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Wavves | Afraid of Heights

"I Can't Dream," the closer on Wavves' fourth studio album, opens in a drunken lo-fi stupor — Nathan Williams warbling bratty, tone-deaf nonsense over hissy acoustic power chords.
Mom + Pop (2013)
By  |  March 16, 2013

How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion

Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmar
Columbia (2013)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 15, 2013

The Mary Onettes | Hit the Waves

Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
Labrador (2013)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 15, 2013

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

In Memoriam: Magnus Johnstone, 1952-2013

On February 22, 2013, Boston lost a legend.
Paying tribute to the unlikely uncle of Boston hip-hop
By PACEY FOSTER  |  March 15, 2013

Open Mic Night

I've been doin' the Open Mic for seven weeks ...
By DAVID KISH  |  March 15, 2013


The Men | New Moon

They're just a band, they insist; they didn't realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important.
Sacred Bones (2013)
By DAN WEISS  |  March 08, 2013

Pissed Jeans | Honeys

On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery.
Sub Pop (2013)
By PERRY EATON  |  March 08, 2013

The Virgins | Strike Gently

After a half-decade of semi-obscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing.
Cult Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  March 08, 2013

From Jurowski to Gatsby: 10 top-notch spring events hosted at Boston's premier classical-music venues

Last year, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski's BSO debut with Shostakovich's daunting Fourth Symphony was Boston's most thrilling orchestral concert in a long time.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013

Atlas Genius | When It Was Now

Atlas Genius are schooled students of modern pop architecture, seamlessly bouncing from Coldplay-styled acoustic rock to fizzy Phoenix funkiness to deadpanned Strokes-ian guitar chug. But When It Was Now is more like an alt-pop NOW compilation than a
Warner Bros (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  February 22, 2013


Beach Fossils | Clash The Truth

Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
Captured Tracks (2013)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 22, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Push The Sky Away

Much like the similarly low-key The Boatman's Call , Cave's highly anticipated 15th album with the Bad Seeds manages the puzzling feat of making a great band seem inconsequential, if not entirely absent.
Bad Seed Ltd. (2013)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 22, 2013

Review: ''Clemency,'' Boston Lyric Opera's new commission

Intrepid patrons braved ice and slush and Boston's parking ban for the North American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan's Clemency (co-commissioned by BLO).

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 22, 2013

Wild Belle push magical buttons

Wild Belle's multi-ethnic allegiances — Afropop, reggae, and rocksteady — fuse into American indie-pop and classic rock. Results are, at varying times, tropical, tepid, and tempestuous.
By REYAN ALI  |  February 15, 2013

Iceage | You're Nothing

There's something intriguing about the ways Copenhagen punk band Iceage seem simultaneously to care so much and so little.
Matador Records (2013)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 15, 2013


Foals | Holy Fire

Even at their most expansive, Foals are digging into more primal territory.
Transgressive (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  February 15, 2013

Frightened Rabbit | Pedestrian Verse

Worrywarts who were stressed about Frightened Rabbit making the major-label jump after three well-received indie full-lengths and a pair of EPs can quit fretting.
Atlantic Records (2013)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 15, 2013

Prime time for Eric Prydz

This month, Eric Prydz launches the dark, atmospheric party Black Dice, his first American residency, at Vegas's Wynn — and he's still finding time to hit Boston's PRIME Nightclub at Umbria Prime on Saturday, February 16.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 15, 2013

Altered Gee dig the past and turn up treasure

The experience of modern music is synonymous with nostalgia.
Golden beats
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 15, 2013

A Beaux across the pond

While many of us simply watched the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night (marveling over the Bruno/Sting/Rihanna/Marley performance, or Carrie Underwood's dress-as-video-screen), for others the Awards show is actually the culmination of something of
Intercontinental Collaborations
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 15, 2013


Handel and Haydn's Purcell

Set, rather confusingly, in Mexico and Peru, the 1695 semi-opera The Indian Queen is as contorted in its plot as any real opera.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 08, 2013

Bloody Hammers | Bloody Hammers

Presented as some kind of satanic pigfuck ritual, this North Carolina quartet's debut is far less doomy than advertised.
Soul Seller Records/Sacrificial (2013)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 01, 2013

Local Natives | Hummingbird

Local Natives' sophomore album bows out with closer "Bowery," a brooding indie-rock epic. But its true climax arrives a track earlier.
Frenchkiss Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  February 01, 2013

The History of Apple Pie | Out of View

London-based quintet the History of Apple Pie's debut LP for Marshall Teller Records is an essential spin for fans of Dino Jr. riffs and early Slumberland indie-pop.
Marshall Teller Records (2013)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 01, 2013

Q&A: Harry Belafonte on a narcissistic America

Singer Harry Belafonte, now 85, has engaged in a social activism of extraordinary breadth.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 01, 2013


Paul Geremia joins the Rhode island Music Hall of Fame

"I've played in almost every state in this country," says Paul Geremia.
Blue Notes
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 25, 2013

Phantom Glue come into focus

Variations of "nightmarish" and "psychedelic" come up repeatedly as Matt Oates describes his band's work — which makes sense, given that Phantom Glue trace their roots back to Slayer, the Jesus Lizard, and cult post-hardcore act KARP.
Cellars by Starlight
By REYAN ALI  |  January 25, 2013

There’s hope for the Vaccines

Every few years, a guitar band forms and swaggers up the charts on the strength of music that captures the UK's youthful zeitgeist.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 25, 2013

Purity Ring’s body of futuristic pop

The brain of a seamstress must carry an intricate understanding of human anatomy, a knowledge of the body's limbs and joints, and the ways each part flexes into the next.
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 25, 2013