Her editorial follows the same sentiment as other female artists, such as Grimes, who refuse to accept harassment and misogyny as acceptable behavior. Mayberry writes, “Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?” and “Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to "just deal with”.”
Wrapping up her beautifully written editorial, Mayberry hopes to spark a necessary discussion against sexism and misogyny as well as focus on their music and the future.
You can read the entire essay at The Guardian.
And be sure to re-watch the band’s amazing Live in the Lab set below as well as listen to their debut album The Bones of What You Believe.
No Chad Finn this week: he's covering Celtics media day. So it's just Steve Silva and Adam 12, a couple of regular guys shooting the baseball breeze over beers (without the beers, of course).
12 and Silva took a look at the bevy of former Sox playing in the postseason on other teams, the current Sox hands who've had postseason experience elsewhere, and which former contending Red Sox team reminds us most of this year's squad.
Talk to you next Monday at 2.
It's Friday afternoon, and time to take a spin down You Tube memory lane. This video gets me every time... timeless really. It was created prior to the last Patriots' Super Bowl appearance (let's not discuss that, but instead talk about how awesome Rob Gronkowski is, and we can't wait for him to get back on the field).
Gronk is listed as questionable for this weekend, but perhaps this will provide some inspiration to get him on the field Sunday night against the Falcons. I mean ... it is prime time after all. This fantastic video features local comics Scotty Lombardo and Mikhail Khan along with the band New Hong Kong. This video also features Football Head. Video produced by ThinkForward.
- Haim// If I Could Change Your Mind
- Holly Miranda// Don’t Call
- Best Coast// I Don’t Know How
- Lorde// Team
- Sky Ferreira// You’re Not The Only One
- CHVRCHES// We Sink
- Icona Pop// In The Stars
- The Blow// Make It Up
- Phantogram// Black Out Days
- Charli XCX// What I Like
- Swearin’// Watered Down
- The Colourist// Yes, Yes
- All Dogs// Love Song
- Tancred// The Ring
- Kitten// I’ll Be Your Girl
- Mansions// Climbers
- Yuck// Memorial Fields
- CHVRCHES// We Sink
- Sleigh Bells// You Don’t Get Me Twice
- Icona Pop// All Night
- K.Flay// The Cops
- Superchunk// Staying Home
- The Blow// Make It Up
- Sky Ferreira// Lost In My Bedroom
- Potty Mouth// Sleep Talk
- Waxahatchee// Misery Over Dispute
- All Dogs// Love Song
- Little Daylight// Glitter and Gold
- Daughter// Smoke
- Tegan and Sara// Goodbye, Goodbye
- Chlöe Howl// No Strings
- CHVRCHES// The Mother We Share (Live at RadioBDC)
Boston. Cambridge. Somerville. Brookline.
"Chopsticks." "Heart and Soul." "November Rain." OK, maybe not that last one. But definitely the first two.
"Play Me, I'm Yours" is art. It's 75 pianos that have been placed in and around Boston by artist Luke Jerram, who explained the installation to Henry and Julie.
And no, it's not all "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks." There's already been quite a bit of talent gravitating toward these beautiful, artful musical instruments. Take a look.
Thank you, Luke, for bringing more beautiful music to our city!
The up-and-coming electro-pop group, Bastille, whose hit single "Pompeii" has lit up the airwaves and the Social Countdown, made a surprise pit-stop by the RadioBDC studio.
Adam 12 chatted with the group about football (the other kind), why they're here for the day in Boston, and crazy fans who threaten to puke on the band.
Listen to the interview with the handsome Brits below before they played a surprise pop-up show in the middle of Boston Common, and check out some pics below.
Get ready for a great day of music as RadioBDC is throwing a free concert at Union Square in Somerville on Sunday, October 13, beginning at high noon.
Five great acts will take the stage and play throughout the afternoon. You can get to know them below.
The show is also sponsored by Goodwill, who will have a truck on the premises taking donations. The festival will showcase local businesses and artists as part of the autumn showcase. So mark your calendars today and join us on Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend. Here are the acts you will find on stage for RadioBDC's first Live on the Square.
The Sheila Divine
Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters
So now you have your plans for Sunday of the next long weekend. See you in Union Square!
See you on Sunday, October 13th!
