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Kvelertak put rock in a chokehold

Kvelertak's missives come packaged in dark roiling paeans to Norse gods and demonic urges, filled with screamed yearnings and frantic warnings.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 09, 2012

Earning interest in MillionYoung

It could be said that Mike Diaz, a/k/a MillionYoung, is living through the adolescence of his musical career.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 02, 2012

Things that go bump and grind in the night

Like the coyote and the fisher cat, the Boston go-go dancer is a nocturnal species that has returned in full force after a long period of declining numbers.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012

What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
Los Angeles, California
By DAN WEISS  |  October 12, 2012

Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012


Adam Ant tries to climb back on top

"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012
OTR: Tame Impala :: Lonerism

Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012

The sound quality of Caspian

Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 28, 2012

The proper intentions of Frank Turner

On July 27, Frank Turner played the biggest show of his life while surrounded by sheep, actors dressed as Brits of different stripes, a Ferris wheel, a synthetic recreation of the English countryside, and an unfathomably massive crowd.
Punk makes good
By REYAN ALI  |  August 31, 2012

Brian Jonestown Massacre carry onward

Bring up Anton Newcombe to anyone familiar with the mid- to late-'90s Bomp! Records roster and you'll hear about the unheralded genius of one of the most talented musicians of the last two decades.
Life of Anton
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012


Tracing the sound of the Head and the Heart

With the twist of classic pop that they bring to the dourness of the current indie-folk sound, the Head and the Heart were one of the breakout acts of last year’s Newport Folk Festival.
Vital organs
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 27, 2012

Bethany Cosentino settles into a comfort zone

Best Coast have caught a lot of flack for not sounding like themselves on their new record, The Only Place (Mexican Summer).
Still California dreaming
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 13, 2012

DIIV | Oshin

On the debut LP by Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly known as Dive, but still pronounced the same way), frontman and songwriter Zachary Cole Smith drifts between the dark and dreamy, channeling bits of new wave, '80s indie-pop, and Krautrock with ether
Captured Tracks (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 13, 2012

The Dandy Warhols don't care what you think

Courtney Taylor-Taylor may be the most pretentious band douche I've ever interviewed. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Dig safe
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 25, 2012

The All-American Rejects | Kids In The Street

The All-American Rejects began life as an emo-scarred keyboard-pop band and gradually smoothed out their rough edges (or, rather, gave in to their '70s and '80s rock tendencies) on earworms such as "Gives You Hell" and "Move Along."
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 06, 2012


Photos: The Kills at Royale

The Kills performed at Royale on Friday, February 3, 2012.
The Kills | Royale | Friday, February 3, 2012
By JASMINE LYWEN-DILL  |  February 10, 2012

Tristen brings candor and contradiction to folk

Ordinarily, the end of days isn't a very enticing prospect, but after hearing Tristen Gaspadarek chant "Doomsday" repeatedly, you might welcome horsemen on the horizon.
Old sound, modern means
By REYAN ALI  |  December 09, 2011
[live review + video] Phantogram, Exitmusic @ Royale

[live review + video] Phantogram, Exitmusic @ Royale

  Last Saturday at Royale, EXITMUSIC and PHANTOGRAM put on an explosive performance of light and sound. Sometimes, there was more light than sound, but...
By Sam Ueda  |  November 27, 2011

See this film: Oxy-Morons @ Royale (with cocktail reception + Q&A)

Forget The Town. Local drug dealer turned recovered addict and filmmaker Johnny Hickey's violent cautionary tale Oxy-Morons is about as compelling - and disturbing -...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 04, 2011

[live review + phlipcam video] Odd Future @ Royale

Remember May? I'm not going to bother listing a bunch of innocuously unrelated events that occured that month, because I barely remember that month myself....
By Michael C. Walsh  |  October 24, 2011


Inside the dual Japanese rock of Boris

Double releases, double-necked guitars, double mirrors, and double rainbows. When it comes to interviewing the unclassifiable Japanese group Boris, nothing can be single-minded.
Double bubble
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2011

[phlipcam video] Battles @ Royale

If the departure of Tyondai Braxton has effected BATTLES' sound in the least, that's news to me. Admittedly, I haven't spent enough time with their...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  October 03, 2011
October 8-9 | Saves the Day at Royale

October 8-9 | Saves the Day at Royale

Right now, New Jersey's best-known export is a four-foot-tall orange creature with a pouf. (Congratulations, Jersey Shore tourism boards.) By now, though, all that boozing...
By Meghan Kavanaugh  |  October 03, 2011

[live review + video] Wavves + Fucked Up @ Royale

Nathan Williams has come a long way since Barcelona. The story has been well told, and if you're even a remote fan of WAVVES, I'm...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 26, 2011
September 22 | Markus Schulz at Royale

September 22 | Markus Schulz at Royale

Every nightlife lover has a few friends who think they’re the best thing to happen to the DJ world since the invention of the turntable,...
By Meghan Kavanaugh  |  September 19, 2011

[live review + phlipcam video] Flying Lotus @ Royale

I'm going to attempt to keep the hysterics in check. Forgive me if I fly off the cuff a little though. A couple weeks ago,...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 12, 2011

Photos: Dropkick Murphys at Royale

It’s no secret that the Dropkick Murphys are New England’s fifth major-league sports team. This week, they brought the Bruins and the Stanley Cup to Royale, before shipping up to Fenway Park for two nights.
Royale | September 6, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 09, 2011
[ticket giveaway] Flying Lotus @ Royale 09.09.11

[ticket giveaway] Flying Lotus @ Royale 09.09.11

Last week we caught up with Steven Ellison, d/b/a FLYING LOTUS, for a fairly rare interview that looked inside the mind of one of the...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 07, 2011

Inside the experimental mind of Flying Lotus

"I have less time to make music than I wish I did," says Steven Ellison, "so when I work on stuff, I mean it, you know?" Ellison is Flying Lotus, a soft-spoken 27-year-old from Los Angeles with a pause in his speech, like he just figured out where anothe
Shifting Focus
By DAN WEISS  |  September 02, 2011