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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Stars


Stars: No One Is Lost

Like their celestial namesake, Stars only come out at night. It’s been 14 years since the Montreal band debuted with an album of intimate synth-pop whispers titled Nightsongs, but really, any of the increasingly assertive and sonically elaborate records they’ve released since could be named that. Whether between the sheets or on the streets, the nighttime is when the most pivotal moments of your life play out: the drunken dusk-to-dawn hangs through which eternal friendships are forged; the knowing glance across the dancefloor that leads to exchanged phone numbers, that ominous 3 a.m. phone call from the hospital; the decision to turn a new leaf that can only come when you’ve spent five despairing hours staring at a ceiling fan. These are the worlds that Stars songs inhabit, to show us that, even in our most vulnerable and naked states, we are never truly alone.

Stars’ albums have always served as thermochromic barometers of their makers’ emotional well-being, be it the romantic upheaval of 2003’s Heart and 2004’s Set Yourself On Fire, the newsticker-triggered discontent of 2007’s In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010’s The Five Ghosts (a requiem for singer Torquil Campbell’s father, who passed away during the album’s creation), or the rejuvenation of 2012’s The North (recorded while inter-band couple Amy Millan and Evan Cranley were in the throes of new parenthood). However, as Millan admits, the band initially approached its new seventh album from a place of relative stability. “We’ve always had so many things defining every album, whether it was the band going through a difficult emotional turmoil, Torq’s father passing away, or us having children. And now it’s like: You know what? We’re pretty good. This is one of the best times of our lives.”

This time around, Stars decided to scratch the seven-album itch by shaping their own environment. After inheriting the Mile End rehearsal space vacated by the then-disbanding Handsome Furs, Stars refashioned the space—“basically a dirty apartment,” says Cranley—into a fully operational studio, where recording for No One Is Lost began last December with old friend Liam O’Neil (Metric, The Stills) behind the boards.

“It was initially quite painstaking,” says keyboardist Chris Seligman. “But we put love into our space and our space gave us love back.”

Campbell is also a parent, but his recording sojourns in Montreal allowed him to keep, shall we say, more traditional musician’s hours.

“I’m a nighttime guy, I don’t really like making records in the day,” says Campbell, who made the studio his home for the duration of his recording sessions. “I slept on the couch. I’ve never enjoyed making a record so much, because I always hated going home at the end of the day. This time, in Montreal, the studio was my home.”

Funnily enough, it was during one of Campbell’s studio sleepovers that the city itself became truly present: noise was bleeding in from the gay discotheque, The Royal Phoenix, located on the floor below them.

Says Campbell: “I went to sleep to the sound of Charli XCX every night—and I loved it.”

So rather than fight the funk, Stars rolled alongside, with the incessant 4/4 thump emanating from below serving as the metronomic template that would form the basis of No One Is Lost. You can hear that influence percolate in real time on the album’s monumental lead-off track “From the Night”—Stars’ most epic opening salvo since Set Yourself on Fire’s “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”—with a near-subliminal pulse vibrating the floorboards beneath your feet before exploding into a kaleidoscopic, French-touched house jam. And that crowd noise you hear at the beginning? That’s Millan and Seligman walking into The Royal Phoenix during a Friday-night rager, field-recording gear in hand.

“The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential,” affirms drummer Pat McGee. “It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”

But the Royal Phoenix proved to be more than just a musical inspiration; the bar essentially served as Stars’ home away from home, with the band coming to know the servers on a first-name basis, and even getting cocktails christened in their honour. And through observing the bacchanalia playing out every weekend in their de facto rec room, the thematic framework for the album came into focus.

“I always find it so moving and beautiful to watch people have their nights out. “ Campbell explains. “There’s something so heartbreaking about it: People have jobs that they have to get up for, jobs they hate, and they live for the weekend; they live for these moments. And they put everything they have into it: They put all their money into it, they put their emotion into it, they sacrifice their health for it, just to make a connection out there, and go home with someone and not be alone.”

During the writing of the new album, Stars were hit with another cruelly sobering reminder of just how precious our days here on this planet really are: the band’s long-time manager, Eoin O Leary, was diagnosed with cancer.

