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The soft touch of Jessie Ware

Fashioning a personal sound is a mysterious and difficult process. In Jessie Ware's case, the end result, her glistening and stirring 2012 debut, Devotion (Universal), shows just how magical this kind of alchemy can be when done right.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 11, 2013


Dropkick Murphys: Talking punk, place, and parochialism with the last gang in town.

The day after the world didn't end — and a couple of weeks before the January 8 release of their new album Signed and Sealed in Blood — I met up with Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch at Mul's Diner in Southie.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK MACDONALD  |  January 10, 2013

[sound of the city] WFNX Boston Accents' Top 75 standout jams of 2012

On the Download
It was a pretty great year of Boston music in 2012.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 02, 2013


Jonathan Toubin steers his night train into Boston

There are freak accidents, and then there's the case of Jonathan Toubin.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 02, 2013


Quicksand rises from the '90s

There are two ways to go about being a post-hardcore band from the '90s.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 28, 2012


No shadow on the Soft Moon

Released the day before Halloween, the Soft Moon's Zeroes is the perfect soundtrack for anyone looking to flirt with their '80s UK-goth dark side.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 10, 2013


A spectrum of sounds warms up Boston’s winter playlist

Ultimately unfounded threats of the Mayan apocalypse are in the rearview, but this winter's new Boston music survey starts with a Cult and ends with a Flood.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 07, 2013


Seasonal forecast: A wintry mix of sounds from A$AP to Depeche Mode

I think that I speak for at least some kind of majority when I say "2012, don't let the door hit ya!"
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012


Label Made: The story of Captured Tracks

The corner of West and Noble is a quiet, industrial area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  January 02, 2013


Starting the party — and ending it — with Bad Rabbits

Cellars by Starlight
In late November, Boston's self-proclaimed "post-R&B" band Bad Rabbits released a new song called "We Can Roll."
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 21, 2012


2012: A melodic year in metal

For me, this year was about the riff .
By: JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  December 20, 2012


Coming of age with Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen cannot escape James Franco.
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 18, 2012


Surveying the stacks at Weirdo Records

Cellars by starlight
Weirdo's Mass Ave storefront feels like a glorified walk-in closet, with neon-pink walls covered in posters and shelves of CDs and LPs ranging from '60s Pakistani folk instrumentals and long-lost 1940s pop crooners to Spanish '80s punk compilations and CDs of noise recordings captured in Jamaica Plain.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 18, 2012


Banger style: Hip-hop ringers of 2012

In recapping 2012, I embraced the chance to parade some recent unsung hip-hop ringers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2012


Descending into madness: National pop of 2012

Harvests are deteriorating, polar icecaps are melting, eternal global war is a way of life, and people seem to think that Japandroids are the future of rock.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 18, 2012


Mass appeal: Boston pop acts of 2012

The best music from our city was cultivated within the clubs of Cambridge, Allston DIY spaces, squares of Somerville, and way across the pike in Western Mass.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 19, 2012


Ten under the radar: Music overlooked in 2012

Year-end lists are so often are based solely on the records that received the most press.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 18, 2012


Chad Stokes empowers his radio

Cellars by Starlight
To say that this is a busy time for Chad Stokes is an understatement.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 12, 2012


What's F'n Next? | The Field Effect

By now it's cliché to write about music having a "driving" force, or describing it taking you to a certain place where mundane daily occurrences could not.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 12, 2012


Eternal Summers find trust in others

Eternal Summers started as a guitar-and-drums duo in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2009.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 12, 2012

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