the poem seemed less an attempt to wrestle with the aftermath of a tragedy than an attempt to insert the Amanda Palmer brand into the middle of the discussion. Whether or not that was the intention, it's exactly what happened. The poem provoked an outpouring of support, followed quickly by a backlash of recrimination, all playing out on Palmer's home turf of Twitter.

After Palmer tweeted that the poem was being misinterpreted, Gawker lowered the boom, painting a picture of an artist who was "elbowing her way in to the conversation, insisting on her right to speak for a teenager she never met and to whose thoughts and feelings she has no access, demanding that we recognize her bravery for doing so, and then later telling us all that it's our fault we misunderstood."

Opined Salon: "It’s not wrong to be inspired by something horrible, or to tell a fictionalized tale from an unpopular perspective. It is, however, not automatically a great work of art or a daring feat of bravery, either. And in the space of just a few hours, Palmer deftly managed to redirect the conversation from the bombing suspect and her own poem itself to – and there’s a recurring theme developing here — Miss Amanda Palmer, and her defensive sense of self-righteousness."

In light of those critiques, it's strange to read the new blog post that Palmer published Tuesday.

Perhaps getting off on the wrong foot, she begins her blog post responding to the controversy by linking off to her latest single. Someone might have told her this would not help her case.

The rest of the blog finds Palmer backing away from the seriousness of the poem ("a poem that took me – no exaggeration – about 9 minutes to write"), her choice of title ("i could have called it 'the past 48 hours'. or 'everything in my brain right now'), and even her decision to write it at all: "if my phone had rang at 11:34 and i had spent between 11:34 and 11:43 talking to a friend instead of writing this poem…i never would have written anything.")

She then spends many words regaling us with the details of her personal life in the 48 hours leading up to her writing of the poem -- a narrative that gives much more physical and emotional space to her personal inconveniences than to anything remotely related to the events in Boston which she was so savvy to co-opt by dramatically SEO-ing the title of her poem. In the process of this explanation, she makes an almost line-by-line case that the poem wasn't about the alleged bomber, but in fact about herself and her smaller troubles.

Which, minus the vitriol, is essentially equivalent to Gawker's critique of her effort: "'A Poem for Dzhokhar' is not, really, "for" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," the site wrote. "It's for Palmer, a deluded and opportunistic narcissist who sells rhetorical snake oil to people too full of unearned self-regard to join an actual cult."

I can't support Gawker's thumbnail diss of Palmer's audience. But as someone who has often defended Palmer from her often-overzealous critics, it's painful to see her so profoundly missing the boat here. Her poem and her follow-up post read like the work of someone who has lost the ability to distinguish between making a mess and making a difference.

In her zeal to make some sense of this particular artistic failure, her blog post then tries to rationalize the public's outpouring of disgust as a symptom of something wrong with the culture: she takes the even more brazen stance of implying that the audience hates her because the audience has no empathy:

so….people are afraid to say, in public, that they feel empathy?

this scared me so much.

think about what it means for us, and what it means for our culture and our world if people are too afraid to speak up about how they feel, if people are too afraid to share their reflections, if people take one step backwards and think…”better not rock the boat”.

I'm not sure what planet Palmer has been living on this past week, the one without empathy, but the name of that planet is not Boston.

At one point, describing the outrage she's engendered, she writes: "and i thought: this is amazing. when was the last time a thousand people argued about a stupid poem?"

Well: now Palmer and her critics can agree on two things. The poem isn't about the bomber. And it's a stupid poem.

BDC Sports: Red Sox return to Fenway

Posted by Adam 12 April 22, 2013 04:40 PM

It was an emotional day at Fenway Park on Saturday as the Red Sox took the field for the first time after Monday's bombings on Boylston St. Big Papi's F-bomb, Chad Finn's big quote, Daniel Nava's 3-run-blast...we talked about that and more this week:

Steve Silva will be back next Monday at 2, joining Chad and Adam 12 to talk Sox per usual. In the meantime, look for Steve all over your TV. Dude's tight with Matt Lauer now.


The Drunken Botanist

Posted by Adam 12 April 22, 2013 04:21 PM

Julie Kramer loves gardening. And Julie Kramer loves drinking. So you know Julie Kramer loves 'The Drunken Botanist,' the new book by best-selling author Amy Stewart. Listen to Julie and Henry chat with Amy:

Read a review of the book here.


Juliana Hatfield Has A Crush On Boston FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers

Posted by Carly Carioli April 22, 2013 03:25 PM

Juliana Hatfield: indie-rock star, Spin and Sassy covergirl, memoirist, painter.

And totally into Boston FBI chief Richard DesLauriers (below), as her tweet (above) makes clear.

Photo: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Not exactly what you'd expect from the hipster lady responsible for this and this. But who can blame her? The guy was involved with breaking what is arguably the biggest criminal case in Boston history. During a week when there wasn't a heck of a lot to do besides nervously obsess over things on television and the internet, she certainly wasn't the only one to take note of the lantern-jawed lawman.

So maybe DesLauriers is to the Boston Marathon bombing case as Dale Cooper was to Twin Peaks?

In case you were buried under a rock, DesLauriers was at the center of the investigation all last week. He stood up at press conferences and said all kinds of badassy stuff, like this:

And he isn't one to mince words. He was among the first to drop the T-bomb:

Even Boston Police Chief Ed Davis kind of has a thing for him: “He is quiet, but he has a forceful mantra about him,” Davis told the Globe's Milton Valencia in a profile of DesLauriers published yesterday. Added US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, "he’s very straight-laced, by the book, a real G-Man when you think of the FBI.”

The Boston FBI boss has a resume to match his mantra. In addition to leading the effort to capture the Marathon Bombing suspects, DesLauriers also led the Boston office's efforts to nab Whitey Bulger and bust a Russian spy ring in Cambridge. Read more about him in the Globe's profile here.

File under: Everybody Loves Me But You

Zooey Deschanel Is Not the Boston Marathon Bomber, And 26 Other Developments You May Have Missed This Weekend

Posted by Carly Carioli April 22, 2013 11:13 AM


But you wouldn't know that from reading the Closed Captioning on this Fox TV affiliate:


Remember "naked guy" from the Watertown manhunt? The dude who was stripped naked, briefly detained by police, and quickly released while they were searching for Suspect #2? He's now being presented as "evidence" by wingnuts insisting he was actually deceased suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. [Warning: graphic photo/video at this link.]



