by Dan Bolles
Since this week's Soundbites column went a bit long previewing the upcoming Waking Windows III fest — got yer tix yet? — and reviewing last weekend's Higher Ground Comedy Battle, we didn't have space for our usual snappy roundup of music new bits and pieces, BiteTorrent. So here it is, now featuring 100-percent more children of former Beatles.
On Monday, the cool kids over at Stereogum premiered the new single from local "avant pop" auteur Ryan Power, "The Prize." The song is an advance cut from Power's forthcoming LP, Identity Picks, due out on Burlington's NNA Tapes on June 25. It is also totally rad, sounding something like if Michael Jackson had fronted "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" era Hall & Oates. Take a listen.
Last month, Chicago-based EDM crew Orchard Lounge canceled their Burlington date at the last minute, bumming out loccal bassheads and confirming the "Tour Date Curse" — they were the second band in a row to appear on the Seven Days music podcast and then unexpectedly bail on their B-town gig; Jamie Lidell was the first. Anyway, OL are back in town this Sunday, May 12 at Club Metronome. And if you missed their Tour Date visit, you can check it out here.
This week's issue features a glowing review of Nuda Veritas' new EP, Meaty Hooks. In tandem with that release, NV has a nifty new video out for the song "Opposites Attack." In a word, spandex.
Finally, Nectar's will play host to a sort of rock and roll royalty on Wednesday, May 15, when James McCartney rolls through town. Yup, he's the son of Sir Paul and Linda McCartney. But you'd barely know that reading through James' press materials, which make only passing reference to dear old dad in a quote from the Boston Globe. It seems the younger McCartney is doing what he can to distance himself from his legendary pop — his forthcoming full-length debut is titled, rather tellingly, Me.
Granted, you could make the case that he doesn't need to explicitly trade on his father's legacy, since the name pretty much sells itself — it certainly piqued my interest. But to his credit, James' music bears little resemblance to that of Paul, except in the way that almost the entirety of modern pop rock can trace its lineage to the Beatles in some form or another. Actually, it kind of reminds me of this …