It's not often an author has their book turned into a movie or TV show. Actually, it does happen pretty often.
But it has to be a really good story. And The Returned by Jason Mott is a really good story. Listen to Jason talk to Julie and Henry about having his book adapted by Brad Pitt's film company.
Here we are, a week away from HOCKEY.
The Bruins open their regular season on Thursday, October 3rd and Kevin Paul Dupont joined Adam 12 for a wide-ranging hockey conversation. The pair started with the recent spate of preseason fights, moved on to potential third line scenarios, and somehow ended up reminiscing about pond hockey. Here, listen:
More pond hockey talk next Wednesday at 2.
Meredith Goldstein's letter starts like this: "I'm finding myself in a situation I NEVER thought I would be in: I'm dating a married man." Julie and Henry were more than happy to add their two cents to this one.
Give a listen and you'll understand why Julie paired this week's letter with this classic from Talking Heads.
When asked what planted the seed that has grown into a wildly successful business fueled by optimism, positivity and charity, Bert and John Jacobs - founders of Life is good - attribute one simple request by their mother Joan around the dinner table in their small Needham home.
Each day, Bert and John - along with their six younger siblings - would have to say one good thing that happened that day. Simple, right? Well, that simplicity would become the symbol of a company that has raised $14 million for children in need through a festival that has become a region's staple to the end of summertime.
Has it been easy? Heck no. The brothers will tell you they made every business mistake in the book through the early 90s. But then it took one good idea to turn it around, a message that demanded respect and attention, and a team of believers that have helped build a brand that in a weird way feels like it has just started.
Bert and John sat down with RadioBDC and Boston.com before day two of the Life is good festival. Watch the video below. To see all of our videos, interviews and music clips, visit our 2013 Life is good Festival archive page.
Hey, remember that one time RadioBDC had a TV commercial and "If You Wanna" by The Vaccines was playing in the background? That was pretty awesome.
Anyway, with all that exposure we gave to the West London lads, we figure they owe us one. So they're going to strip down (not literally; get your mind out of the gutter) and perform live in the Globe Media Lab on Tuesday, October 1st before opening for Phoenix that night.
Just click here and sign up for a chance to see The Vaccines Live in the Lab. We're hoping they'll play this one:
Our morning man Henry Santoro has forgotten more about Andy Warhol than you'll ever know.
OK, that might not be a true statement, but the man has stories to tell. He shared some of them this morning as the tables were turned and Henry was the interviewee instead of the interviewer. Jason Landry of Panopticon Gallery talked Warhol with Henry.
Boston.com, the Boston Globe, and sponsor Whole Foods are aiming to start a food revolution. And we here at RadioBDC are on board.
Our old friend Elizabeth Comeau came by to talk with Henry Santoro about "Let's Talk About Food."
Not to be outdone, YouthTrade founder Poonam Ahluwalia also made an appearance, explaining their involvement with the Let's Talk About Food event.
Joining the discussion, it's Whole Foods' EcoCzar and Regional Forager Lee Kane.
Watch this space for our continued dialog...and Let's Talk About Food!
I met up with Katie before her show at the Middle East Downstairs to discuss her tap dancing skills, her tour with Tegan and Sara, and what's next for Waxahatchee.
Chad Finn, Steve Silva, and Adam 12 started this week's Red Sox chat with their impressions of last weekend at Fenway: Chad and his daughter were on hand for Friday night's clinching victory, Adam 12 and his family took in the last regular season game at the Park on Sunday, and Steve Silva was everywhere, all weekend.
So your 2013 Boston Red Sox have sewn up the AL East and are a couple of wins away from the best record in the American League and guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So what's next? Taking a hard look at potential playoff opponents and choosing which arms to use and when. That's where we join the trio below.
Tune in next Monday at 2 for more men's fashion tips from Steve Silva and Adam 12.
(photo credit Chad Finn)
Hold onto your hat! Actually, take off your hat. We're going to style your hair.
Be Styled is a Boston Blow Dry Bar Salon. And you're saying: "what's a 'blow dry bar' salon?" Trippe & Nick will explain.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis announced his resignation at a press conference today, reported Boston Globe deputy metro editor Mike Bello during an interview on RadioBDC.
