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What's F'n Next? | Heaven's Gate

After disbanding his punky noise-pop four-piece Sweet Bulbs last year, guitarist Mike Sheffield dove right into assembling his new Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate by having them open a show he'd already booked for touring friends.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 07, 2012

What’s F’n next: Tanlines

The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2012

What's F'n Next: Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)

On a sunny autumn afternoon on a side street in Brooklyn, I sit outside on a rickety black staircase with Squarehead, chatting about their week.

By LIZ PELLY  |  November 02, 2012

What's F'n Next? DIIV

Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.

By LIZ PELLY  |  September 21, 2012

Yeasayer engage their psychedelic realm

When Googling Yeasayer bassist Ira Wolf Tuton, autocomplete brings up this search: "Ira Wolf Tuton girlfriend."
Brooklyn bounce
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 31, 2012

Fang Island | Major

Although I admit that I was won over when I saw that their press photo is an Olan Mills portrait, I am happy to report that Major is pretty incredible.
 Sargent House (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 27, 2012


Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
Food tripping
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 27, 2012

DIIV | Oshin

On the debut LP by Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly known as Dive, but still pronounced the same way), frontman and songwriter Zachary Cole Smith drifts between the dark and dreamy, channeling bits of new wave, '80s indie-pop, and Krautrock with ether
Captured Tracks (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 13, 2012

Friends | Manifest!

With their debut full-length, Brooklyn pop quintet Friends have released the best pop album of the summer.
Fat Possum
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 06, 2012
WIXIW - Liars

Liars | WIXIW

The sixth full-length from Brooklyn band Liars is an album in the sense that it's been recorded, has a release date, and is worth a review. But with so much improperly used space and so few tangible ideas, the result doesn't feel like an actual album as
Mute (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 08, 2012

Enjoying Friends with benefits

When I first came upon the video for "I'm His Girl" by the Brooklyn pop quintet Friends, my mind had already been stuck on the idea of liberation for the better part of a week.
Radical vibes
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 30, 2012

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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Plac
Sonic bids
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2012

Lessons from Captured Tracks at SXSW

For those going to SXSW to discover young artists at the beginnings of their careers, the epicenter of the megafest has moved.
On and off Sixth Street
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 23, 2012

The Men | Open Your Heart

The Men — a four-piece post-punk band that began playing Brooklyn basements and national self-booked tours in 2008 — have accomplished a feat.
Sacred Bones (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 23, 2012

Ava Luna | Ice Level

Ava Luna is an experiment in off-kilter pop songcraft that melds R&B, soul, and synth-funk into an unusual shade of noisy post-punk gold.
Infinite Best (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 02, 2012

At home with Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is peeling an orange in her South Brooklyn apartment.
Lady and her Tramp
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 17, 2012

Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
Dead Oceans (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2012
Hospitality - CD Review

Hospitality | Hospitality

On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2012
Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
Parent flap
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2012
Pariah - review

Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
Dee Rees's first feature
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012

Caveman | Coco Beware

Hold up on that Brooklyn backlash just yet, there's still some sweet music coming out of the trendiest and most despised of the five boroughs.
Magic Man! Records/ORG Music (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 18, 2011


The Vandelles ride a different kind of wave

If you were listening to the audio version of this interview, you might find yourself sifting through lots of reverb and the rumble of a passing motorcycle.
Technicolor noir
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 07, 2011

Das Racist | Relax

They still have jokes for days, but lyrical dexterity has taken precedence on their debut LP.
Greedhead (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011

The improbable rise of We Are Augustines

With new management, new supporters, and the same Pela fans, We Are Augustines remain a work in progress.  
Comfort music
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 23, 2011
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Newton's New Art Center exposes heavy metal from within

Named for a Candlemass song, staged in a former church, and curated by a pair of noise-loving MassArt grads, the upcoming group show "We Still See the Black" brings a thunderous charge of wrathful, subtle, beguiling, and teeming contemporary art to Newto
The black art
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 26, 2011
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011

Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011
Ladybug Transistor in Boston with Hallelujah The Hills

The Ladybug Transistor create a new pop shade

Brooklyn might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about overgrown blooms and country air. But for the past 16 years, Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor has made the city parks and street-lined canopies of Flatbush his own private g
Growth spurts
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 01, 2011

Review: White Irish Drinkers

Writer/director John Gray's debut feature is a solid indie effort, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in Brooklyn circa 1975.
John Gray's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale
By PEG ALOI  |  March 25, 2011

The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
Chunksaah Records (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 18, 2011