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The Toasters look back at early days of stateside ska

Despite its seminal role in the creation of first-wave UK punk, ska in America doesn't get no respect.
30-year-old skank
By REYAN ALI  |  January 13, 2012
Occult Detective Club

Occult Detective Club | Crimes

It's tough coming up with anything new in punk rock that isn't going to sound as if you were trying too hard to reinvent something that's as basic as it gets
Alive (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 04, 2011

Laura Stevenson moves from aggression to affirmation

Fuck math. All teenagers should be forced to play in punk bands.
Yes we Cans
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 04, 2011

The English Beat at Johnny D's

The English Beat peppered their two-hour-plus show with comments about the ’80s at Johnny D’s Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t call what they had to...
By Jon Garelick  |  January 05, 2011

Love in Stockholm | A King's Ransom

If your judgment on Love in Stockholm were based solely on their penchant for matching suits and shades, their humble origins as BU undergrads who formed a band in order to obtain "free beer and girls," and their parody video of the Lonely Island's "I'
Self-released (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 03, 2010

Do the math

Three blistering nights at the 201
Off the Couch

Mixing it up

B. DOLAN and SAGE FRANCIS provided memorable highlights at this year’s Rock the Bells in Mansfield; watch the Strange Famous reps slay Jerky’s Bar (401.621.2244) with special guest SLEEP on THURSDAY (the 12th).
B. + Sage + Roz + Chelsy + Stefan + more

It's still summer

From the Low Anthem to Mastamindz
Off the Couch

Sugar-coated pop, anyone?

With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
Jonas Dream's merry melodies
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2009

Stay positive

Chatting with Grow songwriter Matt Odabashian and resident rapper Sneaktechniks about their livin lovin learnin debut and upcoming CD release party, it was clear that the band has taken an admirable and ballsy approach to their music.
Grow keep it real on livin lovin learnin
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 06, 2009

Playlist: Octorber 19, 2007

Viva Viva, Drug Rug, DJ Kon, and more

By OLIVER MAK  |  November 11, 2008


Soul men

Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 02, 2008

Not fade away

Wormtown. It's a state of being, an alternative reality, a club-music subculture centered in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Ain't no party like a Wormtown party
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 30, 2008

Old Dogs, new tricks

After the Jungle Dogs went down in 1998, bandleader Tom Kutcher was keen on lightening things up.
The mighty Indestructibles
By BOB GULLA  |  April 23, 2008

Boston music news: January 25, 2008

Mark Zaleski is only 22, but the saxophonist, who just began his final semester at New England Conservatory, has played with both Dave Brubeck and Jethro Tull.
Notes on Mark Zaleski and Apollo Sunshine
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 22, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008


Punk folk?

What comes to mind when you think of roots music? Neatly trimmed facial hair?
Bread and Roses do the regular-joe thing
By IAN SANDS  |  August 29, 2007

So wrong they're Righteous

Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
These brothers make their own rules
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007

The rites of Robby

“At first he was a douchebag,” says Roadsteamer (a/k/a Rob Potylo) of the character he created.
Roadsteamer’s new message of unity
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2007

Fact and fiction . . .

Of the 16 narrative films on deck this year at the Newport International Film Festival, several could be termed “coming-of-age.”
The whole wide world is on screen at the 10th Annual Newport International Film Festival
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 30, 2007

Brass tacts

In case you’ve missed it, it’s all the rage.
What Cheer? Brigade makes its point loud and clear
By BOB GULLA  |  May 08, 2007


Starting over

They Won’t Stay Dead is nothing if not appropriately named.
Meet They Won't Stay Dead and the Radionics
By BOB GULLA  |  May 03, 2007

Eye of the storm

Ska shows are incongruous affairs.
The Slackers, Middle East, April 19, 2007
By I-HSIEN SHERWOOD  |  April 23, 2007

Boston music news, February 16, 2007

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones started it with their yearly Yuletide multi-night “Hometown Throwdown,” which ended after 2002. Now Darkbuster have revived the tradition with their “Hometown Throwup,” which in its second year takes over the Abbey Lounge Febr
Notes on Darkbuster, Frank Smith, and Bang Camaro
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 13, 2007

Live wired

The red-faced trumpet player screeches into the upper register as a jumble of timbales and turntable noise surges through the PA.
The Cat Empire’s circus of sounds
By ADAM GOLD  |  February 06, 2007

Seminal ska

Heartbeat Records’ Studio One reissue series continues not only to shore up the legacy of Studio One honcho Coxsone Dodd but to present an expansive, rich portrait of Jamaican popular music.
More gems from the Studio One vaults
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  December 06, 2006


Rebel rouser

As a producer at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One in the ’60s and later at his own Black Ark studio, Lee “Scratch” Perry played a critical role in developing the steady grooves of ska and roots into the addled atmospherics of dub.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry speaks
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  December 05, 2006

Take two

In 2003, Ben Potrykus, then a freshman at Emerson College and the singer of the post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens, made a decision that most aspiring musicians would call crazy: he turned down a major-label record deal to stay in school. V
Ben Potrykus gets a second shot with Christians & Lions
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 27, 2006

Life after gabba-gabba

You might already know that Pete Depressed and his roving Irish rousers the Gobshites are amid a recording experience at Wellspring Studio, with Depressed and Huck Bennert at the console.
Hey, it’s Uncle Monk, featuring Tommy Ramone
By BOB GULLA  |  August 17, 2006

MySpace celebrity

No charm, little grace, what’s left of Alright, Still by the end are rich young Allen’s swipes at her poor, old, and obvious targets, horrific classism, the worst kind of celebrity self-obsession. Lily Allen, "Smile"  (mp3)
Lily Allen’s Web-tastic career
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  July 31, 2006