It includes the line, "you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat." Reaction was decidedly mixed.








Boston Globe photo by Aram Boghosian

“We weep for the last week,’’ Reverend Sean M. Connor told parishioners as the Mass began. During the homily, he cradled a young child in his arms, as he urged parishioners to learn love from the events of last week. “If we are not changed for the better ... then we’ve learned little or nothing.”

"What do we do with our pain? What do we do with our grief? What do we do with our anger?

First, we must feel them."






You can thank the awesome Boston music blog Allston Pudding:


Via @chrishimmel on Instagram


According to the Globe:

“It’s time to move this city forward,” said Mayor Thomas Menino, who stood from a wheelchair to make the announcement of the plan at the afternoon press conference. “We’ve been working hard to develop a plan to open Boylston Street, now the most famous street in the world.”


Photo by @rosiepgray via Instagram

BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray reported:

Fatima Tlisova, a Voice of America journalist from Russia who has covered Chechnya and Chechens extensively and lived in Watertown, Mass. for a number of years, said that she knew of a smattering of Chechens in California and Florida, as well as "five or six families in Boston." . . .

. . . Tlisova said that the other Boston Chechens she knew didn't particularly care for the Tsarnaev family.

"When I was in Boston I'd heard of the Tsarnaevs," Tlisova said. "I left Boston in 2010. Before that the other Chechens said that this family didn't care about religion, the father was drunk man, all this stuff."

"So the other Chechens did not like this particular family very much, I don't know why," she said.


Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney, was interviewed by

“After making false statements under oath and committing these acts of terror against our nation and its citizens, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has renounced any alleged loyalty to our country and has forfeited the gift of U.S. citizenship our great nation has bestowed upon him,” Sullivan said in a statement. “It should be revoked as quickly as the law allows."


Despite a public outcry, he's not backing down from that position:

"On most days, New York State is terrorist target #1, and playing paddy cake with mass murdering killers is not effective in my opinion . . . . One of the questions to be asked is this: is “torture” ever justified in the war against terror, if it can save lives? I am not shy in joining those who say yes, and I believe we must give those tasked with protecting us every constitutional and effective tool to do so."


According to AllThingsD:

"The scanner in question was set up in an anonymous home in Framingham, Mass. The owner had inexplicably placed his radio in the bathroom at the base of the toilet, trained a live Webcam on it, and streamed it to Ustream."


While waiting for backup, a single Watertown police officer engaged in a shootout with the suspects early Friday morning -- and employed a tactic straight out of a Die Hard movie, according to Watertown police chief Edward Deveau.

The officer put his car in gear and jumped out of it, hoping they would think he was still in it as he fired from behind a tree, Deveau said.


From the L.A. Times account of what happened to the driver of the car that was hijacked by the bombing suspects:

Cambridge Police told The Times that the Mercedes driver escaped when the brothers went inside a Shell gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge to buy snacks.


According to the Boston Globe:

The two brothers let the driver out unharmed, but the driver’s cellphone was still in his car, said Deveau. Police “pinged” the phone to determine where it was, he said, which alerted police that the suspects were in Watertown.


Despite losing his entire blood supply -- that's right, all of his own blood -- MBTA Police Officer Richard Donahue, who was hit by a bullet that severed his femoral artery during the Watertown shootout, was resucitated after 45 minutes and "should be able to recover and to walk again," according to the LA Times.



How many Bostonians are telling Arkansas state senator Nate Bell he's an idiot?

Posted by Carly Carioli April 19, 2013 12:11 PM

Oh, well, that's simple: lots. Why? Well, remember last Thursday night? You know, when we were all watching our police force battle block-to-block in our neighborhoods with homicidal, cop-killing terrorists armed with explosives? Arkansas state senator Nate Bell thought that would be a good time to send this tweet:

Yup. He went there. (You can't find the remark anymore on Twitter, but you can read his apology ... and comments ... on Facebook)

So now Boston is going there, too.

From our social-media experts . . .

. . . to our politicians . . .

. . . even the guy from MIT's Civic Media Lab found himself in a not-so-civil mood . . .


. . . our cat-mystery novelists think he's not a nice person . . .



. . . Boston-based politics blogger Charlie Pierce put it succinctly . . .

. . . and a community organizer from a neighborhood that was hit the hardest . . .

. . . and I really don't think you wanted to get on this person's wrong side . . .

. . . and some people thought Nate might be compensating . . .

. . . oh and by the way . . .

. . . you should have remembered what the internet said about us . . .

That was just the beginning. It wasn't just Boston . . .

. . . or California . . .


. . . or wherever . . .

. . . or Chris Bosch (not that Chris Bosh) . . .

. . . but we'll let a former Bostonian have the last word, since he put it so poetically . . .


Jon Butcher

Posted by Adam 12 April 18, 2013 12:10 PM

The legendary Boston axeman joined Julie Kramer in studio today to perform and to talk about his band--the Jon Butcher Axis--releasing their first album in 30 years!

See the Jon Butcher Axis at the Hanover Theatre on Saturday, April 26th.

Jon Butcher.jpeg

BDC Sports: Bruins take the ice post-Boston Marathon bombing

Posted by Adam 12 April 18, 2013 11:28 AM

Adam 12 and Kevin Paul Dupont engaged in their weekly Bruins hockey chat, but with a more somber tone than usual. Understandable, given the events of Marathon Monday. (note: the reference to breaking news on bombing suspects being in custody was later proven to be false; there were no suspects in custody at the time of this recording)

Of course, when the Bruins took the Garden ice against the Sabres on Wednesday night, the entire building joined Rene Rancourt in his rendition of the National Anthem and created a moment that won't soon be forgotten.

Read Kevin Paul Dupont's latest column here, and don't forget to tune in next Wednesday at 2p.

photo credit: Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Marathon Monday: Perspectives from Boylston Street

Posted by Adam 12 April 16, 2013 01:54 PM

This morning, Get Moving blogger Elizabeth Comeau joined Henry Santoro to share her Marathon Monday story. She was stationed near the finish line medical tent, which was quickly transformed into an emergency room after the two explosions: Sports Producer Steve Silva was shooting video of runners crossing the finish line when the explosions happened. You've certainly seen his footage; it's been on major news outlets all over the world. Now hear his story, as told to Henry Santoro:

Adam 12 was working at Forum with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, steps from the finish line. He was on Boylston Street, yards away from the second explosion. His account:

Thank you for listening. We stand with Boston.


