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Theo Bleckmann takes on Kate Bush

It's easy to inflate an artist's reputation with words like "visionary," but in the case of Theo Bleckmann, it's apt.
Role playing
By JON GARELICK  |  June 15, 2012

The Futureheads | The Chaos

"I wish that I could stop the noise," sings Barry Hyde not long into The Chaos . It sure doesn't seem that way.
Dovecote (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 18, 2010

This bird can sing

For any artist, there comes a time when you must assess just what it is you have to offer the world.
The voice of Florence and the Machine carries to the States
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 02, 2010

SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010

Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

Toro Y Moi | Causers Of This

Toro y Moi's debut is a leap into a tactile æsthetic where surreal and sometimes unstable atmospheres lure listeners into simple, soulful songs.
Carpark (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 05, 2010


Review: Daybreakers

For evidence of the breakdown of the capitalist system, look no farther than the proliferation of vampire and zombie movies.
Vampires, weakened
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

Owing muses

A few days after I graduated from high school, the Internet showed up. "Well," I thought to myself. "That's just fucking great."
Brian King sings his life in Venus As a Boy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009

Heat wave

"It's so hot!" Bat for Lashes multi-instrumentalist frontwoman Natasha Khan was sweating it out between songs en route to her piano stage left. "So are you!" yelled a girl in the crowd.
Bat for Lashes, live at Paradise Rock Club, August 13, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 21, 2009

Same difference

"I grew so weary of playing by myself on the laptop. I felt so controlled by the computer."
It's a pleasure keeping the Field on repeat
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009

Bat for Lashes | Two Suns

Natasha Khan became a sort of viral video sensation a couple of years ago with her inventive video for "What's a Girl To Do."
Astralwerks (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 10, 2009


A voice from on high

On his new album The Crying Light, Antony Hegarty lifts his voice without raising it.
The second coming of Antony and the Johnsons
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 18, 2009

He loves the ’80s

“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008


I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008

Bowin' away

Of all the CD-release parties ever thrown by Boston bands, the Cello Chix’ show for their new, self-released Under the Covers featured the best Jethro Tull medley.
Cello Chix at the Lizard Lounge, February 8, 2008
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 12, 2008

Pretty doesn’t mean wallpaper

Everybody knows that a bass player in a band is supposed to be the quiet one. Temper, "Wee Regret" (mp3)
Pete Sutton holds onto his Temper
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 30, 2007

Crossword: 'Don't say it'

I hate the starred entries, and so should you!
By MATT JONES  |  January 10, 2007

Who is that girl?

Petra Haden is making a career out of covering the un-coverable.
Petra Haden, Museum of Fine Arts, October 25, 2006
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 26, 2006

Definitely Maybe

Lisa Germano wants to know my cat’s name. Said cat has just yowled as she walked through the kitchen, where I’m talking to Germano long-distance, so I oblige.
Connecting with Lisa Germano
By MARY K. ZAJAC  |  October 03, 2006

Confuzed Disco

This two-CD reissue of Italian disco tracks from 1978 to 1982 has sharply electronic, sound-effected, atmospheric music full of speeded-up funk and slowed-down soul.
A Retrospective of Italian Records | IRMA import
By MICHAEL FREEDBURG  |  June 14, 2006

On the racks: June 13

Joan Jett, Futureheads, Hot Chip, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, and more. Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 14, 2006


Royal resurgence?

“Only the greats have somewhere to come down from,” wrote the late critic Ian McDonald.
Prince returns to his ’80s roots
By ELIOT WILDER  |  April 18, 2006


If you’ve seen Din play clubs, odds are you’ve been both impressed and confused.
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 10, 2006
Beat report list photo 3/26/06

Game of Cat & Mouse

Perhaps the best argument that Acoustic Coffee is a good thing is the simple fact that an undeniable and unique community of musicians has claimed it as their own.
With Acoustic Coffee as home base, a group of musicians make some noise
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 29, 2006

Imogen Heap

British chanteuse Imogen Heap wrote, recorded, and financed Speak for Yourself by herself, remortgaging her London flat to bankroll the project.
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  January 13, 2006