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The sweet escape

When writers discuss Twin Sister's music, the word "dreamy" invariably pops up. It's not just a regurgitated cliché.
Twin Sister lay their shimmering dreamscapes bare
By REYAN ALI  |  July 02, 2010

Love's life

Courtney and Hole stake their claim
Courtney and Hole stake their claim
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 02, 2010

One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010

Against Me! | White Crosses

For a while, Against Me! were the most impassioned band on the planet.
Sire (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010


Light Pollution | Apparitions

Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
Carpark (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 25, 2010

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010

Mission accomplished

After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
By MATT PARISH  |  June 18, 2010


As guitar heroes go — even jazz guitar heroes — Ben Monder flies under the radar.
Ben Monder's unique space
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010

Salif Keita | La Différence

If you don't speak Malian French, you might not grasp that this is a concept album about separatism and the triumph of the human spirit inspired by Keita's experiences growing up as an albino outcast in his native land. But that doesn't matter.
Emarcy (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 18, 2010


Suckers | Wild Smile

Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock land
Frenchkiss (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 18, 2010

Interview: Glenn Danzig

There was a moment, while I was on hold on the phone as Glenn Danzig was being summoned by his publicist, where I was a tad intimidated. And not just because I was about to talk about one of the more legendary and divisive figures in the history of punk
The horror-punk legend on  Deth Red Sabaoth , comics, and vast global conspiracies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 18, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 (Thursday + Friday): [Photos] Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation

Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation, live at Bonnaroo 2010
Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 10-11, 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 11, 2010

Into the weird

No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to pro
Welcome to our many small worlds
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 05, 2010


Connecting the dots

Nearly a year has gone by in the city of eternal youth turnover and ageless scenesters — and has anything really changed?
In the local scene, anything goes
By MATT PARISH  |  June 05, 2010

Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010

The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010

Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
Anti- (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 04, 2010

Must be Marie

I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010


Gravity and grace

Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
By REYAN ALI  |  May 28, 2010

Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010

Rock the vote

Musicians with national interests
Musicians with national interests
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 28, 2010

Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010

Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo

Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
Sub Pop (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 28, 2010


Unhappy birthday

It seems like only yesterday that I was huddled in the corner of my room, staring listlessly out the window through tear-smeared glasses, absently singing along to “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and wondering when my life would finally s
The lines sag heavy and deep for Moz
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 21, 2010

Photos: Band of Horses at the Ames Hotel

Band of Horses, live at WFNX Ames Hotel Session
Band of Horses, WFNX Ames Hotel Session, May 17, 2010
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  May 21, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)

As he lay in a Texas hospital bed in March, being treated for the disease to which he would eventually succumb, Ronald James Padavona, better known to the world as heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio, gave an interview to a local TV station. “Cancer? I’l
Live free or rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010

Crystal Castles | Crystal Castles (2010)

The battlefield of ’00s electro-tantrum spazz-ravers is littered with the corpses of those who burned too brightly at the outset and, in the process, burned out any interest in a sustained career of noisemaking.
Fiction (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010