Welcome back to the Weekly Wrap-up, where we sift through the week’s news and pick out the best little tidbits, like picking out the chocolate chips in a bag of trail mix!
Bent Knee releases video for “Land Animal”
This week, we got a little taste of what is in store for Bent Knee’s newest album, Land Animal, which is scheduled for release on June 23. The Boston-based sextext continues to defy rock and pop genres with the title track, “Land Animal.” In their own words, the group seeks to “capture the reality of life in the 21st Century—a reality of people and nations in the midst of tumultuous change.” The new video seems to be pulled straight out of a nightmare, and the images are intensified by the chilling vocals of lead singer Courtney Swain. Bent Knee will be in town this week for a an event at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and you can check out their full tour and get tickets here.
Happy 10th Birthday, Record Store Day!
Last Saturday marked the most wonderful day of the year for audiophiles across the world as Record Store Day celebrated its 10th birthday. Independent record stores threw open their doors (think High Fidelity) and offered limited edition vinyl from artists such as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Against Me! and St. Vincent. More than 20 Massachusetts stores participated and many held local music events and giveaways. Didn’t make it but want to spin some new tunes? Check out the local participating stores.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy commented on the meaning of Record Store Day to the band: “My introduction to all this great music and to ‘the music business’ came from hanging around, and eventually, working at independent record stores. Nothing beats browsing in your favorite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you’ve been searching for, all that. And without these stores, there’s just no way Wilco would still be around.”
Springfest at Night Shift Brewing
On May 6, Night Shift Brewing is celebrating local music and local beer (and spring!) with Springfest. The event is being curated by Boston’s The Ballroom Thieves, and will feature artists such as Ghetto People Band, These Wild Plains, and Gentle Temper. I’m personally pretty pumped about this after having had the chance to see the Ballroom Thieves a few times live. The folky trio features guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch, who weave together poetic lyrics with delightful harmonies. The trio is simply charming, and it sounds like they are pulling together a fun lineup for Springfest. Reasons why you should attend: listening to good music, beer is delicious, being outside is nice after hibernating through Boston winter, and it’s free admission! Stay up to date and receive notifications by RSVPing to the Springfest Facebook event.
ALT 92.9 announces the 2017 Summer Concert Series
Continuing with the theme of celebrating warmer weather and getting outside to listen to music, ALT 92.9 announced this week the dates for its summer concert series. ALT 92.9, Boston’s alternative radio station, scheduled not one, not two, but three concerts that will be taking place on August 17, August 31, and September 9. The first two events will be at Copley Square, and the the third at the SoWa Open Market. Stay tuned for the lineups, which will be announced in July, and check out their site for more ALT 92.9 events happening this summer!