I'm from Boston: The Boston Marathon bombing, by writers with local roots

Posted by Carly Carioli April 16, 2013 11:00 AM

Photo via Esquire, by Boston photographer Derek Kouyoumjian.

Even as Boston was struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of yesterday's attacks, national publications began trying to translate to their audiences not just the immediate horror of the marathon attacks, but the symbolic trauma to all of Boston: to explain what this meant to the psyche of our city. Here's a selection of great writers -- all of them with Boston roots -- as they attempted to summon the gravity of the Patriots Day bombings. (If you've got pieces I've missed, hit me with links on Twitter @carlycarioli)

Grantland: "The Marathon: The race and the aftermath and a dark day in Boston," by former Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix staff writer Charles Pierce:

"It was what was left behind that wrung the heart as you walked through Copley Square in Boston while the sun fell at the end of a very bad day. Tables full of unopened bottled water. Piles of those strange silver thermal blankets that have become as much a part of the annual event as spaghetti suppers and lost Scandinavians trying to find their way to Fenways Park. Bags of street clothes, waiting in great lines along Berkeley Street for owners who were god knows where. The Common. The Public Garden. Locked down in a restaurant into which they might have wandered to use the facilities. One solitary fireman, slumped on the bumper of a truck, eyes to the sky, without the energy to reach down and pick up a bottle of water at his feet, and then the shadows lengthening down Boylston Street again, and sirens and sirens, and then silence, and sirens some more. This is the tableau that's left when you take out the joy."

The New Yorker: "Two If By Sorrow: Boston and Its Losses," by Jill Lepore:

"I heard about the bombs while walking to a drug store to buy pens. I was crossing Massachusetts Avenue when the news burst onto my phone—frantic texts about explosions. Head down, heart sinking, I nearly ran into a towering figure in black: a reënactor, Paul Revere on a speckled horse. He was riding to Lexington, a ride forlorn."

Sports on Earth: "Heartbreak Hill," by former Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated writer Leigh Montville:

"In one of the clips, I can see three guys pushing a paralyzed kid in an over-sized stroller, much the same way Ricky Hoyt's dad pushes him. I remember them. I cheered for them. Now, boom, they are startled, frightened, hurrying away from the finish line."

New Republic: "There Is No Finish Line: What the Runners Did When the Bombs Went Off," by former Boston Phoenix staff editor S.I. Rosenbaum:

"The runners milled around, stymied. Their cell phones, by that point, were useless. Many were from out of town, or even from overseas, clueless as to where they were or how to get to where they were staying. Others, frantic, tried to reach family who had been waiting for them at the finish line. Frat brothers came out of a nearby house and started passing out bottles of water just as the police announced that there would be buses arriving up the road at Temple Ohabei-Shalom to pick up runners and take them to 'a staging area.' "

Esquire: "Boston Bombing: Toward the Good," by former Weeky Dig editor Joe Keohane

"[Boston] can be a markedly unfriendly town—I’m not the first to point out that Marathon Monday is the happiest day of the year in what can be an otherwise fractious and standoffish burgh—but anyone who has a deeper understanding of the place knows that while Boston is hard to crack, once you’re in, you’re in. The people are ferociously loyal and have inexhaustible reserves of heart. All of which we saw yesterday, as marathon attendees raced into danger to help the fallen. It was truly inspiring."

Wall Street Journal, "A Joyful Day in Boston Ends in Shock," by former Boston Phoenix staff writer Jason Gay:

"It would be awful anywhere, in any setting. But there is something utterly wicked about it happening at such a public location, near the marathon finish line on the storied concrete of Boylston Street. Just steps from what is traditionally the scene of so much personal triumph—people pushing themselves to limits they never thought they had—there is only madness and horror."

S.B. Nation, "Letter from Boston," by former WEEI scribe Paul Flannery:

"The bombs went off a little before 3 p.m. That's when the people you know were finishing. The students and the moms and dads and the people who decided to do something special one time in their life. The ones who raised money for their causes and trained through the snowy morning jogs just to prove something to themselves or the people they love. Maybe you've even done it yourself, or you make a vow to be out there next year. This is our day to be human again after staying inside through the brutally long winter."

The Internet has spoken: We Stand With Boston

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 16, 2013 08:54 AM

After a senseless and terrifying tragedy, the Internet does one thing well: it shares information. But beyond the news and stories of carnage, death and heroism, the Internet never fails in showcasing humanity's creative, lighter side.

Hanging around social media throughout the night, unable to sleep after the events of yesterday's marathon bombings, I collected some viral images I thought would shed some light on Boston in the darkest of times.

Here are some Internet memes, for your viewing pleasure:

This one is circulating on Facebook. Reportedly cast on the Brooklyn Academy of Music, by the NYC Light Brigade.


Perhaps not surprisingly, Mr. Rogers has been a source of strength for many. I've seen this reposted from friends across the world on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.


This is the "profile pic" many are using on Facebook and Twitter today:


South End Textiles posted this reimagining of the iconic Citgo sign on Facebook last night, after the bombing.


Spotted – from our friends in ChiTown:


A friend posted this and said, "Terriers, not terrorism."


A Boston spin on a now-classic meme:


This Red Sox-style ribbon has been spotted being used as many a Facebook cover photo:


And, my personal favorite:


Rock Star Drone Wars: The launch

Posted by Chris Rattey April 15, 2013 02:56 PM

It took us a couple days to get the Drone working in California, but thanks to Dan from the Globe Lab we were able to reset the settings and link my iPad up to the Parrot drone for flight. I was very anxious for the first flight, and overall it was a bit nerve racking.

Coming out later this week, we have two contestants competing in the first ever Rock Star Drone Wars. Lead guitarist Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is set to battle Palma Voilet drummer Will Doyle. It should be a heated contest, that could be decided by your vote. So stay tuned.

In the meantime ... check out the official first flight from Camp Coachella.

