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Pat Metheny's Unity Band

Pat Metheny's career has in a sense been defined by his omnivorous curiosity.
All is One
By JON GARELICK  |  July 27, 2012

Out: Posi vibes down in Florida with Mutual Benefit, Little Spoon and dozens of others

After visiting Orlando in March while on tour with Quilt, I was so inspired by the vibrancy of the town's burgeoning DIY music community that I decided to return for Florida's annual festival, Total Bummer.
Total Bummer Fest
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 11, 2012

Out: Blastfest 5 mixes sounds and scenes at a furious pace

"How many people here have been at all five Blastfests?"
30 Rock
By EMMA DESSAU  |  April 06, 2012

Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012

Magical Mistakes | Special Friends

Before working as Magical Mistakes, Erik Luebs made bedroom electronica in California as Death by Panda.
Kassette Klub (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  March 02, 2012


Gracious Calamity say 'yes'

The Whitehaus has a way of feeling warm, even when the rest of Jamaica Plain is cold enough to see your breath.
Our haus
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  January 06, 2012

Mutual Benefit | The Cowboy's Prayer

The foggy pop of The Cowboy's Prayer could serve as an unintended ode and thank you to global warming for making this year's fall feel like spring.
Kassette Klub (2011)
By DIANA BURMISTROVICH  |  December 09, 2011

David Lynch | Crazy Clown Time

Psychically separating Crazy Clown Time from David Lynch's peerless filmmaking legacy is sort of like guzzling Lynch's signature brand of coffee until overstimulation compels you to write Twin Peaks fan-fic erotica staring Agent Cooper and the Log Lady,
Sunday Best Recordings (2011)
By  |  October 29, 2011
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Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar applies all his hypnotic control to a sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon who kidnaps a beautiful woman in order to shroud her in experimental skin.
A sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon
By SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  October 28, 2011

Zola Jesus | Conatus

Listeners could be forgiven for categorizing Nika Rosa Danilova, a/k/a Zola Jesus, as a mope-tastic downer, since older songs like "Night" and "Sea Talk" have used her weapons-grade pipes in service of a Dark Lord of song.
Alternative Distribution Alliance (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 14, 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

Out: Fort Point channels the ambience of Oneohtrix Point Never

When I left my house for work last Wednesday morning, September 28, the temperature hovered at a balmy 70 degrees.
Boston beat party
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  October 07, 2011

Sleep 8 Over | Forever

Of all the underground scenes causing a stir in the online music community, the sleepy lo-fi that's been coming out of Austin might be the least effervescent.
Hippos In Tanks (2011)
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  October 07, 2011

Balam Acab | Wander/Wonder

"Witch house" isn't the best tag for an act to get saddled with straight out of the gate, and when Balam Acab's first EP, See Birds, dropped about a year ago, that term had less of its current flash-in-the-pan feel.
Tri Angle (2011)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  September 30, 2011

Bjork | Biophilia

What the hell is Biophilia ?
Nonesuch (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  September 30, 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

Photos: Gang Gang Dance at Brighton Music Hall

Gang Gang Dance performs live at the Brighton Music Hall on July 8, 2011.
Brighton Music Hall | June 8, 2011
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  July 15, 2011
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
New album from Little Dragon called Ritual Union

Little Dragon | Ritual Union

On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 15, 2011

Ungerer is back

The return of Tomi Ungerer

Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade.
Moon man
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011
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tUnE-yArDs | w h o k i l l

Armed with a few delay pedals, a smattering of percussive devices, and a fucking ukelele , she creates a vocal army of one.  
4AD (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 27, 2011
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Man Man | Life Fantastic

Man Man fans probably weren't expecting "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"–levels of optimism from the happy-titled Life Fantastic, but the vibe on the Philly-based band's fourth album is pretty morbid, even by their standards.
Anti (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  May 20, 2011
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Blank Dogs | Collected By Itself 2006-2009

Mystique is a powerful tool, as Mike Sniper knows well, since it helped get Blank Dogs, his bedroom-project-turned-band, a healthy amount of press.
Captured Tracks (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  May 20, 2011
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Moby | Destroyed

This was supposed to be some sort of acoustic jaunt, but Moby reverted to what he does best: sounding like Moby.
Mute (2011)

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Shinji Masuko | Woven Music

It's tempting to point to the recent tsunami in Japan as having a heavy cosmic connection with Shinji Masuko's first solo record, a full-immersion blackout of churning, oceanic drones and melodic eddies.
Brah/Jagjaguwar (2011)
By MATT PARISH  |  May 06, 2011
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Julian Lynch | Terra

Although experimentation in music nowadays is certainly in vogue, there aren't many records that will straddle the line between commercial plausibility and healthy art-for-art's-sake like Julian Lynch's Terra.  
Underwater Peoples (2011)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 06, 2011
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The dark romantic transformation of Zola Jesus

I'm going to guess that Nika Roza Danilova's teenage years were not full of the frivolity that most of us associate with that pimpled life phase.  
Personal resurrection
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2011

Review: The Go! Team | Rolling Blackouts

For close to a decade now, this Brighton (UK) band have gleefully championed going all in.
Memphis Industries (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 28, 2011