2014 No Contracts Needed Rompetition Now Accepting Entries

2014 No Contracts Needed RompetitionFull Scene Ahead is now accepting submissions for the Seventh Annual No Contracts Needed Rompetition. This regional, industry personel judged battle of the bands will straddle four states with nine opening round shows.

The winner of the final round will take home the DIY band dream prize and the honor of standing alongside the likes of the_Stampede, Leaders Led, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, L-SKI, Traces David and Ubiquitous

The 2014 winningest Rompetition band will receive…

  • A single recorded at Mystic Valley Studios
  • CD Duplication package from Wonderdrug Records
  • Single Release Show at The Old School Game Show at The Davis Square Theatre
  • A run of 30 custom band shirts duplicated at Union Screen Printing
  • Live music video from Emvision Productions
  • Graphics Package from Full Scene Ahead
  • Social Media Package from KC Hoye of FSA
  • Show at SXSW 2015 thanks to ChanneL 3 and FSA
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PHOTOS: Ryan Jackson Troika + Deathhand and Xenia Rubinos at Great Scott

Ryan Jackson Troika + Xenia Rubinos + Deathhand

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Music and Dug McCormack Art at Middle East Corner

This bird has three arms buy itGet your ass to Middle East Corner on Monday, April 14, 2014 for a helluva night of local music and art AMAZINGNESS brought to you by Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

The show runs from 7pm to 9pm, it’s free admission and by-golly are you guaranteed to have a good time checking out these great artists.

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Psychic Dog

Jared Daley

Andy Mac

Fiesta Melon – Frenetics

Fiesta Melon

Fiesta Melon

Fiesta Melon releases “Frenetics” and the crowd goes fucking wild

I’ve been following Fiesta Melon for a minute, seeing them live a few times and even getting the chance to mix them at McGann’s Irish Pub not once but twice.  A testament to my love of this band can be seen with a very brief review of their performance at The Rosebud in Summer 2012…

“If you find yourself asking ‘Did that bassist just wink at me?’ you’re probably at a Fiesta Melon show. You may have been at the same one I was last Friday night at the Rosebud Bar in Davis Sq.

The uncontrollable urge to urge to smile and wink back are completely normal, if you’re a little turned on just go with it. Even one such as I, a self proclaimed “refrigerator on the dance floor” found my toes a-tappin, there may even have been some booty shaking. All of this brought on by the raucous brand of indie rock that Keith and Co. blasted at the Rosebud crowd. The guys in Fiesta Melon share a companionable rapport that translates seamlessly to the stage. I know I’ll be front and center for the next show, maybe even shaking my booty.” – KC Hoye – UNregular Radio Blog

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Keith Valcourt – Bass, Vocals

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Surprise! A Ticket Giveaway! Sponsored by: The Inebriations


Your proud ticket giveaway sponsors The Inebriations

The Inebriations are so excited about Wednesday’s show at McGann’s they want to free up your money so you can spend more at the bar!

The first two people to mention “bar tab” on the Facebook event page will get a free pair of tickets to the show.  Also appearing Boompa, Damn Tall Buildings and March McGann’s residents Flux Forteana.

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Bedford Davis to Play McGann’s Irish Pub on March 28

Bedford Davis and Animals

Via Ethan Mallove

Bedford Davis is the product of two art school dropouts. The project began in 2002 as a duo comprised of Ethan Armstrong (bass and vocals) and Cheryl Lynne (keyboards and vocals).

The pair met while studying jazz vibraphone at New England Conservatory in Boston. Given a love of unique yet accessible music, and despite moderate to severe personality disorders, they had an idea of assembling a band to perform the songs in 2010. Dan Garrity, a veteran of the Boston punk scene (formerly the drummer in Moki), was recruited to round out the trio.

Screen-Shot-2014-02-20-at-9.53.46-AMBedford Davis’s melodic songs employ abstract lyrics with alternating themes of humor and despair (sometimes simultaneously). The chord changes are often unpredictable. It’s Not That Kind of Party – the band’s first release – has a reverb-laden production style reminiscent of early Beach Boys. There are also elements of The Shins, Weezer, and Beck. As a recent reviewer from YourBand.info wrote, “The lyrics of the songs brush between insanity and brilliance. The music is complexly simple. This music makes me want to eat pop rocks and soda.”

