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Social Studies | Wind Up Wooden Heart

Antenna Farm Records (2010)
It appears that San Francisco indie-pop band Social Studies have a hit with Wind Up Wooden Heart .
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  August 04, 2010

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The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! | I Love You! I Love You!

I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life! on Luaka Bop (2010)
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a dance/electronica collective known around the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene for their elaborate live performances, where members wear outrageous costumes made of stuffed animals and have on-stage pillow fights.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  May 12, 2010

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Bearstronaut | Broken Handclaps

Self-released (2010)
There's a distinct absence of wildlife or astronauts on Lowell electronica quartet Bearstronaut's latest release.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  January 13, 2010

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Review: Fanfarlo at T.T. the Bear's

Fanfarlo, live at T.T. the Bear's Place, December 17, 2009
I wasn't expecting much from London indie-pop band Fanfarlo at T.T.the Bear's last Thursday evening. For the passed month, I had a live performance of theirs bouncing around my iPod, which I downloaded only because I thought their name was cool.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  December 22, 2009

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Review: The Walkmen at Middle East

 The Walkmen, live at Middle East downstairs on September 18, 2009
It was strange to see the sparse instrumentation from which NYC’s The Walkmen drew their atmospheric, honey-dipped sound last Friday at the Middle East.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  September 23, 2009

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Review: Muse | The Resistance

Warner Bros. (2009)
English rock trio Muse here attempt a rock opera.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  September 22, 2009



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Review: Boys Like Girls | Love Drunk

Columbia (2009)
Local power-pop foursome Boys Like Girls were initially viewed by some critics as the next Panic at the Disco.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  September 15, 2009

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Street Sweeper Social Club | Street Sweeper Social Club

Epic (2009)
Rap-rock group Street Sweeper Social Club have been hyped as a supergroup.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  June 23, 2009

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Review: Cattle Decapitation's The Harvest Floor

Metal Blade (2009)
Doom lite
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Akon | Freedom

Droppin', poppin', etc.
Back in April 2007, R&B singer and rapper Akon dry-humped a 15-year-old girl on stage, an incident that led to some overblown criticism in the conservative media.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  December 15, 2008

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Monster Mosh

Bane at ICC, October 31, 2008
The intensity level may have been a hair tamer last Friday at the ICC in Allston — an unassuming DIY venue in a church's function hall — but Halloween gave the night a twist.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  November 07, 2008



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Red Sparowes

Aphorisms | Sargent House
The brainchild of Isis guitarists Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer, this post-rock outfit is inspired by Mao Zedong’s attempted eradication of farm-pestering sparrows in the late 1950s.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  September 02, 2008

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Hip-Hop The Hard Way

The Press Project at Bill's Bar, August 29, 2008
A smidge of DIY-punk ethos was probably the last thing anybody expected Friday at Bill’s Bar: no roadies were spotted as the Press Project's rhythm section set up their own equipment.  
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  September 02, 2008

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Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst | Merge
It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  August 26, 2008

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Noise in the hood

Big Digits and Chinese Stars at Middle East Upstairs, July 5, 2008
A knowing sense of humor emerged between songs, legitimizing the chicanery as mere friendly artistic expression.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  July 07, 2008

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Mark Lind and the Unloved

The Truth Can Be Brutal | Sailor’s Grave
It may all be very familiar, but it’s reassuring and refreshing to know that some people never change.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  July 01, 2008



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Monsters unleashed

7L + Esoteric at the Middle East Downstairs, June 13, 2008
The best moments came when Eso ran down his action-figure collection — from Silver Surfer to Storm Shadow — while wearing an X-Wing commander helmet.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  June 19, 2008

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The Morning Benders

Talking Through Tin Cans | + 1
It’s an ageless template that works well here.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  May 06, 2008

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The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash;

Plus,  Stink; Hootenanny; Let It Be (Deluxe Editions) | Rhino/Rykodisc
The Replacements have a well-chronicled history of sabotaging their own rock stardom.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  April 29, 2008

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Hot Water Music

Til the Wheels Fall Off | No Idea
If nothing else, it’s a reminder that two guitars playing the same power chords isn’t always a bad thing.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  March 25, 2008
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