Running to FORUM with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 15, 2013 11:42 AM

Adam 12 and the Street Team are just steps away from the Boston Marathon finish line on this beautiful Patriot's Day, at FORUM, where the Run to FORUM Marathon Viewing Party and Fundraiser kicked off this morning.

The party's in full swing, complete with a photo booth, live coverage of the race on the TVs, and the wonderful Joe Andruzzi Foundation staff and friends, who are raising money for brain cancer research and providing for the needs of cancer patients and their families.

As we wait for the runners to cross the finish line, RadioBDC is spinning tunes and giving out swag, and Michelob Ultra is providing the beers, so if you can handle the jovial crowd outside, come join us!

Our view of the finish line:


What you missed behind the scenes yesterday at the RadioBDC Coachella House

Posted by Carly Carioli April 14, 2013 04:16 PM

The following dispatch is from PRIEST, who is running the show shirtlessly at the RadioBDC House just outside lovely Indio, California.

Morning found us in a not so refreshed manner due to the fact that a few of us plowed through the door at 3 o’clock in the morning after getting on our Coachella, at what is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest music festivals. What a night! After a few days in the desert it was time to get some early morning laundry done…well, at least that was the plan until we realized we couldn’t open the laundry room door. Turns out there was a body in there. One of our own (not to be named) decided the room was far better suited as a bedroom and had completely setup shop in there. Oh well, too busy for laundry anyway. Breakfast was skipped by all in anticipation of a very busy day ahead.

WATCH: Guards perform live at the RadioBDC Coachella house

Party prep, equipment checks, and a “One, two, three, go BDC” put the dial into the red zone. First to kick it off was the band Stars, who tore through a superb, short set that left the crowd most pleased and salivating for more. As the cars piled up in front of the adjacent properties up and down the street, Yeasayer was kind enough to grace us with their presence for a most humorous interview, followed by photos, autographs, and oh yes, some drone piloting. In fact, the rock star drone wars got off to a most precarious, near disastrous start as a few high-impact crashes darn near spelled the end for the little wondrous contraption.

The scene at the house, Palma Violets, Yeasayer

As the sun climbed higher into the desert sky and the temperature hit 94 degrees, we propped open the gates a bit wider to welcome the many stars of Coachella 2013 into our oasis. Japandroids, Palma Violets, JEFF The Brotherhood, all dropped in to tell us all about life on tour and what it really takes to make a solid album in the twenty-first century. Then in through the sliders, past the party people, walked Jake Bugg, guitar in hand! Yes! All were in the presence of greatness as he tore through a blistering version of "Lightning Bolt." The stunned crowd looked on as he then gave off a smile and started into Seen It All. What a treat! We couldn’t stop watching the replay, so we left it on repeat for two hours. Thanks again Jake!

Next up, Coachella headliners, Phoenix came in for a most jovial interview. They hung out and paid mind to all the appreciative superfans here at the Sapporo House. Our transportation coordinators then unlatched the pool gate and escorted Romy from the xx into our headquarters for an interview. She was a bit shy, but was very sweet and endearing overall. At this point it was early in the evening and the production crew knew they had their work cut out for them with all the editing and mixing to get all this exclusive footage out to the masses; there was no end to this work day. Alas the remaining beggars and hangers-on at our party scurried off after the clean-up (us) threw a few filthy looks their way to get the hint. Beat it, party’s over for now.

Phoenix, Romy XX, JEFF the Brotherhood:

Eventually nightfall made its creep and many of us ventured off to night-two of Coachella. Those that remained at the headquarters began concocting strange beverages as if they were mad chemists. Most of the blended drinks ended up on the floor instead of in thirsty bellies. Attempt number two was far more successful and since this is a PG travel diary, we must end it here, for the R-rated version simply cannot be shared as we are all working professionals…and stuff like that just doesn’t happen. Sunday is coming, along with many more bands, stay tuned.

PHOTOS: to check out more from the RadioBDC House, like our Facebook Page.

Coachella 2013: Watch Guards perform at RadioBDC House

Posted by Carly Carioli April 14, 2013 03:17 PM

Guards photo by @kramerjulie via Instagram

The RadioBDC House vibed into psychout mode as soon as NYC's GUARDS stepped into the house on Saturday. If the longhair looks familiar, it's probably because you saw him a couple years ago playing guitar in his little sister's band, Cults. People with a memory longer than 24 months might also remember Richie Follin from his West Coast garage-fuzz band the Willowz, who used to blow minds and speakers while running in the company of Michel Gondry and Sympathy for the Record Industry. Back on the attack, Guards brought it down a notch when they stopped by the House to run through half-scale versions of "Silver Lining" and "Coming True." Check it out:

Guards, "Silver Lining (Live at RadioBDC House at Coachella 2013)"

Guards, "Coming True (Live at Radio BDC House at Coachella 2013)"

MORE VIDEO: Watch all our exclusive performances from the RadioBDC House at Coachella 2013.

PHOTOS: Tag your images #CoachellaBDC to join our live Instagram photostream from Coachella 2013.

Photo by @RadioBDC via Instagram

Coachella 2013: Watch Jake Bugg perform live at the RadioBDC House

Posted by Carly Carioli April 14, 2013 01:14 PM

Instragram photo by Paul Driscoll

Our new best friend: 19-year-old Brit-folk phenom JAKE BUGG, who stopped by the RadioBDC House to perform an exclusive solo set before taking the stage for a Coachella 2013 Saturday set that had the LA Times dragging out Liam Gallagher references. Driscoll and Kramer bugged out over a set that included "Seen It All" and "Lightning Bolt" (aka the song from that Gatorade commercial). Stay tuned after those two tracks for an interview, and more from the Instagram files.

