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The Low Frequency in Stereo | Futuro

Rune Grammofon (2009)
Unlike some of my fearless reviewers, I suffer from spells of apprehension when confronted by a Rune Grammofon release.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 03, 2009


Heavenly host

Antony and the Johnsons, live at Berklee Performance Center, February 22, 2009
Perhaps it's due to the delicate gentility of his demeanor, or the soft warble of his signature trill, but Antony Hegarty tends to be described in the airiest of terms.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2009


Asobi Seksu | Hush

Polyvinyl (2009)
Polyvinyl (2009)
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 18, 2009


All-natural ingredients

High Places and the quest for oomph
After more than 10 years of New York City — the rent, the intensity, the heat, the cold, and the inability to "pry" friends from their apartments — Rob Barber has had enough.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009


Telefon Tel Aviv | Immolate Yourself

Bpitch Control (2009)
The best feature of Immolate Yourself , a seemingly endless supply of potential energy that leaps from track to track, flipped swiftly into its saddest upon the news that Charlie Cooper — one half of the duo, with Joshua Eustis — had been found dead in Chicago on January 22.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009


Folk yeah

The other side of the Bear cures the Mondays
For years now, T.T. the Bear's Place has boldly addressed the problem of what to do on Monday nights, when one's brainmeats are still tender from all that weekending.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009


Dig it!

Diamond Mines shine all month at the Plough
According to the invoice, 500 copies of the Diamond Mines’ brand new EP, Pave the Whales for Oil , were sent from Syracuse to Boston on January 6 — two whole days ahead of the projected ship date!
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 28, 2009


Review: The L Word

Final fling
I'll admit I've been hazardously vocal around the office about my enthusiasm for The L Word , which will wrap itself up for good over the course of a scant seven remaining episodes. Can you blame me?
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009


Ride the Snake

Label moves towards reality
The ancient lake has no idea what it's got coming.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 09, 2009


This old house

Rise celebrates 10 years on the edge
You wouldn't know it, but throbbing away in the upper two floors of that tiny wedge of a building splitting Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue is Rise: Boston's only after-hours nightclub.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 12, 2009


Irish, but not Celtic

Gems from the Emerald Isle
With the Boston Celtic Music Festival taking over a host of venues January 9 and 10 it can be easy to forget that not all Irish music is . . . Celtic music.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 09, 2009


Y'all come back now . . .

Diminishing returns in 2009
I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 31, 2008


Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Our 2008 playlist
Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008


Jingle spells

Harry and the Potters' 4th Annual Yule Ball
Nothing screams Christmas like children dabbling with sorcery. Which is why Harry and the Potters' annual Yule Ball is such a howling success every year.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 19, 2008


Yule be sorry

Little gifts lurk among holiday horrors
It eventually occurred to me that most if not all of the Christmas music I listened to, I did so in the service of some ulterior message.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 12, 2008


Review: Vampire Weekend and Black Kids live

WFNX's Miracle on Tremont Street, Orpheum Theatre December 7, 2008
Somehow, I ended up with extra tickets for last Sunday's Vampire Weekend show, and I gotta tell you: I couldn't give these things away.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 09, 2008


Review: Fennesz - Black Sea

In the music of Christian Fennesz, there's a fine line between what's being done for you as a listener and what's being done to you.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 17, 2008


The future is blight

The post-Americanan kicks of Castanets
What with all the Devendras and Bonnie Princes and Phosphorescents and wanna-Beams dragging their unruly beards around the nation lately, it's getting harder and harder to keep your post-folk dudes with guitars straight.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 24, 2008


It could be verse

Subtle outdo their story on ExitingARM
Subtle outdo their story on ExitingARM
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 17, 2008


Fest lite

The return of the International Pop Overthrow
From Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23, the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) makes its annual trek to Boston.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 14, 2008


Market demand

Deerhunter’s redistribution of rock
The first time I saw Deerhunter was two years ago at Emo’s in Austin, as part of SxSW.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 10, 2008

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