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The Presets' morning-after party


For the Sydney-based Presets' third album, Pacifica , the attitude shifts from night to day, because after every party comes a new morning.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 18, 2012

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How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

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If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012

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Milligram back for another strike


The history of rock and roll is endlessly cyclical, with each generation hitting "reset" and trimming the fat of a previous generation's indulgences, getting back to what is essential and absolutely needed.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012

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The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek


Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 10, 2012

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Interview: God save John Lydon


When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 10, 2012

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Beach House's artful myth


Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."
By: LIZ PELLY  |  October 10, 2012



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What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

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When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
By: DAN WEISS  |  October 09, 2012

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The Walkmen fill in the gaps


Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 10, 2012

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What's F'n Next? Poliça


Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 02, 2012

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Converge go back to basics


For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 02, 2012

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Adam Ant tries to climb back on top


"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012



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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge


It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winning a Best New Artist Grammy this year, five years after their debut came out.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 02, 2012

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Shelf life: Twin Shadow

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On Sunday, George Lewis Jr., a/k/a TWIN SHADOW, brings his new-wave and R&B-inflected indie-pop to the Paradise, where he'll play songs from his latest record, Confess.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 25, 2012

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From the mind of Morrissey: on celebrity worship, his new book, and Boston


When you're a veteran music journalist, especially one as miserable and jaded as I am, it takes a lot to get you excited for an interview.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 25, 2012

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Bullfrog on the Moon

Or, how I trolled Walmart, exiled Pitbull, built my brand, and survived a gnat-filled trip to Kodiak, Alaska
When Pitbull invited me to Alaska, I started growing a beard.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 26, 2012

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The Corin Tucker Band let it rip


On a recent Sunday night at Cleveland's Grog Shop, a small but devoted crowd shimmied enthusiastically as the Corin Tucker Band ripped through most of their new album, Kill My Blues.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 25, 2012



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What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

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Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 25, 2012

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The folk roar of First Aid Kit


Nevermind the impending apocalypse — 2012 has brought nothing but new beginnings for Swedish folk sister-duo First Aid Kit.
By: HILARY HUGHES  |  September 25, 2012

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The sound quality of Caspian


Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 25, 2012

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Ten national pop acts that will dominate fall charts


When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012

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Following Julia Easterlin's beat


Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 18, 2012


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