Fenway Recordings is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary this year with a three-part series of shows that will span three cities over three months. Beginning Sunday, August 21st, Part 1 will be at the legendary Beachcomber in Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod’s National Seashore. Then, Part 2 will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Casa Del Popolo in Montreal during that city’s annual music festival, PopMontreal — also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. And finally, Part 3 will be on Wednesday, October 20th at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City during the annual CMJ Music Marathon.
TEN YEARS OF FENWAY RECORDINGS: PART 1
Presented by Boston’s Weekly Dig
The Beachcomber, Wellfleet MA
August 21st, 2011
Featuring: Bodega Girls, Faces on Film, Joywave
Doors at 9PM / Tickets
TEN YEARS OF FENWAY RECORDINGS: PART 2
Presented with Arts & Crafts at PopMontreal
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC
September 24th, 2011
Featuring: The Static Jacks, Faces on Film, Joywave & more TBA
TEN YEARS OF FENWAY RECORDINGS: PART 3
The Studio at Webster Hall, New York City
Wednesday, October 20th, 2011
Featuring: The Static Jacks, Faces on Film & more TBA
About the Bands:
Electro-rock party starters Bodega Girls are two-time Boston Music Award winners (Electronic Act of the Year, 2010 + 2011) and 2011 recipients of the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll award for Best Live Act. The band, whose song “She’s Into Black Guys” was featured on HBO’s Entourage, host COOL RANCH, one of Boston’s most successful monthly dance nights and are regular fixtures on Boston’s DJ and remix circuit. Their raucus, beat-driven music and super high-energy live show have taken them from Boston to New York to LA, and have earned them spots opening for such acts as Miike Snow, MNDR, Das Racist, Neon Indian and Les Savy Fav.
Boston’s Faces on Film, whose second full-length album, Some Weather, was digitally re-released on July 19th by Nice Music Group, (Ed Harcourt, Idlewild) is fresh off a successful two-week tour with dream-folk songstress Marissa Nadler. The project of singer/songwriter Mike Fiore, Faces on Film has been the recipient of consistent praise ever since the release of his debut album, The Troubles, in 2008. Of Some Weather, the Boston Globe’s Jonathan Perry noted that “With his poetically opaque eye and a penchant for vocal reverb rivaled only by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Neko Case, and those dudes from Band of Horses, Fiore – a.k.a. Faces on Film – again casts his gaze in some divine directions.” Featuring Fiore’s hauntingly beautiful melodies and unique instrumentation, Faces on Film earned the Boston Phoenix’ award for Best Singer/Songwriter in 2009 and a spotlight by NPR’s “Second Stage,” who said Fiore’s music showcases “both the epic and the intimate.”
The Rochester, NY based electro-rock outfit, Joywave. Adept at writing instantly catchy, hook-laden songs, the band digitally released its 77777 Mixtape earlier this year, featuring their own original lyrics over totally reworked samples from artists including LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, Beach House and others. The track “Betelgeuse” from the Mixtape had a consistent presence on the indie music blog ranking site hypem.com, reaching #3 on that site’s “popular” chart. Following up on the Mixtape, Joywave also just released “Ridge/Traveling at the Speed of Light,” a 7” single available now on limited edition white vinyl. Joywave will stop in NYC for two shows leading up to their performance at The Beachcomber.
New Jersey’s The Static Jacks are set to release their debut full-length album, If You’re Young, August 30th on Fearless Records. Garnering early praise, the record has earned the band comparisons to some of their biggest influences, including The Strokes, The Cribs and The Cure. Alternative Press, which gave If You’re Young 4 out of 5 stars, remarked at how the album’s “dozen tracks crackle with energy of post-millenial British rock, (think the Rakes or the Libertines), and the hook-lined swoon of late-80s British post wave.” The review goes on to describe “Nervier tracks, (“My Parents Lied,” ”Defend Rosie”) where the guitars slash and the rhythms race come off better, balancing a terse pulse with their creamier, sweeping impulses.” The Jacks have been busy on the road in 2011, playing their hard-driving, anthemic songs to audiences across the US. After completing a tour supporting White Denim earlier in the summer, the Static Jacks played several dates with Manchester Orchestra before making their festival debut at the inaugural Escape to New York Festival on August 5th. They also made an appearance at the US Open of Surfing event in California’s Huntington Beach and supported electronic chillwave artist Active Child at Bardot in LA. Next up on the Jacks’ schedule will be a fifteen-date US tour supporting The Wombats.
Toronto-based Arts & Crafts is an independent artist services company whose roster includes such amazing acts as Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stars, and Ra Ra Riot. Fenway Recordings is thrilled to be presenting Ten Years of Fenway Recordings: Part 2 with Arts & Crafts at PopMontreal, which happens to also be celebrating its Tenth Anniversary this year. Full lineup information for this show at the fantastic Casa Del Popolo will be announced soon.
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