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From Cheers to China with Greg Luttrell

It's a Saturday afternoon in Jamaica Plain and Greg Luttrell is sipping a house special at Canary Square.
Custom fit
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 09, 2011
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Prince Rama rise from Boston's underground

Before Animal Collective's Avey Tare discovered their bouncy, Bollywood-inspired psychedelia at SXSW 2010, the group Prince Rama channeled "Now Age" chants and sang Sanskrit in Jamaica Plain houses and DIY art spaces.
Spiritual guidance
By LIZ PELLY  |  October 07, 2011

Boston rock bands together for Crash Safely

If music can be a refuge for the open-minded, it should also be able to take the lead in changing entrenched attitudes.
Landing spot
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 16, 2011

The Wandas find growth in their pop evolution

Not only does their razor-sharp pop consciousness and reverence for rock and roll classics distance them from the "hard to play/harder to listen to" prog and/or funk trappings of Berklee, site of the bands' 2002 genesis; it also makes them one of the coo
Spinning the wheel
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 09, 2011

Out: Getting loud with spawn of Sonic Youth at the Ladyfest Boston benefit in Cambridge

The room filled to about 40 kids for Big Nils, a four-piece teenage punk band from Western Mass fronted by 16-year-old singer Coco Gordon Moore.
Democracy Center in action
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 12, 2011
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Rediscovering Bobb Trimble's long-lost legacy

With the help of Los Angeles re-issue label Yoga Records, Trimble is celebrating the re-release of his third full-length, the long-lost The Crippled Dog Band at Great Scott on Thursday, July 28.
Tape delay
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 29, 2011

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Out: Luau and Comanche warm up Somerville’s Starlab practice space

On July 16, Allston bands Luau, Comanche, and Bar Sinister joined Providence's Weak Teeth and Best Practices for a sweaty throwdown at the space's home just outside of Union Square.
Preppin' for a fest
By SAM UEDA  |  July 22, 2011
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Allston DIY Fest is a collective affair

"There's no need to confirm with us," said Allston resident Clay Adamczyk, a member of the group that has collectively organized the fest. "You don't need to be pre-approved. As long as you are free of any corporate relations, you can do your own thing.
Artistic freedoms
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 22, 2011
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Ming Ming | Ultrameta OK

"Murder of the Most Artful" is the most pop-leaning, a three-minute wobble that slowly morphs into a blip-groove romp, and the atmospheric "Ringer Park Girls" is a synthed-out, swagged-out analog boast that's impossible to pin down.
Lefse (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 22, 2011
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Varsity Drag's Ben Deily carves his own path to happiness

Even after 25 years, Deily's voice and style remain remarkably similar to that of his teenage years with the Lemonheads: his hybrid of anxious punk delivery and sentimental pop prowess are as earnest and honest now as they were then.
School of rock
By NOLAN GAWRON  |  July 15, 2011
[live review] Power trio: The Holmes Bros. at the MFA

[live review] Power trio: The Holmes Bros. at the MFA

Maybe it was because they were especially energized by the hefty Boston Community Choir that opened the show, and by the racially mixed audience they...
By Jon Garelick  |  July 07, 2011

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Photos: Cheap Girls at the Middle East Upstairs

Concert photos of Lansing, Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls.
 Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA | June 28, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 01, 2011
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The music world is flat(1)

Sam Yager stands alone on the raised stage at Allston's O'Brien's Pub. It's a Tuesday night, and the 24-year-old Allstonian is playing "Howolding Girls," a glitchy, psychedelic pop song fit for basement ragers. It's the sort of infectious jam that insta
For young artists, the Internet is the new local
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 17, 2011
Interview with Dinousar Jr. frontman

Everyone loves Dinosaur Jr.'s Bug except J Mascis

For Dinosaur Jr., an achingly melody-fueled power trio formed from the ashes of several Amherst-area hardcore bands in 1984, the pursuit of awesome came at the price of happiness, harmony, and ultimately the band itself.
No fun
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 17, 2011
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Obituaries Are Gay

Seth Putnam, who succumbed to a fatal heart attack on June 11 at the age of 43, was the leader of some of the most unforgettably (and therefore some of the best-) named bands of all time.  
Seth Putnam, 1968-2011
By NICK BLAKEY  |  June 17, 2011
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Free from labels, songwriter Marissa Nadler finds refuge in the comforts of home

Marissa Nadler's new fan-funded label allows her to have more direct contact with her audience — and has freed her from the creative restraints imposed even by small indie labels.  
Think locally, act globally
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 10, 2011

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Out: Touring tales from Toad's 'This Has Been A Disaster -- Thanks For Having Us'

"I thought you would be more æthereal in person," a French fan once told Boston dream-folk songwriter Marissa Nadler at a show in Belgium.  
Stage fright
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 03, 2011
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From afar, Destry bring vintage allure to Boston

When Destry's Michelle DaRosa tells me she grew up watching musicals excessively, I find myself listening to her singing voice just to see what type of musical heroine she'd be.  
Cowboys in waiting
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 06, 2011
Walter Sickert wins second night of Rumble preliminaries

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

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys win the second night of preliminaries
 The Rock 'n' Roll Rumble continues at TT The Bear's
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 08, 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

Mistle Thrush reunite, remain indefinable

It's a fun bit of Boston rock trivia that on September 23, 1991, homegrown post-punk band Bullet LaVolta played WFNX's fifth-birthday show at Axis with two relative unknowns: the Smashing Pumpkins and, on the eve of Nevermind 's release, Nirvana.
Waking from a dream
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 28, 2011

Follow this! Boston nightlife spots on Twitter

While some are more active than others, here's a quick rundown of Boston-area clubs, bars and venues on Twitter, with an overall focus on those...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 07, 2010

Runner and the Thermodynamics catch up with their past

As sagas of rock-and-roll near-misses go, there's a cinematic quality to Runner and the Thermodynamics, who in the early 2000s channeled their reverence for '70s arena rock into a power-pop detonation that briefly cracked the glass ceiling of the music b
Reigniting powerlines
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 19, 2010

Golden Sounds: Cable Access is the new No Wave?

Behold: below, some greatest hits from "GOLDEN SOUNDS," the Brookline Access Television series run by BATV programming coordinator and Tunnel of Love guitarist ANDY MCBAIN....
By Carly Carioli  |  September 13, 2010

Fall Local Pop Preview: Changing scene

The best of the season's local pop and rock
The best of the season's local pop and rock
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 10, 2010

Punk wreck

Guitar punk rock has a long and, frankly, dull history.
Get Laid have nothing else to do but rule
By MATT PARISH  |  January 08, 2010


Slideshow: The Hush Now, You Could Be a Wesley at T.T. Bear's

Busy Friday at T.T.'s
The Hush Now and You Could Be a Wesley, live at T.T. Bear's, May 1, 2009
By MATT TEUTEN  |  May 08, 2009

Between rock and a soft place

There's a blog post on the Everyday Visuals' Web site titled "Pop is fucking (aka. Everything to all people? / a/k/a. Coldplay is just as bad as Wavves)" that I was tempted to cut, paste, and submit in place of this article.
Is the Everyday Visuals' likability a liability?
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 08, 2009

Thoroughly maudlin

It's not much of a feat for an amplified musician to show power, especially live. It's not so easy to show class at the same time.
Tindersticks live at Somerville Theatre, March 7, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 11, 2009

Slideshow: Soundtrack of Our Lives

Live at the Paradise
Soundtrack of Our Lives, live at the Paradise, March 9, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER HUANG  |  March 10, 2009