Davis will leave the office he's held for nearly seven years in 30 to 60 days. The timeframe will depend on whether the Red Sox make it to the World Series, said Bello.
Davis played a large role in dealing with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, and has been lauded for a decrease in violent crime in the city. Some, however, feel he could have done more to encourage diversity within the department, said Bello.
Listen to the whole interview with Mike Bello and Julie Kramer:
Life is good fest carries on for another year, hammering down the nail and being the new quintessential end-of-summer party. They achieve a similar celebratory vibe to a summer wedding, with ankle-bitin’ youngsters and micro-brew sipping parents mixing in flawlessly with indie-junkies and college-aged fans. The event radiates the most positivity through and through. Here is just a small sample of things that, in one way or another, conjured up blissful feelings:
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
The San Francisco art-poppers were the perfect choice to mix up the festival’s sound and give it a bit of alt cred in the process. Thao is a joyous spirit and a supreme talent, holding her own on a number of instruments and making the smiling crowd wiggle throughout.
Bearded fellas rocking Life is good shirts and Crocs while passionately fist-pumping to a Dawes folk-pop ballad? Dads were easily the quiet MVPs of the day.
A conversation with 6-year-old Joshua discussing his favorite set
Me: What did you think of Yo Gabba Gabba?
Joshua: Yo Gabba Gabba was BEAST!
Me: How so?
Joshua: There are monsters in the band.
Me: Good point.
Lake Street Dive
A jazzy collective that was trained locally at the Boston Conservatory, Lake Street Dive was an unexpected handful of soul that translated well with both the under-10 crowd and the elder folks of the audience.
Life is good Coffee House
The tiny stage housed acoustic sets from Ryan Montbleau, Mike Doughty, Nathan Moore, and many others. Grins filled the room as more curious festivalgoers sipped brews and discovered new music.
Such an amazing year for a group that exudes posi-vibes in all of their work. A cover of Mike Snow’s “Animal” and their own latest hit “Sail Into the Sun” got the day started off with an extra pep in its step.
The Roots pulling together a set upon arrival
Late-night staples and legendary crew The Roots almost didn’t make the festival at all. They literally pulled their guitars from their cases and started playing when they reached the festival grounds. Considering the abrupt start, they couldn’t have won the crowd over any more.
Bert and John
The founders of Life is good were the ultimate hosts. They strolled the grounds the entire time, shaking hands, being semi-fanboys, and making their positivity contagious the entire time. They successfully fed folks healthy doses of optimism all day without being overly cheesy, which is harder than they make it look.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
It’s easy to forget how many hits these fellas had until you see them live. Let’s just say a jammed-out version of “I Can’t Go For That” led to a solid number of bold dance steps that, if recreated elsewhere, would be a dangerous move.
Stay glued to RadioBDC for more coverage from Life is good Festival.
On Tuesday, September 24th, Adam 12 will broadcast live from W.B. Mason's WhattaBargain on 64 Summer St. in Boston from 2-6p. Listen below as Peter Davekos breaks the whole thing down for Henry and Julie.
See you on Tuesday!
It's fall in New England, which means EVERYTHING PUMPKIN EVERYTHING.
Meg & Victor from Dunkin' Donuts dropped some pumpkin pie donuts on Julie and Henry, as well as the "Purple With a Purpose" donut. Buy one on Saturday the 21st, and some of the money will go toward Alzheimer's Association.
See? Don't they look tasty?
The annual Life is good Festival is coming to Prowse Farm in Canton this weekend with a slew of national and local artists performing on multiple stages.
From Jack Johnson to Hall & Oates to The Roots, to local staples like Gentleman Hall, in all 30 acts with play on four different stages during the two-day event. Most important, the festival's purpose is to raise money for children in need, the charity arm of Life is good known as Playmakers.
The best of Life is good Festival 2012
RadioBDC and Boston.com will be on hand throughout the festivities, streaming live interviews with a number of acts, taking photos, videos, tweeting, instagram-ing, and basically just bringing the festival to you in every way shape or form. It will be just like you are there! If you are going, please stop by our tent and hang out for a while. You likely won't want to stay long, as the festival also offers a ton of things to do outside of listening to great music. Check out the whole lineup.
