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Space cases

Astronaut and Ernst Karel
Perhaps it’s something in the air, but in the last year or so it seems that Boston’s experimental outer limits has seen an analog-synthesizer renaissance.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 14, 2007


Soundboy Punishments

Skull Disco
Although dubstep has been hyped by critics, the genre has yet to gain much of a popular foothold outside its UK club strongholds.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 10, 2007


Group dynamics

The gamelan gathering of Galak Tika and I Made Bandem
Boston has its own homegrown Balinese-style gamelan orchestra.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 05, 2007


The Excavated Shellac MP3 blog

An embarrassment of musical riches
In the seven months since he started the blog, Ward has posted an astounding selection of music from India, Ireland, Turkey, Burma, Poland, Africa, Japan, Spain, the US, and more.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 27, 2007


Environmental issues

The Sound Works of Jed Speare
For the better part of the last 15 years, local artist, organizer, and composer Jed Speare has been an integral member of Boston’s artistic community.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 27, 2007


Carb unloading

Thanksgiving treats in clubland
After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007


Maximum volume

Major Stars turn it up on their Drag City debut
With their triple-guitar heroics, lavish use of feedback, rock-hard rhythm section, and charismatic lead singer, Cambridge’s Major Stars are an explosive rock band.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007


Riddim science

DJ C and Area C
For more than a decade, Jake Trussell (a/k/a DJ C) was a central figure in Boston’s electronic-music underground.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 14, 2007


The tone collector

Ian Nagoski’s The Black Mirror
At 32, Baltimore musician, writer, and record-store owner Ian Nagoski doesn’t fit the stereotype of the obsessive, weather-worn collector of vintage 78s.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 14, 2007


Organized chaos

Jessica Rylan’s flowering electronics
When people think of synthesizers, it’s usually in the context of a well-ordered pop song.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 06, 2007


High techno

‘Make It New’ turns three, plus Hauschka at the Goethe
A prime place to go if you wanted to hear cutting-edge and classic techno from Germany, Detroit, and beyond has been “Make It New” every Thursday at Middlesex Lounge.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 30, 2007


Back to ‘Bassic’

Dubstep comes to Boston
Dubstep is one of those genres that’s more often talked about than heard.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 23, 2007


Touch radio

Turning 25 all year long
Touch has released music by a stellar line-up of sound artists and musicians including Austrian guitarist Fennesz, British turntablist Philip Jeck, and New York composer Phill Niblock.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 22, 2007


On-line bins

Mimaroglu Music Sales and Weirdo Records
In the age of the iPod and the impersonal digital download, the death knell of the traditional record store, piled high with vinyl and CDs, gets sounded with monotonous regularity.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 17, 2007


The screaming life

The Cross-Pollenization Festival
Experimental music occupies a space on the margins, at the outer limits of established genres.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 08, 2007


Maga Bo

Confusion of Tongues | Soot
Brazil-based DJ and producer Maga Bo is a sound recordist by profession and a traveler by inclination.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 08, 2007


Political beats

Filastine’s activist groove
Don’t let the name fool you: producer/DJ Grey Filastine is a sophisticated and well-heeled sonic traveler.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 01, 2007


High volume

Japan’s Suishou No Fune keep it loud
As Suishou No Fune took the small stage at P.A.’s Lounge a week ago Tuesday, all the high-voltage warning signs were there.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 01, 2007


Acoustic alchemy

James Blackshaw brings his talents to town
September has seen an embarrassment of acoustic-guitar riches here in Boston, with performances by three of the world’s finest.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 24, 2007


Asmus Tietchens + Richard Chartier

Fabrications | Die Stadt
The result is this long, dark, atmospheric piece that unfolds and evolves at a glacial pace.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 12, 2007


The Finnish line

Circle bring their metal and minimalism to the US
With the Finnish band Circle, you learn to expect the unexpected.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 04, 2007

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