“Chillin’ mad hard, playin’ no games.” That’s the ideology that BUFU Records founder Ben Katzman says fuels his independent label. The motto is surprisingly accurate, too, as Katzman didn’t stop smiling throughout a lengthy interview. He has good reason to beam: In just a year and a half, BUFU has put out close to 30 releases and booked a number of its bands on national tours. Now, he’s planning the first festival thrown by the label. More
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When your band is breaking, sometimes it’s important to take a break. Buzzy psych-folk trio Quilt spent the majority of this year in a self-imposed tour hibernation, either home in Boston or in New York working on “Held In Splendor,” its sophomore record due out on Mexican Summer in January. That is, except for one jaunt to Russia. Before the band’s show tonight at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge (along with Happy Jawbone Family Band and locals CreaturoS), lead singer Anna Rochinski caught us up on its new 7-inch “Arctic Shark,” the upcoming full-length, and getting flown halfway across the world with her band mates, John Andrews and Shane Butler, to play the one-year celebration of a venue/café in Moscow. More
This weekend brings top tickets to town, as well as some rock solid local bills. King Kanye’s “Yeezus” tour apparently includes enormous mountains on stage and people dressed as Jesus, which is probably the most ridiculous thing ever but OK, it’s kind of awesome, too. Local bands of all shapes and sizes are on big shows as well, so don’t sleep — get out and rock.
Classics return with new material, neo-folk has a big day, and hip-hop may find its new posterboys. There’s a good deal of new releases to choose from today. Here are eight that have us particularly pumped. More
Brattleboro, Vt., seems like a pretty solid place to write an album. It’s difficult to get wrapped up in any sort of “scene” when you’re headquartered in the middle of the mountains, wading in good vibes and cheddar cheese. Not that any of those things affected Happy Jawbone Family Band much. There’s something genuine about the songwriting on the group’s new self-titled LP that shows an ignorance towards what’s hip, which in turn gives it plenty of originality. There’s a vintage sheen to the songs on the new album, and while thematically some may feel a bit tragic, overall it encompasses the “Family Band” aspect more than any previous release.
Get your first look at Happy Jawbone’s new video for “Mr. Clean” and check out the band’s new album, out today on Mexican Summer. Lead man Luke Csehak spoke with us about the album, Foams, horse-girls, Christians, and kids. More