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The Warlocks’ psych is far from psyched
It would’ve been nice if Bobby Hecksher, songsmith and ringleader of the Warlocks, had spoon-fed me some anecdotes from back when he used to trip out with Timothy Leary.
| August 05, 2009
The New Alibis | Hard Promises
Teenage Heart Records(2009)
Stick around any scene long enough and after a while everyone's been in a band with everyone else.
| July 01, 2009
Humanwine's mysterious substance
The line between art and entertainment gets thicker and darker every time someone opens a Facebook account. Most of us music types are entertainers, because entertainers just want attention.
| June 24, 2009
The Detroit Cobras give new life to old soul
There's nothing lazier than the typical cover band: musicians taking the easy way out for listeners who don't want to be challenged — or, worse yet, revisiting the glory years when their shitty taste in music was current and therefore socially acceptable.
| June 01, 2009
The New Collisions start things off right
It feels as if all the music people these days were rushing toward a hyper-electro-modern future where they'll be programming drum machines hard-wired directly to their erogenous zones.
| May 27, 2009
Something for everyone
Hands and Knees' vintage-to-Fraggle rock
In the last three years Hands and Knees have been signed to the Beatings' Midriff Records and racked up ample gold stars from critics; late last month they also dropped their splendid sophomore record, Et tu, Fluffy?
| May 12, 2009
Between rock and a soft place
Is the Everyday Visuals' likability a liability?
There's a blog post on the Everyday Visuals' Web site titled "Pop is fucking (aka. Everything to all people? / a/k/a. Coldplay is just as bad as Wavves)" that I was tempted to cut, paste, and submit in place of this article.
| May 05, 2009
The glam amalgam of MEandJOANCOLLINS
It's a quintessential rock-and-roll love story. Sort of . . .
| April 28, 2009
Classing up the joint
World/Inferno Friendship Society at Paradise Rock Club, April 11, 2009
A substantial portion of the Paradise's clientele Friday evening wouldn't have looked out of place at a fancy dinner party. Thanks to the World/Inferno Friendship Society, punk rock and snazzy fashion sense are no longer mutually exclusive.
| April 21, 2009
Faulty Conscience | Good Enough for Punk Rock
Of the innumerable punk bands who will release their debut full-length this year, Allston's Faulty Conscience will surpass the majority with their aptly titled Good Enough for Punk Rock .
| April 14, 2009
Screaming Females | Power Move
Don Giovanni (2009)
A while back, New Jersey's Screaming Females achieved the prestigious distinction of coolest band ever to crash at my apartment.
| April 06, 2009
The kids are OK!
Boston Rules brings back the good old days of punk
There has been much debate — public, behind closed doors, and on message boards — as to whether Boston punk does in fact rule.
| March 31, 2009
Bomb the Music Industry! | Scrambles
Quote Unquote/Asian Man (2009)
To Leave or Die in Long Island (2005) and Goodbye Cool World (2006) cemented this outfit's legacy as a band-type thing too self-consciously goofy to be taken seriously.
| March 23, 2009
The Milky Way takes it to the streets
A parade from dead end to new beginning
Nobody likes gentrification, but everyone loves a parade.
| March 18, 2009
The Swaggerin' Growlers | Keep Your Head Held High
Thugly Goose (2009)
The Growlers reckon their music is best heard while you're shit-faced.
| March 10, 2009
Words fail the post-everything epics of Irepress
Boston's Irepress weren't supposed to be an instrumental band. What they've evolved into just happens to be too stylishly sinuous to lend itself to lots of words.
| February 09, 2009
Three Day Threshold take pride in roots
The undiscovered country
Three Day Threshold take pride in their roots
| January 26, 2009
Review: Math the Band, Lima Research Society
Middle East Upstairs, January 5, 2009
Math the Band suck greasy elephant balls, I was told by a source.
| January 12, 2009
Fucked Up are not your father's hardcore
The media-propagated notion that the Canadian sextet Fucked Up are "saving hardcore" seems silly.
| January 13, 2009
Review: Have Nots, Serf City U.S.A.
Poverty sucks, but buying stuff is awesome, so I have mixed feelings about capitalism.
| January 06, 2009
Beat Circus's Brian Carpenter returns to his roots
Multi-instrumentalist and Beat Circus patriarch Brian Carpenter has made his share of escapist music, but he's also written dozens of songs that confront real life.
| January 07, 2009
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
BLOG POSTS BY BARRY THOMPSON
[live review + video] Garbage's beautiful daze of future past @ the Paradise
Meet the Mayor: Somerville Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Toppers
Meet the Mayor: Public Storage – Self Storage
Meet the Mayor: Buckaroo's Mercantile
Meet the Mayor: Brattle Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Café D'Ville
[rumble recap: semis night 2] Garvy J. Squeak Past Rock Rivals
Meet the Mayor: Regina Pizzeria
[phlipcam video] Musing on Margot and the Nuclear So and So's @ the Middle East
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