The group has played numerous shows in the Boston and NYC metro areas. You can catch them this Friday at McGann’s Irish Pub alongside Sounds From the Basement, Sentry, Fifth Freedom and Palm Spring Life. Buy your presale tickets here.

Damn Tall Buildings to Release New Album

Via Max Capistran

1185668_10151661824662496_1319573926_nDamn Tall Buildings is currently building hype leading up to the release of their debut album, ‘Cure-All’.  The album release party will be held on April 26th, the location will be announced via the Damn Tall Buildings website.  Also playing, Joe’s Truck Stop, another Boston-based bluegrass and roots band, tickets go on sale March 28th.

1381544_580344345355387_162828726_nWhile their instrumentation is that of bluegrass, they are not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, their songs about love and ramblin’ help to forget the everyday troubles and slip away into their up-tempo hobo-anthems.  With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a truthful combination of four-different people branding their influences into a single sound.

“If you think you don’t like Bluegrass, Damn Tall Buildings can probably change your mind. A room full of ambling event attendees were instantly energized by the barnstorming quartet who combined the virtuoso playing of Jordan Alleman (Banjo), Avery ‘Montana’ Ballotta (Fiddle), Max Capistran (Guitar), and Sasha Dubyk (Upright Bass) with three-part vocal harmonies. Songs started and ended in a wallop of notes with a hint of the furious-but-fun energy of punk, accompanied by the spontaneous stomping of the audience’s feet. It is hard to believe that Damn Tall Buildings is only a handful of months old, but their musical synergy was unmistakable and the music was performed with a playfulness that requires both competence and confidence.” (http://unraveledartists.com).

Damn Tall Buildings is also proud to announce their upcoming show with Inebriations , Flux Forteana, and Boompa at McGann’s Irish Pub on March 26th.  For a full listing of upcoming shows and ticket sales visit the Damn Tall Buildings website. 


Courage and the Bear 3-19-2014 at PA’s Lounge

3-19 at PA's Lounge Courage and the BearVia David Ramsay

Courage and the Bear is a new arrival in Boston’s folk/americana scene, representing a unique blend of pop-rock sensibility with traditional folk instruments like accordion and harmonica.

The band was founded in January of 2013, when established Worcester area singer-songwriter Mike Lachance partnered up with music school grad David Ramsay. Their initial demos were enough to entice violinist/orchestra director Meg Dagon and percussionist/Music Ed. Masters student Rob McCarthy to join the ensemble soon thereafter.

Courage and the Bear can be heard every other week at the Nu Cafe in Worcester, where they are currently in residence. They just released their first EP, which is available to stream for free online. The band is busy working on their debut full length album.

Courage and the BearCourage will be playing out and about in the Boston area in March and April (PA’s Lounge, The Midway Cafe, Toad, etc) after gaining momentum as the winner of a February Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge. Come check them out this Wednesday, 3/19 at PA’s Lounge in Somerville as part of an action-packed FSA line-up!

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Full Scene Ahead Anniversary Show with Skinny Pigeons and More!

Full Scene Ahead One Year AnniversaryNathaniel Miller (Bennington, VT)

On March 29th at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Boston based rock band Skinny Pigeons will open for Parachuter at the Full Scene Ahead Anniversary Show.

For a band as young as Skinny Pigeons to do this, you know they have to have big chops and a bigger sound. Skinny Pigeons comes through. Hailing from the Berklee College of Music, all three members are trained shredders. Their hooky and heavy EP Flu was released in January, and it’s the perfect introduction to their sound and skills.


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Scene Stand Three On the Way!

Via Andrew Broder – Fleming Entertainment

For the third year in a row, Full Scene Ahead, Fleming Entertainment, and Seismic Entertainment are teaming up to bring you Scene Stand 3 on April 4 at Church Boston.

Scene Stand is an annual spring concert that showcases some of the best, rising bands in the Boston area. Held the last two years at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, the show is relocating this year to Church Boston in the Fenway neighborhood.

Church provides an intimate yet spacious atmosphere, a top quality sound system, and a friendly bar environment. Returning to Scene Stand is the presentation of two separate stages to provide non-stop music for five hours. There will be four full bands on the main stage, with four acoustic acts playing on top of pool tables in between bands. That’s right, EIGHT ACTS in FIVE HOURS.

