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Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair | Mute/DFA
If anything, the rotating cast of vocalists and the Saturday-night spirit of the instrumentation are together more welcoming than anything the DFA has dropped in years.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Boston music news: July 4, 2008

Notes on Birds and Batteries, Perennials, and the F Yeah Tour
Three or so years ago, Mike Sempert up and moved to San Francisco, taking his creative moniker Birds and Batteries with him.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 02, 2008


Ponies in the Surf

See You Happy | Darla
It’s high time the Ponies were recognized for the perfect-pop juggernaut (however gentle) they are.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 24, 2008


Boston music news: June 20, 2008

Notes on the 15th anniversary of Toad and more
My, what a busy week! Especially if you want new CDs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008


J.P. to the rescue!

The Milky Way reaches out to China
This Tuesday, June 24, the musical mayor of JP, Rick Berlin, hosts a benefit for the victims of the earthquake in China.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008


Gay bash

True Colors Tour at Bank Of America Pavilion, May 31 2008
I had that same feeling I always get at the end of big gay happenings: how far we’ve come. How good that is. And how did I spend $90?
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 03, 2008


Twee shall overcome

Pants Yell! charm by association
For the young and the listless, the city is more than some bland post-graduate inevitability — the place you go when you’re not already there.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2008


He loves the ’80s

M83 recaptures your youth
“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008


New moon

Everybody stop saying the Milky Way is closing
They blew down our Deli Haus, plucked our Lily’s, changed our Channel, exterminated our Rat, death-rayed our Man Ray, and (uh . . . ) union-busted our Local 186.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 13, 2008


Family joules

The boundless energy of Ho-Ag & friends
Ho-Agulations are in order.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 12, 2008


Boston music news: May 16, 2008

Notes on Thrones, Uh Huh Her, and Comma
Head to P.A.’s Lounge nice and early on May 17 for the sleeper guitar show of the year.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 13, 2008


Procrastination proto-hop

Yea Big D and Kid Static want you to fail your classes
This Sunday, a shitload of important reading-period assignments will go seriously undone at Tufts, when Chicagoan proto-hop masterminds Yea Big and Kid Static roll up on campus.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 06, 2008

Winning losers

Stand up for your write(-ins)
Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008


Let’s undo the movies

Chantal Akerman plays with your mind at MIT’s List Center
If those collective behaviors inspired and demanded by the cinema of its witnesses are, in essence, its very boundaries, Belgian-born filmmaker and video artist Chantal Akerman could be considered a smuggler.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2008


''Nude'' remix

Fans redo Radiohead — astonishingly — well
Last month, Radiohead thrilled the big black glasses off thousands of hundreds when they posted stems for the public to download, remix, and upload to the band’s Web site to compete for listeners’ votes.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008


The Breeders

 Mountain Battles | 4AD
A big part of maintaining a lasting, fruitful relationship with the Breeders is acceptance.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008


They're number one

Pissed Jeans at Oxfam Café + Middle East Upstairs, April 12, 2008
“I hate hardcore,” sighs another girl with a swollen eye. “I was in there watching the show, and I punched myself in the face. By accident, of course.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


The rest is noise

WHRB presents Record Hospital Fest 2008
If, heading home from Chet’s Last Call one night in 1984, you happened to tune into The Record Hospital , you might have caught a Swell Maps track, followed by some F.U.’s or the Contortions.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008



Mahogany comes to town
You get all the shimmering, over-processed guitars, all the feather-light vocals, and all the intense volume without the unsightly Doc Martens or ugly Beetlejuice tights.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 22, 2008


Barry Adamson

Back to the Cat | Central Control
It’s easy to imagine this eighth solo outing from Barry Adamson as a problematic prospect for listeners new to his evocative style.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


Czech, please

The Valerie Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, April 5, 2008
Faced with the task of supplying a live score for a film, an ensemble can proceed one of two ways.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 2008

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