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The Viva La Vinal Fest blooms again
To maximize summer fun before winter comes in and ruins everything for everybody, Audrey Ryan and a committee have organized the 3rd Annual Viva La Vinal Festival.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 02, 2008


The beat goes on

DFA’s heyday may be a whole heydecade
It’s been seven years since DFA Records authorized scads of ostensibly soulless hipsters to relax a little and shake their asses the way young people ought to.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2008


I think I’m gonna throw down

The Motion Sick make us feel all woozy
Wanna get in on the music-licensing boom? Be smart like the Motion Sick.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 20, 2008



Band in Boston escapes to the web
If you’re flummoxed by the dizzying breadth of our rock scene, a good place to start deflummoxing might be the trifecta of Band in Boston podcasts.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 19, 2008


Bumpin' crop

A summer harvest of New England Product
This Friday, August 8, our FNX homies have gathered five of Boston’s best rock bands for a spectacular blowout at the Middle East Downstairs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008


Anti-Bush league

The No More Bush Tour rolls in
It’s crucial that we maintain clarity by holding fast to simple truths — like how our president is kind of a dick.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008


Times a' changed

The 2008 Newport Folk Fest mixes it up
Ever since Dylan plugged in (gasp!), the Newport Folk Festival has preserved a noble tradition of ignoring what folk is supposed to be in favor of defining the stuff for itself.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008


Vital signs

ArtBeat 2008 hits Davis Square
Since 2002, the ArtBeat Festival has been giving culture-hungry Davis Square denizens something to do on the weekend besides glower at one another at the Diesel.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 15, 2008


Four play

A little beast at the Middle East                    
There’s a ton of imagination and energy at work in town redefining (for the umpteenth time) what Boston sounds like.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Dubstep lightly

Bristol and Berlin collide
One of the most acclaimed releases of the year comes from a relative newcomer — Dutch musician Dave Huismans, who goes by the name 2562.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 01, 2008


Boom-bap diplomacy

International hip-hop hits home
With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
By: MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008


J.P. to the rescue!

The Milky Way reaches out to China
This Tuesday, June 24, the musical mayor of JP, Rick Berlin, hosts a benefit for the victims of the earthquake in China.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008



Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2008



The Field and friends
Sweden's Axel Willner, better known as The Field, is one of minimal techno’s rising stars.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 02, 2008


Campfire blues

Snock a/k/a Michael Hurley
Snock (a/k/a Michael Hurley) is a banjo-strumming Woody Woodpecker whose campfire is a constant blaze of dreamy, peculiar Americana.
By: PETER SMITH  |  May 28, 2008


All together now

A Boston Unity Fest sampler
Most Boston rappers who are talented enough to succeed beyond the Bean have been collaborating for a minute.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008


Family joules

The boundless energy of Ho-Ag & friends
Ho-Agulations are in order.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 12, 2008


Procrastination proto-hop

Yea Big D and Kid Static want you to fail your classes
This Sunday, a shitload of important reading-period assignments will go seriously undone at Tufts, when Chicagoan proto-hop masterminds Yea Big and Kid Static roll up on campus.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 06, 2008


''Nude'' remix

Fans redo Radiohead — astonishingly — well
Last month, Radiohead thrilled the big black glasses off thousands of hundreds when they posted stems for the public to download, remix, and upload to the band’s Web site to compete for listeners’ votes.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008


Better than Madonna

Pop stars with product to move
Everybody dug Confessions on a Dance Floor , but I’m one of approximately 12 people who liked American Life , Madonna’s weirdly militant 2003 disc.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2010



Mahogany comes to town
You get all the shimmering, over-processed guitars, all the feather-light vocals, and all the intense volume without the unsightly Doc Martens or ugly Beetlejuice tights.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 22, 2008

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