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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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Shorewave Records Presents: Honeywild, Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage on February 22

Boston/Brooklyn-based label Shorewave Records is taking over the Tasty Burger basement in Harvard Sq. (Cambridge, MA)  this Saturday night, February 22. Upon first glance, that may not seem like a novel occurence (there's a ton of "Brooklyn" and "Boston/Brooklyn" labels and promotions groups out there vying for attention), but the quality of this bill sets Shorewave apart from the competition. Honeywild (on the Shorewave roster) will be joined by my local favorite Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage, starting promptly at 9PM. 

Doors are at 8PM and the show is FREE. The Shorewave bill will be followed by another epic event produced by Eye Design (featuring Ontario-based The Dirty Nil), so be sure to stick around after the show to catch even more rad tunes.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 


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Shambles, Rebuilder, Save Ends and Laureate to Play Bishop and Rook Birthday Show on February 15

Fellow Boston-area blogger Kristin Nicholls (who operates the local music review Bishop and Rook) will be hosting a night of punk rock on February 15th in conjunction with RTT Presents and Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, MA. The lineup is packed with energy from start to finish with performances from Shambles, Rebuilder, Save Ends and Laureate (Montreal). The show also happens to fall on Kristin’s 30th birthday, so stop by, wish her a happy birthday, drink some PBRs and listen to some totally rad local (and international) tunes.

The show starts at 8PM. $8 cover, 21+. Proper ID required.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 




Winter 2013. NYC Issue #37 (CMJ)
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Boston Calling Preps for Sophomore Year

This Memorial Day weekend, Massachusetts-based music festival Boston Calling will be returning to captivate fans in Downtown Boston. Now entering its second year, festival organizers are preparing for their biggest turnout -- and arguably best lineup -- yet.


Co-founders Brian Appel and Mike Snow (formerly of The Boston Phoenix and WFNX radio), have been working diligently since the festival’s inception to create a concert weekend that can satisfy even the most critical of New England music fans. “We try to put a festival together that speaks to the people of the Greater Boston area” says Appel, noting that the festival aims to appeal to music fans all across New England, in addition to its central focus on the City of Boston.

 

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Boston Calling Preps for Sophomore Year (cont'd from Homepage)

- by Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


Appel acknowledges that Bostonians (and New Englanders in general) have very strong opinions about everything from sports to music, and anything in between, so it comes as no surprise to both Appel and Snow that there is an innate pressure involved in putting together a well-balanced and well-received lineup. When deciding which bands to book, “we know it [the lineup] will immediately get dissected...and we’re ok with that” remarks Appel. With that in mind, this year’s lineup reveals no weak spots, with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Tegan and Sara, Built to Spill and numerous other well-known acts taking the stage.


The festival isn’t entirely about nationally and internationally renowned bands -- some Boston locals have gotten in on the action as well. Magic Man and TigermanWOAH! have each been granted opening slots on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Magic Man’s brand of upbeat synth-pop will be a great way to kick off the party on Saturday afternoon. Their soaring vocal melodies and huge choruses are perfectly suited for the festival atmosphere. TigermanWOAH!’s blend of folk, blues, rock, whiskey and awesomeness will be a welcome addition to the stage at City Hall Plaza.


The idea for this festival started back when Appel and Snow were both working for the now-defunct WFNX radio station. After the fall of WFNX, Appel and Snow decided to take the idea of a Boston-based music festival and bring it to life through their production company, Crashline Productions. So far, that decision has been a huge success. Last year, the festival attracted roughly 70,000 people between the spring and fall concerts. “We feel really fortunate that the fans have been so loyal for the short amount of time [Boston Calling] has been around,” states Appel.


The excitement kicks off Friday night, May 23 with Cass McCombs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Jack Johnson. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Calling website or Ticketmaster. You can also check out Boston Calling’s Facebook page for the most recent show updates.

 

(Photo credits for image on Homepage and images to the right: Mike Diskin)

 

 


 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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