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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


Zu | Carboniferous

Ipecac (2009)
Zu — an instrumental outfit formed in Rome in 1999 — were destined to be on Mike Patton's Ipecac label.
By: MATT PARISH  |  February 09, 2009


Glacial tensions

The slow, brute force of Summerduck
A few weeks ago, Summerduck — a new band led by Farhad Ebrahimi (bassist for the sadly defunct Night Rally) — walked in and turned the place into a cathedral.
By: MATT PARISH  |  February 03, 2009


Fat Worm of Error: Windsong On Our Own Mind

Milky Way, January 25, 2009
The air downstairs at the Milky Way was a thick soup of body funk — the kind of stale coloration that a T-shirt stuck at the bottom of a pile of laundry tends to achieve after a few weeks.
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 27, 2009


Weirdo Records sets up shop

Against all odds
"I have a philosophy degree, which has really come in handy in my life," says Weirdo Records owner Angela Sawyer. "Especially when I'm sitting here watching some guy drool snot on a $50 record."
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2009


Puttin’ on the Brits

Logan 5 and the Runners go beyond homage
There’s a song on Logan 5 and the Runners’ first album, Featurette, where Dave Berndt sings, “I wish I could see you at night/Naked through your window.”
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 13, 2009

Thaww, yeah

Local CDs to help you make it until spring
Ah, wintertime. It's dark, it's cold, it seems like you might lose a few extremities to frostbite on the way to the club. You know what? Just go for it.
By: MATT PARISH  |  December 29, 2008

Peddle meets mettle

Bone Zone and adorable pajamas at Mass Market
"I'm starting to have misgivings about playing this show," says Bone Zone bassist Matt Zaccarino.
By: MATT PARISH  |  December 16, 2008


Dirge overkill

The sad songs of Winterpills
Against the grainy mix of plucky guitars and water-drop bells in "Burning Hearts," Flora Reed recalls a long-ago tryst that she traces from Paris cafûs across tarmacs and ancient ruins.
By: MATT PARISH  |  December 09, 2008



Tracing Ogre’s trajectory
Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre has made the rounds for the better part of this decade as ohGr, with a more cut-and-paste approach to the electric misanthropy his old band pioneered.
By: MATT PARISH  |  December 05, 2008


Insides out

The projective folk of Mr. Sister
The everyday interaction with animals other than domestic pets has become a whimsical thing of the past. Which leaves those musicians who still write numbers with furry protagonists in a bit of a throwback situation, their songs almost instant period pieces.
By: MATT PARISH  |  December 05, 2008


Primordial stages

Boston's open mics: Launch pads or crash sites?
Boston's open mics: Launch pads or crash sites?
By: MATT PARISH  |  November 24, 2008


Heavy mettle

Hel Toro are just brutal enough
It might have been in Lake Station, Indiana, that Hel Toro realized that, no, they were not all that metal.
By: MATT PARISH  |  November 04, 2008


Heavy pedigree

The making of Polysics
Hitting the Middle East downstairs this Sunday are Japanese futurist-absurdos Polysics, who’ve somehow been at this game for 10 years now.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  November 03, 2008


Blown up

Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  October 08, 2008


The rote stuff

The meticulous mayhem of USAISAMONSTER
A USAISAMONSTER show is all third-eye perception and muscle memory.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  October 01, 2008


There's room to improv

Weasel Walter’s life after the Luttenbachers
My conversation with Weasel Walter is plagued by his crappy cellphone batteries.
By: MATT PARISH  |  September 09, 2008


Onward, Upward, Awkward

Liz Phair at the Paradise Rock Club, August 29, 2008
Things were never comfortable for Liz Phair, so it just wouldn’t have been cool if she and her band had managed to pull off the breezy non-nonchalance of her ’93 monolith Exile in Guyville without a hitch.
By: MATT PARISH  |  September 02, 2008


Roll credits

Mad Man Films finish what they started
“Boston has a way of being a little too comfortable for bands,” says Zak Longo as he sits in his Brighton kitchen.
By: MATT PARISH  |  August 19, 2008


(Probably) high society

'After Hours' at the Gardner Museum
The warm bodies and conversational hum provide séance juice for the ghostly presence of the mansion’s namesake.
By: MATT PARISH  |  August 05, 2008


Oh, the humidity!

Hot times at ArtBeat 2008
Fleetingly delicious Olde Tyme slushies quickly melted into sticky Kool-Aid soup. The weekend-long ArtBeat festival was under way!
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 22, 2008

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