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In 2010, a group of 20-something art and music enthusiasts transformed an unassuming basement space on Vancouver Street into YES.OUI.SI., a multi-media gallery and gathering spot for young talents that hosted dozens of visual-art shows, film screenings, literary readings, and experimental music performances.
Cellars by Starlight
Noah Bond's Allston apartment looks like an antique shop.
Captured Tracks (2013)
Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
Matador Records (2013)
There's something intriguing about the ways Copenhagen punk band Iceage seem simultaneously to care so much and so little.
An art gallery may seem like an unconventional space for discussions on insect behavior, but Maria Molteni maintains beekeeping is as much an art as a science.
Underwater Peoples (2013)
In 2011, La Big Vic released Actually, a retro-futuristic avant-pop album playing skillfully with classical and experimental influences.
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.
Marshall Teller Records (2013)
London-based quintet the History of Apple Pie's debut LP for Marshall Teller Records is an essential spin for fans of Dino Jr. riffs and early Slumberland indie-pop.
Whereas previous Ducktails albums collaged pop ideas with kaleidoscopic filters and home-recorded hiss, The Flower Lane distills those disparate parts into a more firmly structured songcraft, sewn together with psychedelic guitars and dreamy imagery.
The brain of a seamstress must carry an intricate understanding of human anatomy, a knowledge of the body's limbs and joints, and the ways each part flexes into the next.
This Friday night in Jamaica Plain, multimedia performance space Spectacle will transform for the third installment of All Visual Boston, a one-night art show that will merge a digital slideshow of photographic work with a performance by local experimental musical duo Tooms.
Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jimmy Shelton met in high school on Long Island while playing in punk and hardcore bands like Guadalupe, Dustheads, and Religious Knives.
The corner of West and Noble is a quiet, industrial area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Cellars by starlight
Weirdo's Mass Ave storefront feels like a glorified walk-in closet, with neon-pink walls covered in posters and shelves of CDs and LPs ranging from '60s Pakistani folk instrumentals and long-lost 1940s pop crooners to Spanish '80s punk compilations and CDs of noise recordings captured in Jamaica Plain.
Year-end lists are so often are based solely on the records that received the most press.
Arbutus Records (2012)
Devon Welsh is a frequent collaborator with his best friend Grimes, but he's also been recording introspective songs by himself for years.
Eternal Summers started as a guitar-and-drums duo in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2009.
GIFT GUIDE 2012
One of our favorite holiday-season craft fairs is the Boston Bazaar Bizarre, an annual tradition within the DIY crafting community.
OSR Tapes (2012)
Chris Weisman is surprisingly focused for someone so intrinsically weird.
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