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Deciphering beauty in the Life and Times

You're standing at the edge of a vast canyon.
Into the vast beyond
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 24, 2012
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The enduring evolution of Lovers

Lovers, the chamber-folk-turned-synth-pop project helmed by Boston-born Carolyn Berk, has seen plenty of critical acclaim since its first release, 2002's Starlit Sunken Ship (Orange Twin).
  Full-fledged fling
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  November 11, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Yale Massachusetts "Danger City Population Me" (+Secret Music)

MP3 of the Week: Yale Massachusetts "Danger City Population Me" (+Secret Music)


Don’t bother looking for YALE, MASSACHUSETTS on a map — it exists solely in the boozy minds of belligerent dudes hanging out in New Haven,...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 10, 2011

[tonight in allston] Glass T33th, Death Shepherd, Brutalist School @ O'Brien's


Anyone who has read the Phoenix on the regs knows we're pretty sweet on Xavier Gath's dark dance project GLASS T33TH (the calendar has zoomed...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 08, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Orca Orca, "Change Of Pace"

MP3 of the Week: Orca Orca, "Change Of Pace"


Jim Hewitt's self-recorded 2010 EP, Imago Demos (under the temporary moniker Young Minds), wasn't just a bedroom project. The Allston songwriter was so uncomfortable singing...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 20, 2011
CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge

CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge


CQ, meet T.T.’s. The Phoenix can confirm that CQ PRESENTS, the Boston-based booking agency that oversees nightly live music at Allston venues Great Scott and...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 30, 2011


[listen up] Orca Orca "Change of Pace/Get Up (Get Out)," October 23 @ O'Brien's

[listen up] Orca Orca "Change of Pace/Get Up (Get Out)," October 23 @ O'Brien's


We will probably have more to say about this in the next few weeks, so consider this post more about the music than the message....
By Michael Marotta  |  September 28, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Moons "Jupiter Drive"

MP3 of the Week: Moons "Jupiter Drive"


The online bio for Boston space-rock quartet MOONS reads simply: “A heartfelt story of some metal and hardcore kids that got into Hum, Swervedriver, and...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 14, 2011
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The tireless street hustle of Grey Sky Appeal

Allston alt-rap crew Grey Sky Appeal more or less avoid the local scene altogether, opting instead to play shows where people give a shit, and sometimes even enjoy themselves.
Allston rap city
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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Mornin' Old Sport launch our pop-up video series with jazz-inspired '20s country

Allston's Mornin' Old Sport play jazz-inspired country songs, brimming with three-part harmonies and a rare chemistry amongst the group's four members.
Sound on the streets
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 12, 2011

Bozmo album release party sells out O’Brien's


I rolled up to the BOZMO album release party at O’Brien’s last Monday just as the first band was going on, and already there was...
By Sam Ueda  |  July 06, 2011


[Q&A] Bozmo talks about the new album, The White Album, and hope for better things

[Q&A] Bozmo talks about the new album, The White Album, and hope for better things


 BOZMO is an Allston supergroup of Jeremy Mendicino of Pretty & Nice, J-Raff Carrasco of Earthquake Party, and Bo Moore of Wonderful Spells. So it...
By Sam Ueda  |  June 27, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Bozmo "Milksnakes"


“All the crust punks have credit cards,” sings Bo Moore in kicking off “Milksnakes,” the first offering from BOZMO. No, the lyric isn’t lifted from...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 23, 2011

[tonight] Love Inks @ O'Brien's Pub :: UPDATE: show canceled


Hey nevermind this got canceled. Too good to be true.  First, the good news: Austin, Texas, minimalist pop trio LOVE INKS are in town tonight,...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 06, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Hunnie Bunnies "Never Been Here Before"

MP3 of the Week: Hunnie Bunnies "Never Been Here Before"


It was a awesome sight a week ago last Monday night at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, where a punk bar once famous for a guy...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 26, 2011
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Out: Golden Girls show us their Wormhole at O'Brien's Pub

May 13 brought a promising line-up to O'Brien's Pub in Allston: Boston avant-pop artist Birthdays and Worcester fuzz-punks Golden Girls.
Worcester invasion (again)
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 20, 2011


Grind it out: Wormrot in Allston, 04.02.11


Gruesome Singaporean grinders WORMROT were scheduled to play in Somerville last September, but a holdup at U.S. Customs left local fans disgruntled. Luckily, the band...
By Ian Duncan-Brown  |  April 01, 2011

[awesome video alert] Roadsaw "So Low Down"


Fuck yeah, there needs to be more music videos filmed at O'Brien's Pub in Allston. Let's ready up a Pickleback everytime we recognize a regular...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 25, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Sexcrement "Well Hungover"

MP3 of the Week: Sexcrement "Well Hungover"


 Urban Dictionary defines “sexcrement” as . . . well, you can look it up for yourself. Within the grizzled Massachusetts underground, however, SEXCREMENT are defined...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 11, 2010
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Shake 'n' bake

Earthquake Party! are one of the few bands whose sound lives up their name: shattering, blown-out, blissed-out, all-enveloping. On a Tuesday morning in their Allston practice space — a Tuesday morning! — the trio play with unrestrained mania.
The raw post-grunge pop of Earthquake Party!
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  August 13, 2010
Pray For Polanski kick off a month-long residency

Pray For Polanski kick off a month-long residency


Local indie chameleons Pray For Polanski experiment with a mess of different genres and sounds on their latest sprawling release, The Death of Dennis Patrick...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010


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No moves required

Some of us are just better off not shaking it in public. So here are a few recurring options for rad nights of music that require not an ounce of dance mojo on your part.
Club nights for ye who cannot dance
By MATT PARISH  |  February 26, 2010
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Photos: Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan and Raw Radar War

Photos of Jack Burton, David Lo Pan, and Raw Radar War at Born of Fire
Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan and Raw Radar War, live at Born of Fire at O'Brien's Pub, February 17, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 26, 2010
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Punk wreck

Guitar punk rock has a long and, frankly, dull history.
Get Laid have nothing else to do but rule
By MATT PARISH  |  January 08, 2010
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Glacial tensions

A few weeks ago, Summerduck — a new band led by Farhad Ebrahimi (bassist for the sadly defunct Night Rally) — walked in and turned the place into a cathedral.
The slow, brute force of Summerduck
By MATT PARISH  |  February 02, 2009

Premature Mondays at O’Brien’s Pub


MONDAY, MARCH 3 & 10The dearth of nighttime options on the first day of our workweek often leaves us drowning our sorrows in cheap pints...
By Heather Bouzan  |  February 25, 2008