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Icy Demons (7.26.08)

July 28, 2008

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Profile piece on Icy Demons in this weekend’s Boston Globe. Link to story at www.boston.com

Gabriel Birnbaum’s Field Trip, in Boston Phoenix, 6.28.08

July 28, 2008

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WALK ‘N’ ROLL: Ambling bands go on a field trip [photo of Hello Shark on the second leg of the Field Trip, by Pete Smith] This past Saturday afternoon, Gabe Birnbaum – wearing ratty jeans and T-shirt, a guitar slung over his shoulder – stood beside a posterboard sign taped onto an old mic stand […]

MUSK at The Midway (7.3.08)

July 28, 2008

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WHAT’S THAT SMELL? – MUSK Turns 3 At the Midway “I’m not the official door guy or anything, I’m just the DJ’s boyfriend.” Inside, among the rickety stacks of speakers, wobbly ceiling fans, and strings of Christmas lights, a small crowd packs into the dark, remote Midway Café like distant cousins at Grandma’s third wedding. […]

These Are Powers (2.29.08)

July 28, 2008

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These Are Powers at Great Scott, Boston @ Great Scott Big, fat PA systems can make all the difference in a These Are Powers show. Though their ecstatic, tribal art-punk attack would probably be no more at home than at a paint-splattered warehouse with blown-out speakers borrowed from a friend of a friend of the […]

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (7.1.08)

July 28, 2008

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Sitting on the edge of the stage with his head between his knees, Munly began the opening monologue to the Nick Cave zombie-Christ revival “Jesus Is In My Body,” his first starring role of the night. It's a chilling, two-minute Jonathan Edwards-style prophesy over a droning guitar and foggy bass line, maddeningly overacted like Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now or Tom Waits' Renfield in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Later in the set, Munly took a break mid-song to look up to Jesus with two crooked middle fingers: “You see, sir, very time Slim and I have sinned, we've had to take account,” he said. “You said you'd come back down to us but you never did come back. That's a lie, and a lie is a sin.” He spit it over the crowd with defiant glee — it's campy and hokey and highly dependent on a healthy suspension of disbelief, but it's a chilling moment for anyone on board.

The Midway Cafe (7.1.08)

July 28, 2008

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The Midway, perhaps the most under of Boston’s underdog nightclubs and perennially unlucky zoning-board warriors, has finally obtained the go-ahead from City Hall to begin a long-awaited expansion. This summer, owners Dave and Jay Balerna plan to knock out the wall behind the bar and take over the insurance office next door, bumping capacity up from 60 to a luxurious 99.

Ben Sisto – Sisto Act 2 (5.28.08)

July 28, 2008

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In addition to encouraging quality time on the dance floor, LDW puts a priority on progressive networking, employing an Obama-style small-donation strategy to raise money for a grant that will be given to a local artist selected from a pile of submissions to be gathered through the event. “I love getting money for people. It’s left over from punk, this idea that money is bad — but people need it to make art, and there’s no money from the city, so it’s got to come from all of us.” His idea of a triumphant wrap-up of the original night (“way better than running to put money down on a new Volvo or something”) was his handing last year’s winner, photographer Lissa Rivera, her check for $1000 at a local pizzeria.