Contributor Sean L. Maloney is excited about The Remains playing tonight at The Basement. I mean, obviously. He interviewed head Remain Barry Tashian, and he also penned a Critic's Pick. Check it out:
Holy rock ’n’ roll miracle, Batman — The Remains are playing at The Basement! Wait a second, that needs a few more exclamation points and some capital letters — THE REMAINS ARE PLAYING AT THE BASEMENT!!! For the unfamiliar, The Remains, led by longtime Nashvillian Barry Tashian, are possibly the greatest garage-rock band of the ’60s, and they not only possess all the wild primal energy that makes the genre great but also have more chops and musical skill than the rest of the genre’s proprietors put together. Tracks like “Don’t Look Back” and “You Got a Hard Time” epitomize everything that makes rock ’n’ roll great — the fuzz, the fury, the fun all flying by at 45 R.P.M. The sad thing is most of the world beyond their hometown of Boston never really caught on — except some band called The Beatles, who drafted them to open their final tour. Whatever: THE REMAINS ARE PLAYING AT THE BASEMENT!!! —SEAN L. MALONEY
Word on the street — and general common sense — indicate that this one's going to be mad crowded. As crowded as Metallica? That remains to be seen. Get there early.