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GinLab are Abandoned Home for the holidays
Bolstering our digitally influenced local cloister, with the likes of the Other Bones and Sunset Hearts, are GinLab, a five-piece mix of traditional bass-drums-guitar and synth-beats-Kaoss Box that is more sarcastic and ironic than danceable.
| December 14, 2012
A fortunate event
This coming Saturday, author Daniel Handler, in the persona of his alter-ego Lemony Snicket, delivers the "Kids' Keynote" address at the Boston Book Festival.
| October 26, 2012
Stephin Merritt documentary at SPACE Gallery
Try as I might (and believe me, I did), I eventually couldn't resist the charms of the Magnetic Fields, whose lovable chief operative, Stephin Merritt,...
| November 30, 2010
Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane
Billy Ruane died on a Tuesday night.
The heart of Boston rock
| November 12, 2010
Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane
| October 15, 2010
Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Stephin Merritt, the inscrutable and reluctant frontman of Magnetic Fields, is short, gay, and owns a chihuahua. Otherwise, details are scarce.
Slim portrait of a mysterious, monosyllabic man
| April 23, 2010
Harlem | Hippies
There’s a Flying V–shaped hole in my heart left by the death of Jay Reatard.
| April 09, 2010
Review: Magnetic Fields live Wilbur
“Similarly, here’s another song about miserable death,” Stephen Merritt drolly informed us between songs.
Magnetic Fields, live Wilbur Theatre, February 11, 2010
| February 19, 2010
Photos: The Magnetic Fields at the Wilbur Theatre
Photos of the Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
The Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
| February 19, 2010
Various Artists | Songs For Chris Knox
On June 11 of last year, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke.
| February 19, 2010
"If you're not writing about yourself, you can say anything you want, and it will probably be more revealing of your personality than if you're writing openly about your own life."
Stephin Merritt and Magnetic Fields consider Realism
| February 05, 2010
The Magnetic Fields | Realism
This will be labeled as the Magnetic Fields' folk album, and fairly so.
| January 29, 2010
The future is now
Even with all the promise of the new year ahead, it's hard not to feel a little stiffed in the Future of Mankind department. Here it is, 2010, and there's nary a flying car to be seen.
No teleportation, but lots of rad new albums
| January 01, 2010
Beirut | March of the Zapotecs | Realpeople | Holland
Willed into existence when the commercial needs of the mid-20th-century record industry required something in the intermediate price point between a single and a then-pricy album, the lowly EP has developed into the musical equivalent of the novella.
| February 18, 2009
Momus | Joemus
Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
| November 11, 2008
Indie gets the blues
White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.
The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills
| April 23, 2008
Watching Bill Gage perform with his band, BILL, is an eye-opening experience.
Bill Gage has Down syndrome. And his band rocks
| March 27, 2008
Lonely hearts night
Merritt had a tummy ache from dinner at Porter Exchange. (“So don’t fuck with me,” he warned.)
The Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theatre, February 14, 2008
| February 19, 2008
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
| January 07, 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
| January 04, 2008
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
Pop’s fairer image
After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
| December 04, 2007
Boston clubland is starting to get a bit dark. DJ Mothra, "Demo Mix" (mp3)
Industrial makes a comeback
| May 15, 2007
Much like Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields, the Hidden Cameras have evolved from something of a bedroom-demo recording project into a fully orchestrated studio band complete with cello, viola, glockenspiel, upright bass, and the like. Hidden Camera
Awoo | Arts & Crafts
| November 07, 2006
A dreadful night
It was a dreadful night for a number of reasons.
Lemony Snicket in Natick
| October 23, 2006
On the racks: October 10, 2006
Plus Robert Pollard, Sting, and the Cure.
From Gothic Archies to Mod Rods to little Lohans
| October 10, 2006
Windows Media files may be the 8-track-tapes of the digital-music universe, but Urge figures 13-year-olds will suck it up to get their mitts on exclusive TRL outtakes and AFI playlists.
Microsoft and MTV deliver too much of a bad thing
| May 31, 2006
ID Check: The Best Thing Ever
It’s 11:15 pm on Monday night when Alex Billig enters the fancy men’s bathroom at the Top of the Hub lounge.
| May 10, 2006
The road to Boston
Sometimes you just have to hear a band before shelling out that cover charge. Here are four tracks by four artists heading our way this week . . .
Don Lennon, Rahim, and Pela
| April 24, 2006
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