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The BSO opens its summer home without Levine, but with Mark Morris & Yo-Yo Ma

It was especially sad that Levine, who cancelled his entire Tanglewood season and then resigned as BSO music director as of September (he just underwent another major surgery on his spine), couldn't lead this particular program.
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 15, 2011
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Junior Boys | It's All True

With its disco-bass pulse, jet-engine synths, and seductive half-time chorus, "Itchy Fingers" kicks things off by demonstrating the Boys' finesse for tricked-out, ass-shaking programmed grooves.
Domino (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  June 24, 2011
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White Denim | D

White Denim's D just won't be ignored. The Austin quartet's fourth studio LP is an album so dense, so unstoppably kinetic, that the flurry of movement makes background listening impossible.
Downtown Records (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 03, 2011
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Classified | Hand Shakes and Middle Fingers

Classified is to Canada what Jay-Z is to the States in that both are pre-eminent rappers in their respective countries.
Decon (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2011
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Mindless Self Indulgence | Tighter

If MSI's convulsive rave rendering of Method Man's "Bring the Pain" had been rap rock's definitive anthem, history would have changed trajectory.
End End (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Expanded Collectors Editions | Let Love In | Murder Ballads | The Boatman's Call | No More Shall We Part

The four classic albums that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released between 1994 and 2001 served as a crucial transition.
Mute/EMI (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 13, 2011


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The dark romantic transformation of Zola Jesus

I'm going to guess that Nika Roza Danilova's teenage years were not full of the frivolity that most of us associate with that pimpled life phase.  
Personal resurrection
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2011
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Chromatics | Night Drive

Independent Italo-disco throwback record label Italians Do It Better is rooted as deeply in punk-rock DIY as it is in dance 12-inches from the '70s and drugged-out '80s club-night afterparties.
Italians Do It Better (2010)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 19, 2010

The Hundred in the Hands | The Hundred in the Hands

Eye-rolling hipsterdom may have reached new heights with Brooklyn boy/girl duo the Hundred in the Hands, who lifted their moniker from the Fetterman Massacre of 1866.
Warp Records (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 22, 2010
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Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane

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By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010
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Dar Williams | Many Great Companions

The companions of the title are Dar Williams's songs, which the singer-songwriter revisits here two different ways.
Razor & Tie (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 08, 2010


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The Corin Tucker Band | 1,000 Years

Four years ago, it was guitarist and vocalist Corin Tucker's maternal pull that bore most of the blame for Sleater-Kinney's disbanding.
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 08, 2010
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Clinic | Bubblegum

The name Clinic has always suited the music of these wired-up, post-punk Brits.
Domino (2010)
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 08, 2010
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Soundgarden | Telephantasm

Aside from an unfortunate crop of John Graham art making the cover look like one of those three-wolf-moon T-shirts, Telephantasm is a solid retrospective for a Seattle metal band who got wrapped up in flannel.
A&M Records (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 08, 2010
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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

As Fast As at the Empire, Grand Hotel's new album, and more

AS FAST AS are playing a reunion show of sorts July 3 at the Empire.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 25, 2010


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Light Pollution | Apparitions

Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
Carpark (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 25, 2010
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Coming soon, unfortunately

Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010
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Mission accomplished

After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
By MATT PARISH  |  June 18, 2010
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Mary Chapin Carpenter | The Age of Miracles

Mary Chapin Carpenter made her best albums when she was breaking from Nashville and testing what country radio would let her get away with.
Zoë/Rounder (2010)
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 18, 2010
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Suckers | Wild Smile

Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock land
Frenchkiss (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 18, 2010


It's BiMPy time: Rhode Island Music Awards at Lupo's

Start the weekend off proper.
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 04, 2010
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Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010

Well-connected

Romen Rok celebrates at Firehouse 13
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010

Eddie & the Louvers, Paraplegics and Gut Bucket at Club Hell

Punk/hardcore heads will convene at Club Hell (401.709.3923) for an all-ages tilt featuring Rhythmafia, EDDIE & THE LOUVERS, THE PARAPLEGICS , and GUT BUCKET on FRIDAY (the 28th). Creeping around Aquidneck? Be sure to stop by Billy Goode’s for a f
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By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010
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Poetic chaos

The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2010


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CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

Freak-folk fans disappointed by the relative accessibility of recent efforts by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom should check out CocoRosie’s latest.
Sub Pop (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 21, 2010
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Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
Captured Tracks (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 21, 2010
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Phosphorescent | Here’s To Taking It Easy

What was once an aching, drowsy fireside croon fest (2007’s Pride ) has taken a blatant leap into hoedown territory on singer/guitarist Matthew Houck’s latest effort.
Dead Oceans (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 14, 2010
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Multi-colored Greetings

You can’t accuse Jeff Beam of lacking ambition.
Getting psychedelic with the Stereo Flys
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 14, 2010