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Laura Stevenson moves from aggression to affirmation
Yes we Cans
Fuck math. All teenagers should be forced to play in punk bands.
| February 01, 2011
Trabants | Highwire Surfing
Lifted and Gifted (2011)
Only the future knows whether Boston's Trabants made a commercially savvy choice by disseminating a record of scorching surf rock during one of the snowiest winters in memory.
| January 19, 2011
Hooray for Earth find new life in the dirty Apple
C'mon get happy!
Sometimes it's well and good to wave the flag of home-town pride and condemn New York City as an overhyped, overcrowded, unholy chore to drive through. Other times, you've got to get the fuck out of Boston.
| January 18, 2011
All Asia no more?
Yet another endangered species for your list
Let’s hope the All Asia can relocate to a new building. I used to shit-talk the place . . . until I heard it might close.
| January 24, 2011
Down in the folk trenches with the Old Edison
A fighter's chance
In a messy Allston kitchen, in unison, a mob of about 20 or 30 persons start screaming at the Old Edison. And as is their custom, the Old Edison shout right back. Welcome to a typical Old Edison performance, but please watch your step.
| January 11, 2011
T-Model Ford And Gravelroad | Taledragger
Alive Records (2011)
An approximately 90-year-old ex-convict has persuaded hipsters everywhere to pretend to give a fuck about Mississippi blues, and that’s not even the most interesting thing about T-Model Ford.
| January 07, 2011
Hex Map | Cryptidography
Claw Solutions (2010)
The one-sheet for Hex Map's debut consists of a vague numeral code and an infograph of angular, multi-colored lines connecting to overlapping circles that match songs with their amalgamations of spiritual antecedents.
| December 15, 2010
Franz Nicolay reboots
I’m a little worried that this interview could kill Franz Nicolay.
| November 30, 2010
Love in Stockholm | A King's Ransom
If your judgment on Love in Stockholm were based solely on their penchant for matching suits and shades, their humble origins as BU undergrads who formed a band in order to obtain "free beer and girls," and their parody video of the Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat," you'd conclude that they're tools.
| November 30, 2010
Interview: Kevin Smith
Meh on you!
Motherfucking Kevin Smith, who comes to the House of Blues next Thursday, can tell a story as if it were his motherfucking job. Which it basically is.
| November 29, 2010
Runner and the Thermodynamics catch up with their past
As sagas of rock-and-roll near-misses go, there's a cinematic quality to Runner and the Thermodynamics, who in the early 2000s channeled their reverence for '70s arena rock into a power-pop detonation that briefly cracked the glass ceiling of the music biz.
| November 16, 2010
The 1900s | Return of the Century
| November 09, 2010
Meet the Mayor: Commonwealth Chiropractic
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.
"My back is really useful for a lot of things in my life ... "
| October 20, 2010
New Collisions rediscover their pop identity
Smashing sound barriers
Ever since Adam and Eve invented pop music by writing the first song, "Snake Is a Jerk," local bands have honored a time-tested structure.
| October 04, 2010
The Birthday Massacre | Pins and Needles
Metropolis Records (2010)
If you disregard the distorted guitars, the spooky sound effects, and the unapologetically gothtarded imagery, not much separates the Birthday Massacre from honest-to-gosh bumblegum pop.
| September 28, 2010
Wicked Whiskey | Under the Gun
| September 22, 2010
Who shot rock and roll?
Drinking around town with Mellow Bravo
Sometimes, bad choices don't seem so bad when we're making them. Sometimes, dangerously irresponsible decisions pan out. Sometimes, it doesn't matter, because it's already too late to turn back.
| September 07, 2010
Live Review: Off the rails on a lazy train
Putting the "zzzzzzzzz" into Ozzfest
"Vampires are bullshit. I'm the Prince of fucking Darkness," Ozzy Osbourne informed Kristen Stewart during a pop-culture-parody-montage video that segued into a kick-ass eruption of time-honored crowd pleasers.
| September 01, 2010
The Organ Beats go on
Noelle LeBlanc emerges from Damone's power-pop shadow
At the risk of indulging in speculation, I'm going to presume that Noelle LeBlanc has experienced her fair share of the soul-extinguishing nihilism and corruption that live at the bottom of the music industry's digestive tract.
| August 18, 2010
Jaggery's experimental art-rock familiarity
I'm not sure how many of us ever outgrow the need for reassuring redundancy.
| July 25, 2010
Fiddle me this
Kingsley Flood don't even like alt-country
I tend to suspect a solid percentage of what appear to be roots-movement bands are, in fact, punk bands who realized they get taken more seriously when they play acoustic guitars and pretend they've always been huge Johnny Cash fans.
| July 14, 2010
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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[live review + video] Garbage's beautiful daze of future past @ the Paradise
Meet the Mayor: Somerville Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Toppers
Meet the Mayor: Public Storage – Self Storage
Meet the Mayor: Buckaroo's Mercantile
Meet the Mayor: Brattle Theatre
Meet the Mayor: Café D'Ville
[rumble recap: semis night 2] Garvy J. Squeak Past Rock Rivals
Meet the Mayor: Regina Pizzeria
[phlipcam video] Musing on Margot and the Nuclear So and So's @ the Middle East
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