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Photos: DeVotchKa at the House of Blues

DeVotchKa performs live at the House of Blues on March 9, 2013.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 15, 2013

Photos: The Lumineers at the House of Blues

The Lumineers perform live at the House of Blues on February 4, 2013.

By MATT DASTOLI  |  March 08, 2013

The explosive center of Boys Noize

In recent years, the ascent of electronic music has caused some anxiety among the sensitive and the conservative.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 30, 2012

Cellars by Starlight: Human Sexual Response

CDs might now be an outdated medium, but there was a time when everything on the format was available — except for one of the great rock records of the early '80s: 1981's In a Roman Mood by legendary Boston punk/new wave/whatever band Human Sexual Resp

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 09, 2012

Globetrotting with Seth Troxler

The last time Seth Troxler played Boston it was to a room of about 50 people. That changes this week when he plays Sónar.

By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 02, 2012

Diplo dishes a Major Lazer

After years of putting his sonic touches on other people's tunes, Diplo is hoping to finally step out into the light on his own.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012


The Presets' morning-after party

For the Sydney-based Presets' third album, Pacifica , the attitude shifts from night to day, because after every party comes a new morning.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 19, 2012

Bloc Party regain their post-punk edge

When Bloc Party announced in 2009 that they were taking a break, the band's future was a big question mark.
Four, squared
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 14, 2012

The xx | Coexist

The xx's sleeper electro-soul debut was defined by its silences as much as its sounds: by the pauses between dusty, cymbal-less beats, stoned basslines, and echoing guitar pings, and by the pregnant tension between the voices (the unison NyQuil croons o
Young Turks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 07, 2012

Amon Tobin settles into abstract electronica

If his 2011 off-the-cuff comment is any proof, Amon Tobin is terrible at resisting the urge to prod a proverbial beehive.
His bridge
By REYAN ALI  |  September 07, 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

Slash live HOB 8.2

Photos: Slash at the House of Blues

Slash performs live at the House of Blues on August 2, 2012.
August 2, 2012
By TIM BUGBEE  |  August 10, 2012

Phil Anselmo pulls no punches on Pantera, American Idol, and the reputation of metal

Who better than Philip Hansen Anselmo to discuss the current state of metal?
Cowboy from hell
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012

The emotional electronics of Hot Chip

"You don't always just feel one thing at one time," says Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip's nerd-genius frontman, referencing the grand ambiguity of pop music.
Head music
By RYAN REED  |  July 13, 2012

Photos: The Cult + Against Me at The House of Blues

The Cult + Against Me played the House of Blues on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
June 5, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 15, 2012

The Hives | Lex Hives

If there was ever a worry of the Hives maturing— or simply becoming less like the Hives — there isn't anymore.
Disques Hives (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  June 01, 2012


The Cult | Choice Of Weapon

Second acts are hard enough to deliver successfully in the pantheon of hard rock, so it's surprising then that the Cult, now well into their third go-round, still give their audience exactly what they crave.
Cooking Vinyl

Photos: Of Monsters and Men WFNX Acoustic Session

Of Monsters and Men perform a WFNX Acoustic Session at the House of Blues Foundation Room on April 7, 2012.
The Foundation Room at House of Blues | April 7, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  April 20, 2012

M. Ward | A Wasteland Companion

"Jump inside this tidal wave with me," sings ash-voiced cherub Matt Ward on his stunning seventh album.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  April 06, 2012

Say Anything | Anarchy, My Dear

If Say Anything frontman Max Bemis were an anarchist, he'd be behind the scenes, printing fliers in the dark.
Equal Vision (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012

Photos: Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day show at House of Blues

The Dropkick Murphys perform live on St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2012) at the House of Blues.
March 17, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012


Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012
Justice music

Justice blaze new trails for dance music

Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium whe
For all
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 16, 2012

Photos: Grouplove + Young the Giant at The House of Blues

Grouplove + Young the Giant played The House of Blues on Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Grouplove + Young the Giant | House of Blues | Thursday, March 8, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  March 16, 2012

Andrew Bird | Break It Yourself

Big freaking surprise: Break It Yourself, Andrew Bird's seventh collection of intimate chamber-pop, is . . . beautiful.
Mom + Pop (2012)  
By RYAN REED  |  March 02, 2012

Still an angry mob, Kaiser Chiefs get creative

Last summer, British pop veterans Kaiser Chiefs came up with a novel way to self-release their fourth full-length, The Future Is Medieval .
Rock rebellion
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 02, 2012


PHOTOS: Knockout Barstool Takes On BSS Blackout Party

Knockout Barstool (KOB) rallies outside during Barstool Sports' Northeastern Blackout party on Thursday, February 2, 2012.
  Knockout Barstool (KOB) rallies outside during Barstool Sports' Northeastern Blackout party on Thursday, February 2, 2012.
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  February 08, 2012
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012

Photos: Two Door Cinema Club at the House of Blues

Two Door Cinema Club & Cults took the stage as part of WFNX's "Miracle on Landsdowne Street" at The House of Blues on November 30, 2011.
WFNX's "Miracle on Landsdowne Street" | November 30, 2011
By RYAN GARDELL  |  December 09, 2011

[tonight] The B-52's + Sidewalk Driver @ HOB; discounted tickets available for SD fans

A thunderous rock anthem like "Dancing With Her Friends" was just born to fill up a big room, and tonight SIDEWALK DRIVER gets that chance...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 01, 2011