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What's F'n Next? | Heaven's Gate
After disbanding his punky noise-pop four-piece Sweet Bulbs last year, guitarist Mike Sheffield dove right into assembling his new Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate by having them open a show he'd already booked for touring friends.
| December 03, 2012
Interview: Sky Ferreira deconstructs her experiences in the major-label system / playing TT's tonight
| November 27, 2012
The Evens | The Odds
In 2006, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Embrace, etc.) began focusing his energy on the Evens, a duo with former Warmers drummer Amy Farina.
| November 21, 2012
What's F'N Next: Naomi Punk (Olympia, Washington)
In the Pacific Northwest, Naomi Punk started playing in various underground projects as teenagers about 10 years ago, self-releasing online EPs and CD-Rs to the locals, unconcerned with ever being part of the greater "music world."
| November 08, 2012
What's F'n Next: Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)
On a sunny autumn afternoon on a side street in Brooklyn, I sit outside on a rickety black staircase with Squarehead, chatting about their week.
| November 01, 2012
What's F'n Next? Swearin'
Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.
| October 18, 2012
Six-legged robots, mechanical snakes, and a friendly dino-bot by the name of Butch will make new friends in Somerville this week at two free events.
| October 09, 2012
Beach House's artful myth
Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."
| October 10, 2012
How to Dress Well...on how to dress well
Given his sartorial stage name and his ear for R&B beats and avant-pop minimalism, Tom Krell of How to Dress Well certainly sounds like someone who could compose an excellent soundtrack for a runway show.
| October 03, 2012
Shopping with Kitty Pryde
A few weeks ago, Florida’s Kitty Pryde — everyone’s favorite red-haired teen-girl rapper — stopped by Brighton Music Hall for her much-anticipated first Boston show.
| October 02, 2012
Shelf life: Twin Shadow
On Sunday, George Lewis Jr., a/k/a TWIN SHADOW, brings his new-wave and R&B-inflected indie-pop to the Paradise, where he'll play songs from his latest record, Confess.
| September 25, 2012
What's F'n Next? DIIV
Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.
| September 19, 2012
Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement
OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes
On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
| September 12, 2012
Boston’s hackerspaces make room for robots and DIY synths, computer geeks, and tech punx
"Hackerspace." At first, that term might bring to mind an image of rows of Internet wizzes staring intently into their screens, coding illegally. But there is more to the term "hacker" than its unfortunate computer-criminal stereotype.
| October 16, 2012
Help! Our bands are on fire!
Fanning the flames
Brendan Burns and his 11 housemates were asleep early last Thursday morning when flames engulfed their three-floor Cambridge home around 3:15 a.m.
| August 29, 2012
Potty Mouth spring out of Northampton
On the top floor of Ally Einbinder's house in Western Mass, back behind her Creamsicle-colored bedroom, is a tiny attic with low ceilings, lit by one pink lamp, with walls covered in Xeroxed, vintage punk posters.
| August 22, 2012
Scratching beneath Cuffs’ indie-pop surface
On a Friday night in Central Square, the guys from Cuffs are hanging around before a show they're playing with some local friends' bands.
| August 07, 2012
A weekend of wonder at Newport Folk
All for Woody
Everyone was talking about Woody Guthrie at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
| August 02, 2012
On the Cheap: FoMu
Cruelty-free ice-cream shop makes Allston’s Union Square even more of a destination for vegans and foodies
With two all-vegan spots, pizza shop Peace o' Pie and Asian eatery Grasshopper, Allston's Union Square neighborhood already has a deserved reputation as a Boston vegan dining destination.
| July 11, 2012
DIIV | Oshin
Captured Tracks (2012)
On the debut LP by Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly known as Dive, but still pronounced the same way), frontman and songwriter Zachary Cole Smith drifts between the dark and dreamy, channeling bits of new wave, '80s indie-pop, and Krautrock with ethereal instrumentals and reverb-drenched vocals.
| July 10, 2012
Out: Birthdays and Little Spoon rep Boston at Brooklyn FMLY Fest
Last year, when I spoke to Sammy Yager a/k/a Birthdays for the Phoenix about FMLY (an international socially-conscious artist collective he is involved with), he said the differences between FMLY fests and his typical Boston shows was "like comparing being at the best bar mitzvah ever with all of your friends to being in a bar by yourself."
| July 03, 2012
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
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
BLOG POSTS BY LIZ PELLY
[listen] Nu Life's Queer Issue mixtape, "Nu Life Turns 3 Then Dies"
[listen] Evan Greer's mixtape of radical, queer and pro-queer artists
[video premiere] Earthquake Party "Pretty Little Hand"
Listeners respond to news that WFNX is being sold to ClearChannel
Portraits from Total Bummer Fest, part one: contextualizing the coolest summer camp ever
Girlfriends change name to Bent Shapes, add second guitarist; May 30 @ Great Scott
[#m1gs meets #roflcon] It was all a meme? How Adbusters launched the #OWS memewar and inspired global in-the-street action
Mp3 of the Week: Sun Sister "Sore Eyes" / Friday @ Deep Heaven Now
Tomorrow: Celebrate #MayDay with #OccupyBoston
New video for "Howolding Girls" by Birthdays (who leaves for Japan tomorrow)
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