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What's F'n Next? Poliça

Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.

By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 05, 2012

Photos: Allston DIY Fest 2012

Allston DIY Fest 2012 took over Ringer Park on Saturday, July 21.
Ringer Park | Saturday, July 21, 2012
By ALLY THIBAULT  |  July 27, 2012

Allston DIY Fest continues to evolve, unite

This summer's festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, and could very well earn Allston some respect, even if only for the day.
Eclectic collective
By PERRY EATON  |  July 20, 2012
fmly fest-list

Out: Birthdays and Little Spoon rep Boston at Brooklyn FMLY Fest

Last year, when I spoke to Sammy Yager a/k/a Birthdays for the Phoenix about FMLY (an international socially-conscious artist collective he is involved with), he said the differences between FMLY fests and his typical Boston shows was "like comparing be
Family values
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 06, 2012

The Provincetown International Film Festival honors three indie icons

How do you know you're at the 14th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (June 13-17) and not some other cinephilic shindig?
Triple edged
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012

Surveying the scene at Primavera Sound

Visiting Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona felt like a sometimes-surreal glimpse into an indie rock myth: the breezy stages surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, dreamy pop bands playing at sunset, hip European music geeks speaking all different lan
Reign in Spain
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 08, 2012


Total Bummer Fest and the quest for a local scene

In the corner of an enormous warehouse in the Winter Park neighborhood of Orlando, Florida, 40 or so kids are sitting on the floor in a semicircle, cross-legged.
The coolest summer camp ever
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 18, 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

Coachella delivers beats, treats, and a Tupac hologram

There was an endless list of notable things that happened this past weekend (the first of two) in the California desert.
Three days in 3D
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 20, 2012

Smash It Dead Fest goes after rape culture

Smash It Dead Fest happens this weekend in Allston and Cambridge, with three days of punk shows and feminist workshops to raise funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
No joke
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 23, 2012

Photos: Day 2 of SXSW Music 2012

Musicians and fans gather in Austin, TX for the SXSW Music Festival at the Austin Convention Center on March 14, 2012.
Austin TX | March 14, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 16, 2012


Primed 4 SXSW ’12

The headlines and posts for South by Southwest 2012 (the music portion of which this year runs March 14-18) have not only been fast and furious, but also packed with some serious celebrity appeal.
A dozen bands that will be more popular after playing shows next week in Austin
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 09, 2012
Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

 Independent versions of LADYFEST have taken place internationally for over ten years. And next month, Boston finally hosts a DIY feminist music festival of its...
By Liz Pelly  |  January 10, 2012

Out: The third annual Weirdstalk lives up to its name

It's 4:30 pm, and Preggy Peggy is playing in the back of the Cambridge YMCA, as part of "We Are Guest Talk, Free: $10," the weirdly named third annual installment of Weirdstalk, an all-day 34-act line-up of experimental, avant-garde performances of folk
News of the weird
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 19, 2011
Boston's underground music festival, Homegrown III, set for October 14-16 at Fourthwall Project

Boston's underground music festival, Homegrown III, set for October 14-16 at Fourthwall Project

We are psyched to report that HOMEGROWN III, the third installment of Bodies of Water Shows' annual all-ages underground music festival, is set to take...
By Liz Pelly  |  August 08, 2011

allston diy list

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
Best. Summer. Ever: Check out the fests going down this weekend

Best. Summer. Ever: Check out the fests going down this weekend

Get your summer fest on! Summer 2K-11 kicks off this weekend with five New England festivals that will get you chowing down, feeling artsy, and...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  June 22, 2011

The sound of tyranny

There are musicians, and then there are polymath musicians. How to tell the difference?
System of a Down's Serj Tankian soundtracks the A.R.T.'s production of Prometheus Bound
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 18, 2011

Honk! Fest blasts back into Providence

The third annual "Providence Honk! Fest" (aka "Pronk!") rounds up 10 brass marching bands from Texas to Chicago to New York for a great big hootenanny in Providence on Monday, October 11.
Brass Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 08, 2010

Photos: Cambridge Carnival International | September 12, 2010

Crowds enjoy multicultural crafts and music at the 18th annual Cambridge Carnival International at Kendall Square on September 12, 2010.
Scenes from Cambridge Carnival International in Kendall Square
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  September 24, 2010

KahBang's growth helps boost Queen City

Expanding its dosage of cultural shock therapy for central Maine, the KahBang festival, created as a single-day concert last year, is now a music, art, and film festival dominating the Bangor waterfront and downtown for nine days.
Bangor scene update
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: Crowd shots from Bonnaroo 2010

Attendees at Bonnaroo 2010 enjoy the bands, booths, and body paint
  Bonnaroo 2010 | June 10-13, 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 18, 2010

Ending violence

V-Day is once more upon us, and for those not partial to Hallmark-driven capitalism, the V now also popularly stands for "Vagina" or "Victory," thanks to Eve Ensler's famous monologues about violence against women.
It's much more of a struggle than we might think
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 12, 2010