The Young Guns Tour made a much-anticipated stop at Big Night Live in Boston Massachusetts featuring Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey. The two up-and-coming rock bands treated the crowd to blistering sets of no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll. Each band is out on the road supporting their debut albums that were released in 2021.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston. We know this song and dance already, but let’s recap… green beer, parade, inevitable bar fights, Dropkick Murphys show. But this time, there’s a twist to this weekend. The week leading up to the show also marked the grand opening of Boston’s newest concert venue, Roadrunner! Now, truth be told, I had to Google what the hell Roadrunner even was because I had never heard of it before. But let me tell you something… this may be my new favorite venue in the city.
Ghost Cult caught up with long-time Dropkick Murphys Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist/and Backing Vocalist Tim Brennan recently to discuss the bands’ current tour including the return of their St. Patrick’s Day (and week) shows in their hometown of Boston! We chatted about Tim’s career in music, how he initially joined the band after selling merch for them, his path to the band now as their guitarist, how his joining the band coincided with the hit song “Shipping Up To Boston,” how much The Accordion rules, touring with Rancid and returning to touring in general, and new Dropkicks music on the way.Continue reading
Cortez’s third full-length album shows a certain spark that was merely hinted at the Boston group”s previous releases. This is immediately established with the opening”No Escape,” which comes crashing in with a template more in line with Classic Metal than their usual Stoner Rock. I find myself reminded of Cauldron or Castle as the driving tempo sustains a reverb-friendly production job with a slew of flamboyant guitar leads, gritty bass, and chanted vocals to go around.
Another band affected by the Coronavirus cancelations is Dropkick Murphys, famous for its March tours and St Patrick’s Day celebrations around Boston. The legendary Irish-American Punk band is best known for their hit ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ from Martin Scorsese’s film The Departed, will livestream their annual St. Paddy’s Day concert from Boston. Here are the details! Sláinte! Continue reading
If you are like us, you spent the weekend binge-watching Season 2 of the amazing Mindhunter series on Netflix. The followup to the Emmy Award-winning 2017 series is a drama based on the real events of the founding of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Produced and sometimes directed by David Fincher (S7ven, Fight Club, Zodiac) and starring Jonathan Goff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv, the main characters are FBI profilers and they interview serial killers and investigate cases during the show. As they did in season one, the music of the time plays a huge role with the soundtrack, sound design, songs heard in the show. Music in season two features artists such as Blondie, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithful, Pretenders, The Brothers Johnson, Boston, Joan Armatrading, Kenny Rogers, Red Rider, The Police, Patti Smith Group, Christopher Cross, Sammy Davis Jr., Gary Numan, Pat Benatar and more. Even a Charles Manson song is heard in Episode 5 which features Manson himself portrayed by Damon Herriman, who also plays Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s current film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Jam out to this playlist!Continue reading
It just was never meant to be. These aren’t just the rantings of a polluted mind, but my sincere consensus after giving Worshipper‘s sophomore effort Light in the Wire (Tee Pee Records) a few spins. ‘Coming Through’ gets things started and feeling like we’re entering a Baroness type soundscape and I with weed pen in hand await with bated breath. Continue reading
Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day spring tour is a highlight every year. Culminating in their usual run of shows in their hometown of Boston, the birthplace of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America, they are always a sold-out, insane event not to be missed. The band kicks off a run of dates this week, and all shows are on sale now. Direct support will come from The Devil Makes Three, The Interrupters, Booze & Glory, Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One, Amigo The Devil, Stop Calling Me Frank, and more.Continue reading
Viral video star, meme legend, and Boston area hero Keytar Bear, often seen around the town serenading people with his synth amazingness has done a new ad for Alesis, the leading maker of MIDI keyboards, electronic drums, and recording and live sound gear. Shot last spring to promote the new line of Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 MIDI controllers for Keytars, you can watch it below, along with a compilation of essential Keytar Bear clips. Continue reading
Simplicity is often forgotten and underappreciated in the metal scene. From saturated guitar technicalities to heavy-handed production, it very well seems like today’s metal is caught up in the need to maximize riffs and complexity. But there lies the beauty in Doom & post-Metal and its emphasis on atmosphere and emotion, breaking the mainstream metal formula. And with the arrival of Boston five-piece Lesser Glow (including past members of Black Elm and Irepress) and their debut album Ruined (Pelagic), the art has officially been rekindled in the 2018 year of metal.Continue reading