We’re getting the band back together at the pill this Friday… but in reality there’s no band, just us DJs. Our summer fling trudges slowly over wet sand and Allston asphalt, as Michael V returns from a holiday down south and rejoins DJ Ken in the booth for the final chapter in a three-week hat-trick modern indie dance party swing. The residents take center stage before we roll pretty band heavy for July, starting with Parlour Bells’ video release party to close out June, then three live performances the following month, from the jangly indie-pop styling of The Susan Constant (July 12), the venomous lady dance punk of Petty Morals (we’re already sweatin’ for this one coming July 19), and the record-release party and debut show of Confessions (July 26), the latest addition to the Vanya Records family. But we’ll focus on all that a little later: up first, DJ Ken & Michael V reunited (and it feels so good), dropping the dance beats and rock treats all across Great Scott’s checkerboard floor, a fucked-up frenzy of sound that tosses Britpop, electro, post-punk, 60s, new wave, garage rock, retro-pop, and whatever else into the Friday night blender. This week jazz it up to future classics by Empire of the Sun, Bastille, Miles Kane, Icona Pop, Foals, Charli XCX, Bearstronaut, Daft Punk, Chvrches, Gold Fields, Capital Cities, Future Carnivores, Seer Group, and other yes-yes-yeses and maybe-maybes. Oh and check it – when there’s no band, like this week, we’re FREE before 11pm, and just $5 all night thereafter. Why? Because it’s our annual Allston shitshow summer and we like seeing you. It’s true, we do. Look sharp! xo the pill
2013 live at the pill: The New Highway Hymnal, Stereo Telescope, RIBS, the Field Effect, Bearstronaut, the Floating Heads, the Daily Pravda, the Suedeheads (Freezepop/Lifestyle), the Milling Gowns, Burglary Years, Ruby Ridge, Ringo Deathstarr, Ghost Box Orchestra, Parlour Bells, the Susan Constant, Petty Morals, Western Education...
2012 live at the pill: Ruby Ridge, You Can Be A Wesley, The New Highway Hymnal, Casey Desmond, Stereo Telescope, Autochrome, Slowdim, Black Light Dinner Party, Andre Obin, the December Sound, Lifestyle, Herra Terra, Grand Resort, SPF 5000, Orca Orca, Color Channel, Velah, Camden, Fat Creeps, Young Adults, Avoxblue, Sinnet, Animal Talk...
2011 live at the pill: Stereo Telescope, Girlfriends, Protokoll, Rituals, Soft Pyramids, Earthquake Party, Dirty Bombs, the Fagettes, Night Fruit, The Hush Now, The Love Dimension, Lindsey Starr, Oranjuly, Bearstronaut, People At Parties, Bozmo, Spirit Kid, The Cinnamon Fuzz, The Sterns, Cooling Towers...
2010 live at the pill: The Postelles, Class Actress, DOM, Zambri, the Depreciation Guild, Veil Veil Vanish, Spirit Kid, Vostok 4, Conservative Man, Endless Wave, Bearstronaut, Technoir MA, Dear Leader, the Daily Pravda, The Honors, Provocateur, Emergency Music...
2009 live at the pill: Thanks to all who came out to the pill in 2009, and thanks to all the bands that performed on our stage (in order): Viva Viva, the Sun Lee Sunbeam, Yes Giantess, the Toothaches, Black Joe Lewis, Televandals, Passion Pit, The Daily Pravda, Taxpayer, the New Collisions, Bodega Girls, The Honors, Hot Protestants, Twin Berlin, Hooray For Earth, The Dossier, Golden Silvers, Bon Savants and Cold Cave. Also thanks to all who voted in awarding the pill Best Dance Party accolades in both the Boston Phoenix and Weekly Dig, as well as other various tips of the cap in the Boston Globe, Herald and Improper Bostonian. xo the pill
The storied history of the Pill Halloween Show: 2012: The Luxury as Oasis, the New Highway Hymnal as the Stooges, Color Channel as LCD Soundsystem, Ruby Ridge as the Knife; 2011: Spirit Kid as The Beatles, Lindsey Starr as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Endless Wave as Ride, Dirty Bombs as Kasabian; 2010: The Honors as Morrissey, Bearstronaut as The Rapture and Vostok 4 as The Talking Heads; 2009: The Daily Pravda as Radiohead, Televandals as the Clash, The Honors as the Smiths and Lindsey Starr & The Chemical Smiles as the Sounds; 2008: The Perennials as the Strokes, Wonderful Spells as the Kinks, the Sun Lee Sunbeam as Elastica; 2007: The Daily Pravda as David Bowie, Mako as the Stone Roses, the Lie Society as Blur and the Perennials as the Libertines; 2006: Lifestyle as New Order, the Daily Pravda as Suede, the 8mm Fuzz as Echo & the Bunnymen; 2005: Emergency Music as the Velvet Underground, Protokoll as Bauhaus, the Chainletter as Joy Division; 2004: The Information as Depeche Mode, the Bon Savants as Pulp, Emergency Music as Blur, the Cignal as Primal Scream; 2003: The Information as the Cure, the Cignal as the Happy Mondays.
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Bands that have played the pill since 2003: the Information, the Dandy Warhols, Protokoll, Passion Pit, DOM, Yes Giantess, New Collisions, Snowden, Cold Cave, Pela, Freezepop, Mystery Roar, Class Actress, Endless Wave, Zambri, Twin Berlin, the Postelles, the Golden Silvers, Hooray For Earth, Lindsey Starr, the Love Dimension, Lifestyle, Soft Pyramids, Stereo Telescope, Rituals, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bearstronaut, Viva Viva, Matters & Dunaway, the Daily Pravda, Provocateur, Martin Carr of the Boo Radleys, BM Linx, the Bon Savants, Wonderful Spells, Technoir MA, the Honors, the Dossier, the Toothaches, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Televandals, Barnicle, the Trucks, the Fatal Flaw, the Sterns, Hot Protestants, the 8mm Fuzz, Hiss & Chambers, the Blakes, the Lie Society, Elkland, Emergency Music, Retrosleeper, Run Run Run, the Sun Lee Sunbeam, the Lights Out, the December Sound, the Motion Sick, Logan 5 & the Runners, Jupiter One, the Films, MEandJOANCOLLINS, Karacter, Taxpayer, Blanks., Saintface, Mako, the Good North, Bad Jamie, Guillermo Sexo, Raymond, Two if By Sea, the Perennials, the Glass Set, the Cignal, HeadQuarters, the Never Never, Aloud, the Vershok, Warm Bodies, the Cold War, Cassette, Certainly Sir, World's Greatest Sinners, the Picture, Cyanide Valentine, the Westward Trail, Fragile, Mittens, Morning Theft, A Brief Smile, the Tommies, Soft, 1986, Four Volts, the Living Sea, a Wish for Fire, the Casual Lean, Up the Empire, Steadman, Phaser, the Chainletter, the High Dials...
the pill 2011 - look sharp!
June 21: Shitshow summer dance party with DJ Ken + Michael V (FREE before 11pm; $5 all night)
June 28: Parlour Bells LIVE, "Bachelor Hours" music video release dance party
July 12: The Susan Constant LIVE
July 19: Petty Morals LIVE
July 26: Confessions LIVE, debut show + EP release party
September 6: Western Education LIVE
the pill goes down every Friday night at Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. Established in October, 1997.