Whipped into shape

Wax Tablet

Lady Zen

• We feel pretty amped about Supercharged, the debut EP by the hardcore rock and roll band WHIP HANDS. Recorded in March at 131 Washington, the four songs are driven by a fierce dual guitar attack, constantly threatening to blow out the high end while circling each other with excellent melodies on the low. A nihilistic approach and lo-fi aesthetic belie some subtly complex formulas, and we were pleasantly surprised to hear some longer instrumental passages — generally a rarity in these genres — which indicate this isn't merely a thrash-and-burn routine. Summoning the ghosts of New York Dolls, the Wipers, Hot Snakes, and the Reatards, Whip Hands are up to something filthy and committed. Dig up Supercharged at whiphands.bandcamp.com. We hear their live show translates; see for yourself in the dark dungeons of Flask Lounge this Monday, with Great Western Plain, Old Night, and Ace Galloper.

• Tune in to the latest episode of Food Coma TV to see SPOSE gettin' all charming, quipping about Settlers of Catan and Coldplay and calling the show's host a "foodie Rick Ross." Aside from numerous Spose cuts, the episode also weaves in tracks by SUNSET HEARTS, MATT ANDERSON, CAM GROVES, KEVIN GRANT, EDUCATED ADVOCATES, and A SEVERE JOY. The amount of delirious consumption on that show is incredible, sure, but the amount of exposure they're sneakily giving to local artists — who get to hear their music soundtracking a professional comedy program — is truly a marvel. No other web series comes close.

• Jazz poet and scene maven LADY ZEN made it to the semi-finals before being cut from the pool of candidates for the new season of The X-Factor. Congrats for making it that far, but an early exit might be a blessing in disguise. Seems like it would have been a weird fit: the exposure would be great, but Zen is all about integrity, and we honestly couldn't picture her act on such a weird soap opera.

  Topics: New England Music News , Spose, Spose, Educated Advocates,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PRIMETIME FOR GRIME STUDIOS  |  November 03, 2014
    Grime Studios goes forth with the build, plus we're tickled 'bout the new Dustin Saucier.
  •   JOY DEPENDENCE  |  October 24, 2014
    A new single from A Severe Joy; the first takes on albums by Snaex and Company; and Spose's St. Louis robbery recovery.
  •   HEAVINESS LAPSES  |  October 16, 2014
    Notes on heavy-blues duo Arcane Lore and the bedroom/noise/fuzz thang Apathetic Euphemism.
  •   SUMMER BABE BUILT TO LAST  |  October 11, 2014
    New music by Portland four-piece BABE, plus i dm theft able digitally releases a slew of his musique concrete masterpieces. 
  •   ALL POINTS BULLETIN  |  October 06, 2014
    State Theatre and Thompson's Point partner to build a 5,000 seat outdoor venue; and folk-punk group Holy Shadow has a following.