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Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Finals

Bow Thayer and the Perfect Trainwreck, Garvy J, Motherboar, and the Grown Up Noise compete at the finals for the Rock n' Roll Rumble at T.T. the Bear's Place on April 20, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 20, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 27, 2012
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Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Semi-Finals Night #1

Thick Shakes + Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck + Cask Mouse + Motherboar played T.T. the Bear's Place Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Semi-Finals Night #1, Thursday, April 12, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 12, 2012
By SOPHOUT NOP  |  April 20, 2012
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Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Semi-Finals Night #2

Sherman Burns + Garvy J + Ghosts of Jupiter + The Rationales played during T.T. the Bear's Place Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Semi-Finals Night #2, Friday, April 13th, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 13, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 20, 2012
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Photos: 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #6

The Grinds + Sherman Burns + Motherboar + Streight Angular at T.T. the Bear's' Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #6, Saturday, April 7, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 7, 2012
By K. BONAMI  |  April 13, 2012
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Photos: 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round Night #5

The Bynars + Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck + Brownboot + Pray for Polanski at T.T. the Bear's' Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #5, Friday, April 6, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 6, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 11, 2012
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Photos: 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round Night #1

Cooling Towers, The Rationales, Endless Wave, and The Grownup Noise play at the 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round Night #1 at T.T. the Bear's Place on April 1, 2012.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 1, 2012
By SAM LIANG  |  April 06, 2012


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Photos: 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round Night #3

Ghosts of Jupiter, The Susan Constant, The Tin Thistles, and Letterday play Night #3 of the Rumble.
T.T. the Bear's Place | April 3, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  April 06, 2012
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Exploring staged improvisation with Javelin

In the spicy euphoria following a Valentine's Day dinner date last week (real-deal bibimbap), Javelin's Tom Van Buskirk and his date tried to hold their own in a Los Angeles Korean table-tennis club.
Ping-pong sounds
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 24, 2012
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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
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Class of 2012

If 2012 truly represents the End Times, then it's best to go out with a sonic bang.
A dozen fresh faces on Boston's music scene
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 06, 2012
[goth100] A troika of spooky parties this weekend: Xmortis, Heroes + Ceremony

[goth100] A troika of spooky parties this weekend: Xmortis, Heroes + Ceremony


Goth may be a solitary lifestyle, but in order to properly compile The Boston Phoenix's 100 Gothic Rock Songs of All Time, we made sure...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 27, 2011


CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge

CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge


CQ, meet T.T.’s. The Phoenix can confirm that CQ PRESENTS, the Boston-based booking agency that oversees nightly live music at Allston venues Great Scott and...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 30, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Soccer Mom "(A) Natural History"

MP3 of the Week: Soccer Mom "(A) Natural History"


There’s 12 seconds of washed-out riffage in “(A) Natural History,” the new single from Boston alt-rock quartet SOCCER MOM, before it hits rock and roll...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 21, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Grey Valley Ghost "The Way We Kill"

MP3 of the Week: Grey Valley Ghost "The Way We Kill"


Now that we’re lodged into the whole noisy, fuzzed-out, nervous frontman college-rock revival, in which reverb-heavy bands are surfing the detached-cool waves of Pavement and...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 31, 2011

[tonight] J.D. McPherson @ TT The Bear's


Perhaps I'm still sun-drunk from the throwback sound of Pokey LaFarge this past weekend at Newport, but I'm jonesin' quite hard this Tuesday for a...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 02, 2011

MP3 of the Week: The New Highway Hymnal "Hey Kid (Gotta' Run)"


  The strip of Interstate 495 that slices Haverhill in half is much like any other commuter stretch in eastern Massachusetts — tree-lined, suffocating, and...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 14, 2011


Ladybug Transistor in Boston with Hallelujah The Hills

The Ladybug Transistor create a new pop shade

Brooklyn might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about overgrown blooms and country air. But for the past 16 years, Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor has made the city parks and street-lined canopies of Flatbush his own private g
Growth spurts
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 01, 2011

The Week in Geek, May 23-29: Art, Authors, Alice and the Undead


This Saturday the 28th there was supposed to be a Zombie March around Downtown Boston. But with the Facebook event for the march deleted and...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  May 23, 2011
Rumble winners John Powhida International Airport

Out: John Powhida International Airport wins the 2011 Rock And Roll Rumble

The de-facto demise of WBCN might have been the best thing that could've happened to the Rock And Roll Rumble, if the finals Friday at T.T. the Bear's – capped off by a curtain call/group hug decreeing John Powhida International Airport the 2011 champs
We have liftoff
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 29, 2011
John Powhida International Airport wins rumble semifinals

Photos: 2nd night of semifinals at Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

John Powhida International Airport win the second night of Rumble semifinals
Black Thai, Old Jack, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, John Powhida International Airport | April 15, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 22, 2011
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Two epic nights of Boston rock rolled through T.T. the Bear's Place last week for this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble semifinals. For fans there to see one band, it was a crash course in the Boston music scene's eclectic mix.  
Rumbling
By SOOZ  |  April 22, 2011


Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents respond to fallout from Rumble diss, still playing Captain Carlo's tonight


Perhaps you noticed the shitstorm that rained down after the Phoenix revealed that Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents had withdrawn from the semi-finals of the...
By Michael Marotta  |  April 15, 2011
Boston band Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Photos: Fifth night of preliminaries at Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

Rock 'n' Roll Rumble at TT The Bear's | April 8, 2011
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling win the fifth night of Rumble preliminaries at TT's
By KEN MARCOU  |  April 15, 2011
Sidewalk Driver at the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

Photos: Sixth night of preliminaries at Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

Rock 'n' Roll Rumble at TT The Bear's | April 9, 2011
Sidewalk Driver win the sixth and final night of Rumble preliminaries at TT's
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 15, 2011
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Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble preliminary night #1: The Blizzard of 78, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Old Jack, McAlister Drive

Concert photos at the first night of Rock 'n' Roll Rumble preliminaries at TT The Bear's
Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents win the first night of the Rumble
By KEN MARCOU  |  April 08, 2011

The 2011 Rock N' Roll Rumble intermission report


Some observations, rants, and ramblings, as the 32nd annual Rock and Roll Rumble preliminary week heads into a much-needed day off. -- Off the top,...
By Michael Marotta  |  April 06, 2011


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Ron Sexsmith faces his doubts

Shhhh. There's a middle-aged English music legend sleeping in the shadows. Look a little bit closer and you might see the outline of his fedora and iconic Buddy Holly glasses. I'm not going to say his name, but he's just one of the members of rock's roya
Stepping out of the shadows
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 25, 2011
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Walter Sickert leads a band of musical misfits

When Walter Sickert and his Army of Broken Toys played an official First Night show at the Hynes Auditorium on New Year's Eve, they ran overtime and the soundman pulled the plug — which isn't quite the smartest way of shutting down an acoustic band.
A Broken Toy story
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 04, 2011

MP3 of the Week: RIBS "Please Don't Go"


 Perhaps the most famous ribs in Boston last year were the ones Jacoby Ellsbury fractured, ribs that forced the Red Sox outfielder to sit out...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 27, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Hallelujah The Hills "Nightingale Lightning (Live)"


Sometime this year, we’ll get a fresh new studio album from HALLELUJAH THE HILLS. Until then, there’s this internet-only live cut of “Nightingale Lightning,” which...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 13, 2011