In addition to all the content flowing from us, you can also watch all the acts on stage via webcast here on the lovely internet. Of course, you'll be able to get the full recap come Monday right here on RadioBDC and Boston.com.
What's that old saying? "Sweet sixteen and never been...?" We'll let you fill in the blank. We WON'T let Dicky Barrett fill in the blank, because this is a family blog, folks.
Dicky checked in with his old friend Julie Kramer to share the details on the Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown 16, happening at the House of Blues December 27-29.
RadioBDC is presenting, just like last year. Tickets on sale on Friday, September 20th.
See you there!
Terell Owens wants to come to New England and help the Patriots with their receiver problems. Gary Washburn wrote in the Boston Globe that the team should at least give him a look.
In the wake of the Marathon Bombings, many people used the canvas of their bodies to show support for their beloved Boston and for those affected on that tragic day.
Our old friend Chris Padgett is attempting to document these Boston-themed tattoos with Bled For Boston. He spoke to Henry and Julie about the project.
If you'd like to learn more or you have a tattoo you'd like to share, click here.
Join Adam 12 at The Frye Company on Newbury St. this afternoon. He'll be broadcasting live, DJing, and setting the table for Blondfire, who will perform live in-store.
Don't believe us? Listen to this.
It's the Grand Opening celebration of Frye's Boston flagship, 284 Newbury St. See you there!
Whisk is a pop-up restaurant that popped up at 351 Hanover St. in the North End not too long ago. Chef/owner Jeremy Kean popped into the RadioBDC studio to talk about Whisk and share his take on bruschetta.
The folks from Tavern Road are no strangers to the RadioBDC studio. In fact, they were in not to long ago as part of Thirsty Thursday.
But today ain't Thursday.
It's Wednesday, which is Henry in the Grub day. And baby, the grub was brought. Take a look and a listen below.
It's a problem that hits close to home for some: how does a couple balance their budget, yet still find time to step out on the town? That was the theme of this week's edition of Love Letters. Meredith Goldstein talked about it with Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro.
A little "Money For The Weekend" you say, Julie Kramer? Good call.
Sure, we're only two weeks into the Bruins preseason. But there's still plenty to talk about, including Jarome Iginla's impressive 3-goal performance and Zdeno Chara's shifting power play role. Adam 12 and Kevin Paul Dupont talked about that and more, including Tim Thomas' tryout for the Florida Panthers.
More puck next Wednesday at 2. Talk to you then.
Between curating, producing, and even moderating Boston.com's Lab Debates, you'd think Boston.comment's Joanna Weiss and our friend Alex Pearlman would've had their fair share of Boston's Mayoral race by now.
That's so not the case.
Injecting some 80's-inspired fun into the process, the pair hatched a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-meets-Ninento-styled interactive game that lets you ride the T (without the delays) and maybe even choose Boston's next Mayor.
Missed the link above? Click here to play!
It's becoming a welcome winter tradition. Icing down Fenway, strapping on the skates, and watching hockey the way it was meant to be played: out-of-doors.
Fred Olsen chatted with Adam 12 about this year's Frozen Fenway matchups. Listen:
Meet the new Pixies, same as the old Pixies. No, wait, that's not true. Kim Deal left the band back in June, which prompted Adam 12 to tweet this:
Kim Deal quitting the Pixies doesn't count unless she did it via fax.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) June 14, 2013
Since then, the band has been busy. They released their first new music in over twenty years, brought on Muffs bassist Kim Shattuck, and struck out on tour. Watch the band perform their new song "Bagboy" on Jimmy Fallon.
Every September, it's the same thing: tons of new shows debut, and you don't have a ton of time to give them all a whirl and see which ones are worth watching.
That's where Sarah Rodman comes in.
The Globe media maven just joined Matthew Gilbert for another edition of "We Like To Watch," then stopped by to talk fall TV with Julie and Henry.
There's a bit of Breaking Bad chat, too. But no spoilers. We promise.
Laugh Boston, the "stand-up brother to Improv Asylum," opens this Saturday night, September 21st, at the Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel.
Owner Norm Laviolette talked to Henry Santoro and Julie Kramer about the new 300-seat venue and who's coming to perform this fall.
