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The Walkmen fill in the gaps

Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 12, 2012
Album: Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring | Shrines

Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
4AD (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  July 20, 2012
short takes black power mixtape

Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011

Bringing the noise at Brown

Remember when you were just a little tyke and you considered banging Lincoln Logs on the heads of Gobots music to your ears?
Sounding Off
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  May 13, 2011
The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event is one of the most promising new bands in music. Their 2008 self-titl...
By Fletcher  |  June 01, 2009
House of Blues

House of Blues


Next month, the construction on Lansdowne Street will finally come to an end. Standing in the former home of Axis (R.I.P.) will be a shiny new powerhouse of a venue — the House of Blues (15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, 888.693.BLUE). Much like the old HOB in Cambridge, the new spot will boast art, retail space, and a restaurant. As much as I love American folk art and tasty fried appetizers, the most important element of this venue’s return is, of course, the concert hall. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been forced to trek to faraway lands such as Lowell and Worcester to catch live shows, because Boston simply didn’t have a room with the proper capacity. Tickets are already available for several HOB shows: Gipsy Kings have the honor of opening the venue on February 20, followed by the legendary B.B. Kin
By Fletcher  |  February 09, 2009