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Emo: it might as well be a four-letter word

Back in 2001, when Bleed American was exploding all over modern-rock radio, I sat down with Jimmy Eat World guitarist Tom Linton and frontman Jim Adkins and asked about the emo label with which their group had been saddled.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 08, 2012


Inside the theatric folk appeal of You Won't

Willing Participants
"It's about trying to let things come without judgment," says You Won't frontman Josh Arnoudse.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 07, 2012


Davis Square gets a new venue

Play Spaces
Play Spaces
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 08, 2012


From nukes to necro with Toxic Holocaust

Thrash and glow
Once in a while, a name can conveniently give you an accurate sketch of what a band sounds like.
By: REYAN ALI  |  February 07, 2012


Creaturos spin in the center of a creative orbit

Sum of their Parts
Boston is a city built on pride. Our music, our sports, our accents: whatever it is, good or bad, it is ours .
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  February 02, 2012


Have you heard of Lana Del Rey?

A promising new voice
Once in a while, an editor will ask you to review an album by someone you've never heard of — just as a favor.
By: DAN WEISS  |  February 01, 2012


Spreading once again, The Darkness are back

I don't remember where I was the first time I heard "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," but I do know that I hated it.
By: REYAN ALI  |  January 31, 2012


Cate Le Bon stars in her own folk reality

Life vérité
There is a trend among critics to describe the songs of Welsh performer Cate Le Bon as something new, but with a bit of listening the music of the 28-year-old songwriter is actually pleasantly familiar.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 31, 2012


Ladyfest is coming!

. . . and it's not just for ladies!
Chris Strunk was 15 years old when he experienced the "fairly life-changing" momentum of the early-'90s riot-grrrl movement, escaping the conservative suburbs of Philadelphia for Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill shows in the city.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  January 25, 2012


For Coyote Kolb, the roots come together

State of mind
Johnny Cash's baleful self-portrait "Ain't No Grave" oozes into my skull through a Sailor Jerry haze.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 24, 2012


Thurston Moore moves on

Demolition man
When Thurston Moore takes the stage at Somerville Theatre on Tuesday, he will no doubt stroll through the wispy cloud-spires of last summer's Beck-produced solo effort, Demolished Thoughts (Matador).  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 25, 2012


Powering up with the Smith Westerns

Bye-bye lo-fi
Sometimes when we settle into the tattered sofa of lo-fi pop music, it's easy to imagine that the artists intended for it to be made this way.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 25, 2012


50 shows to get you through the long freeze

Get off your ass and out the door
Ward off the winter doldrums with Boston Fun Shit’s top 50 reasons to bundle up and get the eff out on the town.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 24, 2012


Interview: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller

This weekend (January 20-21) brings a two-night stand at Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers Mission of Burma, who have somehow morphed into a band that's equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific local underdogs.
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 18, 2012


Teddy Thompson becomes his own man

About a boy
Sometimes a writer winces at the thought of having to ask the obvious but necessary question. So I'm grateful to Teddy Thompson for answering before I can even ask.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 18, 2012


Mission of Burma's sonic fury still burns

It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion.
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 18, 2012


Spreading blasphemous rumors with Ghost

Ghouls' night out
Can rock still be subversive?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 17, 2012


Hanging in a crush-gaze balance with Cults

Metal worship
What do you think has been the most buzzed-about indie style over the past few years?
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 17, 2012


Photos: Class of 2012 at WFNX

Boston's 12 best new bands
Boston's 12 best new bands stopped by WFNX to chat with music editor Michael Marotta on December 8, 2011.
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 11, 2012


Anthony Green settles into a comfort zone

Survival rate
It's just before Christmas, and Anthony Green, his wife Meredith, and their one-year-old son, James, are gearing up to indulge in some holiday cheer: hot apple cider, gingerbread house displays, quality time with Green's parents — and a 9 pm bedtime.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 10, 2012


The Toasters look back at early days of stateside ska

30-year-old skank
Despite its seminal role in the creation of first-wave UK punk, ska in America doesn't get no respect.
By: REYAN ALI  |  January 10, 2012

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