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Milligram back for another strike

The history of rock and roll is endlessly cyclical, with each generation hitting "reset" and trimming the fat of a previous generation's indulgences, getting back to what is essential and absolutely needed.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012

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

Dark Dark Dark | Who Needs Who

Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't).
Supply and Demand
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2012

Photos: Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS + Viva Viva at the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 1)

Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS and Viva Viva perform live during night one of the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party | Monday, July 23, 2012 at Great Scott
Monday, July 23, 2012 | Great Scott
By MICK MURRAY  |  July 27, 2012

Photos: Mean Creek, Mellow Bravo, Soccer Mom, & Dirty Virgins at WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 2)

Mean Creek, Mellow Bravo, Soccer Mom, & Dirty Virgins played Night #2 of the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
Great Scott | Tuesday, July 24, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  July 27, 2012

King Tuff | King Tuff

King Tuff keep a low profile, but they're not afraid to talk a mean game.
Sub Pop
By PERRY EATON  |  June 01, 2012


Grass Widow | Internal Logic

There is stuff not to like about Internal Logic: a pair of instrumental interludes probably don't need to be there, and the drums aren't as gleefully chaotic as they were on 2010's Past Time.
HLR Records
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 25, 2012

Out: An electronic séance with Hooray for Earth and Zambri at Great Scott

We in Boston enjoy reminding others that Hooray for Earth originally formed here, so we can still call them a Boston band.
Home bass
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 25, 2012

Zambri | House of Baasa

For those of us of a certain age who remember when school dances had a strict four-fast-songs-then-one-slow-one policy, the memory of bouncing around to "Let's Hear It for the Boy" with the anticipation of "One More Night" or "Take My Breath Away" still
Kanine Records
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 18, 2012

Lower Dens | Nootropics

From her earliest freak-folk beginnings, Jana Hunter has mastered the beautiful bummer jam.
Ribbon Music (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  April 27, 2012

Reptar get their dance party underway

Oblangle Fizz Y'all could refer to one of any number of things: the battle cry of a Martian zombie army, a brand of aardvark repellent only sold in a hardware store in Delaware, or the sound a robot makes when gargling.
Youth gone wild
By REYAN ALI  |  April 13, 2012


There is no prescription for the Doctors Fox

Picture this: you walk into a room and some interesting music is playing.
Above the influence
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 13, 2012

Photos: Young Adults, Creaturos, Grand Resort, and Chandeliers at Great Scott

Young Adults + Creaturos + Grand Resort + Chandeliers played Great Scott on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
Great Scott | Sunday, February 26, 2012
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  March 02, 2012

Out: Chasing the ghost of punk with the Ducky Boys

I recall the notion of the Ducky Boys breaking up and getting back together for "one last show" on a regular basis becoming kind of a running joke among cynical punk scene dwellers of the '00s.
Hey, Duck you
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 24, 2012

Craig Finn | Clear Heart, Full Eyes

In the near-decade he's spent as frontman-lyricist of bar-rock saviors the Hold Steady, Craig Finn has hardly been labeled a happy camper.
By RYAN REED  |  February 17, 2012
Grimes -- Visions

Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012


For Coyote Kolb, the roots come together

Johnny Cash's baleful self-portrait "Ain't No Grave" oozes into my skull through a Sailor Jerry haze.
State of mind
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 27, 2012

[double mp3] Bon Savants release two new tracks + videos, @ Great Scott 01.15.12

That long-awaited and long-ago-completed new BON SAVANTS record -- the follow-up to 2006's Post-Rock Defends The Nation -- is finally starting to see the light...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 11, 2012
[awesome video alert] Quilt "Young Gold" + live @ Great Scott Thursday 01.12.12

[awesome video alert] Quilt "Young Gold" + live @ Great Scott Thursday 01.12.12

Sweet mistress autumn, where have you gone? It’s kinda fucked how the selfish year-end holidays come along to seduce us away from the greatest season...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 10, 2012

Class of 2012

If 2012 truly represents the End Times, then it's best to go out with a sonic bang.
A dozen fresh faces on Boston's music scene
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 06, 2012
Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011



Five must-hear tracks off Dan Shea's Boston Hassle compilation, released on a playable, wearable button Sunday at Great Scott.
Five must-hear tracks off Dan Shea's Boston Hassle compilation
By MICHAEL MAROTTA AND LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011
[double] MP3 of the Week: Badknight "Rewind" + Caleb Groh "Catastrophic Culprit"

[double] MP3 of the Week: Badknight "Rewind" + Caleb Groh "Catastrophic Culprit"

From the growing GHouse collective come two new artists poised to break out in 2012. BADKNIGHT, a Boston-based lullaby-pop duo of Emily Lenae and Devin...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 08, 2011

Visualizing the experimental sound of Leisure

A few days before Halloween, Cambridge pop trio Leisure released the YouTube video for "Green Light," their new 7-inch single off San Francisco indie label Crash Symbols.
Green Light go pop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 18, 2011
[listen up] Earthquake Party "Vs. Pizza"

[listen up] Earthquake Party "Vs. Pizza"

Yes! The long-awaited debut EARTHQUAKE PARTY cassette, -- if you don't count the live online release we did with the lovely Allston trio over the...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 08, 2011

Doomriders continue their forward march

It's hard to begrudge Doomriders' front man Nate Newton when he stops in the midst of rattling off the band's tours with the likes of Red Sparowes, Clutch, and Disfear, among others, in the two years since the release of Darkness Come Alive off Salem-b
On the grind
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 14, 2011

CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge

CQ Presents to handle booking at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge

CQ, meet T.T.’s. The Phoenix can confirm that CQ PRESENTS, the Boston-based booking agency that oversees nightly live music at Allston venues Great Scott and...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 30, 2011
All in the family: Boston Phoenix music editor launches Vanya Records tonight at Great Scott

All in the family: Boston Phoenix music editor launches Vanya Records tonight at Great Scott

 We try to keep the horn-tooting to a minimum around here, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give a heads-up about Boston Phoenix music...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 23, 2011

The improbable rise of We Are Augustines

With new management, new supporters, and the same Pela fans, We Are Augustines remain a work in progress.  
Comfort music
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 23, 2011

Very short review and video: Widowspeak at Great Scott, September 19

WIDOWSPEAK, "In the Pines" (Live at Great Scott, 9/19/11) The reason the other night's VIVIAN GIRLS show was lousy with Phoenix music writers? That would...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 20, 2011