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Haunted by sound, Pile is rising

The five-year-old quartet Pile, among the brightest of Boston's bursting subterrane, makes waltz-time, feel-bad guitar music that is gothic in the non-eyeliner sense: angular songs express the sort of specific, primal anxieties that litter a liberal-arts

By JAY BREITLING  |  October 26, 2012

The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek

Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2012

Beach House's artful myth

Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012

Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012

Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy

Technology makes secrecy well-nigh impossible, so Black Moth Super Rainbow settle for employing it as a narrative device.
Rad Cult Records (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  October 12, 2012

What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
Los Angeles, California
By DAN WEISS  |  October 12, 2012

Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012

Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012


American Gothic was a subterranean shithole bar known for its existentially tortured clientele and extreme indifference to the minimum drinking age.
Excerpted from the novel by Michael  Atchison
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  August 17, 2012
Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012
Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 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

Photos: Passion Pit at the Bank of America Pavilion

Passion Pit played the Bank of America Pavilion on June 22, 2012.
June 22, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 29, 2012

Fogcutters document a show for the ages

Since it's BMP season, let's grant the Fogcutters an award for Most Heartwarming Local Show of the Year, for their ambitious, and ultimately wildly successful, "Big Band Syndrome" show at the State Theatre last December 2.
Big band, big deal
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 15, 2012

Anna Lombard’s first post-Gypsy release

It's not exactly Stevie Nicks releasing her first solo album post-Fleetwood, but it's hard not to listen to Anna Lombard's first release with her new post-Gypsy Tailwind band, Anna and the Diggs, without comparing and contrasting.
Can you Digg it?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 25, 2012

Kastaways and cut-ups

Watching the Kastaways practice, it quickly becomes clear that this band is all about the Clam. Sir Nigel the Rat might be the frontman and attention hog. Herman might be the lead-singer and actual hog. Spike Porcupine and Pete Puffin might even provide
Safe at home with Maine's first all-mascot band
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2012

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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Plac
Sonic bids
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2012

John K. Samson | Provincial

His inaugural gathering of bona-fide solo work summons an aura of full-blown tranquility.
Epitaph/Anti- (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 09, 2012

Fun with mirrors

The dark lounge band JOHNNY CREMAINS are putting the final touches on their first full-length, tentatively titled Leave It To Believers .
Wax Tablet
Off the Record: Air - Le Voyage

Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune

It was inevitable that Air would one day be asked to soundtrack a colorized version of an iconic 1902 silent French film about moon exploration, right? There's the French thing, the moon thing, the kitsch-cool factor.
Astralwerks (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 03, 2012
Give Up the Ghost - American Nightmare

Photos: Give Up the Ghost at the Wonderland Ballroom

Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare reunite for two gigs after almost eight years -- with their first show ravaging a hearty crowd at Revere's Wonderland Ballroom on December 29.
Give Up the Ghost | Wonderland Ballroom | December 29, 2011
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  December 30, 2011

Everyday Sunshine: Short Take

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's documentary details Fishbone's quarter-century journey from musically-diverse South Central middle school classmates to becoming one of the most influential Los Angeles bands of the '80s.
Fishbone's quarter-century journey
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  November 18, 2011
Short Take: Janie Jones

Review: Janie Jones

Borrowing the name of a Clash song with which it has nothing in common, this generic riff on the Crazy Heart template by writer/director David M. Rosenthal ( Falling Up ) also cribs from Sofia Coppola's Somewhere .
A generic riff on the Crazy Heart template
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 11, 2011

Introducing ANNA

It would appear Gypsy Tailwind's tumultuous ride has lost its backing breeze.
Band Watch
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011
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Can a single woman peacefully co-exist with schlubby bachelor roommates? Absolutely!

Wait — you're living with guys? Don't you know they're filthy creatures who don't clean up after themselves and leave a trail of Doritos everywhere they go?!
Bachelor pad
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011

Photos: Art Show with the Tower & the Fool at Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes hosts an art party featuring live acoustic performances from the Tower & the Fool and Kevin King, on August 26, 2011.
Johnny Cupcakes | August 26, 2011
By MIKE DRAVIS  |  September 02, 2011

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Paul Lieberman's Brazilian accent

How did a middle-class Jewish kid from New Jersey become a first-call session musician in Rio de Janeiro?
By JON GARELICK  |  August 19, 2011
Grass Widow in the zoo

How Grass Widow came to play a concert for a small group of great apes

Gigi was in her late 30s the first time she saw a rock band play. The concert took place outside her enclosure, at 8:30 in the morning, so it wouldn't interfere with Franklin Park Zoo's usual visiting hours.
Gorilla Theater
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011
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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
Kurt Vile plays it straight as he is

Kurt Vile plays it straight(1)

For all the defiant, anguished fists we shake in the general direction of New York and Los Angeles whenever a musician becomes way more famous after they leave Boston, perhaps this city's gypsy-attracting disposition has advantages.
As he is
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 08, 2011