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Introducing Infinity Girl, now and forever

Being labeled "shoegaze" is a tricky thing for a fledgling band.
Sound in waves
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 31, 2012

The folk battlecry of Bryan McPherson

There's no shame in baring your soul for the pleasant old folkees who haunt open mic nights at your favorite independent coffee shop.
Bad company
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 27, 2012

Out: Bow Thayer remains Perfect in the 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

When Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck were announced as the 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble champions, I wondered what the judges were smoking, and where I could get some.
Trainwreck in Cambridge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 27, 2012

Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #4 at T.T. the Bear's

TT the Bear's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Night #4 with The Fagettes + Parlour Bells + Never Got Caught + Cask Mouse, Thursday, April 5, 2012.
The Fagettes + Parlour Bells + Never Got Caught + Cask Mouse  | Thursday, April 5, 2012
By SAM LIANG  |  April 13, 2012

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


Photos: 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #2

Animal Talk + Grey Valley Ghosts + Thick Shakes + Garvy at TT the Bear's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble Prelim Round #2  
Rock n Roll Rumble Day 2, at T.T. the Bear's Place
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  April 06, 2012

The tight post-punk structure of Autochrome

Sitting around the kitchen table listening to music with Autochrome bassist/singer Jeff Bartell and guitarist Richard Murillo, I realize that before we even started talking, we certainly agreed on this: when the guitar kicks in on "Senses" from their fo
Polished finish
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 30, 2012

Teddy Thompson becomes his own man

Sometimes a writer winces at the thought of having to ask the obvious but necessary question. So I'm grateful to Teddy Thompson for answering before I can even ask.
About a boy
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 20, 2012

Out: A Dark Horse at T.T. the Bear’s

"I made the right decision," says Night Fruit vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Amanda Dellevigne, referring to her 2011 relocation back to Boston, while scanning the crowd at T.T. the Bear's Place after playing a packed Tuesday-night show with fellow loca
At home in Cambridge with Night Fruit
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  January 20, 2012

[live recap + phlipcam video] Youth Lagoon @ T.T. The Bear's Place

By the time Trevor Powers a/k/a YOUTH LAGOON released his September debut album, The Year of Hibernation, there was already a substantial amount of hype...
By Patrick McDermott  |  November 22, 2011

Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011
MP3 of the Week: You Won't "Who Knew" 11.23.11 @ T.T. The Bear's Place

MP3 of the Week: You Won't "Who Knew" 11.23.11 @ T.T. The Bear's Place

Photo by Jane Qin There’s a beauty in the simplicity of “Who Knew,” the story-time folk magnet from Massachusetts duo YOU WON’T. “If I was...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 17, 2011
Shakedown, 11.10.11 to 11.19.11: November spawns a slew of new Boston records

Shakedown, 11.10.11 to 11.19.11: November spawns a slew of new Boston records

Thursday 11.10.11 MOVERS & SHAKERS @ Middle East upstairs The textured citrine sounds of Movers & Shakers’ latest record, National Harvester, are perfect for November...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 10, 2011

Big Troubles | Romantic Comedy

I was worried when I heard that '80s jangle-pop maestro Mitch Easter was producing Big Troubles' second album.
Slumberland (2011)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  October 14, 2011

The timely pop return of Emergency Music

"I would agree that Emergency Music started at a rough time to be in a band if you're comparing it to starting up a band in 2011," frontman Jesse Duquette offers via email.  
So long to the subtle
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 23, 2011


Out: If a hook falls in a forest, does it make a melody?

With scratchy, bratty vocals plastered over stinging dual guitarwork, Camden delivers turbo-charged indie-pop, making otherwise pretty noises sound gritty and playfully hung over.
From Cambridge to Camden town
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 23, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Ryan Lee Crosby "The War"

MP3 of the Week: Ryan Lee Crosby "The War"

A few months after unleashing a 28-song month-long “Covers Project” in which he gave a solo shine to lost classics by the Stooges, Bad Brains,...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 08, 2011
[release party central] Grey Valley Ghost @ TTs; Big Digits @ Middlesex

[release party central] Grey Valley Ghost @ TTs; Big Digits @ Middlesex

Ok, two things of note going on in Central Square tonight, on both sides of the musical spectrum...   Over the past month or so we've...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 07, 2011

[live recap + video] The Fagettes, Dirty Virgins, Pajama People, The Island of Misfit Toys @ T.T.'s

On a calm late-summer Tuesday night at T.T. The Bear’s, local lovlies THE FAGETTES, PAJAMA PEOPLE and their friends got noisy, but not quite noisy...
By Sam Ueda  |  August 17, 2011

Full Body Anchor rebuild their own alt-rock nation

The whole Full Body Anchor gang either used to, or continue to, play in keystone Boston punk and/or hardcore and/or rockabilly operations like Drago, the Marvels, the Dents, and the Raging Teens.
Open to interpretation
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011

[live recap + video] JD McPherson + Raging Teens + Banditas @ TT The Bear's

The JD McPHERSON show at T.T. The Bear's last night was likely one of the most fun things happening in the city at the time......
By Barry Thompson  |  August 03, 2011
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EMA finds herself in pop's gritty depths

It's a paradoxical yet undeniable truth: sometimes in order to rise above, you need to bottom out. Erika M. Anderson, now doing business as EMA, could be a poster child for the phenomenon.
Bottom's up
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 15, 2011
Urge Overkill Boston rock music

Urge Overkill return to settle the rock score

For Chicago hook-heavy crew Urge Overkill, who come to T.T. the Bear's on July 9, years spent assuming the posture of rock gods were scant preparation for the real thing.  
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 01, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Anderse
Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 10, 2011

[mp3] The Fatal Flaw "Narrow Hours" + release party Friday @ TT The Bear's

  Back in March we got the new single from Boston-based power-pop quartet THE FATAL FLAW, and while we were certain we were feeling this...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 25, 2011

[awesome video alert] Spirit Kid "The Wrong Kind Of Money"

Let this be a lesson to all -- you lose in the finals of the Rock And Roll Rumble and your next video will be...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 24, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Static Of The Gods "Hauntings"

 Boston rock trio STATIC OF THE GODS have built a reputation on electronic guitar pop that bakes warmly in a haze of shoegaze and post-rock....
By Michael Marotta  |  May 19, 2011
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Pushing pop boundaries with Hunx and His Punx

In journalism school, they taught us not to mention anybody's sexual orientation, or race, or creed, or what-have-you, unless it was germane to the story.
Punk cock
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 22, 2011
Do not forsake me oh my darling band

The return of the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

The return of the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble arrives just a few weeks after the Boston-band circle jerk down at SXSW, so it's time to cop an attitude and start pitting the bands against one another.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 01, 2011