There’s not a lot of events where you can find eight acts for the admission of a regular show. Performing on the main stage will be Ladymob, Leaders Led, Sunshine Riot, and Night Mayor, while the acoustic stage will see Kaplan Hasanoglu, Alec Hutson, Andrew Lightning and the Storm, and Mike Baker.

“Scene Stand continues to be one of my favorite shows to attend each year,” said Andrew Brodeur of Fleming Entertainment,

“Everything from the energy of the bands performing to the excitement of the crowd in being able to see continuous music all night really provides an amazing atmosphere. Dave Crespo(FSA), Alex Bromberg(Seismic Ent.), and the participating bands have busted their asses each year to help make Scene Stand a reality, and it really is a great glimpse into the hardworking layout of the Boston music scene.”

Come down yourself to see what Scene Stand is all about and enjoy some of the best bands the Boston music scene has to offer.

Thousand Days at McGann’s Irish Pub!

Via Bob Katsiaficas

Cambridge MA alt rock veterans Thousand Days are back with a vengeance in 2014!

Bob & PardisComing off an extremely successful release of their EP “Radiate” in 2012, the band is set to release their new EP “Turkana Boy” in June of 2014. According to guitarist Bob Katsiaficas, “It is by far the best stuff we have ever done”.

The new EP was recorded at Zippah Recording in Brighton MA with producer Brian Charles (Sheila Divine, The Field Effect). With a nod to the alternative rock of the 90’s, their sound is a perfect blend of alt rock, pop punk & straight up rock ‘n’ roll. A new video is also in the works for April which will be shot by director James McCarron (Dead Cats Dead Rats, Thought Transfer).

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The New Studio View with Gipsy Pixel

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Gipsy Pixel live in studio

photo courtesy of Gipsy Pixel

Local music in Boston is a rich cottage industry, chock full of up and coming professionals looking for their niche.

One such company is Gipsy Pixel. Formed in July of 2013 out of a partnership between Chris DeSanty and Eran Shaysh, GP is a “traveling video collective” that produces, shoots, and edits in studio videos with independent musicians. They’ve thrown down with three artists in the last six months including Boston local phenoms Blue Ribbons at Q Division Studios.

Chris and Eran started working together after Eran (founder and producer at The Big Old Big One) put up a post on Facebook about looking for a director for in-studio shoots. Both of them are musicians (drummers in fact) and both have a solid understanding of studio dynamic and shooting musicians. Gipsy Pixel 10

We were looking for a fun collaborative way to work with bands and studios/engineers to produce a great package of new material and video content. Cross-promoting Gipsy Pixel, studio and artist. It seemed like a no-brainer to us. Plus getting bands with serious live energy and synergy to track a live studio record in front of some select fans. It’s an honest approach to recording where you really capture the true essence of the artist, and it’s a great treat for the fans who not only get to check out a show and catch a behind-the-scenes look at the recording and film shooting-but they’re forever a part of that album release. So that’s special for everyone involved.” – Chris DeSanty – Gipsy Pixel

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Christine“Why no voice?” asks yours truly to Catherine Capozzi, the architect behind Boston and Paris (yes – as in Paris, France) based instrumental rock group Axemunkee, which is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

Catherine replies almost as if she never thought of it before. “Ha, that’s a loaded question!” She goes on to say the following:

“I knew I wanted to do something that was based on whatever my version of guitar is plus make it instrumental; combining all of my musical and non-musical influences to compose some new tunes with the guitar as the voice. And, since I love drums, have two drummers.”

You’ll be able to find out more about Catherine in the interview below, but there was something about the above quote that was somewhat striking. And, in a way, quite emblematic of the sound, the force, and the narrative behind Axemunkee. Headed by Capozzi herself on lead guitar, the songs of Axemunkee are lush with a wizardly technical prowess and a torrid undercurrent of fiery momentum. Though, despite the focused craftsmanship, the songs materialize via basic instincts and whims. Capozzi’s guitar playing style switches from the sludgy arpeggios of doom metal to the frantic strums of jump blues to the wooden slaps of Spanish classical.  Song-forms stay completely fluid, allowing the back-up ensemble to fade in and out of the ether while the focus always remains on whatever Capozzi feels like doing with her axe.

314991_265277366844321_1136095688_nAxemunkee combines professionalism and a “just-do-it” ethos that I found to be remarkably refreshing. And, more importantly, it made for two albums — Vortex (2011) and Sidewalk (2008) — that are just flat-out fun to listen to. Talking to Catherine was very much like listening to her music: revealing, spontaneous, and enjoyable.

