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Gloom merchants

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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 01, 2009


Wandering stars

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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 24, 2009


The Detroit Cobras give new life to old soul

Blessed versions
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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 01, 2009


Smashing success

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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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?
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 05, 2009


High drama

The glam amalgam of MEandJOANCOLLINS
It's a quintessential rock-and-roll love story. Sort of . . .
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 21, 2009


Faulty Conscience | Good Enough for Punk Rock

BPO (2009)
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 .
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 10, 2009


Slay anything

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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 09, 2009


Three Day Threshold take pride in roots

The undiscovered country
Three Day Threshold take pride in their roots
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 12, 2009


Save yourselves

Fucked Up are not your father's hardcore
The media-propagated notion that the Canadian sextet Fucked Up are "saving hardcore" seems silly.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 06, 2009


Southern exposure

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.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 07, 2009

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