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Boston’s (Ob)literati: How to hoist a pint like this town’s greatest writers — past, present, and future

If there's one thing we've always done right here in Boston, it's drinking.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 08, 2013
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Photos: Stephie Coplan and The Pedestrians at The Lizard Lounge

Stephie Coplan and The Pedestrians played The Lizard Lounge on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
The Lizard Lounge | Saturday, February 18, 2012
By MICK MURRAY  |  February 24, 2012
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Moving on with Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians

When Stephie Coplan was 14 years old, the empty pages in her first songwriting book were as much an escape as they were a creative outlet.
Turning the page
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 17, 2012
[live review] Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade at the Lizard Lounge

[live review] Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade at the Lizard Lounge


After doing the Berklee thing, plugging all the local hot spots from the Plough & Stars to the Regattabar, writing a sheaf of dandy original...
By Jon Garelick  |  January 06, 2012
Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011
[mp3] Kingsley Flood announce "Colder Still," December release parties + winter tour

[mp3] Kingsley Flood announce "Colder Still," December release parties + winter tour


Now that the last bites of Monday's Eat Your Heart Out bash at the 'Dise have been full digested, event head-turners KINGSLEY FLOOD today announced...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 09, 2011


[mp3] DNFMOMD + Glenn di Benedetto of Parlour Bells "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"


More than a decade later, we finally have something to wipe that gross-ass Marilyn Manson taste out of our collective Eurythmics fan-mouths. In advance of...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 20, 2011
MP3 of the Week: OldJack "Chorus Line"

MP3 of the Week: OldJack "Chorus Line"


  After their wild ride through last month’s Rock And Roll Rumble at T.T. The Bear’s, we’re familiar with the underdog tale of OLDJACK and...
By Susan Kaup  |  May 12, 2011
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Floating heavyweights

Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Lizard Lounge

Meet the Mayor: Lizard Lounge


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. Lizard LoungeAli Nikseresht Explain what just happened.I...
By Barry Thompson  |  March 31, 2011
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Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane

Hi-N-Dry
Hi-N-Dry
By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010


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Fiddle me this

I tend to suspect a solid percentage of what appear to be roots-movement bands are, in fact, punk bands who realized they get taken more seriously when they play acoustic guitars and pretend they've always been huge Johnny Cash fans.
Kingsley Flood don't even like alt-country
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 16, 2010
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The Russians | Crashing the Party

Boston songwriter/producer Scott Janovitz left us wondering what his next big move would be after Dragstrip Courage in the early 2000s. The answer is the Russians, a studio-riffic expression of Janovitz's musical fancies, skills, and resourcefulness.
Moontower Recordings (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 09, 2010
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Boston Pride Week: Off the map

We may seem a little cranky, but us local gayfolk just love a parade, and we’re actually heartened by this annual influx of brothers and sisters from every state of New England and every letter of our ever-expanding acronym.  
The best in fringy Pride-Week ragers
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2010
Monique Ortiz farewell performance at the Lizard Lounge

Monique Ortiz farewell performance at the Lizard Lounge


In a slew of farewell performances before she pulls up stakes and moves to Austin, Monique Ortiz has been reasserting her authority as sharp songwriter,...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010
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Person and persona

Folksie newcomer John Shade says that his songs are focused on identity and anonymity, but there’s also what sounds like an unraveling personal economy lurking beneath: characters steal purses, check classifieds, go it alone with “no safety net,” and gen
For John Shade, it’s all in the text
By MATT PARISH  |  May 07, 2010


Big Ben Hillman + Jen Kearney & The Lost Onion

Big Ben Hillman + Jen Kearney & The Lost Onion


There aren’t many soul brothers left. Chris Brown might share some of Ike Turner’s less admirable qualities, but he comes up short in the pipes...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
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Slow emotion

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned reflection?
John Cunningham’s songs are worth the wait
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 15, 2010
The Multicultural Grooves Of Zili Misik

The Multicultural Grooves Of Zili Misik


Zili Misik's music incorporates Haitian mizik rasin, Calypso, Afro-Cuban son, Jamaican reggae, and Brazilian samba, with lyrics in Portuguese, Kreyol, Spanish, and English. But you...
By Ian Sands  |  January 06, 2010
The Return Of Kay Hanley

The Return Of Kay Hanley


Just like Hannah Montana, Dot native Kay Hanley lives a double life: one as a mom who no doubt gets some serious cred from her...
By Ian Sands  |  January 04, 2010
Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles

Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles


Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles is that rare creature: a bar band with fantastic taste. On their latest album, The Stars Are Out, they...
By Ian Sands  |  December 30, 2009


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Group hug

Things aren’t always what they’re called — we know that flying fish don’t fly and starfish aren’t even fish.
The crooked folk of Cuddle Magic
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 18, 2009
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Miss Tess | Darling, Oh Darling

Boston singer-songwriter Miss Tess has always had the pipes and the taste to carry off her various ventures into country, blues, and multi-hued swing, but Darling, Oh Darling underlines her overall sound.
Self-released (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2009
Scissormen + Peter Parcek + 10 Foot Pole Cats

Scissormen + Peter Parcek + 10 Foot Pole Cats


Phoenix scribe Ted Drozdowski returns to town from his not-so-new home of Nashville to assault the denizens of Lizard Lounge with his souped-up Mississippi-hill-country-inspired slide-guitar...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 11, 2009
Stephen Fredette Benefit Concert: Drug Rug + Whispertown 2000 + Nina Violet + Lady Lamb the Beekeeper + more

Stephen Fredette Benefit Concert: Drug Rug + Whispertown 2000 + Nina Violet + Lady Lamb the Beekeeper + more


Billy Ruane, an irrepressible fixture on the local music scene, has been booking great shows for more than 20 years. Tonight's mega-show is no exception,...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 03, 2009
Club D'elf + Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra

Club D'elf + Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra


Mike Rivard's Cambridge Moroccan-dub-trance-jazz Club D'elf joins forces with drummer Ben Perowsky's New York Moodswing Orchestra, itself an unclassifiable brew of chill grooves. In the...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 20, 2009


Brendan Boogie’s “The Cover-Up”: Queen

Brendan Boogie’s “The Cover-Up”: Queen


 Listen up, fat-bottomed girls and assorted Scaramouchebags: Brendan Boogie’s latest installment of “The Cover-Up” is devoted to Queen. Tonight, a horde of local rockers —...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 10, 2009

VIDEO: Marissa Nadler from last winter


By Ryan Stewart  |  April 24, 2009
The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family


If you’ve ever watched the documentary Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (an eerie musical safari ...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 22, 2009
Lake Street Dive + Becca Stevens Band

Lake Street Dive + Becca Stevens Band


 The excellent acoustic-bass-based swinging pop quartet Lake Street Dive play the Lizard Lounge...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 01, 2009