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Deerhunter’s redistribution of rock
The first time I saw Deerhunter was two years ago at Emo’s in Austin, as part of SxSW.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 10, 2008


Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet

A smart, attentive documentary
Tappeiner smartly demonstrates how Serra turns the experience of the viewers into his subject matter.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 04, 2008



When bands dress up for Halloween, it’s creepy
Maybe it’s because dressing up as the economy would be kind of lame, but I’m haven’t heard Jack O’Shit in the way of truly scary costume ideas this year.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 28, 2008


Triple threat

Local rock three-way not nearly as gross as it sounds
This Friday, October 24, at the Middle East upstairs, no fewer than three local rock bands will release brand-new CDs on the very same night — at the very same show.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 24, 2008


Populous With Short Stories | Drawn in Basic

Morr Music (2008)
Fans of Ben Gibbard will savor the insistent charm of Short Stories’ voice: a nasal but deftly melodic boy croon with a flair for neatness and a soft spot for slightly overdone harmonizing.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 22, 2008


Mixed, nuts

The Mad Decent tour hits Boston
If you thought Diplo peaked with Hollertronix or plateau’d with M.I.A. or repeated himself with Santogold, you really need to stop thinking and go dancing or something.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 15, 2008


Molten ’core

The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 08, 2008


Groop therapy

Stereolab do it again for the first time
I can say without fear of clogging next week’s Letters section that Chemical Chords (the new Stereolab album, and their first on 4AD) is right up there in the top three Stereolab albums evah.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 01, 2008


New kids on the block

Allow Dear Leader to introduce you
Newly reactivated local gut-pop heroes Dear Leader will play two shows this weekend, with a handful of notable newbs and special guests.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 23, 2008


All Tomorrow’s Parties II

Edan at Kutshers Country Resort, Monticello, New York, September 19-21, 2008
At a festival like All Tomorrow’s Parties — a reminder of why so many of us entered the new millennium with tinnitus — an act like Edan might have seemed way out of place.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 25, 2008


Boston music news: September 26, 2008

Notes on Rose Polenzani
It's been a big year for local singer-songwriter Rose Polenzani — and rightly so.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 24, 2008


Universal truths

Ecstatic Peace thrives despite the help
The world now enjoys increased access to some really degenerate rock-influenced art-noise.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 16, 2008


New England product, 2008

Vets and newbs vie for your vote
It’s hard enough for bands to get any attention from their local public without some pesky election coming in and hogging the spotlight.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 11, 2008


RIP 3516

A local punk hotbed goes up in smoke
Over the years, hordes of bands have played 3516 (Darkbuster and many more), and this Monday at the Middle East upstairs, there’s a benefit for the displaced rockers.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 10, 2008


Road worriers

Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2008


Home grown

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


Train gang

C. Kellam Scott and Richard Garet at Axiom
Julie Madden and Autumn Ahn. C. Kellam Scott and Richard Garet are a pair inspired by everyday noise, but, I’m happy to say, they’re far more inspiring.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 02, 2008


Boston music news: September 5, 2008

Notes on the Dirty Truckers and the Kickbacks
I’m not one to gossip, so you didn’t hear it from me, but . . .
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 03, 2008


The shores of cool

Interview: Liz Phair paddles back to Guyville
I’d love to get all swept up in the hullabaloo surrounding Liz Phair’s 1993, now seminal, now reissued  Exile in Guyville , I really would.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 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


Boston music news: August 29, 2008

Notes on Therefore I Am and Self-Righteous Brothers.
Attn, emo nation: prepare to claw at your tear-streaked cheeks with joyous envy.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2008

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