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The night before Nevermind

Bullet LaVolta's drummer on opening for Nirvana in Boston on September 23, 1991
It was no accident that, the night before Nevermind came out -- September 23, 1991 -- Nirvana chose to play Boston.
By: TODD A. PHILIPS  |  September 22, 2011


The improbable rise of We Are Augustines

Comfort music
With new management, new supporters, and the same Pela fans, We Are Augustines remain a work in progress.  
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 22, 2011


The timely pop return of Emergency Music

So long to the subtle
"I would agree that Emergency Music started at a rough time to be in a band if you're comparing it to starting up a band in 2011," frontman Jesse Duquette offers via email.  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 20, 2011


Dissecting the enveloping sound of Elbow

Full bodied
Like a husky boy after his second plate at the Thanksgiving table, Elbow's music has become pretty damn comfortable.  
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 20, 2011


Coming clean with Girls of San Francisco

Cult of personality
"Talking about drugs is very boring. It's more interesting to take them," says Christopher Owens over the phone.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 20, 2011


Boston rock delivers: 8 record-release shows you need to check out before 2012

Plus, the most anticipated local album releases this fall
If asked to name the biggest band out of Boston right now you’d probably find it difficult, if not impossible, to come up with an answer.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 16, 2011


Punk and hardcore's latest heroes: Massachusetts women

Pushing back
In the boys' club world of contemporary music, gender relationships are complex even in DIY punk — the strain of rock that historically prides itself most on egalitarianism.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 15, 2011


Getting an alt-rock buzzcut with Yuck

Sonic mooch
Somewhere along the line in the history of music journalism, writing about the way a record sounds turned into drawing up a laundry list of predecessor comparisons.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 14, 2011


Blasting away the blues with Bass Drum of Death

Sound the charge
Bass Drum of Death, the cranium-clobbering garage duo-turned-trio chosen to rep the Hospitality State this year, will join Japandroids tonight (Thursday) to metaphorically Eiffel Tower a sold-out Middle East.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 14, 2011


Boston rock bands together for Crash Safely

Landing spot
If music can be a refuge for the open-minded, it should also be able to take the lead in changing entrenched attitudes.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 14, 2011


Legends of the fall: The season’s 17 most anticipated albums

Björk, M83, the Metallica + Lou Reed collabo, and more
Pop culture is about manufacturing events, promoting the notion that if you aren't paying attention (and bucks) right here, right now, to this crucial content, you'll spend the rest of your life rifling through someone else's nostalgia in a desperate bid to be a part of the constant present.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 14, 2011

The 24 concerts you’ll be moshing to for the next three months

Our guide to the fall’s best touring shows
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Foster the People, Deadmau5, and more.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 14, 2011


Nas rocks the bells

The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy
Six months ago my teenage cousins told me they'd been listening to Big Pun. And Nas, and Ghostface, and every other artist who inspires regular road rage in male rap fans between the ages of 28 and 35.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011


The Wandas find growth in their pop evolution

Spinning the wheel
Not only does their razor-sharp pop consciousness and reverence for rock and roll classics distance them from the "hard to play/harder to listen to" prog and/or funk trappings of Berklee, site of the bands' 2002 genesis; it also makes them one of the cooler bands in town who could probably appeal to most of their fans' parents.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 07, 2011


Olivia Tremor Control emerge from their time machine

An excellent adventure
Until recently, the hazy chronicle of the Athens-based Elephant 6 collective had begun to resemble a late-'90s high school yearbook.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 07, 2011


The Narcicyst rises as hip-hop's preeminent post-9/11 auteur

Less than a year ago, the Narcicyst was on his way to a speaking engagement at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, when customs hawks stopped him in his tracks.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 07, 2011


The National carry indie rock's aging flag

Elder statesman
The National seem to be among the ranks of Bon Iver, Adele, and TV on the Radio as some of the fresh-faced replacements for tired cranks like Sting, Billy Joel, and the Eagles when it comes to the music Baby Boomers and — now Gen-Xers — are latching onto.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 07, 2011


The concerts you need to see this October

 The Horrors, Neon Indian, Smashing Pumpkins, and more
The 14 concerts you’ll be moshing to this month
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 30, 2011


Feminist punks in Russia jailed for up to seven years for their “punk prayer”

Punks against Putin
On a February afternoon in Moscow, ten or so 20-something Russian women enter the city's main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, wearing short dresses, neon tights, and bright, matching balaclavas — knitted ski masks concealing their identities.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  August 03, 2012

HFA visualizes the 'American Punk' rebellion

We film econo
"We are going to do everything ourselves, because we know better than them what we want," explains teenage grrrl-punk Nicky Marotta to a politician's shy daughter, Pamela Pearl, in the seminal 1980 punk film Times Square .
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 02, 2011

Big Digits are an unstoppable party machine

No parents, no rules
Like most good things in life, my first Big Digits experience was in an Allston basement.
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  August 31, 2011

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