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Local pop records to look for this autumn

Elbows and knees
The four quick cuts on the Boston quartet Pretty & Nice's Us You All We embody what guitarist Holden Lewis calls an endless-summer mentality. "I think our songs got happier," he says.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2012

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The music community comes together for 95 Columbia Street

Emergency music
More than 30 bands and artists will perform live next week across multiple venues to raise money for the victims of the August 23 house fire at 95 Columbia Street in Cambridge, also known as "The Danger Zone" and "Columbia House" — a welcoming space that housed a dozen creative types.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 05, 2012

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Introducing Infinity Girl, now and forever

Sound in waves
Being labeled "shoegaze" is a tricky thing for a fledgling band.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 29, 2012

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Dance around town before the students come back

Phoenix Shakedown
The W Hotel's Electric Summer Music Series goes underground with the party crew DJ team of M|O|D.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 17, 2012

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Rule return to their heavy-metal roots

Headbanger's gall
It's a Wednesday afternoon in Boston, and what feels like the most brutal thunderstorm of the summer is rolling into town.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 31, 2012

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Former Read Yellow bandmates come together in ThunderBloods

Ready for a bar fight
It's been more than five years since Amherst-born Read Yellow played their final show, and it still feels like the once-heralded rock band has some unfinished business left to tend to.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 18, 2012



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'Let's Exile Pitbull to Alaska' a success -- and the rapper invites David Thorpe to join him!


We are pleased to announce that PITBULL is going to Kodiak, Alaska!
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 17, 2012

Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

Columbia (2012)
It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 19, 2012

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Out: From the MFA to the Pavilion, Passion Pit return to Boston

Getting ’Pitted  
When Passion Pit were conceived five years ago out of an Emerson College dorm, the result of a Valentine's Day gift of love songs Michael Angelakos crafted for his then-girlfriend, electro-pop really hadn't yet taken hold of popular alternative music.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 26, 2012

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Booking shakeup in the Fens

Dan Millen named new talent buyer of Church
Dan Millen named new talent buyer of Church
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 20, 2012

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Out: Drinking, partying, and handing out Best Music Poll awards at Fourth Wall

Boston Bashed
Around midday last Wednesday, Fourth Wall Project on Brookline Ave was clean and sparkly.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 19, 2012



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Best Boston Band of the 2012 Best Music Poll

Gentleman Hall takes top prize
Gentleman Hall takes top prize
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 14, 2012

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Seer Group players share more than music

Organ beats
Seer Group's Jason Rozen has a history of working with — and helping out — his friends.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 29, 2012

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WFNX dies before it gets old

Radio Silence
One of the greatest anti-establishment rallying cries of the 20th century was the notion that you can't trust anyone over the age of 30.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 23, 2012

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The Toxic Avenger | Angst

Little Owl Recordings (2012)
The Toxic Avenger is a fitting moniker for French DJ/producer Simon Delacroix.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 25, 2012




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Cut Copy on their Celtics pride, watching NBA playoff games in casinos, and hailing the Truth, Paul Pierce

In Green Colours
Earlier today I connected with Cut Copy guitarist Tim Hoey to get the truth behind their Green alliance, knowing full well the band will be glued to the screen -- 9:30 am Saturday, Australia time -- when Game 3 rolls around this evening at the Garden.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012

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Lost in the ethereal sound of Blouse

Modern-day escapism
Music is often meant to soothe, to relax the mind, and — at times of greatest need — to provide an escape from our drab daily grind.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 01, 2012

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Jen Johnson finds her ground with Velah

Rhymes with Stella
Last year was many things for many people, but 2011 as a whole just wasn't much fun for former Static of the Gods vocalist/guitarist Jen Johnson.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 01, 2012

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Coachella delivers beats, treats, and a Tupac hologram

Three days in 3D
There was an endless list of notable things that happened this past weekend (the first of two) in the California desert.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 19, 2012

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Out: Sizing up the Rumble survivors, the wild cards, and the breakouts

Eight isn’t enough
Twenty-three bands entered T. T.'s own private Thunderdome last week, and only eight bands remain after six Rock 'n' Roll Rumble nights of preliminary-round musical throwdowns.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 11, 2012


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