This weekend, retiring Yankees closer and future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera said farewell to Fenway Park...and his team said farewell to any hopes of winning the AL East, as they were swept by the Red Sox. We started this week's conversation with reaction to the pre game ceremony honoring Rivera, which both Chad Finn and Adam 12 tweeted about.
Great job by the Red Sox. As usual, Rivera's grace and good nature made the moment better.— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) September 16, 2013
Someday, we'll brag to our grandkids about seeing Mariano Rivera pitch the same way our grandfathers bragged about seeing Ted Williams hit.— Adam 12 (@adamxii) September 16, 2013
From there, 12, Finn and Steve Silva talked Uehara, Buchholz, Carp, and the fact that the Sox could possibly win 100 games this season.
Tune in next Monday at 2 as we celebrate Mike Napoli supplanting Mark Bellhorn as the all-time Red Sox strikeout king.
When it comes to living in New England, there are few things finer than September weather. Warm sun mixed with cool, crisp air. Leaves beginning to change. It's a magical time of year to be outside.
And there will be plenty of magic outside at the Amesbury Brewfest at Amesbury Sports Park this Saturday, September 21st. And my "magic" we mean "beer." And cider. And even some rum and sangria! And plenty to do, too. Meredith Robinson breaks it all down.
Comedian Nick DiPaolo stopped by to bring a little mirth to Friday morning and promote his show at the Shubert Theatre on Saturday night.
The show is presented by Laugh Boston, who have their grand opening on September 21st. Check it out!
Listen to Grrl Power every Wednesday and Sunday night at 9pm. Also, if you're into really cool music videos, you should catch up on this week's Music Video Roundup.
Here is last night's full playlist:
- CHVRCHES// We Sink
- Au Revoire Simone// Crazy
- Yuck//Age of Consent (New Order Cover)
- Speedy Ortiz// Plough
- Potty Mouth// Damage
- The Blues and Greys// Bright Lights
- In The Valley Below// Peaches
- Waxahatchee// Misery Over Dispute
- Letters To Cleo// Here and Now
- True Widow// Duelist
- My Bloody Valentine// If I Am
- Sky Larkin// Newsworthy
- Woman’s Hour// Darkest Place
- Magic Man// Waves
- Arcade Fire// Reflektor
- The Blow// Make It Up
- Joanna Gruesome// Lemonade Grrrl
We thoroughly enjoyed cruising your campuses this month with the RadioBDC College Welcome Wagon. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Xfinity, as well as The MFA, Red Mango, Polar, European Wax Center and, of course, Anna's Taqueria.
The fun isn't over yet, though.
Tell your friends. And enjoy a couple of clips from Blondfire to get acquainted.
Boston.com's Zuri Berry joined Adam 12 just hours before kickoff at Gillette. On the table? Danny Amendola's status, Tom Brady's targets, And the Jets QB situation. Listen:
Tune in next Thursday at 2 for a preview of Pats-Bucs on RadioBDC.
...and you'll understand why Julie chose this song.
Henry Santoro read it and couldn't stop talking about it, so he gave a copy to Julie Kramer, who couldn't put it down. It is, as advertised, "An epic story of courage, devotion and the power of the truth," spanning a 25-year period and set right here in Boston.
They're from Glasgow. They've built a tremendous amount of buzz this year and are winning scores of new fans as they sell out venue after venue in city after city.
They just have trouble spelling.
We kid, we kid. We love Chvrches and are proud to present them live in the Globe Media Lab on Tuesday, September 17th before their show that night at the House of Blues.
Click here to grab a free seat for Chvrches Live in the Lab, then click here to stream their new album 'The Bones of What You Believe' via NPR Music. Oh, and you can see a couple of their videos below.
Click here for tickets to the Life Is Good Fesival! We'll see you there!
It crested 90 degrees at Logan Airport in Boston today, the 11th of September. The Red Sox are in a pennant race and the Patriots are preparing for a Week 2 Thursday night match up with the division rival New York Jets. So, what better time to talk hockey?
Kevin joins Adam 12 every Wednesday at 2p on RadioBDC.
There is nothing like kicking off a gorgeous festival Sunday than trying a handful of brews curated for Boston Calling by the Beer Summit. Paul Driscoll and I had the pleasure of going through the offerings and talking beer with American Craft Beer correspondent Juliana Casale. The three of us started with a cider and ended with an IPA, all while cleansing our palette with the joy of a Twinkie (minus Paul Driscoll - too cool for Twinkies).
