October 3, 2013
New England Underground Music Festival with Coke Weed, Pile, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ovlov, Bobb Trimble, Dozens More | 4-5 Oct. | Cambridge Elks, Democracy Center
Well this is ridiculous. The good people that bring you the Boston Hassle, Boston Compass and B.O.W. Shows are hosting the above-referenced festival this weekend, a super-ambitious event that presents as complete a picture of the regional music scene as it presently stands as you will likely ever experience. If you were an alien from space (and don't be so sure you are not), this would be your Cliff's Notes on, like, everything that matters, delivered at what we can only describe as a Chuck-Bartowski-flashing-the-entire-Intersect blinding pace. This means 20-minute sets set up like a line of dominoes across 14 hours spread over two days. Can you handle this? Probably. It's all ages, too, sliding scale price -- it's an inclusive thing. Besides the short set times -- which we think it's not unfair to say are a bit *too* short -- this is what those larger festivals in town should aspire to. But there's more to be excited about than just the structure and ambition: there's a crapload of insanely good indie rock and electronic acts. From the dusty twang of Portland, Maine's Coke Weed to the face-Brillo-ing fuzz of Connecticut college rock titans Ovlov, from the sonic explorations of Keith Fullerton Whitman to the psychedelic wandering of legendary New England psych veteran Bobb Trimble, this festival boasts an impressive scope.
So what else can we tell you? How about some key sets we think you need to see? Allow us to break it down for you below, where you will also find some streaming music embeds.
Oct. 4 // Cambridge Elks Lodge
6:20 -- Coke Weed
7:00 -- Hands and Knees
9:20 -- Pile
9:40 -- Neptune
10:20 -- Keith Fullerton Whitman
Oct. 5 // Democracy Center
4:20 -- Ovlov
After Party // Lilypad
Bobb Trimble (Burger Records Tape Release)