Zeus hurls lightning bolts thundering through a crowd of various ages. Floorboards rumbled, viscera shook and teeth chattered with each thunderous note. This, the Holy Suns noted, is what a bass should sound like. Unfortunately for the audience, it was a less than pleasant experience.As the opener for Providence-based Americana band Deer Tick at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, Holy Suns did everything a good opener band is supposed to do: make you wait for the headliner. Dolorean, who performed next, was untouched by the need to crank the low end of their speakers, and their Jeff Tweedy vibe and balance contributed to a gorgeousRead More →

The Flaming Lips – “Embryonic”WEA/ Reprise Records-out now The much-anticipated double-album from the nigh-underground indie outerspace rocker trio (whew!) is out. The Flaming Lips test the bounds with a dark, spacy concept album that seems to take its inspiration from the ending to Kubrik’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; that is to say, don’t expect the tight, orchestral twinkle of “The Soft Bulletin,” or the brilliant playfulness of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” Those crowds may be fairly disappointed, but those who will find themselves tickled are the early listeners to the Lips: these tracks play homage to their original outsider, discordant sound, and show theRead More →

Hello night-time blogophiles,Just got back from a crazy weekend including turtles and possibly a European country. To summate: Trampled by Turtles did a fantastic set, had the crowd cheering for them, and I bid them many welcomes and farewells and good lucks. Some incredible bluegrass stuff going on there; even got a signed t-shirt! Portugal. The Man had a great opening act (really nice dance tunes), and though I didn’t much care for the outer-space jams of Drug Rug, P.TM definitely pulled the night through with some fantastic tunes. My only complaint is that I lost a good percentage of my hearing.So, this week: goingRead More →

The band with a penchant for punctuation are back with a fourth album. In case you haven’t heard, the Wasila, AK-born quartet have been making waves with ’60s pop-inspired “The Satanic Satanist,” released in July of this year. I got to stake out a few minutes with this busy band to talk merch before their upcoming concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston (10-18-09 at 8:15p, $15 www.livenation.com). Bassist Zachary Scott Carothers reveals what it’s like to be psychedelic in a recent phone interview. (Photo, L to R: Ryan Neighbors – keys, percussion, Jason Sechrist – drums & percussion, John Baldwin Gourley – guitarRead More →