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Prince Rama rise from Boston's underground
Before Animal Collective's Avey Tare discovered their bouncy, Bollywood-inspired psychedelia at SXSW 2010, the group Prince Rama channeled "Now Age" chants and sang Sanskrit in Jamaica Plain houses and DIY art spaces.
| October 05, 2011
Interview: James Blake's dub soft-shoe
Poised in a distinctive middle ground between leftfield electronica and soulful R&B, 23-year-old Londoner James Blake has been making a name for himself of late.
| September 28, 2011
Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds
Safety in numbers
Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
| September 28, 2011
Twin Sister | In Heaven
It's one of 2011's finest pop records: 10 tracks of dreamy, weirdo hi-fi pop that grooves, sparkles, and hums with clipped beats and smooth drums.
| September 20, 2011
Somerville's first artshare delivers
Instead of buying into harvests of organic fruits and vegetables, shareholders pay a one-time fee of $300 for nine original pieces by local artists.
| September 14, 2011
Punk and hardcore's latest heroes: Massachusetts women
In the boys' club world of contemporary music, gender relationships are complex even in DIY punk — the strain of rock that historically prides itself most on egalitarianism.
| September 15, 2011
Squarehead | Yeah Nothing
Richter Collective (2011)
Amidst Dublin's vibrant musical underground of DIY labels like Popical Island and Richter Collective, this debut long-player by surf-pop trio Squarehead is one of the city's most anticipated 2011 indie releases.
| September 13, 2011
Saves the Day | Daybreak
Razor + Tie (2011)
After 14 years and six studio albums, Jersey pop-punk quartet Saves the Day return with a seventh serving of nasal-y hyper-introspective power-emo.
| September 07, 2011
Feminist punks in Russia jailed for up to seven years for their “punk prayer”
Punks against Putin
On a February afternoon in Moscow, ten or so 20-something Russian women enter the city's main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, wearing short dresses, neon tights, and bright, matching balaclavas — knitted ski masks concealing their identities.
| August 03, 2012
HFA visualizes the 'American Punk' rebellion
We film econo
"We are going to do everything ourselves, because we know better than them what we want," explains teenage grrrl-punk Nicky Marotta to a politician's shy daughter, Pamela Pearl, in the seminal 1980 punk film Times Square .
| September 02, 2011
Male Bonding | Endless Now
Sub Pop (2011)
The trio's punk roots still play out via tight, punchy percussion, but it's the huge guitars and dreamy vocals that are most upfront.
| August 23, 2011
Sun Araw | Ancient Romans
Sun Ark/Drag City (2011)
The hypnotic fifth LP by Sun Araw — the five-year-old solo project of Angelino Cameron Stallones — is a double-vinyl spiral through deep zones of neo-primitive psych-drone noise.
| August 16, 2011
Annamarie Pluhar's guide to housemating
Sharing housing is a sustainable choice, especially considering recent reports that average North American households produce 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a day, nearly five times the global average; like other aspects of our super-size culture, America's average homes have grown in size by 45 percent since 1980.
| August 16, 2011
Out: The third annual Weirdstalk lives up to its name
News of the weird
It's 4:30 pm, and Preggy Peggy is playing in the back of the Cambridge YMCA, as part of "We Are Guest Talk, Free: $10," the weirdly named third annual installment of Weirdstalk, an all-day 34-act line-up of experimental, avant-garde performances of folk, noise, psychedelic, and generally mind-expanding, genre-bending touring and local acts.
| August 17, 2011
Mornin' Old Sport launch our pop-up video series with jazz-inspired '20s country
Sound on the streets
Allston's Mornin' Old Sport play jazz-inspired country songs, brimming with three-part harmonies and a rare chemistry amongst the group's four members.
| August 10, 2011
Out: Getting loud with spawn of Sonic Youth at the Ladyfest Boston benefit in Cambridge
Democracy Center in action
The room filled to about 40 kids for Big Nils, a four-piece teenage punk band from Western Mass fronted by 16-year-old singer Coco Gordon Moore.
| August 09, 2011
La Big Vic | Actually
Underwater Peoples (2011)
La Big Vic's Actually is thus far the most compelling avant-pop record to emerge from Brooklyn's inspired 2011 underground.
| August 03, 2011
PETA on primates
The animal-rights organization's case against the labs
We spoke with Justin Goodman, associate director of PETA's laboratory investigations, about the use of primates for experimentation in schools and labs around Boston, the US, and the world.
| August 04, 2011
Out: Dropping some future funk sounds with Jamaica Plain's the Craters at Yes.Oui.Si
Deep impact near the MFA
About 30 kids bopped their heads to tracks from the Craters' 2010 tape Teenage High School , released via JP DIY label Breakfast of Champs, plus newer songs like the soon-to-be-hit "Sunsense."
| August 02, 2011
Rediscovering Bobb Trimble's long-lost legacy
With the help of Los Angeles re-issue label Yoga Records, Trimble is celebrating the re-release of his third full-length, the long-lost The Crippled Dog Band at Great Scott on Thursday, July 28.
| July 27, 2011
Brilliant Colors | Again and Again
Following the San Francisco trio's 2009 debut Introducing, the new jams maintain the same twee-pop roots via C86, Creation, and Flying Nun influences, and continue taking cues from their own label's early noise-pop roster.
| July 26, 2011
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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