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GO TO: 8/24(tonite) BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE (CA), MAGIC CASTLES (MI) @ ROYALE

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Its not often we talk up a show at the Royale. Located in the Theatre District in downtown Boston, the venue is more of a posh club than a vibrant underground club, but somewhere between all that pop slop blaring through their speakers, they manage to squeeze in some fine acts. Tonight they’re hosting none other than the Brian Jonestown Massacre. If you’ve never heard this band, stop whatever your doing and stream and download some albums from these prolific freaks sprawling discorgraphy. Founded and fronted by Anton Newcombe and friends in SF way back in 1990, this merry band of danksters jumped right into the shoegaze stream popular at the time and proceeded to mess everything up with a 60s revivalist garage psych approach that avoided traps of sterility and rehashed rhythmes and instead struck cosmic gold with a fresh take on old vibrations. As so often happens, they got lost in the crowd for refusing to be commercial, but the 2004 documentary DIG!, an intimate portrait of the insanely talented BJM’s strained relationship with the poppier, more conventional, and eventually more successful Dandy Warhols, catapulted BJM back into the spotlight, resurecting a then-defunct band with an army of newly-recruited fans (your writer included). If you dig hippie-ish good-time pysch-gaze grooves, you can’t go wrong with this band. Tickets are a little pricey, but hey! these dudes are worth it. They’ve got a new record Aufheben (philosophy nerds may catch the reference). Minneapolis deep fuzz psych rockers Magic Castles open.

8pm 18+ $23

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