Jake Bugg, "Seen It All (Live at RadioBDC Coachella 2013)":

Jake Bugg, "Lightning Bolt (Live at RadioBDC Coachella 2013)"

Paul Driscoll and Julie Kramer interview Jake Bugg at Radio BDC Coachella 2013:

Photos: Jake Bugg hangs at the RadioBDC Coachella 2013 house:

Photo: @alainariccardi via Instagram

Photo: @kramerjulie via Instagram

Photo: @benielle85 via Instagram

Turns out Internet in the desert sucks

Posted by Chris Rattey April 13, 2013 07:49 AM

Good morning, Boston!

coachella_apple_blog.jpgYes, it's about 5 a.m. out in the California desert - which turns out to be optimal internet surfing time in the broadband wasteland of Indio, California. But in no way am I complaining. I am hanging out with an amazing crew, in a gorgeous house, and we're just hours away from throwing a party that includes a dozen-or-so bands doing interviews and playing live with the backdrop of a sweet pool, palm trees and a fire pit. So yes, the Internet has not played well thus far. But much like a desert varmint ... we adapt. Here I am borrowing some wifi from a friendly Apple Store. Looks like Operation Sidewalk Upload will be the name of the game through the remainder of Coachella.

Yesterday we had our first band come through, a California crew that goes by the name of Guards. Great people with a really catchy tune which you will find below. It was a crucial day in the realm of learning to prepare for today. You see, we have this jacked up backpack (literally) that houses five or six powerful wireless cards from a slew of carriers. The pack picks the best network, then rolls from there. This allows us to stream live without an ethernet path. So yesterday was a nice two-hour window of trying to stuff a square peg through a round hole. We stumbled, tripped, succeeded, sucked, but eventually came out fairly unscathed and ready for battle today. Let's get our Internet helmets on and prepare for battle.

We start streaming at 2 p.m. So kick back, crack a cold Sapporo, and hang with the RadioBDC crew throughout the day. You can see today's lineup on our main Coachella page.

Tomorrow night I'll capture a ton of footage from the festival itself. Driscoll tells me it's a lot like Mars inside the gates. That's inviting.

We have another full slate of streaming live on Sunday that will culminate in the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the main stage to bring the whole festival home.

Cheers. See you later.

Watch the Coachella 2013 concerts live

Posted by Carly Carioli April 12, 2013 10:03 PM


Yes, we're super jelly: the RadioBDC crew is broadcasting live from a beer-stocked house in Indio, California for the duration of Coachella 2013. But just because we're all stuck on the East Coast doesn't mean we can't check out the fest's best mainstage acts live. In fact, these three livestream channels below might be the best seats in the house. Check back all weekend for sets tonight (Friday) including the Stone Roses, Japandroids, Beach House, Purity Ring, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tegan & Sara. On Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm EST, the lineup is scheduled to include Dropkick Murphys, Bat for Lashes, Portugal. The Man, the Postal Service, the xx, Phoenix, and New Order. And Sunday the festival concludes with Gaslight Anthem, DIIV, Cloud Nothings, the Lumineers, Social Distortion, James Blake, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, the Faint, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, and Dinosaur Jr.

And don't forget to tune into the pre-game festivities each day with the Radio BDC crew, who will be live-streaming exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and one-of-a-kind acoustic sessions.




The Coachella Diaries: Our adventure, Day 2

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 12, 2013 03:08 PM

We touched down at LAX Wednesday morning after a long flight, replete with shenanigans, and plenty of nonsense, including Priest completely destroying an overhead bin (total accident). Apologies to both the flight and maintenance crews, of course. 

We got the shiny wheels rolling out on Interstate 10 and floored it full-tilt to Indio!  We arrived at the luxurious digs and immediately transformed it into the magnificent RadioBDC/Sapporo House. After a long, hot day in the desert, we all eventually found our way to dreamland after some sloppy, half-cooked pizza and a few ice-cold Sapporo’s. 

At 5:30 a.m. the next day, we all got busy setting up the broadcast and video production equipment in anticipation of all the amazing bands rolling by throughout the weekend.  With the California sun beating down hard, and sunscreen and sweat dripping out of every pore, we finally got everything up and running. Then into the emerald pool for a cool down. 

As sunset came upon us, we fired up the grill and tossed a whole mess of gnarly steaks on there. Somebody’s brilliant idea lead us to the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino where after some horrible luck at a few Blackjack tables and few watered-down beverages we left beaten and broke, however the team's spirits remained cheerful enough to keep a few of us up straight through to dawn's approach.
We awoke to find a member of the video crew wily-eyed and saucy, manning a vicious pan of steak and eggs. Who knows where this day is heading…Stay tuned  to find out!


Guards playing live at the Coachella House

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 12, 2013 01:59 PM

New York-based rock band Guards will be stopping by our place in sunny Indio, California today where they'll play a live acoustic set and chat with the RadioBDC team, which you can stream live on our Coachella page at 6:30 Eastern time.

Guards' debut LP was released in February, and the indie rock trio have enjoyed positive feedback from critics and fans. They'll be playing in the Coachella Gobi tent at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, and we're excited to see them there, and here in our backyard.

Check out their new music video before you log onto the stream.

Mike Bello on stroller-laden Back Bay thief

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 12, 2013 12:37 PM

Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello described to Henry Santoro this morning the details of a string of alleged robberies by a man pushing a baby in a stroller on Newbury Street.

According to reports, the alleged thief had been breaking into cars and stealing pricey electronics. The suspect, apparently from Revere, could be linked to thousands of break-ins around the city.

Listen to Bello's take on the situation.

Gary Gulman

Posted by Adam 12 April 12, 2013 09:58 AM

The always funny, always buff, always well-coiffed Gary Gulman stopped by to chat with his old friend Henry Santoro. Have a listen; his Trader Joe's story is hysterical.

See Gary at The Wilbur Theatre tomorrow night!


Coachella 2013: The plane ride in and setting up shop

Posted by Chris Rattey April 11, 2013 06:55 PM

The crew is up early to fly from Boston to L.A. and then prepares for the onslaught of talent slated for live performances and interviews.

Listen to the new Jimmy Eat World song "I Will Steal You Back"

Posted by Carly Carioli April 11, 2013 02:45 PM

Here it is: the first single from Jimmy Eat World's next album has leaked to the internets. Give "I Will Steal You Back" a spin -- and if you dig it, you can grab the song as a 7-inch single for Record Store Day on April 20, with a B-side cover of Radiohead's "Stop Whispering"

The new Jimmy Eat World album, Damage (RCA), drops on June 11. The track listing, according to NME:

  • Appreciation
  • Damage
  • Lean
  • Book Of Love
  • I Will Steal You Back
  • Please Say No
  • How’d You Have Me
  • No, Never
  • Byebyelove
  • You Were Good

Mayor Menino's 2014 Budget Has a Hollywood-style Trailer Featuring a Car Chase and a Ben Affleck Cameo

Posted by Carly Carioli April 11, 2013 01:02 PM


Someone in Deval Patrick's office might want to take notes.