It was a great time, despite finding out that my tongue is dying. To see all of our video coverage of the two-day festival at City Hall Plaza on Sept. 7 and 8, 2013, visit our video archive page.
Waxahatchee’s sophomore album Cerulean Salt still holds reign as my favorite record this year. Released back in March, the entire album is simple yet authentically heartfelt and raw. Katie Crutchfield showcases her hidden dancing ability in her new black and white video for “Misery Over Dispute.” I wonder if she will recreate her tap dance routine when she plays the Middle East Downstairs with Screaming Females this Friday.
If you’re going to attempt to cover New Order, you better knock it out of the park. Yuck recently brought the fuzz to “Age of Consent” and Adam 12 and I both agree that they deserve an enthusiastic round of applause.
The only folks who aren't head-over-heels in love with Flour Bakery and Cafe are the one's who've never visited. Flour founder Joanne Chang-Myers visited Henry and Julie this morning to talk about her new book and share some pretty tasty treats.
Click here to pick up 'Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories.'
All week RadioBDC will be releasing exclusive video from artists and the scenes around Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza on Sept. 7 and 8, 2013. Today we look at a couple clips from the weekend's headliners, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit. (To see both interviews in full length, visit our Boston Calling video archive page)
First up is Boston.com's Rachel Raczka with Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit in the band's trailer before they took the stage to close out night two. In this clip, Angelakos talks about Passion Pit's connection to Boston, and decisions to play The Pill at Great Scott instead of sharing the stage with four bands at a rock show during the early years. In his opinion, the band would not be as successful if not for decisions like that. We also learn about his selection of ties, a recent flood that nearly destroyed all the band's equipment, and that yellow Tootsie Pops are indeed banana and not chocolate. And you get a high five (see below the clip).
High five with Rachel:
RadioBDC's Paul Driscoll sat down with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig in the band's tour bus on day one. In this clip, Koenig discusses the song "Step" on the band's latest album, which is a song carried over from many years ago and finally released.
THERE IS A NEW ARCADE FIRE SINGLE.
RadioBDC will be premiering "Reflektor" at 9pm TONIGHT.
Following an intimate show last week in Montreal, the band released a series of cryptic video clips and photos in anticipation of their new single, "Reflektor". Produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and featuring David Bowie, the single leaked this weekend but has since been removed from soundcloud. It will be officially released tonight at 9pm.
Earlier today they officially launched www.justareflektor.com/ with an impressive interactive video that creates a custom viewer experience. Produced by Vincent Morissett, the site allows visitors to alter and control the interface in real time.
Apparently one video wasn’t enough for the Canadian super-group, because they have also released a more traditional video, created by Anton Corbijn. The moody black and white chronicle features giant headed versions of themselves (The Suburbs throwback), disco balls and a man who looks like he was attacked by a disco ball. Basically, it is seven minutes of Arcade Fire perfection.
Be sure to tune into RadioBDC tonight at 9pm to hear Paul Driscoll and Steph Mangan premiere "Reflektor".
The second edition of Boston Calling at City Hall Plaza did quite a bit to build upon the success of the spring’s inaugural festival. With a trial-run to work off of, this past weekend’s event was more polished logistically, and more adventurous musically. To give a sense of what went particularly well and what missed the mark, here are the highlights and lowlights of Boston Calling round two:
CLIP: Vampire Weekend kicks off their set with Diane Young.
A festival headliner is not the easiest thing to book. While the last Boston Calling delivered Fun. to massive ticket sales but groans from music snobs, festival organizers this time around found the happiest of mediums with Vampire Weekend. Not only did the Brooklyn collective caffeinate a crowd that seemed to be losing energy, but they reminded their audience just how many hits they’ve packed into three albums. Even material from their latest, Modern Vampires of the City translated exceptionally, providing a sweet extension to summer, even if just for a set. The band’s live show has maintained an eclectic and diverse sound, and hasn’t shaken that pep that made “A-Punk” so endearing five years ago.
CLIP: Paul Driscoll interviews Ezra from Vampire Weekend in the band's tour bus.