Fortunately, No One Is Lost translates all that anxiety into pure ecstasy, from the laser-cut new-waved precision of Millan’s “This Is the Last Time” to the soaring, Mozzerific chorus of Campbell’s “Trap Door” to the dreamy duet “Look Away.” And the titanic title track-closer—the sound of a dancefloor being swallowed whole by an ocean of sweat and swapped spit—feels like the moment Stars’ entire 15-year journey has been leading up to, a euphoric house banger that distills all the hope, fear, joy, sadness, and sex in the band’s songbook into a pair of unshakeable mantras: “put your hands up because everybody dies / put your hands up if you know you’re going to lose.”

“The fact Eoin got cancer is definitely sewn into the fabric of the album, lyrically and sonically,” Millan reveals. “Because you had to believe he was going to be okay. [Spoiler alert: he’s currently recovering from treatment quite nicely.] I think that’s where the title No One Is Lost comes from: We were the army standing behind him.”

Campbell, for his part, offers a somewhat more urgent interpretation:

“This record’s called No One Is Lost because that is a fucking lie. We are all lost, we are all going to lose this game and, as you get older, you lose people more and more. Eoin’s been facing down the Grim Reaper, and that was bringing us the fuck down. But we decided to go for it anyway, and so did he, and it was enormous act of blind hope to even think he would make it this far. So I wanted to call this record No One Is Lost because I just wanted to close my eyes and jump and hope that was true. Life is loss, love is loss. And loving people is about accepting that you’re going to have to say goodbye to them. And that’s why it’s fucking brave. It’s easy to hate, because you never have to let go of anything. It takes guts to be gentle and kind. That’s Stars’ ethos: this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”

Alas, Stars will need to find a new place to get arseholed: The day that the mastering of No One Is Lost was completed last July, word got out that The Royal Phoenix was closing, despite its undiminished popularity among local revellers. But then, this sudden turn of events was an oddly appropriate denouement for an album that evolved according to its own curious logic. After all, No One Is Lost is a record that began with Stars building a studio hideaway that allowed them to function as a self-contained unit free of external pressures, yet wound up being greatly shaped by its surrounding environment. And it’s a record that, at its core, was intended as a celebration of life but became a rallying cry for an ailing friend and, now, a eulogy to a beloved bar. But that’s the equally wonderful and terrifying thing about living for the night: you never know what the next one’s going to bring you. Each sundown marks not the end of the day, but the beginning of a new adventure into the unknown—and No One Is Lost is the radiant flash of pink neon that lights the way. So, go dance.

When: Nov 9, 2014 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $22 advance / $24 day of show (Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20 )
Trans - Siberian Orchestra
When: Dec 20, 2014 3 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 40.00 - 70.00 (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15 )
TV On The Radio
When: Nov 14, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 30.00 - 30.00 (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19 )
The Motet
When: Nov 22, 2014 11 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 15.00 - 15.00 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23 )
Aaron Carter
When: Nov 2, 2014 6 PM in Allston, Massachusetts
Cost: 18.00 - 18.00 (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 18 )
Celtic Woman
When: Jun 27, 2015 7 PM in Worcester, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19 )
New Pornographers
When: Nov 19, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 25.00 - 45.00 (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19 )
Scituate Turkey Run/ Walk


When: Nov 28, 2014 6 AM in Scituate, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06 )
Boston University Terriers Mens Ice Hockey vs Harvard Crimson Hockey


When: Nov 25, 2014 1 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13 )
Nick Lowe


When: Dec 16, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19 )
Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Basketball

When: Dec 19, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19 )
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Hockey

When: Apr 4, 2015 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19 )
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Level 2 & 3 Friday: 10am - 10pm Saturday: 8am - 11pm Sunday: 9am - 10pm A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy "world" music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place. Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world. Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world. Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures. Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM

When: Dec 12, 2014 12 AM in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00 )
Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Basketball

When: Jan 16, 2015 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19 )
Skinny Puppy
When: Nov 30, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 32.50 - 32.50 (Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18 )
Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
When: Apr 29, 2015 6:10:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:10:00 )
Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Crimson
When: Nov 22, 2014 12 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12 )
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
When: Sep 25, 2015 7:10:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:10:00 )
Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
NHL Hockey

