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Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 29, 2012
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Scott Lucas & The Married Men | Blood Half Moon

The good ol' days of 1996 — the year Local H's "Bound for the Floor" played once every half hour on modern-rock radio — was a long-ass time ago.
The End Records (2012)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 01, 2012
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Blurring gender lines with Speedy Ortiz

During a recent Allston basement show performance with her loud, grungy pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sarah Dupuis found herself surprised.
Punk poetry
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 25, 2012
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Sand Reckoner provide sensory overload

Since the 1960s, bands classified as "psychedelic" have been caught in the endless pursuit of trying to expand the senses beyond pure aural stimulation.
A wider scope
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 06, 2012
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Behrens's solid second effort

If there is a male equivalent to "chick lit," Peter Behrens's latest novel, The O'Briens , is probably it, a detail-rich, character-driven historical novel that lightly touches issues of family loyalty and individual aspirations.
Driving forward
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012
[live preview] Texas's Wiccans @ O'Brien's Pub in Allston, Wednesday July 13

[live preview] Texas's Wiccans @ O'Brien's Pub in Allston, Wednesday July 13


  This Wednesday, July 13, Denton, Texas's WICCANS bring their fast-but-catchy, melodic-matched-with-abrasive-vocals punk magic to O'Brien's pub in Allston. This Texas band features members of...
By Ali Donohue  |  July 08, 2011


[boston blackout] Controlled Bleeding's Paul Lemos on 30 years of experimental noise


Industrial forbears CONTROLLED BLEEDING play their first Boston show in years this Saturday at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston. The group formed in the late ‘70s,...
By Ian Duncan-Brown  |  April 21, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Eldridge Rodriguez "What A Difference A Drug Makes"


Over the past decade, the Beatings’ ELDRIDGE RODRIGUEZ has been one of the more prolific and distinguished voices in Boston rock, releasing 10 studio albums...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 31, 2011
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Weekend | Sports

Even in an age of excessive internet awareness and never-ending blog hype, it's easy to miss a young touring band on their first stop through town.
Slumberland Records (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010
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Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere

Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t.
Tiny Engines (2010)
By LEOR GALIL  |  May 21, 2010
MP3 of the Week: Howl, "Heavenless"

MP3 of the Week: Howl, "Heavenless"


 Meet HOWL, a Providence quartet who seek to ruin your face with their particular brand of devastating metal insanity. To that end, they’ve gone and...
By webteam  |  May 20, 2010


MP3 of the Week: Phantom Glue, "Phantom Glue"

MP3 of the Week: Phantom Glue, "Phantom Glue"


This doesn’t happen very often, so brace yourself for the biggest MP3 of the Week trifecta ever: PHANTOM GLUE’s “Phantom Glue” off Phantom Glue. As...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010
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Bands of brothers

I'm living the most local life I've ever lived right now in Dorchester," says Chris Hislop, bespectacled guitarist in the long-running Boston band Piles.
'Hislopalooza' is a family affair
By MATT PARISH  |  March 12, 2010
Feral Children + Grass Is Green + DJ Clay N. Ferno

Feral Children + Grass Is Green + DJ Clay N. Ferno


The past few releases of long-time Seattle band Feral Children are rooted in an indie-pop sound, but they also veer off in unlikely directions (hardcore,...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010
Easter Bloodhounds + Who Carries The Lantern

Easter Bloodhounds + Who Carries The Lantern


Easter Bloodhounds deliver such a blistering, disorienting aural assault that you'd think they were three guitars deep. But the entire line-up consists of two pissed-off...
By Ian Sands  |  December 22, 2009
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The evil deaf

Inside the dusty corner room of a dungeon-like warehouse basement, Karl Giesing dumps out a bag full of pedals, samplers, grimy cables, and homemade synth boxes. Their functionality seems questionable.
The return of the Northeast Noise and Power Electronics Festival
By MATT PARISH  |  November 06, 2009


Photos: Nicholas Cage braves the bro-pit at O'Brien's to see his son's black-metal band

Photos: Nicholas Cage braves the bro-pit at O'Brien's to see his son's black-metal band


  ALL PHOTOS: Rev. Aaron for RETURN TO THE PIT Yes, we're talking about that Nicholas Cage. And yes, you heard right: his son Weston...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 16, 2009

FALL IN: THUNDERHOLE


For our skronky, nervous, Devo-inflected proto-rock buck, there’s no better value than a THUNDERHOL...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 19, 2008
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Boo-ya!

Maybe it’s because dressing up as the economy would be kind of lame, but I’m haven’t heard Jack O’Shit in the way of truly scary costume ideas this year.  
When bands dress up for Halloween, it’s creepy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 28, 2008
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Roll credits

“Boston has a way of being a little too comfortable for bands,” says Zak Longo as he sits in his Brighton kitchen.
Mad Man Films finish what they started
By MATT PARISH  |  August 19, 2008
Mp3 of the Week: Yoni Gordon and the Goods

Mp3 of the Week: Yoni Gordon and the Goods


Foreground: Yoni. Background: the national phallus.   DOWNLOAD: Yoni Gordon and the Goods,...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 15, 2007


O'Briens: Not a shit-hole anymore


The Inside Track -- or some Herald blog or something? -- confirms what MySpace gig calendars have be...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 06, 2007

Gallery: Return to the Pit mayhem at O'Brien's


Abhorred Revocation Hekseri Watchmaker Alex Onslought, pictured with cash money ...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 19, 2006

Returning to the Pit


IF YOU GO: Watchmaker, Extinction Agenda, Abhorred, Revocation, and Hekserito benefit return...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 18, 2006

Metal up your ass: Bang Camaro and Unearthly Trance


Loving the fact that the Relapse Contamination Tour -- the toughest metal show this side of Mastod...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 01, 2006

Tonight: Paper Rad at O'Brien's


If you have any psychedelics lying around that you’ve been saving for a rainy day, do yourself a f...
By Will Spitz  |  August 02, 2006


OTD exclusive: Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores


Our favorite record cover since Swamp Tech.A personal favorite of this here OTD contributor, ALEC K....
By importer  |  June 10, 2006

OTD exclusive mp3: Magic People


The last time we saw Magic People, their looming towers of keys, synths, and theramin combined wit...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 15, 2006

Kev-O returns


The name Kevin Omen isn't chiseled on the Harvard Ave concrete the way it oughta be, but back in t...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 24, 2006