Upon first glance, you may be tempted to write off Brooklyn-based Lucius as a bit of a gimmick. They’re colorful, costumed, and duo Jess Wolfe and Molly Laessig provide a different spin on your typical band set up. But when they start singing the whole gimmick thing quickly goes out the window. The two frontwomen have a mature grasp on harmony, but individually, their voices have a mysteriously whispery quality, drawing similarity to folks like Feist and Lana Del Rey. Their rhythm section acts almost as a vintage R&B backing band, but shows versatility and locks up as a solid singular force.
Solange’s set was placed perfectly in the middle of sunny Sunday. Any move that the jovial vocalist made, any note that the neo-soultress hit, radiated positive vibes. She won many thumbs up with her bouncy cover of Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move,” complete with an “Xxplosive” guitar tease throughout. Extra thumbs up for her bass player who kept the low end extra bumping and the soul extra greasy.
CLIP: Solange hits the orange stage on sunny Sunday.
Easily the most explosive set of the weekend, dancehall DJ project Major Lazer have a brand of energy unlike any other act out there. Led by famous producer Diplo, it’s almost easy to forget that these guys even play music with so many additional stimuli incorporated into their set. Confetti blasts, vapor guns, whistles, handfuls of cash thrown into the crowd, lapdances, and traveling over the audience in a plastic bubble were just a few of the ways that Major Lazer displayed multiple levels of ridiculousness. On top of it all, audience members broke out dance moves that only seemed normal given the atmosphere.
After Spring's Boston Calling, many folks yearned for a higher local representation. This festival boasted four local acts, one of them a festival headliner. All these bands seized the opportunity to its fullest. Viva Viva made a grand return to the stage, not losing the slightest step and instead kicking off the entire weekend with their raw and dirty energy. Local duo You Won’t blew past the stereotypes that modern folk acts often attract and proved both their quirky performing ability and their affinity for mixed instrumentation. Electro-hounds Bearstronaut fit in perfectly on Sunday’s bill, stirring up a pre-twerk dancefloor, and marinating the crowd for the frenzy that the rest of the day provided. Of course, hometown heroes Passion Pit brought the heat to their closing set on Sunday night, squeezing dance moves out of tuckered out showgoers. Boston Calling was definitely a win for Boston bands.
CLIP: Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos talks about being from Boston and the city's impact on the band's success.
Sunday’s lineup delivered very likeminded electronic acts. While drum and bass can only go so far as to distinguish itself, the folks that spread stage presence beyond just the laptop were the hype men. Flosstradamus, between samples and dropping beats, entertained their spirited audience by making commands that ranged from having the ladies of the audience to get up on someone’s shoulders to having the youngsters in the front form a mosh pit. Whatever they asked, the crowd happily obliged.
Deer Tick weren’t bad, but they made some questionable choices. To many, they were one of the most highly anticipated sets of the weekend, but their signature reckless brand of joy seemed to be missing completely. Perhaps it was the choice to play their new album, Negativity, in completion that didn’t allow their audience to feed off of and return their energy. Don’t get me wrong, the band sounded good, and left a good taste for what is to come, but it definitely wasn’t the classic Deer Tick that Boston has grown to love.
Gaslight Anthem’s Hour and a Half Set
It cannot be denied that Gaslight Anthem are talented songwriters and players. The comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and The Killers are pretty accurate in very different ways. It also cannot be denied, however, that they have a pretty niche audience. Their alternative anthems translated with the masses for a little bit, but when the hour mark hit, it became a bit of an energy-suck. I heard more than one person compare them to Creed throughout the set, which unfortunately is anything but a compliment. Again, the band was on-point and talented, they just didn’t seem to hold up with the entire Saturday crowd.
It made sense on paper to book both days based loosely on genre. When played out though, both days could have used acts to change up the pace a bit. This was more apparent on Sunday when the multiple sets of loud drum and bass became a bit trite. Solange and Kendrick Lamar presented moments of refreshment, but it might have been nice to see some guitar-centric Saturday bands sprinkled into Sunday’s lineup and vice versa. Music festivals are places of discovery, and the grab-bag bills are what make them that way.
CLIP: Raw footage from the bouncing crowd while Flume spins on day 2.