Yesterday afternoon, City Hall broke news in a manner that would make Buzzfeed proud: releasing details of Mayor Tom Menino's fiscal-year 2014 budget in the form of a viral video that the administration posted direct to Vimeo.


Staged as a Hollywood-style trailer for the budget, the in-joke-laden video borrows a war-room scene from Zero Dark Thirty and a Ben Affleck clip from Argo -- as well as a cameo from the Mayor himself. It also samples a line Menino spoke at his farewell announcement: "I have nine months left. We're gonna have some REAL fun." Looks like he means it.


The video opens with a fake MPAA warning that references the city's bond rating -- "Aaa" for "Extremely Sound Financial Management" -- as a booming voice begins with the universal cliche of a blockbuster voiceover: "IN A YEAR that promises to be full of change . . ."


As a man with a briefcase and dark sunglasses races to deliver the budget on time, references to Menino's pet projects flash by as timestamps in an action thriller: the East Boston Library's iPad-lending program, outdoor fitness zones in city parks, a smartphone app for finding parking spaces, and a Hubway helmet-vending project.

And, as voiceover-guy reminds us, this budget's "from the producer of the FY '95, FY '96, FY '97, FY '98, FY '99 . . ."


WATCH: Coming Attraction: City of Boston FY 14 Budget

Marathon Monday: Run to Forum

Posted by Adam 12 April 10, 2013 03:43 PM

Join RadioBDC and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation this Marathon Monday for the 'Run to Forum' Marathon Watch Party and Fundraiser. As the name implies, the event will be held at Forum on Boylston St. in Boston, just steps from the finish line.

Joe himself returned to RadioBDC earlier today with one of his runners in tow. Marty Wells shared the story of his 2-year-old son's battle with cancer. Please listen:

Please click here to join us at Forum on Marathon Monday! Clearly, it's for a worthy cause. Not to mention the fact that Adam 12 will be broadcasting live, we'll have the perfect Marathon Monday soundtrack, and a bunch of fantastic raffle items, including:

- A $200 gift card to Forum

- A RadioBDC All Access Pass (first one ever)! This pass will get a pair of people into any RadioBDC event & into The Boston Globe for any of our exclusive Live in the Lab performances.

- A RadioBDC swag bag (t-shirts, ear bugs, CDs and more)

- A pair of tickets to The Boston Calling Music Festival at the City Hall Plaza May 25 & 26, featuring fun., The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant and more

See you at Forum on Monday!


BDC Sports: Bergeron and Soderberg

Posted by Adam 12 April 10, 2013 02:28 PM

Patrice Bergeron took to the ice for the first time today after suffering his fourth concussion last week. Sources are reporting that Carl Soderberg, the 6'3", 205lb winger from Sweden has reached a deal with the Bruins. And there are only 10 more games left in this lockout-shortened season. Kevin Paul Dupont and Adam 12 covered it all today.

Tune in next Wednesday at 2 for a tour of KPD's new vacation home in Newark.


RadioBDC's Live & Local Show Picks

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 10, 2013 01:55 PM

Finally, the weather has shifted in our favor, and hopefully that will prompt all those hibernating music fans to reemerge from their dens and see some live shows.

This week, Boston plays host to a handful established bands, but it's the locals that are dominating the scene, as the Rock N Roll Rumble continues with preliminaries at T.T. the Bear's Place. Keep a lookout for the semi-finals of the annual rock-off next week.

Wednesday, April 10:

Cold War Kids are at The Paradise. Their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, was released earlier this month and features "Miracle Mile," which you heard on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also on tonight's bill is Houses. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 7 p.m.)

Indie favorites Cloud Cult and JBM are at Brighton Music Hall. ($15 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Old Abram Brown's new EP "Summer Home" comes out on the 16th, but they're hosting a party at Great Scott with Abadabad and Kid Mountain.'s Scott McLennan called the new release "serious headphone music" in his recent review. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)

Thursday, April 11:

The Presidents of the United States of America are at The Paradise performing their 1995 self-titled album, with Eternal Summers and You Scream I Scream. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

The Rock N Roll Rumble preliminaries continue. Earlier this week New Highway Hymnal, Glenn Yoder and the Western States, and a bunch of other great local bands played in the competition, and it continues this week. On Thursday, see Twin Berlin, Lifestyle, Whitcomb and Mount Peu, at T.T.'s. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Friday, April 12:

Muse is smack in the middle of their 2013 world tour, and they're stopping by the TD Garden, with Scottish band Biffy Clyro. ($42+ / All ages / Doors at 7:30 p.m.)

Rodriguez, subject of the acclaimed Sundance film "Searching for Sugarman" will be at the Somerville Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but you could get lucky searching online.

At T.T.'s, see White Dynomite, The Suicide Dolls, The Field Effect, and Coyote Kolb. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Lez Zeppelin are at the Middle East Downstairs. The all-girl New York-based Led Zep cover band will rock with special guests Mellow Bravo. ($20 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Saturday, April 13:

Because who doesn't secretly love Sublime more than is socially acceptable any more, it's my duty to tell you that Badfish is playing at the Sinclair, with Secret Machines and Avon Junkies. ($22.50 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

And, the last night of the Rumble before next weekend's semi-finals features The Daily Pravda, Ruby Rose Fox, Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan and Parks.

Check back next week for our weekly live music round-up.

Watch Lil' Jon DJ this Zumba class in Revere. Yes, really.

Posted by Carly Carioli April 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Photo: @g2dance via Instagram

He's the King of Crunk. He's a Celebrity Apprentice survivor. And last night, at the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere, LIL JON added a new line to his resume: Zumba instructor?

No, seriously: this actually happened. And we've got the Vines to prove it. WHAT?!

Perched behind a massive DJ booth, the man behind such immortal hits as Ying Yang Twins's "Salt Shaker" unveiled a new song, "Work," that is specifically aimed at the Zumba market. How does Zumba-fied Lil Jon differ from in-the-club Lil Jon? Well, unlike past Lil Jon hits, this one is aimed at making the ladies "work it out," "move your bodies to the bass," "arch your back," and . . . OK, it's pretty much exactly the same. YEAH?!

