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A solo full-length from Ryan Augustus

Give it up to Ghost
If there's one thing rapper Ghost/Ryan Augustus/Ryan Doughty can now safely say, it's this: He's prolific.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 09, 2012

The Sound of Muzak

Has our lust for convenience turned rock and roll into background music?
Most people seem content to toss into the void of obscurity the record-store clerk and even the record-label executive, letting them join the silent-movie matinee idol and the jazz-era singing star on the slow-moving boat of the damned-to- irrelevance.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 18, 2012

Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Box-set match
Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Career in rock
Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nirvana), after all.
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 16, 2011

Sidecar Radio unleash Guillotine Mouth

Off with their heads
Sidecar Radio have become one of the most versatile and interesting bands in the area, playing just about any roadhouse bar or rock club with an audience that likes to get fired up and seemingly managing to increase their sonic wattage each and every year.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2011

Arms Against a Sea deliver their swan song

Time to get III
Two weeks back, Arms Against a Sea called it quits, after four years of making a pretty damn good go of being a progressive metal/indie rock band.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 24, 2011

Nothing Drab about it

Wax Tablet
We found ourselves happily trampled last weekend by DRAB PONY , JEREMY ROBINSON 's on/off improv project, as they whipped up a froth of excessive noise tantrums in the darklit rodeo of the Apohadion in Bayside.

The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Space invader
Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2011

Covers and collaborations

Former Portlander, now New Yorker, RACHEL GRIFFIN is one of 25 artists on a new CD of BRUCE HORNSBY covers, available for free download at .

Curating cassette culture

People just don't listen to music like they used to
For all practical terms, the tape should be an artifact. But over the last few years, a rash of independent labels in Maine are slowly adopting the cassette as their preferred medium.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 12, 2011

New releases from Planets Around the Sun and Adam Kurtz

Psychedelia purveyors PLANETS AROUND THE SUN are ready to take off on a year-long tour of North America, having played a swan-song at the Oak and the Axe last week.

In an iPod world, Broadway goes vinyl

Records Department
Dave Lifrieri, owner of Analog Underground on Broadway, was in the eighth grade listening to Beatles and Led Zeppelin on vinyl when the CD player — and the inevitable avalanche of remasters — made their full arrival.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 30, 2011

Homeboy Sandman | The Good Sun

High Water Music (2010)
If you’re not listening to Homeboy Sandman, you may be missing the most stylistically agile MC ever to spit. And if you don’t cop his official debut, then you’re depriving yourself of an album that’s worthy of more superlatives than could possibly fit in this or any other review space.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 26, 2010

Born Ruffians | Say It

Warp (2010)
Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, the polished post-punk nuts of Maximo Park.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 26, 2010

Thieves Like Us | Again and Again

Shelflife (2010)
When today’s musical magpies look back to the ’80s to steal the sonic shiny items that catch their ears’ fancy, they gravitate toward the Day-Glo sheen of that era’s false promise and anthemic vacuousness. Thieves Like Us, however, are not that breed of pilferer.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 26, 2010

James Lidell | Compass

Warp (2010)
Hey, I love Veckatimest as much as the next wimp, but the prospect of Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor’s offering production to the latest album from Jamie Lidell didn’t seem promising when it was announced earlier this year.  After all, Lidell has spent the past half-decade effecting an unlikely transition from introspective IDM nerd to extroverted R&B dude.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 26, 2010
Claudia Quintet _Royal Toast_thumb

The Claudia Quintet | Royal Toast

Cuneiform (2010)
Although it’s led by a drummer, the Claudia Quintet is not necessarily about groove.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 26, 2010

CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

Sub Pop (2010)
Freak-folk fans disappointed by the relative accessibility of recent efforts by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom should check out CocoRosie’s latest.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 19, 2010

Various Artists | A Boston State Of Mind Volume 2

Commonwealth (2010)
Every night, when I get home from reporting facts, I poison the Internet with innuendo on a Boston-based hip-hop blog called
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2010

Ketman | Ketman a Go Go

Lifted & Gifted (2010)
The winking disconnect between Ketman’s promotional art (swingin’ young people from a half-century ago enjoying the pleasures of their hi-fi system; Twiggy types with black bars across their eyes) and Ketman’s music (lean, pugilistic rock with 1980s American punk in its rear-view mirror) is now a little less disconnect-y.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 19, 2010

Crystal Castles | Crystal Castles (2010)

Fiction (2010)
The battlefield of ’00s electro-tantrum spazz-ravers is littered with the corpses of those who burned too brightly at the outset and, in the process, burned out any interest in a sustained career of noisemaking.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 19, 2010

Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere

Tiny Engines (2010)
Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t.
By LEOR GALIL  |  May 19, 2010

Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

Captured Tracks (2010)
There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 19, 2010

Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

Nonesuch (2010)
The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 12, 2010

Free Energy | Stuck On Nothing

DFA/Astralwerks (2010)
Like Bad Company and Damn Yankees before them, these buzzed-about Philadelphia longhairs have a song on their debut that shares the name of their band — a sure sign that Free Energy are serious about having a good time.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 12, 2010

Dese | Dese Be With You

Cursed Out (2010)
Before Sam Adams, sleazy Boston co-eds relied on the Camp to get their panties moist.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 17, 2010

LCD Soundsystem | This Is Happening

DFA (2010)
If the self-conscious hypercontrivance of James Murphy ever appears to you at odds with his relentless quest for abandon, I hear ya.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 11, 2010

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! | I Love You! I Love You!

I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life! on Luaka Bop (2010)
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a dance/electronica collective known around the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene for their elaborate live performances, where members wear outrageous costumes made of stuffed animals and have on-stage pillow fights.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  May 12, 2010

Confidence men (and women)

Spouse open up on their fifth full-length
For a slice of Portland and scattered folks throughout New England and beyond, Spouse are downright seminal indie rockers.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 05, 2010

The New Pornographers | Together

Matador (2010)
Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 04, 2010

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