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A King puts his crown back on

The newest Labseven spin-off
King does his best to bring the party with him, with plenty of guest turns from the likes of Spose, Kenya Hall, Ill by Instinct, Labseven mate Luke Mallett, and, eventually, the full Labseven crew.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 01, 2014

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Fighting tooth and nail

Eric Bettencourt returns with Underwater Dream
He returns to town next week with Underwater Dream in tow, a new album of eight songs that sound like they’ve been chiseled from marble, wood-shedded, and revised until they’re right where Bettencourt wants them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 28, 2014

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Me and my grandma

Standard Issue know how to party
There’s no question that Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue play the hits.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2014

So long, Slainte

Venue Watch
Why would so many lament a little venue with sightlines that make Fenway Park look wide open?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2014

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The invincible Olas

A surprisingly pop Cada Nueva Ola
The band have newly created Cada Nueva Ola , as rollicking as any family dinner table.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2014

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Digging up the past

Tumbling Bones sing sweetly on Loving a Fool
Now Tumbling Bones have followed Ghost’s release earlier this year with a full-length debut of their own, equally impressive in its construction and execution.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2014



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Whistling past the graveyard

Monique Barrett gives a vocal performance to die for
The various instruments employed (mostly acoustic, in flavors of folk, gospel, and early blues) serve their purpose well: as a platform for Barrett to showcase her considerable vocal talents.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2014

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Sign me up

KGFREEZE returns with plenty of hand-raisers
On the brand-new Volunteer Kyle Gervais has enlisted a Brady Bunch of collaborators, who share songwriting credits and contribute vocals, musicianship, and production.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2014

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Spell it out for me

Anti-Lilly and Phoniks tell classic Stories
Are you being reductive? Hearkening back to the Golden Age? Or do you put out what hip hop is?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2014

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Don't call it a throwback

Ogre re-emerges with The Last Neanderthal
With eight songs in total — well, seven plus a 45-second instrumental introduction — it is aptly named, tapping into our gnawing fear that guttural, physical rock ‘n’ roll is going the way of the dinosaur.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2014

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Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014



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Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014

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Moshe and 32french pig out as Black Puddin'

Better than bacon
What’s the saying? “Like a pig in shit”?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014

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Knottz and crosses

Original tracks from a cover band frontman
It’s not unusual for a tight band doing covers to work their way into originals.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014

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The ghosts are coming

Get ready to Believe in Paul Revere
The Ghost of Paul Revere don’t waste any time on their debut full-length, Believe .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2014

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Enter the Working Man

North of Nashville's outlaw country
There is unquestionably no paucity of opportunities to see these two honkytonkers do their twangy thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 10, 2014



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Meeting Micromasse

A welcome addition to Portland’s jazz scene
So maybe there’s room for Micromasse, featuring guitarist Max Cantlin and playing old-time jazz, though this time in trio format, and all originals, without any singing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2014

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Life lessons

One man’s daydreams are another’s nightmare
With Gunther Brown’s debut full-length, frontman Pete Dubuc and crew have created the most sorrowful local record since Ray Lamontagne’s Till the Sun Turned Black .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 23, 2014

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Last train outta Euston

The first installment from An Overnight Low
Chad Walls is a guy who’s still dedicated to the album format.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2014

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OMG, TWx2

The mixed and remixed Oh My Goodness
Emerging from traditions of hip hop, horn-flavored soul, pop, and the purely digital traditions, these six songs — and the nine guest remixes of those six songs released last month — are architectural wonders.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 10, 2014

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Taking the Pulse of Wry Climate

 Languid palpation
A-to-B songwriting like that done by Wry Climate’s Dan Nelson sometimes offers more food for thought.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2014


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