All things considered, the second Boston Calling was very much a success. At this point, Boston has found its premiere music event, and while a lineup has not been announced for next spring’s Boston Calling, expect the magic to continue in 2014.
If this were Sesame Street, today's Sox segment with Chad Finn and Steve Silva would be brought to you by the letter "B," clearly. The pair joined Adam 12 to talk about the AL East race, Jacoby Ellsbury's injury and how it could affect the path of Jackie Bradley Jr., Clay Buchholz returning to the rotation, Xander Bogaerts exploding, and Mike Napoli having the September we were expecting.
Tune in next Monday at 2 for more Sox talk on RadioBDC.
The 1st Annual Boardwalk Bash to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester takes place this Thursday, September 12th from 6-9p at the Barking Crab in Boston. Your genial host, none other than our own Henry Santoro, spoke with Barking Crab GM Ben Korman & Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester events manager Kirsten Nelson about the event.
See you on Thursday!
'Tis the season for mayoral debates. Boston.comment is hosting another series of live debates on Boston.com this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And tonight, there's a different type of debate happening at the Paramount Theatre.
Doors at 5, conversation starts at 6. RSVP here.
Missed our resident good doggie Henry Santoro over the weekend? He hosted the MSPCA-Angell "Walk for Animals" on Boston Common on Sunday. Here's Henry chatting with President Carter Luke about the event.
Sit, Henry, sit! Good dog!
If you've listened to RadioBDC at least once this year, you know how much we love Bastille. We debuted "Pompeii" back in January, touted their debut ep, and are infatuated with their debut album "Bad Blood."
Julie Kramer talked with Dan from Bastille about the new album, Laura Palmer, and a host of other things. Listen:
To see what was played last week, click here.
- Haim// The Wire (Tourist Remix)
- Typhoon// Young Fathers
- Karen O// The Moon Song
- Sleigh Bells// Bitter Rivals
- The Julie Ruin// Oh Come On
- Lucius// Tempest
- Cults// High Road
- MSMR// Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix)
- Polica// Chain My Name
- Magic Man// Every Day
- Winter// Alligator
- Glasser// Shape
- Daughter// Smoke
- Hop Along// Sister Cities
- Chloe Howl// No Strings
- CHVRCHES// We Sink
Oh thank heaven...for Christopher Gasper. The Globe scribe & host of Boston Sports Live is back for the season, bringing some much needed football acumen to Adam 12's program.
This week, Gasper and 12 talked Gronk, Week 1 in Buffalo, and the NFL season opener between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.
Tune in every Thursday at 2 p.m. for Chris Gasper on RadioBDC.
What's that? You want to drop by the studio with a "welcome wagon" full of burritos, chips, salsa, and guac for the RadioBDC crew? Please do!
Seriously, though, big thanks to Mike and the crew for all that they do for us here at RadioBDC and for the greater Boston community.
(Thanks to Hershinator for the pic!)
Henry Santoro welcomed his dog-friendly friend Michelle Fournier of Durty Harry's to talk about her new project "Harry's Picks." Are you a dog lover? Interested in canine community-building? Then listen to this:
It's not often Henry gets to feature a restaurant from his own back yard as a guest on his weekly "Henry in the Grub" segment, so you can imagine Henry's excitement as he welcomed The Cottage Chestnut Hill to RadioBDC. Listen to Henry chat with Culinary Director Peter Hansen...and listen to Julie flip out on Bobby Flay.
Perhaps The Replacements playing their first gig in 22 years was an inspiration? In any event, another modern rock icon has broken the 22-year-drought: Pixies released their first new material in over two decades today. EP-1 has four songs; listen to "Indie Cindy" below.
Nirvana made no secret of worshiping at the altar of the Pixies. Read up on the 20th anniversary reissue of In Utero, which features the director's cut of the trio's famously weird (and that's saying something, considering it's a Nirvana video) clip for "Heart Shaped Box."
Finally, here's a pic of Adam 12 from back in the day when Pixies were calling it quits and Nirvana were on the rise. Fear the mullet.
MDMA, widely known as "ecstasy," is now gaining in popularity as "molly," which refers to MDMA in a purer form, so we've learned. Henry Santoro welcomed Boston Globe writer Jeremy C. Fox on-air to talk about the drug and the recent slate of deaths surrounding it.
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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.