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Out: Sizing up the Rumble survivors, the wild cards, and the breakouts

Eight isn’t enough
Twenty-three bands entered T. T.'s own private Thunderdome last week, and only eight bands remain after six Rock 'n' Roll Rumble nights of preliminary-round musical throwdowns.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 11, 2012


Sand Reckoner provide sensory overload

A wider scope
Since the 1960s, bands classified as "psychedelic" have been caught in the endless pursuit of trying to expand the senses beyond pure aural stimulation.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 03, 2012


Out: There are no favorites in this year’s Rock and Roll Rumble

Get ready to rock
It's spring in Boston, which means it's time to Rumble.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 30, 2012


Boston rocks an Austin gang once again

Masshole heaven
Fitting for a region of colleges, it's hard to imagine any city having a greater fraternity of bands down at SXSW than our very own Boston.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 22, 2012


South By South Mess

Bring on the ADD!
Ah, SXSW 2012!
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 21, 2012


Primed 4 SXSW ’12

A dozen bands that will be more popular after playing shows next week in Austin
The headlines and posts for South by Southwest 2012 (the music portion of which this year runs March 14-18) have not only been fast and furious, but also packed with some serious celebrity appeal.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 09, 2012


Out: Inside the dark ambient-pop of Bathaus

Vision sounds
Live performance has remained fairly consistent since music became a thing: the performer is the focal point, and the audience is amassed around or in front of the person or group responsible for creating the sounds.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 28, 2012


8 new records that will give Boston rock a charge

High voltage
Boston's going through an identity crisis; never has the city's music scene been so diverse, its sonic landscape so eclectic.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 07, 2012


Moving on with Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians

Turning the page
When Stephie Coplan was 14 years old, the empty pages in her first songwriting book were as much an escape as they were a creative outlet.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 15, 2012


Out: The emergence of Animal Talk

Speaking volumes in Central
Last Thursday night in Cambridge, the common act of covering Joy Division suddenly went from timeless to timely.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 01, 2012

Dark Past

Brite Futures | Dark Past

Turnout (2011)
A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 24, 2012


Spotlighting the origins of garage rock heroes Barry & the Remains

OUT Preview: This weekend in Allston
Nearly 50 years ago, Barry Tashian found his beat in the center of London.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 10, 2012


MP3 of the Week: Fat Creeps 'Nancy Drew,' performing 01.12.12 @ Precinct

On the Download
On the Download
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 12, 2012


Class of 2012: Boston's 12 best new bands

A dozen fresh faces on Boston's music scene
If 2012 truly represents the End Times, then it's best to go out with a sonic bang.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 05, 2012

Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Cold brewed
Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011


The year in Boston rock

A scene comes together in 2011
The Boston rock scene is an interesting beast. Ambitious, cohesive, and frustratingly indefinable, it's a community that might not make much sense to outsiders.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 05, 2012


Shakedown: The Phoenix 'Holiday EP'

A Very Phoenix Christmas
A Very Phoenix Christmas
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 14, 2011


MP3 of the Week: Letterday 'Don't Go' + Converse in-store Friday 12.16 @ 6pm

On the Download
On the Download
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 15, 2011


Out: The Dropkicks Murphys steal the scene at the Boston Music Awards; Viva Viva, Mean Creek, and Moufy also honored

Still shipping
Punk's not dead — it just wears a scally cap and a Joe Thornton-era Bruins jersey.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 21, 2011


Gorillaz | The Singles Collection: 2001-2011

Virgin (2011)
Adapt or die — and for that we must give Damon Albarn credit.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 22, 2011

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