AG: Before we get into Axemunkee tell me a bit about Catherine Capozzi. When did you first start playing out and what were some highlights of your journey pre-axemunkee?

CC: Sure, let me tell you a little about Catherine Capozzi- I started out on violin and drums (as a kid when they still had music programs in school) in WaterburyConnecticut. I started playing ‘concerts’ at age 7 , then moved to drums in marching band and started guitar at age 10. Continue reading

Interview: Joel Simches Sounds On

Via KC “The Management” Hoye
Joel Simches Watch City Studios

Joel Simches

I met Joel Simches a few years ago at one of Jason Dunn’s (The Luxury, Halogens, Dirty Bombs and Mad Science Studios) listening parties. Joel was wild-haired, bright-eyed, talkative and engaging. Within 20 minutes of meeting him, I learned more about really *listening* to an album than I had in four years of college.

He has an ability to pick apart song structure AND the recording into it’s disperate pieces. He somehow manages to hold all of this information in his head while keeping an intelligent conversation going. It’s some crazy shit to witness. So, I wasn’t surprised to hear he’s is currently holding it down at Watch City Studios working with Jack Younger, previously of Basement 247 in Allston.

KC: Okay first, to settle the great debate, how do you pronounce your last name? Is it SimCHes (CH as in CHASE) or Simches (CH as in Cat)?

Joel: I pronounce my name with a hard C. CH as in character!!

KC: You’ve been THE go to live guy for mid-market local music gigs for a minute, how long have you been running the boards? Did it start before or after stepping on stage and blasting the keys?

Joel: I started recording bands in the 80s. My old band recorded in someone’s 8-track basement studio, and when I heard our music for the first time blasting out of the studio monitors I was hooked.

A year into college I switched my major into recording and took it from there. I recorded with my band, some friends and such. Whenever I recorded with other people, they would ask me to do their live sound so I could recreate what we did in the studio. That started around the late 80s/early 90s.

Joel Simches Drummer

Joel Simches: Banger of Drums

I started playing in bands at 14. Started as a drummer. Our first band never had a steady bass player so I eventually learned how to play. The keyboard thing happened as I started recording. I found that for what I needed keyboardwise in the studio, it would be easier for me to take a few minutes and track it. I didn’t become a keyboard player until I joined Nisi Period in 1990-1991.

KC: Where did your interest in recording music spring from?

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Streight Angular EP Release, New Video, General Ownage

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Straight Angular is a band that gets the times. They aren’t too over the top like our past pop star hair bands. And, they aren’t your shoe gaze, care about nothing Silver Sun Pickups. They are straight up real.

streight angular super party fun timeThis Saturday at O’Briens Streight Angular will make a new reality for themselves by releasing their newest EP, “Super Party Fun Time.” And, we here at FSA have an exclusive look at their brand spanking new music video for the single off the new EP, “Will Smith.” Give it a watch… Now!

After watching this video I had some serious questions for front man, Al Polk. This is what he had to say…

DAve: Who came up with the concept… or is there a concept?

Al: I did. I came up with the concept.

DAve: Do you show Boston on purpose, or is that just where you can shoot?

Al: I wanted to show a day in the life of a working person commuting to a city. Boston seemed like the perfect location.

DAve: Is the music video’s star, Rob Potylo crazier than you?

Al: I don’t think we’re crazy.

DAve: How did you get Rob Potylo onto the project?

Al: We saw what Rob was doing with Quiet Desperation. It seemed like he understood the struggle of the everyman. So we asked him and he said yes! He’s a living legend so we were psyched to get him on the project.
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March Mischief 2014 Tour Kickoff

Via KC “The Management” Hoye

We’re gearing up to kick off the March Mischief Tour starting in just over a week at TT’s in Cambridge.  Two of our favorite local bands, The Devil’s Twins and Dave Austin and the Sound are touring to SXSW, playing a 13 day stretch down and back.  The tour culminates in Austin, TX, during our Unofficial SXSW Showcase at The Aquarium on 6th street.

The Devil's Twins

The Devils Twins

The Devil’s Twins fall somewhere between punk and rock, and if you listen, you can pin down a distinct noir influence.  These three musicians take the the guitar/ drums sound beyond the A/B pedal and into a whole new class of tone and rhythm.