Billed as a "fitness party," it was the kickoff of the "Zumba Nightclub Series," a brief tour that sees Lil Jon hitching his wagon to the international Zumba craze, a reportedly $500 million fitness juggernaut that's already partnered with the likes of Pitbull. OK!!!

Feel free to write your own punchline: we'll get you started with one from former Stuff Magazine editor Scott Kearnan, who tipped us off to this story in the first place.

Henry in the Grub: All Season's Table

Posted by Adam 12 April 10, 2013 10:48 AM

We're huge fans of the excellent pan-Asian cuisine Douglas Tran and his staff create at All Seasons Table in Malden, so it only made sense to have them stop by for Henry in the Grub. Listen to Henry and Jackie Bouley from All Seasons Table talk food, food, and more food.

And check this out: Adam 12 will spin a set at All Seasons Table on Thursday, April 11th from 9-11p. So come out, eat, drink, and enjoy!


Spring into Spring Pops

Posted by Adam 12 April 9, 2013 02:32 PM

Seems like just yesterday we were nestled into Symphony Hall, getting into the seasonal spirit with the Holiday Pops. But the season has changed, spring is here, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2013 Spring Pops: Lights, Camera, Action! It's all about the screen this season, with programs like Music of the Mad Men Era, Pixar in Concert--with music & film clips--and Disney's Fantasia: Live in Concert.

Click here for the full lineup and ticket information, and support the arts this spring!

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photo credit Stu Rosner


Posted by Adam 12 April 9, 2013 01:33 PM

So Pinkberry stopped by today, with both their delicious frozen yogurt and their new fresh Greek yogurt. We could write paragraph after paragraph about how delectable it all was, but you know what they say about pictures and words and such. So look.


And listen.

And don't forget to visit the newest Pinkberry location on Boylston St. in Chestnut Hill!


What should we name our new Parrot Drone?

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 8, 2013 03:18 PM

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Name the Globe Lab Drone

The Boston Globe Media Lab recently invested in a Parrot Drone to help with our innovating and news gathering initiatives. But, the drone needs a name, especially as it is accompanying the RadioBDC team to the Coachella Music Festival this week. So help us introduce our drone to some rock stars by giving it a real name. What should we name the drone?

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Boston Wine School

Posted by Adam 12 April 8, 2013 02:27 PM

That voice, that all-encompassing knowledge of the can only be Johnathan Alsop of the Boston Wine School! And it was! Jonathan stopped by for a visit with Henry and Julie this morning, talked wine, and even sampled a bit! Here, have a sip, er, listen:

Follow Jonathan on Twitter; he really does have a gift for making wine fun and interesting for everyone!


Live in the Studio: The Virginmarys

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 8, 2013 02:13 PM

Julie Kramer had some guests this afternoon while she was lunching at her desk. British rockers The Virginmarys stopped by for an acoustic set in the RadioBDC studios and to chat with Julie before their show at Great Scott tonight.

Earlier this year, The Virginmarys released their debut album, King of Conflict, and played a couple songs off that album live for RadioBDC listeners.

Watch the video here.



Posted by Adam 12 April 5, 2013 04:39 PM

We, like you, like to drink. And we like to drink beer. Turns out our friend Dan Kline likes to drink beer, too. And talk about drinking beer. Which is exactly what he did with Adam 12 earlier this week, previewing some spring brews from the likes of Sam Adams and others. Listen:

Dan Kline's beer buddy Gary Dzen has a piece Notch Brewing Co.'s Session Beer Day this Sunday. Quite fitting that Mary Ellen from Notch Brewing would stop by for a chat, too!

Click here for all the details on Notch Brewing Company's Session Beer Day!

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The 7 people you meet at Coachella

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 5, 2013 03:08 PM

RadioBDC is headed 3,000 miles across the country, drone and Julie Kramer in tow, to spend five days in Indio, California at the Coachella festival. We're excited to meet some of these legendary characters, each one a staple at music festivals around the world.

The hippie girl.
Your aura! It's purple! (Photo by Cour10e Fox/Flickr)

The guy who lost his pants.
Maybe they're in the tent? (Photo by Caesar Sebastian/Flickr)

Corporate marketers disguised as hipsters.
Look out! They're not hitting on you - they're just trying to sell you Red Bull. (Photo by emilydickinsonridesabmx)

A celebrity trying to be normal.
Alright, fine, you can take a picture of me for your fashion blog... Sigh. (Photo by HiStyley)

Old people.
In my day, the drugs were pure, kids! (Photo by Lloyd Doppler/Flickr)

A member of a semi-confusing subculture.
Clown love, homie. MMFCL. (Photo by thatguygil/flickr)

This guy.
I don't even know. (Photo by thepoweroflard/Flickr)

We're bringing a drone to Coachella ... which is awesome

Posted by Chris Rattey April 5, 2013 07:44 AM

It's nearly go-time for the RadioBDC journey to Coachella. We all fly out next Wednesday to a relatively sick house in Indio, California. Kramer is setting up a bunch of bands to come by for interviews, performances and to party with Saporro and Avion Tequila. We'll be streaming live, taking photos, blogging, and generally pumping out as much content as possible in a variety of ways. So make sure you follow the journey and become a part of it.

One slightly ridiculous part will be the presence of the Globe Lab's drone. The Globe's Creative Technologist, Chris Marstall, is being kind enough to lend this awesome piece of equipment for the experience. What will we use it for? You mean you've never heard of Rock Star Drone Wars? No ... you haven't. That's because I just made it up.

Unfortunately I have no video of our own drone ... yet ... but here's something similar I found on the You Tube.

Grrl Power Playlist - 04/03/13

Posted by Steph Mangan April 4, 2013 05:38 PM
Grrl Power kicked off with a new track from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' upcoming album, Mosquito. Last night's show also featured new music from Magic Man, Rilo Kiley, and In The Valley Below.

