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Eye Design Promotions Unveils New Record Label

After nearly three years of booking great local and national talent around the clubs and basements of Boston, local promotion group Eye Design has announced the launch of its own record label, Eye Design Records. The four-band roster currently consists of Boston-area punk/noise/rock from the likes of Horsehands, Idiot Genes, Harris Hawk and Onslo.

The label’s first showcase will be happening on June 11 at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA. This is shaping up to be one hell of a show. In addition to celebrating the release of Harris Hawk’s new record, this show has been fused with one of Eye Design’s classic “Treat Yo Self” events. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, "Treat Yo Self" involves bringing together several talented bands and local artists (and the occasional food vendor), allowing artists to display their work, all while listening to some kickass music and eating locally-made food--cool, right? Well, it gets even better. Boston Hassle, yet another local, DIY-inspired show/community promotional organization, has recently teamed-up with Eye Design to produce the Treat Yo Self Series. In other words--this event will unequivocally rock.


The show starts at 9PM on the 11th. 21+, $5 cover. For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

Boston Calling Recap: Magic Man and Tigerman WOAH! Live Up to the Hype

For the third time in almost a year, tens of thousands of eager concert-goers gathered in downtown Boston for one of the newest (and arguably most well-received) New England-based musical events in recent memory. Nearly 60,000 people showed up over three days for this spring’s Boston Calling festival, giving locals Magic Man and Tigerman WOAH quite an impressive welcome to the big stage. Click here to read the rest of the review (and view additional show photos).




Magic Man and Tigerman WOAH!
Live Up to the Hype (cont'd)
- by [Dan McMahon @dmcmhn]

On Saturday, Magic Man turned the drab concrete and brick of City Hall Plaza into a vibrant dance party. From the moment the group took the stage, it was clear that they were excited to be back on their home turf. “I can’t believe this...there’s so many people,” frontman Alex Caplow remarked before closing out the show with their hit “Paris.” The band’s ultra-tight rhythm section and upbeat choruses attracted a sizeable crowd, helping to kick-off day two of the festival.

Sunday’s lineup was equally as impressive, including performances from well-known artists Tegan and Sara, Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, but one of the most impressive sets of the day belonged to Tigerman WOAH!. The band started their set with an energy and confidence that immediately captivated the crowd--and continued all the way up until their last song. Throughout their entire set, it was obvious that the band was ecstatic to be performing at such a large event. During their song “Rat”, lead singer Adam Kaz got so energized that amidst his flailing and jumping around, his glasses flew off and he kicked them in front of the drum kit. It was great to see a band playing with such intensity and true enthusiasm for performing.

For more information about Magic Man’s upcoming tour, check out their website. For updates about Tigerman, check out their newly-launched site.

For those readers that can’t wait for the next installment of Boston Calling, fear not--the September shows are but mere months away. Tickets are currently for sale here. The September lineup continues the tradition of supporting local acts, with fellow Bostonians Gentlemen Hall slated to open the final day of the festival.


Photo Credit (to the right and on main page):

Brendan Bowen (@BrendanBowen)


Magic Man



Tigerman WOAH! 



Tonight: Catch a Rockin' Show Curated by Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records and Bishop and Rook Blog

Searching for your rowdy show fix for the week? Look no further than Great Scott in Allston. Tonight, Boston DIY label Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records and local independent music blog Bishop And Rook have compiled one heavy bill for your listening pleasure.The Dirty Looks, Yellabird, Wrong Body and The Darker Hues will be taking the stage to fill your ears with rock n’ roll goodness. A highlight for me on this bill is definitely the super-heavy, distorted riffs of Yellabird--those dudes can bring the noise like nobody's business. Doors are at 8:30PM, $10, 18+ with proper ID required.

For more information, visit the Facebook event for this show, or purchase tickets through Ticketmaster here.



 -Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


'Sno Moon drops out-of-this-world debut EP

Late yesterday afternoon, ‘Sno Moon dropped its eponymous debut EP. The five-track set begins with the hypnotic hum of “Steady Slumbers,” a left-of-center R&B jam that plays around with rhythms and a heavy metal guitar riff that peeks in and out of the mix. Where the first song showcases Paul Talbot’s slick harmonies, Brooke Vettese impresses with her all-hands-on-deck percussion on the jazz bar ballad “Love x Time.” Things get even weirder on “Heart Shaped Lights,” which could pass as the result of Talbot continuing to do what he does best – sing – even while being abducted by extraterrestrials, and later on “Sight Seldom Seen,” a blues ballad transmitted through a barrel of EDM sound effects. Between Talbot’s honey-coated melodies and Vettese’s buck-the-norm production, the pair clearly has chemistry. Talbot calls Massachusetts home, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for some New England shows in the not-so-distant future. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


The Thing in the Spring returns to New Hamsphire from June 5-June 8

From June 5 to June 8, The Thing in the Spring will return to Peterborough, NH, bringing with it names like Fat History Month, Mail the Horse and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Tickets for the first three shows of the weekend can be purchased for $10 each, with the final two shows fetching $15 per ticket – but you can save a few bucks by scoring a weekend pass for $50. In addition to putting on these shows, the Glass Museum (a non-profit based in Peterborough) will also present Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve never been to Peterborough, this is the weekend to visit. For more information, visit The Thing in the Spring's website. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Tales of Olde to celebrate EP release at Great Scott on May 28

After riding the past few months out on its latest singles "Why" and "Ghost in My Head," Tales of Olde will finally release its debut EP on June 3 – but not before celebrating its release tomorrow night, May 28, at Great Scott in Allston. "Why" is a sparkling cut that questions a lover in a failing relationship: "Tell me now, why won’t you leave me," vocalists Evelyn and Lucas Cortazio sing in unison on the song’s chorus. Released earlier this month, "Ghost in My Head" is a subdued ballad with a whistled hook that rises above the song’s indie gleam. If you're in the Boston area, the show starts this Wednesday at 9 p.m. Score your tickets at Ticketmaster now and be sure to check the band's Facebook page for the EP next month. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Tigerman, WOAH! Bring Honest, Local Music to Lineup of Boston Calling

Lynn-based Tigerman, WOAH! will be the second local act to play at this year’s spring installment of the Boston Calling music festival series. One might expect the band's sound to come out of the Deep South, rather than the suburbs of Boston. Lead singer Adam Kaz brings a refreshing blend of gritty, raw lyrics steeped in a quart of whiskey. The band seems to draw from a wide variety of influences, but tends to gravitate towards genres and ideas that emphasize the messages of strength and overcoming obstacles. “Gospel is so good because of it’s message, ‘we see hope, we see light,’” says Kaz.

"We try to make our music as organic as possible," echoes drummer Adam Lentine. "We feel that as long as we play the music, if we get a response, then that’s great. [But the beliefs of] solidarity, brotherhood ... music should be used to get that message across.”

It’s this belief in music's inherent emotional power that drives the band to keep making great music and putting on captivating live performances. Boston Calling will be one of the biggest stages the band has played to date, but its honest music coupled with its raucous stage presence will be sure to win over many new fans.

Be sure to catch Tigerman, WOAH! at 1:45PM on the final day of the festival, Sunday, May 25. For more information about the band, check out Tigerman, WOAH!'s Facebook page. For continued updates about the Boston Calling festival, visit the Boston Calling website.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


Photo Credit: Alyssa Webster (@xRaeCash)





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