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Folk yeah

The other side of the Bear cures the Mondays
For years now, T.T. the Bear's Place has boldly addressed the problem of what to do on Monday nights, when one's brainmeats are still tender from all that weekending.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009


Dig it!

Diamond Mines shine all month at the Plough
According to the invoice, 500 copies of the Diamond Mines’ brand new EP, Pave the Whales for Oil , were sent from Syracuse to Boston on January 6 — two whole days ahead of the projected ship date!
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 28, 2009


Ride the Snake

Label moves towards reality
The ancient lake has no idea what it's got coming.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 09, 2009


This old house

Rise celebrates 10 years on the edge
You wouldn't know it, but throbbing away in the upper two floors of that tiny wedge of a building splitting Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue is Rise: Boston's only after-hours nightclub.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 12, 2009


Irish, but not Celtic

Gems from the Emerald Isle
With the Boston Celtic Music Festival taking over a host of venues January 9 and 10 it can be easy to forget that not all Irish music is . . . Celtic music.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 09, 2009


Jingle spells

Harry and the Potters' 4th Annual Yule Ball
Nothing screams Christmas like children dabbling with sorcery. Which is why Harry and the Potters' annual Yule Ball is such a howling success every year.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 19, 2008


They'd like to thank their producers...

Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2008



Tracing Ogre’s trajectory
Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre has made the rounds for the better part of this decade as ohGr, with a more cut-and-paste approach to the electric misanthropy his old band pioneered.
By MATT PARISH  |  December 05, 2008


Radio days

Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2008


The future is blight

The post-Americanan kicks of Castanets
What with all the Devendras and Bonnie Princes and Phosphorescents and wanna-Beams dragging their unruly beards around the nation lately, it's getting harder and harder to keep your post-folk dudes with guitars straight.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 24, 2008


Fest lite

The return of the International Pop Overthrow
From Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23, the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) makes its annual trek to Boston.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 14, 2008


Love during wartime

J.B. Mpiana brings his Congolese party machine to…Lynn?
J.B. Mpiana, one of the reigning stars of contemporary Congolese music, brings a 25-strong stage show to Memorial Auditorium in Lynn this Friday, November 7, at 9 pm.
By BANNING EYRE  |  November 11, 2008


Heavy pedigree

The making of Polysics
Hitting the Middle East downstairs this Sunday are Japanese futurist-absurdos Polysics, who’ve somehow been at this game for 10 years now.  
By MATT PARISH  |  November 03, 2008


Triple threat

Local rock three-way not nearly as gross as it sounds
This Friday, October 24, at the Middle East upstairs, no fewer than three local rock bands will release brand-new CDs on the very same night — at the very same show.  
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 24, 2008


Mixed, nuts

The Mad Decent tour hits Boston
If you thought Diplo peaked with Hollertronix or plateau’d with M.I.A. or repeated himself with Santogold, you really need to stop thinking and go dancing or something.  
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 15, 2008


Mission: accomplished

Organic hip-hop’s good and good for you
Way before Audible Mainframe snatched the title of Boston’s dopest live hip-hop group and bolted for the West Coast, Roxbury’s Mission pursued a similar course of action.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 10, 2008


The South shall rise . . .

France's Occitan New Wave
The singing groups of the South of France draw on everything from mediæval pilgrimage chants and troubadour poetry to contemporary rap and ragga.  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 01, 2008


New kids on the block

Allow Dear Leader to introduce you
Newly reactivated local gut-pop heroes Dear Leader will play two shows this weekend, with a handful of notable newbs and special guests.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 23, 2008


Universal truths

Ecstatic Peace thrives despite the help
The world now enjoys increased access to some really degenerate rock-influenced art-noise.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 16, 2008


RIP 3516

A local punk hotbed goes up in smoke
Over the years, hordes of bands have played 3516 (Darkbuster and many more), and this Monday at the Middle East upstairs, there’s a benefit for the displaced rockers.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 10, 2008
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