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Band of outsiders

The Beatings are at home under the radar
The Beatings got back from their eighth US tour the day before, but they’re already reconvening over at frontman Eldridge Rodriguez’s misplaced little two-story beach house in Lower Allston. I do a double take on the way through the cute picket fence.
By: MATT PARISH  |  September 09, 2009


Delayed gratification

At long last, Autolux returns
"It's the most bizarre, perverse thing," admits guitarist Greg Edwards over the phone from LA. "I don't understand why people haven't abandoned us completely."
By: MATT PARISH  |  September 02, 2009


Feels like the first time

One Night Band could get a little messy
One thing you don't realize when you vow to support local music is that it involves sitting through the same bands month after month as they burn through drink tickets, rearrange their sets, and stall the record release.
By: MATT PARISH  |  August 25, 2009


Players only

A peek inside the world of Harmonix
Jessica Smith has spent years booking death-metal shows around Boston. On top of loads of meat-and-potatoes nights at O'Brien's in Allston and Dee Dee's in Quincy, two of her shows — Origin and Malevolent Creation — actually sold out the Middle East upstairs.
By: MATT PARISH  |  August 24, 2009


The best is noise

Howard Stelzer's tale of the tape
One night last winter, Thurston Moore and Swedish sax kingpin Mats Gustafsson popped into the Middle East upstairs for an off-the-cuff performance together. The loose group arrangement — Bill Nace and Chris Corsano joined in at the last minute — made for a thrill that you hardly ever get in rock-music circles.
By: MATT PARISH  |  August 11, 2009


The old is new

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger Miller
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 22, 2009


Weekend trip

Rad four-day psych fest will free your mind, man
It pains me to have to ask this, but looking at the insane list of bands at Boston promoter Dan Shea's upcoming four-night "Homegrown" pysch fest at Church, I have no choice: what exactly does "psych music" mean at this point?
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 15, 2009


The odd couple

Jesse Gallagher meets Biff Rose
Apollo Sunshine's Jesse Gallagher recently announced that Biff Rose would be traveling from the Big Easy for a rare, one-night-only show this Wednesday at the cozy Lily Pad.
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 10, 2009


Technical difficulties

The trouble with Tristan da Cunha
Last week, Tristan da Cunha and I brainstormed some strategies by which they might finally hit the big time. Like, getting a charismatic frontman.
By: MATT PARISH  |  June 23, 2009


Screaming from the gallery

Dan Deacon, live at the ICA, June 12, 2009
Last Friday night, Dan Deacon dug frantically through tangles of cables for one that might get a live signal out of the duct-taped pile of equipment in front of him. A fire truck and an ambulance, pulling up outside the windows behind him, filled the room with dueling strobes.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  June 15, 2009


Revival of the fittest

The deep, dark Americana of the Low Anthem
While we all snoozed on eggnog during the 2007 holidays, Jeff Prystowsky and the rest of the Low Anthem were shacked up in a rickety old house on Block Island, a deserted little hamlet full of empty summer cottages off the coast of Rhode Island.
By: MATT PARISH  |  June 08, 2009


Review: The Thermals at the Middle East downstairs

The Thermals, live at the Middle East Downstairs, May 7, 2009
You know summer's almost here when the pipes that snake along the low ceiling of the Middle East downstairs start beading up with sweat in the middle of a show.
By: MATT PARISH  |  May 11, 2009


Hit the deck

Celebration's future is in the cards
It's not that Celebration were ever a bad fit for 4AD. The echo-chamber organs, the tribal drumming, and the caterwauling vocals of Katrina Ford added up to a kind of desert-peyote and fringed-suede-jacket version of the more twisted stuff in the label's catalogue, from the Birthday Party to Blonde Redhead.
By: MATT PARISH  |  May 05, 2009


Hear! Hear!

The first annual Megapolis Festival sounds off
The sound of smashing glass plays beneath a micro-cassette recording of children laughing, and Spanish instructions repeat while a chorus of monks narrate the proceedings in Latin.
By: MATT PARISH  |  April 22, 2009


Alt- together now

Sarah Borges leaps ahead by getting back to basics
At some point during the recording of their new album, someone in the Broken Singles realized that Sarah Borges had been botching the chords to their cover of the Lemonheads' "Ride with Me."
By: MATT PARISH  |  April 08, 2009


Hot Box experiment on themselves

Lab Rats
We’ll get to Stolzenberg’s band in a minute; right now I’m engrossed in her PhD work at Boston College.
By: MATT PARISH  |  March 23, 2009


Grand designs

Taxpayer do some sound planning
Last year at this time, Taxpayer were up in New Hampshire in a backwoods cabin they'd locked themselves in for a long weekend.
By: MATT PARISH  |  March 12, 2009


Heavy flow

Doomstar! let it all come naturally
I was a little dismayed last week when I dropped into Doomstar!'s Central Square rehearsal space
By: MATT PARISH  |  March 05, 2009


Me time

Animal Hospital has achieved a hermetic place in the city’s musical landscape.
It’s a lazy weekday afternoon, and we’re finishing breakfast at Kevin Micka’s house in Jamaica Plain.
By: MATT PARISH  |  February 25, 2009


Accidental purist

Stephen Drury takes on Stockhausen
In one of Karlheinz Stockhausen's weirdest creations, the ensemble is instructed to "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space." Stephen Drury doesn't mind that so much. But fasting for four days? "No."
By: MATT PARISH  |  February 18, 2009


Rogues' gallery

Lucky Dragons and Stephen Prina: Rockin' part of Andrew Witkin's installation at the ICA
Wayward visitors spilling into Andrew Witkin's Untitled 1997–2007 installation at the ICA last Sunday nearly tripped over Luke Fischbeck, who was crouched over an array of electrified sticks, shakers, tiny drums, and flutes.
By: MATT PARISH  |  February 10, 2009

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