When: Dec 21, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19 )
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
When: Sep 27, 2015 11:59:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:59:00 )
Kina Grannis


When: Oct 27, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 20.00 - 20.00 (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19 )
Boston University Terriers Mens Ice Hockey vs UConn Huskies Hockey


When: Nov 8, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Nov 2014 19 )
Harlem Globetrotters
When: Mar 27, 2015 7 PM in Worcester, Massachusetts
Cost: $123.00, 53.00, 43.00, 33.00, 24.00 (Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19 )
Enerchi Bites Kickstarter Celebration Dinner

In celebration of recently funding our Kickstarter campaign, we are hosting a dinner at our original Kitchen Space in Somerville, MA. We are continuing our business's fundraising efforts and celebrate with good food, good music, and great company!  In the spirit of Halloween, we welcome you to dress up in a costume!



When: Nov 1, 2014 7 PM to Nov 1, 2014 10 PMin Somerville, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19 )
Jason Derulo
When: Oct 24, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 33.50 - 33.50 (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19 )
Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Basketball

When: Nov 28, 2014 1 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13 )
Holiday Pops
KIDS

When: Dec 21, 2014 11 AM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11 )
Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies


When: Sep 6, 2015 11:59:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 06 Sep 2015 23:59:00 )
Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars
NHL Hockey

When: Feb 10, 2015 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19 )
Russell Peters


When: Nov 21, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 - 65.00 (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19 )
Cirque Dreams Holidaze


When: Dec 11, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 55.50 - 65.50 (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19 )
Boston Pops - Holiday Pops Kids Matinee
When: Dec 13, 2014 11 AM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11 )
Boston Bruins vs. Arizona Coyotes
NHL Hockey

When: Feb 28, 2015 5 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17 )
Swan Lake with Boston Ballet


When: Nov 1, 2014 1 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13 )
NCAA Mens Frozen Four
Championship

When: Apr 11, 2015 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19 )
Chris Botti
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop muisc and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

When: Dec 10, 2014 7 PM to Dec 10, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $50-$65 (Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19 )
Joe Bonamassa
When: Jan 21, 2015 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 82.75 - 128.75 (Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20 )
Alton Brown
When: Nov 14, 2014 8 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20 )
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
NBA Basketball

When: Dec 7, 2014 1 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13 )
Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets
NBA Basketball

When: Feb 27, 2015 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19 )
Boston University Terriers Mens Ice Hockey vs Michigan Wolverines Hockey


When: Oct 25, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19 )
Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and producer. Cummings co-created and co-wrote, along with Michael Patrick King, the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which will return this Fall for a 3rd season. She also wrote, produced and starred in her autobiographical sitcom Whitney, which aired on NBC for 2 seasons between September 2011 – April 2013. Cummings appears regularly on E!’s, Chelsea Lately and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Roasts. Her one-hour stand up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in August 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award later that year.

When: Dec 13, 2014 7 PM to Dec 13, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $35 (Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19 )
Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
When: Jul 27, 2015 7:10:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:10:00 )
Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays


When: Apr 27, 2015 11:59:00 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:59:00 )
The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Tour
The Blind Boys of Alabama will ring in the season and hit the road in support of their new album “Talkin’ Christmas!” The new release features veteran roots artist Taj Mahal as a co-billed collaborator, and will be available October 21 via Sony Music Masterworks. The Blind Boys tour, which starts Nov. 22 in Port Washington, NY and wraps up Dec. 23 in San Diego, will showcase the band performing selections from their new album, along with Christmas classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.

When: Nov 30, 2014 7 PM to Nov 30, 2014 9 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $35-$65 (Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19 )
Smallpools and Magic Man
When: Oct 26, 2014 7 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 18.00 - 18.00 (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19 )
Marlon Wayans
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When: Oct 24, 2014 10 PM to Oct 24, 2014 11:59:00 PMin Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: $35 (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22 )
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL Hockey

When: Jan 3, 2015 1 PM in Boston, Massachusetts (Sat, 03 Jan 2015 13 )
Steve Hackett
When: Nov 19, 2014 7 PM in Lynn, Massachusetts
Cost: 45.00 - 73.00 (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19 )
SoMo
When: Oct 25, 2014 6 PM in Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: 22.50 - 22.50 (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18 )

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