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Kingsley Flood don't even like alt-country
I tend to suspect a solid percentage of what appear to be roots-movement bands are, in fact, punk bands who realized they get taken more seriously when they play acoustic guitars and pretend they've always been huge Johnny Cash fans.
| July 14, 2010
The Freeways | The Freeways
Polk Records (2010)
After reading too many shitty reviews that included summations like "band X screwing band Y on Z kind of drugs," I swore off comparing bands to more-famous bands. It's like quitting cigarettes, however.
| July 01, 2010
The Points North don't need to be pushy
I'm sick and tired of music bossing everybody around.
| June 26, 2010
Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys | Steam Ship Killers
Self Released (2010)
Fortunately for me, Walter Sickert and friends unveiled this record in 2010 instead of 1996, when it would've terrified me into a coma.
| June 24, 2010
Dead Cats Dead Rats dig out of the 'burbs
Okay, so Dead Cats Dead Rats are not actually from Boston.
| June 07, 2010
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’s front may be a front
Not that they’d be the first band to pad their résumé in their one-sheet, but even by industry standards, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’s backstory tests the threshold of plausibility.
| May 18, 2010
Evelyn Evelyn | Evelyn Evelyn
Teetering on the razor-thin line between endearingly whimsical and totally stupid ain’t easy.
| March 23, 2010
Better late than ever
Refuse Resist are enough to make a grown man try
The eternal argument over what is and is not punk rock has been run into the ground for so long, it’s become a cliché — and clichés are so not punk.
| February 09, 2010
Super 8-Bit Brothers | Brawl
The End (2010)
It's easy to forget how annoying certain pop-culture artifacts were in their heyday.
| January 13, 2010
There's a madness to Bunnies' method
We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
| January 12, 2010
Injustice for all
Getting serious with Star Fucking Hipsters
Scott Sturgeon loses his train of thought a couple of times during this interview. He's loopy from jet lag — which is unavoidable after a 20-hour flight from New Zealand (halfway around the planet from his non-residency at a squatted apartment building in New York City), where he's just finished a tour with his claim-to-fame band, Leftover Crack.
| December 09, 2009
Don't call Mark Lind's Unloved a solo project
If you're inclined to play punk rock, chances are you've got a self-esteem problem. It's not an æsthetic that attracts the well-adjusted. Exhibit A: Mark Lind. As bassist and frontman of the Ducky Boys, he's opened for Rancid, U.S. Bombs, and Flogging Molly.
| November 19, 2009
Tegan and Sara | Sainthood
Tegan and Sara have always been background music for staring wistfully out a coffeeshop window, in a strange city, alone, hung over and/or going on no sleep, wondering what the fuck went wrong.
| October 28, 2009
Anything and everything
StreightAngular just want to know what's now
People never like to label themselves. Or, at least they shouldn't.
| October 10, 2009
A.F.I. | Crash Love
DGC Interscope (2009)
First they alienated hardcore kids; now they're alienating the Internet.
| September 29, 2009
Soulsavers keep it eerie on the ears
To paraphrase some wisdom from Jake "The Snake" Roberts, if a man has power, he never has to raise his voice. Jake was explaining why, unlike his adversaries, he didn't keep screaming gibberish. But it's a universal truth.
| September 15, 2009
Beat Circus | Boy From Black Mountain
The subjects of the stories sung on this second installment of Beat Circus's "Weird American Gothic" trilogy attain greater awareness of family, culture, and the world by voyaging across schisms in perception.
| September 02, 2009
Super Time Pilot rise from Quiet Desperation
People with steady jobs that pay well tend to harbor misconceptions about the day-to-day existence of creative types trying to make it.
| September 01, 2009
Morgan Knockers | Loss of Reality
Second Rock (2009)
I thought Waltham mega-punks Morgan Knockers had neglected to send me Loss of Reality when it came out last month.
| August 25, 2009
Crank it up
The return of the Marvels
Turning 21 was supposed to be the best thing ever, but the upgrade brought with it significant disappointment. Just as I achieved the required maturity for admission to grown-up clubs, the Marvels went and broke up.
| August 18, 2009
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
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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
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[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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