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[phlipcam video]: Superchunk live @ Royale

Things I did not expect to hear at the Superchunk show: a heartfelt tribute to Buffalo Tom. Sure enough, though, Mac McCaughan was up there...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 22, 2010

Live tonight: Superchunk at the Royale

So Pavement may have induced widespread fanboyish giddiness last Saturday in Boston (and is currently doing the same in New York this week - and...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 21, 2010

Ride that wave

Like a killer wave or a lousy metaphor, success can really sneak up on you.
Are Surfer Blood the only band from Florida?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010

Spring fever

As action-packed as the holidays are, they can be a real dead zone when it comes to decent shows.
Ten shows you didn't know you'd be going to
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010

The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009

Japandroids | Post-Nothing

I was tempted to write off Japandroids as just one more lo-fi punk band who've overdosed on fuzz.
Polyvinyl (2009)
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 10, 2009


Solo contender

When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008

Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

Back in print

In a quiet basement in suburban Concord, singers/guitarists Gary Waleik and Bill Goffrier and drummer Jeff Oliphant are about to turn back into Big Dipper.
The return of Big Dipper
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 05, 2008

Matter of characters

Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007


On the racks: October 10, 2006

Plus Robert Pollard, Sting, and the Cure.
From Gothic Archies to Mod Rods to little Lohans
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 10, 2006