Nicole’s powerful voice backed by Ryan and Jeremiah’s hot rod sound puts this band on an even keel with most four and five piece numbers.  These three make up for the lack of a four string player with a whole lot of attitude.  Their 2013 release “Old Fashioned Mischief” netted them a Limelight Magazine Award Nod for their video “Love and War”.  They also won #2 Best Band in New England from Examiner Magazine.

Dave Austin and the Sound

Dave Austin and the Sound

Dave Austin and the Sound embodies the blues rock revival. Yes, they have folk influences, yes they play a lot of blues, but seriously folks, you can’t listen to “Love Me Like You Love Your Pills” and not hear the blood of Southern Rock pumping in time with the beat.  

New to the scene, Dave Austin and the Sound started gigging in early 2013. In fact, they cut their teeth with a Full Scene Ahead residency at McGann’s last summer.  They’ve spent the last year busting ass and building a name, managing to land sets at The Middle East Downstairs, Hard Rock Cafe and TT the Bear’s Place.  Don’t let their up and comer status fool you.  All members of The Sound are accomplished musicians, many of whom attend Berklee, all of which are fucking badasses.

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Downcity Armory at Club Bohemia (Cantab Downstairs) 2-28-2014

Via Todd Bowes

Down City Armory three city mini tourHi there. This is Todd from Downcity Armory. Yeah, our homebase is Providence, Rhode Island, but don’t let that distract you.

Actually, we’re a Boston band too, since two of our members are from Boston’s Vary Lumar, so this is our turf too. We’re about to embark on a three city, three state, one weekend tour, #event331, and it begins at the Cantab Lounge on Friday 2/28. Then it moves to Brooklyn, NY, Saturday 3/1 at Legion, and wraps up Sunday 3/2 in Philadelphia, PA at the Legendary Dobbs.

Which would make this…not unlike some other random band hitting three states in one weekend representing New England music in other markets, except that Downcity Armory is doing it for a cause. In fact, that’s our thing.

downcityStarting now, and going until Monday 3/3, all music and merch sales, whether online or at shows, will benefit the Integral Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 helping impoverished Guatemalan children get an education, and keep them out of the international sex trade. That’s right: every purchase of Downcity Armory’s music or merch helps keep a kid from becoming a sex slave.

So. Whatcha doing 2/28?

Catch Downcity Armory with EXH4LER, Emergency Exit, and Doug MacDonald Band at Club Bohemia (Cantab Downstairs), 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.

ShipWrecked at SX

Full Scene Ahead and CHanneL3 Announce Their Unofficial SXSW Showcase

Shipwrecked at SXSW presented by CHaneL3 and Full Scene AheadFriday February 21st, 2014- BOSTON, MA: On March 14th, 2014 Full Scene Ahead and CHanneL3 will come together for an unofficial SXSW showcase called, “ShipWrecked!” at The Aquarium on 6th Street in Austin, TX . Starting at 12 noon, this double stage showcase will be headlined by Southwork of Philadelphia, PA, and will have sideshow performances between sets by Black Widow Burlesque of Austin, TX until the showcases end at 11 PM.

This +21 free showcase is bound to be a feast for both the eyes and ears. Hosted by Austin’s very own Miss Fahrenheit, early attendees will have the chance to score swag and free drink tickets.

This is CHanneL3′s third year producing a show in Austin. It is Full Scene Ahead’s first year to the big dance, although FSA’s owner, DAve Crespo has worked with CHanneL3′s, Gayle Coston on this showcase at The Aquarium for the past two years. This year they promise to up their game by adding a second stage.

Although two stages are going to be slightly hectic, it will be the element that makes this showcase better than last years,” said Coston. “But, the more bands the better. In Boston we are known for promoting the most local bands in the scene. We’re not going to be in Texas too long, so we aim to make the most of this 11 hour showcase,” finished Crespo.

Black Widow Burlesque Austin, TXLast year was the first year that the showcase included Austin’s own burlesque troupe Black Widow Burlesque and it made the showcase one of the best on Austin’s 6th Street. In fact, last year’s showcase finished with Bio Dome super star, Pauley Shore introducing the last set by the dancers and the final band.

Each year the CHanneL3’s showcases get’s bigger and better, and every year it supports some of the best up and coming talent from musically rich cities around the country. This year’s showcase is no exception – with two stages and a plethora of talent the lineup looks like this:

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