Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BOSTON? Boston!

Who would have thunk it?

Over the last couple of years, Boston has developed one of the most vibrant underground scenes in the USA.  As a longtime resident of Western Massachusetts I had a long standing suspicion and/or loathing of beantown, but now that I've moved to Maine, I'm beginning to sing a different tune.  There are tons of completely non-pretentious folks working their asses off to bring you around the clock live entertainment.  Houses like Gay Gardens, The Butcher Shop & Whitehaus, organizations like Bodies of Water and the one man power house of Mark Johnson have been consistently upping the ante in terms of well put together events.  Bands like Rotten Apples, Guerrilla Toss, Fat History Month, Exusamwa and unsung heroes Dark Rodeo (who's cassette I cherish like none other) bring the !? back to rock and there are a whole bevy of more experimental acts like Peace, Loving and Preggy Peggy who are keeping it WTF?  Lest we not forget the still active minimalist jazz scene spearheaded by folks like Greg Kelley and Forbes Graham.  Weirdo Records is great little shop to check out if your in town looking for something fresh, but that's only the tip of the iceberg: record joints like In Your Ear and the newly opened Store 54 are digger havens.


Related links
show listings - http://www.bostoncccompass.com/
infograms - http://bostonhassle.com/
listen - http://boston.bandcamp.com/
Rotten Apples - http://rottenapples.bandcamp.com/
Exusamwa - http://www.exusamwa.com/
Guerilla Toss - http://guerillatoss.com/
Dark Rodeo - http://soundcloud.com/dark-rodeo
Peace, Loving - http://www.travelingband.org/
Weirdo Records - http://www.weirdorecords.com/

paid for by John F. Kennedy's relatives


2 comments:

  1. I agree the "rock" music in Boston has always been kind of dicey despite Boston's long-standing experimental roots and awesome improv / noise activity, but something changed about 4 or 5 years ago and Boston became a fertile ground for all sorts of actually good psychedelic rock and folk sorts of bands. Don't get me wrong it always had its Mary Timonies, Damon & Naomies, etc. The interesting thing about Boston's good rock bands bands & communities is that they always had roots in the darker underbelly of improv/noise/artist music, and those communities & individuals that didn't always just sucked. It wasn't until recently however that these experimental-affiliated rock communities reached a critical mass in terms of the quantity of interesting sounds. Boston's musical landscape also became a less douchy place as a result of these shifts I feel.

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  2. I'm so proud of all my friends that have music on that bandcamp. It really helps put into perspective what everyone is/has been up to for the last few years, and that's a beautiful thing. Thanks for taking the time to shine a lil' light on us.

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