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Hard-wired fuzz

The Inclined's December '08 debut, The First Day of Many, continues to captivate my attention with big hooks, spacey synths, and manipulated guitar riffs and squalls, at times encapsulated in fuzz and exploding with unabashedly catchy gems.
The Inclined are finding a balance
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 26, 2009
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Photos: Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre

Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Major Lazer, A-Trak, Matt and Kim at House of Blues

Bacardi B-Live Tour | June 18, 2009 at House of Blues Boston
Bacardi B-Live Tour | June 18, 2009 at House of Blues Boston
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Sunday at Bonnaroo 2009

Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Sunset Rubdown | Dragonslayer

Sunset Rubdown's 2007 release, Random Spirit Lover , is an underappreciated tour de force , a sprawling indie-rock epic imbued with a spirit of anarchic glee. Their third album is as ambitious as its predecessors but mutes the joy in favor of a more
Jagjaguwar (2009)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 19, 2009


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Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Practice makes precious

After seeing her do her thing at the House of Blues on Wednesday, I think I can safely conclude that something about Jenny Lewis just doesn’t do it for me.
Jenny Lewis + Deer Tick, live at House of Blues, June 10, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 12, 2009
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Suite relief

For Longstreth, the pressure's been ratcheted up following the online leak a couple of months ago of Dirty Projectors' fifth LP, Bitte Orca (Domino) which is finally, officially out this week.
Dirty Projectors' breakthrough has but one concept: Rule
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 12, 2009
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Photos: TV on the Radio at House of Blues

TV on the Radio at House of Blues
TV on the Radio, live at the House of Blues, June 4, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  June 05, 2009
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Hard act to follow

Shortly after Dirty Projectors completed their mind-blowing set opening up for TV on the Radio at the House of Blues, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman came back on stage.
TV on the Radio + Dirty Projectors, live at House of Blues, June 4, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 05, 2009


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Bit players

What do you get when you cross NYU music-technology majors just out of their teens, vintage Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy gear, traditional rock-and-roll instruments, a mysterious, robot-building fellow named José with half a middle finger
Anamanaguchi are a shock to the systems
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 05, 2009
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Sonic Youth | The Eternal

This is Sonic Youth's first release on Matador Records, a retirement home for long-in-the-tooth indie-rockers, after two decades of major-label albums and one celebrity-curated Starbucks hits compilation.
Matador (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 05, 2009
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Dirty Projectors | Bitte Orca

You're going to be hearing a lot more about this album than you might actually hear from it. Why? Because it's far simpler to succumb to a lulling, repetitive chorus of praise than it is to surrender to the pull of Dave Longstreth's often uncertain seas
Domino (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 29, 2009
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St. Vincent's Actor gets a run-through

There were not one but two clarinets on stage at the Somerville Theatre on Tuesday night, and that gives you some idea of how intricate Annie Clark's chamber-pop compositions can be.
St. Vincent, live at the Somerville Theatre, May 19, 2009
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009
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Local color

It's become a commonplace to say that "indie" is too vague to mean anything useful, but that's not actually true.
Grizzly Bear try to break out of the blogosphere
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009


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Photos: Animal Collective at House of Blues (2009)

Animal Collective + Grouper | May 14, 2009 | House of Blues, Boston
Animal Collective + Grouper | May 14, 2009 | House of Blues, Boston
By MATT TEUTEN  |  May 15, 2009
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Are Animal Collective a jam band?

Animal Collective are the next logical iteration of the jam band. Yes. Yes they are. Not arguing. Telling. If this upsets you as an out-and-proud hip person, or if you’re right now clutching your seashell necklace in horror at the thought, I know: this i
Review: Animal Collective, May 14 at House of Blues, Boston
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009
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The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009
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Eat it, High School Musical!

It's a Thursday afternoon at Lexington High, and 20 or so students have congregated in a music room surrounded by racks of folding chairs and sporting a sleek black Steinway baby grand.
Amanda Palmer and Lexington High take on Neutral Milk Hotel
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 08, 2009
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A real blast

The guttural rallying cry of an audience member on the other side of the mezzanine makes everyone laugh a bit, mostly because it peals out during one of Mogwai's gently arpeggiated intros.
Mogwai live at the Wilbur Theatre, May 1, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 08, 2009


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Slideshow: Mogwai live at the Wilbur Theatre

Mogwai live at the Wilbur Theatre, May 1, 2009
Live at the Wilbur Theatre, May 1, 2009
By CHRIS DEMPSEY  |  May 08, 2009

Panic attacks!!!

Would everyone please go running out of your house screaming in utter hysteria right now.
Overreacting in the USA. Plus, EDC = DOA, OK + RI, and a Rush to judgment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 01, 2009
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High drama

It's a quintessential rock-and-roll love story. Sort of . . .
The glam amalgam of MEandJOANCOLLINS
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 01, 2009
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Westward ho!

Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
The Phoenix survives Coachella
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009
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A bug in your ear

Back in the summer of 2004, John J. McCauley III was out for a hike with some friends in the woods of his native Rhode Island.
Deer Tick neither bite nor suck
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 17, 2009


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Papercuts | You Can Have What You Want

Hidden under reverb and aggressive analog production, the first sung lyrics on You Can Have What You Want belie what seems to be a cheery record title: "Once we walked in the sunlight three years ago this July."
Gnomonsong (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  April 17, 2009
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Slideshow: The Faint + Ladytron at House of Blues

The Faint + Ladytron live at the Boston House of Blues
The Faint + Ladytron live at House of Blues, April 8, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  April 17, 2009
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Unextinct

The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2009
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Eight is enough

Not only does Indianapolis exist, it seems, but it's got people who form bands. Just not very many.
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's find strength in numbers
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 30, 2009