Wednesday’s Keep Safe Boston benefit for Planned Parenthood at the Brighton Music Hall presents strong, diverse local bands that include Parlour Bells (one of my 10 picks in the Improper’s annual summer Music Issue), Corin Ashley, the Color and Sound, and the Rationales.
But that lineup scratches the surface of companion digital album Keep Safe Boston, a compilation of songs from 50 artists that represent the cream of the hometown rock scene. The above bands are joined by the likes of Petty Morals, Hallelujah the Hills, White Dynomite, Eddie Japan, OldJack, Muy Cansado and the John Powhida International Airport. And if that sounds like a prime slice out of recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble history, consider that the driving force behind Keep Safe Boston is Rumble organizer and WZLX DJ Anngelle Wood.
In turn, the album serves as a great warmup for this Sunday’s annual Boston Music Awards at the downtown Revere Hotel, where Powhida’s Airport, Hallelujah the Hills and Ruby Rose Fox will even perform.
Women, in particular, represent on the compilation with Fox’s boldly stylish “Die Pretty,” Apple Betty’s bracing “Skin of My Teeth,” When Particles Collide’s crunchy “Constant Disaster,” Jennifer Tefft’s spooky “Breathe” and Kingdom of Love’s swoony electro-pop cut “Two Souls.” But highlights also span the head-swirling emo uplift of the Color and Sound’s “Back to Me,” the thoughtful honky-tonk of Nate Leavitt, the dashing levity of Ad Frank’s “French Translation” and the proggy rush of Protean Collective’s “Caldera.”
Keep Safe Boston — initially launched as a way to honor the women lost 20 years ago in Brookline clinic shootings — promises future digital releases for various local causes. Meanwhile, click here to scroll and listen to some of these great songs and pay-what-you-can to download the whole album on Bandcamp, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.