You can listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9pm, only on RadioBDC.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs// Under The Earth
  • You Say Party// Friends
  • Veronica Falls// Broken Toy
  • In The Valley Below// Last Soul
  • MS MR// Hurricane
  • Bleached// Dead in Your Head
  • CHVRCHES// Now is Not The Time
  • Magic Man// Texas
  • Savages// She Will
  • The Box Tiger// Knives
  • The Candy Hearts// Replacement Parts
  • Rilo Kiley// Patiently
  • Waxahatchee// Peace and Quiet
  • Field Mouse// Tomorrow is Yesterday
  • Little Green Cars// The John Wayne


Bee's Knees Supply Company

Posted by Adam 12 April 4, 2013 11:25 AM

Jason Owens of Bee's Knees Supply Company on Farnsworth St. in Boston dropped by to lavish us with a selection of artisan cheeses, hand-crafted chocolates, and some of the tastiest lemonade we've ever imbibed. Listen and let your mouth water.

I mean, really: look at all of these goodies!


Thank you, Jason and company! You're the, um...well, you're the Bee's Knees!


Dave Silk talks "A Miracle for Justina"

Posted by Adam 12 April 4, 2013 10:44 AM

"Miracle on Ice" member, BU Hockey alum, and former NHL player Dave Silk joined Henry Santoro this morning to talk hockey and "A Miracle For Justina."

Justina is a beautiful fourteen year old girl with a complicated health history. All proceeds from the events will go to Justina’s fund “ A Miracle for Justina." Have lunch with Dave Silk and other members of the 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team.
Click here for details on both "Miracle" events this Saturday!


BDC Sports: Bruins trade deadline

Posted by Adam 12 April 4, 2013 10:10 AM

With less than an hour before the NHL trade deadline, Kevin Paul Dupont from the Boston Globe joined Adam 12 to talk about the Bruins' acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, additional moves he'd like to see made, and the status of Patrice Bergeron. Listen:

After 12 & KPD chatted, we learned that ">Patrice Bergeron has suffered his fourth concussion and will be out indefinitely.

The Bruins also acquired Wade Redden at the deadline, and traded for Rob Flick.


Henry in the Grub: Anna's Taqueria

Posted by Adam 12 April 3, 2013 11:33 AM

Today was a good day. Some (Steph Mangan, for instance) would argue it was the greatest day in Henry in the Grub history. For today was the day that Anna's Taqueria brought us burritos. Many, many burritos. And they were very, very good.

Anna's does a lot of good, too. Listen to Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, and Mike Kamino eat heartily and talk about the Celebrity Burrito Roller Series!

Hit Anna's on Harvard Street on Monday, April 8, 6-8pm when Henry will be rolling for the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund!


RadioBDC's Live & Local Show Picks

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 2, 2013 12:36 PM

RadioBDC is serious about our commitment to great music, so every week we scour the Boston music scene to pick out the best of the best.

Here are this week's picks:

Tonight, April 2:

The Scotsmen you saw on Conan last month, Frightened Rabbit, are in town, playing at House of Blues with Wintersleep. They're about to release their new EP, Backyard Skulls. ($22+ / All ages / Doors at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 3:

Local favorites Air Traffic Controller are at T.T. the Bear's Place with Friendly People, The Boston Boys, and Nick Hakim. Check out a video of Air Traffic Controller playing a RadioBDC Live in the Lab show, in case you missed it. ($8 / 18 + / Doors at 8:30 p.m.)

882611_10151355828145969_416589467_o.jpgAllison Weiss, a power-pop singer/songwriter with a strong DIY ethos, will be at Great Scott with Pentimento, Candy Hearts, and Maura. ($10 / 18+ / Doors at 9 p.m.)

Thursday, April 4:

My homeboys Ozomatli (Go LA!) are at the Middle East Downstairs with Mad Satta. If you haven't heard of Ozo, you're seriously missing out on a really great mix of funk, rap, rock and latin influence. These guys, once just the heroes of Los Angeles, are now Cultural Ambassadors of the US State Department and accompanied the Boston Pops for their 125th anniversary. ($25 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Family of the Year are at Brighton Music Hall with The Mowgli's. Click here to win tickets and don't miss their RadioBDC Live in the Lab at 1:30, streaming live on ($13 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Friday, April 5:

Our friends Pretty and Nice, fresh off a tour and an appearance at SXSW, invite you to a FREE listening party for their new full-length album at Store 54. (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

All-out rock n rollers The View and Stanley Odd are just around the corner at Brighton Music Hall. ($12 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

Saturday, April 6:

Occupy movement offshoot Strike Debt and Occupy Boston will host an afternoon of information on fighting student loan debt, free food and music at the Middle East Upstairs. The event is free and features author Dan Clawson, plus music from Rick Berlin & The Nickel and Dime Band, Licious with Kelsey Brown, and DJ Ultratumba. (Doors at 1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 7:

The 34th annual Rock n Roll Rumble begins at T.T. the Bear's Place! Opening night bands are: The Okay Win, Cancer Killing Gemini, The New Highway Hymnal, and Velah. There's also an opening night reception from 8 to 9, hosted by Indie Rock Ranger. ($8 / 18+ / Doors at 8 p.m.)

BDC Sports: Red Sox Opening Day

Posted by Adam 12 April 1, 2013 02:54 PM

It was all peanuts and Cracker Jack (OK, more like peanuts and crack-pots) in the RadioBDC studio this afternoon as Chad Finn and Steve Silva joined Adam 12 for a special Opening Day edition of their weekly Red Sox segment.

Steve cracked shells and monitored the game while Chad fleshed out some of his predictions for the upcoming season. And we spent quite a bit of time talking Jackie Bradley Jr., one of the Red Sox rookie sensations. Here, have a listen.

What we didn't have time to cover was this breaking bit on the Sox plans to ditch "Sweet Caroline." Here, take a look.

And here, have a peanut. From Steve Silva.


Family of the Year: Live in the Lab on April 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Posted by Alex Pearlman April 1, 2013 10:09 AM

You've heard their hit single "Hero" off Family of the Year's 2012 release, Loma Vista. Now you have a chance to see the Los Angeles indie group live in the Boston Globe media lab.

Named one of Amazon's best albums of last year, Loma Vista is the second full-length album for the band, who are making their way to the Northeast, fresh off the stage at SXSW.

To put your name on the list to see Family of the Year at the Boston Globe, email


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Paul Driscoll is Radio’s 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.
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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.
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