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No rest for Blackbird Blackbird

Blackbird Blackbird's 2012 EP Boracay Planet takes its name from two sources: Boracay — a beach-filled, postcard-perfect island in the Philippines — and a dream Mikey Maramag had about the tourist trap, despite never having visited.

By REYAN ALI  |  March 15, 2013
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Schooltree's no laughing matter

It takes a certain kind of courage to get onstage and make people laugh.

By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 15, 2013
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KMFDM is a drug against bore

"In hindsight, honestly, it's almost impossible how it all happened."

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 15, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Disclosure

FM radio ruins everything.
Surrey, England
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 15, 2013
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Six to Watch @ SXSW

The best parts of South by Southwest are the unexpected.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 08, 2013
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The modern retro of Jesse Dee

On his new record On My Mind/In My Heart , the question is not if Jesse Dee can step up to the challenge of making authentic soul and R&B music in 2013, but rather how he goes about it.
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By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 08, 2013


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The empowerment of Kate Nash

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl initiative, which aims to give females in developing countries the opportunity for a better life.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 08, 2013
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Tame Impala’s new surround sound

Whether it's Bradford Cox with Deerhunter, or Dan Snaith with Caribou, or Kevin Parker with Tame Impala, there must be something with this trend in sonic auteurs with cervine band names.

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 08, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Alt-J

Bands that have taken home the United Kingdom's Mercury Prize in the past have included Suede, Pulp, Primal Scream, and Arctic Monkeys.
Leeds, United Kingdom
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 01, 2013
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Animal Collective brace for success

"It seems like a challenge to make something that you have to pay a lot of attention to," says Josh Dibbs.

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 01, 2013
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Foxygen become new ambassadors

Los Angeles-based duo Foxygen have received a healthy dose of attention following January's Jagjaguwar release of We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic .

By PERRY EATON  |  March 01, 2013


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Thalia Zedek emerges once again

Like the cool air and diffuse light surrounding the desolate, ramshackle boardwalk pictured on the cover of her new record, Via (Thrill Jockey), something dark looms in Thalia Zedek's music.

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 01, 2013
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Primordial Sounds’ label-ready learning curve

Noah Bond's Allston apartment looks like an antique shop.
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By LIZ PELLY  |  February 22, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Caveman

Most people are probably sick to death of Brooklyn being a hipster's paradise where dinks with moustaches tatted on their fingers drive fixed-gear bikes to Williamsburg bars to pay $6.50 for a can of PBR.
Brooklyn, New York
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 22, 2013
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Desaparecidos experience rebirth

In 2001, Desaparecidos were just another band formed by Conor Oberst, already a veteran of the Omaha music scene at the tender age of 21.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  February 22, 2013
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Pallbearer survive extinction

We all know that there is nothing more metal than a war.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 22, 2013


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Practically perfect: The Discovery Ensemble's latest

Sometimes a concert is so good it seems magical. Practically perfect.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 15, 2013
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The Year Million mature into the now

It's a chilly winter night in Allston, and I'm huddled around a table at Deep Ellum with the Year Million, discussing the band's just-released EP Broken Circuits .
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By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 15, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Bad Books

Andy Hull is doing just fine with the introspective and sometimes angst-tinged alt-rock of Manchester Orchestra, and Brooklyn-based Kevin Devine has built up a solid following with his own singer/songwriter thing.
Atlanta, Georgia
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 15, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Buke and Case

Almost every person I've told about Buke and Gase assumes that they'll hate this band, which isn't their fault.
Hudson, New York
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 01, 2013
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The mysterious ways of Sonnymoon

The ways of musical success are many.
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By PERRY EATON  |  February 01, 2013


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Mumford & Sons' material ways

Mumford & Sons — the poster children du jour for the bearded, be-flannelled, and dancing-barefoot-in-the-barn folk-lovers — are not easy to get on the phone these days.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 01, 2013
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Katie Crutchfield's travels

Waxahatchee's American Weekend was my favorite record of 2012, an 11-song collection of downcast acoustic-guitar ballads laced with raw, pointed poetry, home-recorded over a week at Katie Crutchfield's childhood home in Birmingham, Alabama.

By LIZ PELLY  |  February 01, 2013
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10 things I wish I knew before I started playing in bands in Boston

We hear you just moved to "the Bean", and you're thinking about starting a real life rock-'n-roll band! Here's a bunch of bullshit you should know about.

By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 25, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The Week in WorldStar unsigned Artist videos

In my Year-in-Preview column, I predicted that we'd pass "peak hip-hop" in 2013, and the unsigned hype on the WorldStar hip-hop site would slow to a trickle.

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 18, 2013
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New York to Boston: Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO

The BSO's first concert of 2013 featured one of its best guest conductors, but not one likely to be available for its music directorship.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2013


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Heat and Light: Classical concerts of 2012

Boston has too much music on the highest level for one listener to hear everything.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012
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The Big Hurt: The worst singles of 2012

Although 2012 wasn't a particularly awful year for music, we still had to contend with a few dozen all-time stinkers.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012
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Coming of age with Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen cannot escape James Franco.

By REYAN ALI  |  December 21, 2012
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Tegan & Sara set a new sound

If there were any question that confessional pop darlings Tegan and Sara were heading in a new direction with their forthcoming album, Heartthrob (Warner Bros), the upbeat new single "Closer" dispells these doubts.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 14, 2012