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Band of outsiders
The Beatings are at home under the radar
The Beatings got back from their eighth US tour the day before, but they’re already reconvening over at frontman Eldridge Rodriguez’s misplaced little two-story beach house in Lower Allston. I do a double take on the way through the cute picket fence.
| September 09, 2009
At long last, Autolux returns
"It's the most bizarre, perverse thing," admits guitarist Greg Edwards over the phone from LA. "I don't understand why people haven't abandoned us completely."
| September 02, 2009
Feels like the first time
One Night Band could get a little messy
One thing you don't realize when you vow to support local music is that it involves sitting through the same bands month after month as they burn through drink tickets, rearrange their sets, and stall the record release.
| August 25, 2009
A peek inside the world of Harmonix
Jessica Smith has spent years booking death-metal shows around Boston. On top of loads of meat-and-potatoes nights at O'Brien's in Allston and Dee Dee's in Quincy, two of her shows — Origin and Malevolent Creation — actually sold out the Middle East upstairs.
| August 24, 2009
The best is noise
Howard Stelzer's tale of the tape
One night last winter, Thurston Moore and Swedish sax kingpin Mats Gustafsson popped into the Middle East upstairs for an off-the-cuff performance together. The loose group arrangement — Bill Nace and Chris Corsano joined in at the last minute — made for a thrill that you hardly ever get in rock-music circles.
| August 11, 2009
The old is new
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger Miller
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
| July 22, 2009
Rad four-day psych fest will free your mind, man
It pains me to have to ask this, but looking at the insane list of bands at Boston promoter Dan Shea's upcoming four-night "Homegrown" pysch fest at Church, I have no choice: what exactly does "psych music" mean at this point?
| July 15, 2009
The odd couple
Jesse Gallagher meets Biff Rose
Apollo Sunshine's Jesse Gallagher recently announced that Biff Rose would be traveling from the Big Easy for a rare, one-night-only show this Wednesday at the cozy Lily Pad.
| July 10, 2009
The trouble with Tristan da Cunha
Last week, Tristan da Cunha and I brainstormed some strategies by which they might finally hit the big time. Like, getting a charismatic frontman.
| June 23, 2009
Screaming from the gallery
Dan Deacon, live at the ICA, June 12, 2009
Last Friday night, Dan Deacon dug frantically through tangles of cables for one that might get a live signal out of the duct-taped pile of equipment in front of him. A fire truck and an ambulance, pulling up outside the windows behind him, filled the room with dueling strobes.
| June 15, 2009
Revival of the fittest
The deep, dark Americana of the Low Anthem
While we all snoozed on eggnog during the 2007 holidays, Jeff Prystowsky and the rest of the Low Anthem were shacked up in a rickety old house on Block Island, a deserted little hamlet full of empty summer cottages off the coast of Rhode Island.
| June 08, 2009
Review: The Thermals at the Middle East downstairs
The Thermals, live at the Middle East Downstairs, May 7, 2009
You know summer's almost here when the pipes that snake along the low ceiling of the Middle East downstairs start beading up with sweat in the middle of a show.
| May 11, 2009
Hit the deck
Celebration's future is in the cards
It's not that Celebration were ever a bad fit for 4AD. The echo-chamber organs, the tribal drumming, and the caterwauling vocals of Katrina Ford added up to a kind of desert-peyote and fringed-suede-jacket version of the more twisted stuff in the label's catalogue, from the Birthday Party to Blonde Redhead.
| May 05, 2009
The first annual Megapolis Festival sounds off
The sound of smashing glass plays beneath a micro-cassette recording of children laughing, and Spanish instructions repeat while a chorus of monks narrate the proceedings in Latin.
| April 22, 2009
Alt- together now
Sarah Borges leaps ahead by getting back to basics
At some point during the recording of their new album, someone in the Broken Singles realized that Sarah Borges had been botching the chords to their cover of the Lemonheads' "Ride with Me."
| April 08, 2009
Hot Box experiment on themselves
We’ll get to Stolzenberg’s band in a minute; right now I’m engrossed in her PhD work at Boston College.
| March 23, 2009
Taxpayer do some sound planning
Last year at this time, Taxpayer were up in New Hampshire in a backwoods cabin they'd locked themselves in for a long weekend.
| March 12, 2009
Doomstar! let it all come naturally
I was a little dismayed last week when I dropped into Doomstar!'s Central Square rehearsal space
| March 05, 2009
Animal Hospital has achieved a hermetic place in the city’s musical landscape.
It’s a lazy weekday afternoon, and we’re finishing breakfast at Kevin Micka’s house in Jamaica Plain.
| February 25, 2009
Stephen Drury takes on Stockhausen
In one of Karlheinz Stockhausen's weirdest creations, the ensemble is instructed to "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space." Stephen Drury doesn't mind that so much. But fasting for four days? "No."
| February 18, 2009
Lucky Dragons and Stephen Prina: Rockin' part of Andrew Witkin's installation at the ICA
Wayward visitors spilling into Andrew Witkin's Untitled 1997–2007 installation at the ICA last Sunday nearly tripped over Luke Fischbeck, who was crouched over an array of electrified sticks, shakers, tiny drums, and flutes.
| February 10, 2009
The Current Issue
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| 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
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BLOG POSTS BY MATT PARISH
Q & A: Roger Miller on the new Mission of Burma record, his work with New England Conservatory, and his first band, Sproton Layer
MP3 of the Week: Debo Band "Lantchi Biye"
MP3 of the Week: Marconi "Grady Calloway’s Heart of Gold"
Live Nation COO Gerry Barad On Mega-Merger Music Biz Apocalypse 2010!
OUT: Split/Signal Festival at the Armory
Out: Futurism at 100 at Harvard
Review: Record Hospital Fest at Holden Chapel
Out: The Milky Way parades to its new home
Hey Hey, the gang's all here: Whitehaus Blastfest 2009
Review: Bachelor Of Arts, Big Bear, Thief Thief, Whitetail at the You Need New Glasses House
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