Looking to catch up on last week in Boston music? Craving some new tunes? Crippled by the fear that we’re just tiny particles floating in a gaping hole of nothingness? Our Weekly Wrap-Up is your one-stop shop!*

Tigerman WOAH Kick off Boston Calling Block Party Series

Boston’s biggest summer block parties are back, courtesy of the same guys and gals who once managed to bring us Vampire Weekend, Kendrick, and Passion Pit in the same weekend. Partydogs at Downtown Crossing’s Summer Street Plaza this past Wednesday were the first of the season to take it all in. In lieu of the first hurrah, the bearded, overall-ed, gritty, country punk four-piece Tigerman WOAH rocked the scene while everyone got hyped on Shock Top.

The parties are set to continue on from now through September 17, and the first batch of bands to play has already been announced:

Thursday, May 14: The Almighty Buck – Dewey Square Park

Thursday, May 21: The Swinging Johnsons – Dewey Square Park

Thursday, May 28: Erin Og – Dewey Square Park

Wednesday, June 3: Dirty Bangs – Downtown Crossing

Thursday, June 4: Nemes – Dewey Square Park

Thursday, June 11: The Nonplussed – Dewey Square Park

Thursday, June 18: Grey Season – Dewey Square Park

Thursday, June 25: The Absolute Gentleman – Dewey Square Park

 

Chance the Rapper Talks With the Harvard Hiphop Archive and Research Institute

Cambridge’s Crimson recently got the opportunity to talk to Chicago breakout Chance the Rapper through the school’s Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute. In a friendly and refreshingly honest Q&A, students asked the Acid Rap architect and Social Experiment frontman about his feelings on everything from new music, to Jay Z’s Tidal, to recent uprisings in Baltimore. And then, of course, Chance went on to melt faces at Night Three of the Sinclair’s Converse Rubber Tracks Live Series along with Action Bronson and Michael Christmas.

 

Bishop & Rook Ask Boston Bands to Join in On a Pretty “Terrible” Mashup

Local music blog Bishop & Rook has announced a collaboration with mashup artist Terrible to create a unique (and totally pun-able) Boston music remix. The project, which already includes Mr. Fritz, Viva La Hop, LA Jeff, Penalty Kill, and Zip-Tie Handcuffs, aims to celebrate the diversity of our music community in one big potluck.

You can check out some of Terrible’s past work, like January’s Going van Gogh and last fall’s Bike. Barista. Bullshit. over here.

 

Mad Satta Reminds Us That Funk’s Not Dead With “Break Me Free”

If you’re in search of a soundtrack for those days when you just feel like strutting your bellbottoms down Main Street or bursting through the club doors as a light blanket of fog forms around you, look no further. Soul-pop ensemble Mad Satta dropped some fiery fire last week with their new single “Break Me Free,” and they’re championing everything you know and love about modern funk one slap bass riff at a time.

Check out the tune below, and while you’re at it, take a listen to the group’s 2014 album Comfort.

 

Recent Album Reviews

Kyle Thornton & The Company – Space to Move: Part I

Old Wild Eyes – Cold Campfires EP

 

Recent Show Reviews

Converse Rubber Tracks: Slayer, Doomriders, and Rozamov

The Takeover: The Graduates Edition

One and Three: The Wailin’ Jennys

 

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