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The Shills change to stay the same

Natural progression
Youth is both the blessing and the curse of Boston's music landscape.
By: PERRY EATON  |  April 24, 2012


Delving into WU LYF’s world of mystery

Contemporary plugged-in life is a monument to excess.
By: REYAN ALI  |  April 24, 2012


Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 24, 2012


Thinking outside the box set

Reimagining the album — as object
Imagine a mysterious brushed-aluminum cube, big enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its surface is studded with four unmarked buttons, and pitted with two holes, on opposite sides, that appear to be for earphone jacks. Etched on the side, a simple plea: "Don't break my love."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 18, 2012


Ramming Speed find their cruising altitude

Punk metalurgy
In the mid-'80s it was considered you-put-your-peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate when bands like Black Flag dared to tippy-toe into metal territory with their punk attack.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 19, 2012


The biggest problem with music

If you had to pick a single pain in the ass for the Rethink Music conference to solve, here’s the one that would make the greatest impact
If you want to buy a song, chances are you'll end up at a one-stop shop like iTunes or Amazon — storefronts with set prices, clear rules, and instantaneous delivery.
By: CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 23, 2012


As financial gatekeepers dissolve, can the musical middle class thrive?

Money for nothing
Finally, the record industry is crumbling. Selling records is no longer a sound way to make a living.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  April 18, 2012


Music Hack Day Hall of Fame

Five music apps that rocked the NERD Center
Touring, merchandising, and marketing aside, the future of the entertainment industry is absolutely tech- and application-based.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 18, 2012


The Sound of Muzak

Has our lust for convenience turned rock and roll into background music?
Most people seem content to toss into the void of obscurity the record-store clerk and even the record-label executive, letting them join the silent-movie matinee idol and the jazz-era singing star on the slow-moving boat of the damned-to- irrelevance.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 18, 2012


A Mass metal titan brings it back to Worcester

Killswitch reborn
Of all rock genres, metal has proven itself to be perhaps the most accepting of the aging of its idols.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 19, 2012


Coachella delivers beats, treats, and a Tupac hologram

Three days in 3D
There was an endless list of notable things that happened this past weekend (the first of two) in the California desert.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 19, 2012


There is no prescription for the Doctors Fox

Above the influence
Picture this: you walk into a room and some interesting music is playing.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 10, 2012


Reptar get their dance party underway

Youth gone wild
Oblangle Fizz Y'all could refer to one of any number of things: the battle cry of a Martian zombie army, a brand of aardvark repellent only sold in a hardware store in Delaware, or the sound a robot makes when gargling.
By: REYAN ALI  |  April 10, 2012


Bad Brains refuse to compromise

Still sailin’
Most bands tend to take credit for their successes while chalking up their failures and struggles to a cruel and unforgiving musical environment — but hardcore punk legends Bad Brains aren't most bands.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 11, 2012


Mixing and matching with Ed Sheeran

Eclectic shock
Judging by outward appearances, Ed Sheeran is not your typical pop sensation.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 13, 2012


The Ting Tings just won’t go away

Commercial appeal
The 2000s as a whole felt like a giant one-hit-wonder tar pit, but the decade also had a silver lining for young bands — television commercials.
By: CINDAL LEE HEART  |  April 09, 2012


Interview: J-Zone’s post-hip-hop life

Sweet villain
J-Zone retired from hip-hop somewhere south of the middle.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2012


Nada Surf look to the galaxy for answers

For Matthew Caws, songwriting isn't exactly fun. In fact, it's more like agony.
By: RYAN REED  |  April 04, 2012


Sand Reckoner provide sensory overload

A wider scope
Since the 1960s, bands classified as "psychedelic" have been caught in the endless pursuit of trying to expand the senses beyond pure aural stimulation.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 03, 2012


Touré on Prince

'Touch, if you will, my stomach'
Boston native Touré, a critic (Rolling Stone), talking head (MSNBC), television host (The Hip Hop Shop), and author (What It Means To Be Black Now) has added "Harvard lecturer" to his lengthy résumé.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012


Enjoying Friends with benefits

Radical vibes
When I first came upon the video for "I'm His Girl" by the Brooklyn pop quintet Friends, my mind had already been stuck on the idea of liberation for the better part of a week.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  April 02, 2012

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