What's in a Name? Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Our weekly quest to find the band with the most interesting name may be over.

It’s going to be very hard for future band to top this week’s musical discovery.

We preset: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.

According the bio on their website, “Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings end-of-the-world enthusiasm to their high-energy psychedelic funk. Their infectious electro-funk grooves, undeniable live energy and contagious smiles have their rabid fanbase "the Flock" growing exponentially”

If you are already a member of the Flock, you already know what ‘high-energy psychedelic funk’ sounds like, but those who haven’t signed up for the cause just year can check out the band on their video page. Be forewarned, though, most of their videos run for more than an hour.

So I’m guessing whey are what is more commonly known as a ‘jam band.’ Perhaps Evan Marks from GratfeulWeb.com sums it up best. “These guys may be a little nuts, but they are extremely passionate about what they do.”

So, if you like long songs and ‘infectious electro-funk grooves’ then Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is the band for you. See them Friday, Oct. 28 at the Paradise Club.

50 Years of Frank

Known these days more for the tabloid headlines regarding his feud with his siblings over the right to play his father’s music on stage, Dweezil Zappa is out on the road doing what he does best: Playing whatever the (heck) he wants. With the passing of Frank back in 1993, it’s the last chance you’ll have to hear the man’s music live in concert.

And if you’re unfamiliar with Dweezil, here’s a little blurb from his website to help you understand a little bit about the man on stage. He “was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles—the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate). Dweezil’s early years were spent largely away from the spotlight—something of a rarity for the child of a celebrity but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family. Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers, it was no surprise that Dweezil began to show an interest in music early on. At six years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master, from his dad. It wasn’t until he was 12 that he began to show a serious interest in manipulating the instrument to make music.”

Trust us, it will be an unforgettable night of great music played with passion and precision.

 

Dweezil Zappa Cease and Desist Tour / 50 Years of Frank comes to the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, Oct. 27. Showtime is 7:30 PM. Tickets $29.50 / $37 / $45 / $79. Soundcheck Party (included in the $79 VIP ticket) will start 90 minutes before doors and will last approx 45 minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes prior. 

Heart & Soul on the Road

Talk about Ebony and Ivory … two groups that have almost nothing in common beyond a horn section are hitting the road for what they are calling The Heart & Soul Tour.

But do people who listen to Earth Wind and Fire (the soul we presume) also listen to Chicago?

It’s hard to imagine, but it will be happening on Oct. 22 in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center and Oct 23 at Mohegan Sun.

Personally, we’re looking forward to the EW&F side of the show. We’ve been listening to them since high school and continue to sing along in the car every time September comes on the radio.

We love this blurb from the EW&F website, “During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born – one that was steeped in African and African-American styles – particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America.”

Can I get an amen?

For the record, if a Chicago song – any Chicago song – comes on the radio we just switch the channel.

We may be wrong. Let us know john@bostoneventguide.com.

 

The French Godzilla in Worcester

Let’s face it, if you name you band after a legendary monster that has been destroying Tokyo for decades, you better deliver some killer music.

So, what does Gojira (the Japanese word for Godzilla) sound like?

Acording to their website, on their latest album, Magma,  “the French quartet—brothers Joe Duplantier [vocals, guitar] and Mario Duplantier [drums], Christian Andreu [guitar], and Jean-Michel Labadie [bass]—gracefully swing between quaking and quivering guitars, mind-bending percussion, chillingly elegant melodies, and cosmic atmospherics”

Wait a minute…They’re French?

Here is what a song from Magma sounds like.

It may not be your cup of tea, but if you like the video we have a feeling you’ll love them live. Gojira play The Palladium in Worcester on Oct. 22.

What's in a Name? Gustafer Yellowgold

When it comes to odd names in the music world, it’s hard to top Gustafer Yellowgold.

Who, you ask?

According to The New York Times,Gustafer is “A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.”

His website proclaims, Gustafer is “a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods”.

And in concert, he’s “a multi-media performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling”.

In other words, he has to be seen to be believed, so here’s a clip to … enjoy?

(Pause as you watch it)

Now that you know what Gustafer Yellowgold is all about, you can go see him (it?) live at the Regent Theatre on Oct. 22. Showtime is 10:30 AM (that’s right, AM). Ticket are $7-$10.

And you HAVE to send me a review at john@bostoneventguide.com.