It’s been a long time coming, but Boston finally gets its own 2-day multi-stage music festival on May 25th & 26th at City Hall Plaza. Curated by Aaron Dessner of The National and booked by Bowery Boston. With The National, The Shins, Portugal. The Man, The Walkmen, Ra Ra Riot, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Bad Rabbits, Fun, Matt & Kim, Cults, St. Lucia, and more to be announced. The Tickets are on sales this Friday. Most excited here for Portugal the Man, who destroyed Paradise last year, and DDR was there. Check out a video from that show below.
Brooklyn’s The National have always been fans of President Obama. They played a bunch of events for him in 2008 and lended their song “Fake Empire” to his campaign that year. Well, in this rediclous election cycle, The National are behind him again, opening a rally in Iowa on September 1st. We don’t talk politics really here at DDR, as I am anti everyone. But it is pretty cool when an indie band is asked by POTUS to open a rally. The question is, will they play “Mr. November”? Check out said song below. Will he or will he won’t fuck us over?
The National are wrapping up their almost two year tour behind 2009’s High Violet with 5 shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Last night’s second show ended with a memorable performance of High Violet’s closer “Vanerlyle Crybaby Geeks” with a bunch of friends and some of 2011’s best artists. Joined by St Vincent (aka Anne Clark), Wye Oak and Sharon Van Etten, Check out “Vanderlyle” below:
Justin Vernon is making the rounds. First a Best New Artist (????) Grammy Nod and now this: for a Q live Pprformance with Brooklyn’s The National on their High Violet Closer, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”:
Brooklyn’s The National made their way through Boston for the second time in as many years on an absolute picture perfect evening on the waterfront. This was my fifth National show, and the rise of the indie band was in full force as they have always played smaller venues in the city (House of Blues, Paradise) so to play Bank of America Pavilion is a big deal here for an indie band. The venue was almost sold out and the crowd was mostly die hards (you don’t waver with The National). Opening with “Runaway” from 2010’s High Violet, they established the chill mood early on and did not let go until the encore. The big surprise was the number of old songs that they played. Dipping all the way back to their 2001 self titled debut for “Son” and “Beautiful Head” were very plesant surprises (they said they hadn’t played Beautiful Head live in 7 years). Also, the deep track “Lucky You” from 2003’s Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers was killer.
The one big disappointment of the night was the sound mix. The drums, played with amazing gusto by Bryan Devendorf, were completly lost in the mix. Devendorf’s drums are what made albums like Alligator and Boxer so great. Unfortantley, they were lost tonight.
No matter, Matt Berninger and co played encore standards “Mr. November” and “Terrible Love” with the same energy as the first show of this “tour” that started two years ago. Ending with an un-miced “Vanderlye Crybaby Geeks” , it left us with the same chill mood as the first notes of “Runaway”. Perfect for an amazing late summer evening in Boston.
Afraid of Everyone
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Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
So Labor Day has passed and the summer is over. It’s back to the blog for Boston Gap. After an August hiatus (due to nice weather and laziness) we are back and ready to take September down with an amazing run of shows that can only be topped by… CAN’T be topped by anyone. We start this Friday at Harbor Lights with The National and then head to a week long run at Paradise Rock Club. Check out the dates and videos of some great bands running through Boston this September:
September 9th – The National, Harbor Lights
My 5th National Show, they have yet to disappoint. Looking forward to a late summer night at Harbor Lights.
September 21st – tUnE yArDs, Paradise Rock Club
Merrill Garbus kicks ass. Pure and Simple. Glad to see her at such a small venue before she blows up. And it will happen, by the way.
September 24th – The Shins, Paradise Rock Club
Paradise? Shins? No chance right? Well, DDR got lucky and got tickets before they sold out in 45 minutes. All hail DDR!
September 26th – Elbow, Paradise Rock Club
Check out the video below where Elbow plays for 100,000 people in Germany. On September 26th, DDR will see Elbow with 900 of our closest friends. Amazing.
Coachella…3 days of music, fun, art and any other craziness you can imagine from an outdoor music/arts/camping festival. DDR’s Namastekls attended Coachella in 2006 and it was an unforgettable experience. Which is why we are psyched that big festival organizers are thinking about adding yoga to the line-up. According to Rollingstone.com, 2011 Bonaroo attendees practiced yoga on the beach. We’d love to see Courtney Love doing some much-needed Down Dog…but we’re pretty sure the pictures would be unprintable since she dislikes wearing undergarments, so it might have to be a naked yoga class with a sobriety checkpoint at the door.
Coachella 2012 has expanded to two weekends, so start saving your money and get ready to pack your yoga mat… you never know what can happen at these big music festivals. Plus, the line-up is sick! Two Door Cinema Club, The National, Foster The People, Duran Duran, and Kayne West! Here are some pics from Coachella 2006: