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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.
| 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
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
| 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.
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
| 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
| April 16, 2010
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
| 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
| 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
| March 19, 2010
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
| January 15, 2010
I was a little dismayed last week when I dropped into Doomstar!'s Central Square rehearsal space
Doomstar! let it all come naturally
| 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
| February 11, 2009
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
| February 03, 2009
Year in Local Pop: Local motion
Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
| 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
EVAN J. GARZA
| December 12, 2008
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
| 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
| September 23, 2008
The world now enjoys increased access to some really degenerate rock-influenced art-noise.
Ecstatic Peace thrives despite the help
| 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?
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.
| July 09, 2008
The Young@Heart Chorus was formed in Northampton in 1982 by whip-cracking director Bob Cilman.
| 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
| 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?
| 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
| 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
| 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
| June 19, 2007
J Mascis hates Lou Barlow. And the feeling is mutual. Dinosaur Jr, "Almost Read" (mp3)
Dinosaur Jr. play nice and loud together
| June 19, 2007
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
| 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
| April 17, 2007
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
| March 30, 2007
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