For the past fifteen years, while the mainstream continues to water itself down, confusing fashion with integrity and glossy production with heaviness, Detroit`s Small Stone Records has been searching out the best hard rock and metal the American and European undergrounds have to offer. After a string of successful showcases at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and CMJ in New York City, Small Stone`s bringing the good fight to Boston. The inaugural Boston Small Stone Showcase, hosted by Boston Emissions own Anngelle Wood, will highlight both some of the up-and-coming and established bands on the Small Stone roster. This show will take place on September 26, 2009 at the Middle East (downstairs).
Portland, Maine`s SUN GODS IN EXILE and Boston`s GOZU represent fresh takes on classic hard rock, with the former proving the south doesn`t have a lock on whiskey soaked riffs and the latter demonstrating that a good groove makes a good song great. Speaking of great songs, they may only have two albums to their name (with the third on its way), but Los Angeles` SASQUATCH has proven to be peerless among classic rock three-pieces. Few can combine hard hitting, urgent riffs with soulful vocals and a rhythm section that`s deep in the pocket like these guys. What could make them better?
A guest appearance by MONSTER MAGNET`s Ed Mundell, that`s what. Virginia`s THROTTLEROD, New Jersey`s SOLACE, and Boston`s ROADSAW are long time veterans, with the scars to show and the stories to tell. And yet all three groups keep getting better and better as time marches onward. THROTTLEROD`s latest, "Pig Charmer," has been praised by all who`ve heard it, advanced previews of SOLACE`s "AD" takes the lifer scuzzbuckets to a whole new level of heaviness, and ROADSAW`s comeback album "See You In Hell" is nothing short of a modern day stoner rock classic. Tired of the masses celebrating mediocrity, braying praise at the praise-less? Then check out the Boston Small Stone Showcase this September 26.
BOSTON SMALL STONE SHOWCASE
Hosted by Boston Emissions own Anngelle Wood
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The Middle East (downstairs)
480 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA
SUN GODS IN EXILE (http://www.myspace.com/sungodsrock)
Doors: 7 pm Fee: $10.00 (six bands for $10.00, what a deal) Ticket Info: Tickets for Middle East Club events are available:
* In person at the Middle East Box Office: 1 pm to 7 pm, seven days a week (without service charge)
* At all Ticketmaster locations - at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (617) 931-2000.