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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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Starting the party — and ending it — with Bad Rabbits

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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




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2012: A melodic year in metal


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

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Coming of age with Hoodie Allen


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

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Surveying the stacks at Weirdo Records

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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Chad Stokes empowers his radio

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

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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

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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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