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Potty Mouth spring out of Northampton

On the top floor of Ally Einbinder's house in Western Mass, back behind her Creamsicle-colored bedroom, is a tiny attic with low ceilings, lit by one pink lamp, with walls covered in Xeroxed, vintage punk posters.
Rural development
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 24, 2012

Bunny's a Swine unveil new record, new label

Inside a foam-padded attic at the top of a two-family home down a narrow tree-lined street just outside of Northampton is the birthplace of a band.
Noise in the attic
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  December 02, 2011

Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010

Charges against former UMass student to be dropped

A Mattapan man's 28-month legal ordeal ended in a Northampton courtroom last week, as the Northwestern District Attorney's office agreed to drop all charges against him pending an additional two months of incident-free pre-trial probation.
Justice Is Served Dept.
By JEREMY C. FOX  |  June 11, 2010

Confidence men (and women)

For a slice of Portland and scattered folks throughout New England and beyond, Spouse are downright seminal indie rockers.
Spouse open up on their fifth full-length
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2010

Worcester rock city

When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
By MATT PARISH  |  April 16, 2010


Mood swings

There’s nothing like getting socked in the head with a big fat metaphor — and if it’s carried along by some solid guitar playing, so much the better.
Chris Pureka makes highs out of lows
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 09, 2010

Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 02, 2010

Raven Used Books to nest on Newbury

When some years ago John Petrovato decided to make a career change, he swapped the insecurity of playing bass in a New Jersey–based indie-rock band for the uncertainty of selling used books in Montague, Massachusetts, a mill town on the banks of the Con
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 19, 2010

Sick sense

We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
There's a madness to Bunnies' method
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 15, 2010

Heavy flow

I was a little dismayed last week when I dropped into Doomstar!'s Central Square rehearsal space
Doomstar! let it all come naturally
By MATT PARISH  |  March 03, 2009


You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now

Ever seen a crack dealer brandish a chrome tape measure and inch his way out of a "drug-free school zone" before slinging fat rocks to pregnant teenage mothers? No?
For all the good it does
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2009

Folk yeah

For years now, T.T. the Bear's Place has boldly addressed the problem of what to do on Monday nights, when one's brainmeats are still tender from all that weekending.
The other side of the Bear cures the Mondays
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009

Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008

End-of-year exhibitions reveal mystery and beauty

Think it’s impossible to find a newish gallery show at the end of December? Think again.
Laura Baring-Gould and Laura Evans at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Regarding Mystery and Beauty’ at GASP, Korean-born artists at Smith College Museum of Art
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 12, 2008

Dirge overkill

Against the grainy mix of plucky guitars and water-drop bells in "Burning Hearts," Flora Reed recalls a long-ago tryst that she traces from Paris cafûs across tarmacs and ancient ruins.
The sad songs of Winterpills
By MATT PARISH  |  December 09, 2008


A real cut-up

Robert Pollard is a Renaissance man.
An interview with Robert Pollard on the occasion of the landing of Boston Spaceships
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 23, 2008

Universal truths

The world now enjoys increased access to some really degenerate rock-influenced art-noise.
Ecstatic Peace thrives despite the help
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 16, 2008

Ask me anything

It used to be that, if you had a burning question, you had to a) ask your mom; b) consult a Magic 8 Ball; or c) trek to the top of a mountain to seek out a sagacious, all-knowing guru.
A  free instant answer to any question is just a text away. But what do ChaCha’s guides have that , say, librarians don’t?
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 03, 2008

Zuzzy’s Cookie Dough

Zuzzy’s Cookie Dough is deadly good. It’s the kind of stuff Willy Wonka would use to stucco the walls of his summer house.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls
By PHIL AMARA  |  July 09, 2008


The Young@Heart Chorus was formed in Northampton in 1982 by whip-cracking director Bob Cilman.
Pleasantly predictable
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  April 16, 2008


The word's the thing

Eric Paul, singer and lyricist for Chinese Stars, just released his second collection of poetry, I Offered Myself As the Sea.
Chinese Stars’ Eric Paul gets poetic
By BOB GULLA  |  March 26, 2008

Chew on this

“It’s a crime, really, that the largest city in Maine doesn’t have a natural foods co-op.”
Is there a food co-op in Portland’s future?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 05, 2007

We're all the Hold Steady

When’s the last time you fell so hard for a band you drove 339 miles — alone — to see them?
Fans’ notes on the band that’s sharing joy and changing lives, one gig at a time
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 17, 2007

Boston music news: July 20, 2007

“I am not a lame performer,” declares singer/songwriter/pianist Jennifer Greer.
Notes on Jennifer Greer, the Dropkick Murphys, and O'Brien's Pub
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 18, 2007

Children at play

If you happened into the Middle East for the Fleshtones show two weekends ago, you might have wondered what those kids were doing there.
Who Shot Hollywood get off to an early start
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 19, 2007


Good vibrations

J Mascis hates Lou Barlow. And the feeling is mutual. Dinosaur Jr, "Almost Read" (mp3)
Dinosaur Jr. play nice and loud together
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 19, 2007

Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007

The bright stuff

After putting in calls to a manager, a publicist, and a record label to set up an interview with Winterpills, I’m finally on the phone with their vocalist and keyboardist. Winterpills, "Hide Me" (mp3)
The indie-pop smarts of Winterpills
By IAN SANDS  |  April 17, 2007

Self-inflicted wounds

People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 30, 2007