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The sweet escape

Twin Sister lay their shimmering dreamscapes bare
When writers discuss Twin Sister's music, the word "dreamy" invariably pops up. It's not just a regurgitated cliché.
By REYAN ALI  |  July 05, 2010

Love's life

Courtney and Hole stake their claim
Three hours late, Courtney Love stormed into the Ames Hotel on Court Street a week ago Wednesday, faced a small group of radio-station contest winners, and explained that her tardiness was the result of a mid-day romp in the sack with an ex-boyfriend who's now a professor at Harvard University.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 30, 2010

One night, one jazz trifecta

Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 29, 2010

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

From the xx to Jay-Z
When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 22, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Repeat, repeat
Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 24, 2010

Against Me! | White Crosses

Sire (2010)
For a while, Against Me! were the most impassioned band on the planet.
By REYAN ALI  |  June 26, 2010

Light Pollution | Apparitions

Carpark (2010)
Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 24, 2010

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 20, 2010

Mission accomplished

Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
By MATT PARISH  |  June 21, 2010


Ben Monder's unique space
As guitar heroes go — even jazz guitar heroes — Ben Monder flies under the radar.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010

Salif Keita | La Différence

Emarcy (2010)
If you don't speak Malian French, you might not grasp that this is a concept album about separatism and the triumph of the human spirit inspired by Keita's experiences growing up as an albino outcast in his native land. But that doesn't matter.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 16, 2010

Suckers | Wild Smile

Frenchkiss (2010)
Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock landscape.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 16, 2010

Interview: Glenn Danzig

The horror-punk legend on  Deth Red Sabaoth , comics, and vast global conspiracies
There was a moment, while I was on hold on the phone as Glenn Danzig was being summoned by his publicist, where I was a tad intimidated. And not just because I was about to talk about one of the more legendary and divisive figures in the history of punk and metal.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 21, 2010

Pernice Brothers | Goodbye, Killer

Ashmont (2010)
In the four years since the previous Pernice Brothers album, Joe Pernice has published a terrific debut novel ( It Feels So Good When I Stop ), released an accompanying soundtrack, and had his name catapulted into Twitter infamy by his acerbic foil (and manager), Joyce Linehan.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 16, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 (Thursday + Friday): [Photos] Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation

Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 10-11, 2010
Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation, live at Bonnaroo 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 14, 2010

Into the weird

Welcome to our many small worlds
No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to produce a chasing of microgenres into mazes of musical self-selection.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 10, 2010

Connecting the dots

In the local scene, anything goes
Nearly a year has gone by in the city of eternal youth turnover and ageless scenesters — and has anything really changed?
By MATT PARISH  |  June 10, 2010

Legacy act

 Mean Creek look forward to a long road
What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 11, 2010

The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

Who charted?
If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2010

Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Anti- (2010)
Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 01, 2010

Must be Marie

Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 01, 2010

Gravity and grace

Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
By REYAN ALI  |  May 25, 2010

Welcome to Chateau Rex

A new day rising for Coma Coma
75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 26, 2010

Rock the vote

Musicians with national interests
Musicians with national interests
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 25, 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

Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo

Sub Pop (2010)
Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 26, 2010

Unhappy birthday

The lines sag heavy and deep for Moz
It seems like only yesterday that I was huddled in the corner of my room, staring listlessly out the window through tear-smeared glasses, absently singing along to “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and wondering when my life would finally show my heart a modicum of mercy. . . . Oh wait. That was yesterday.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 18, 2010

Photos: Band of Horses at the Ames Hotel

Band of Horses, WFNX Ames Hotel Session, May 17, 2010
Band of Horses, live at WFNX Ames Hotel Session
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  May 18, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942 - 2010)

Live free or rock
As he lay in a Texas hospital bed in March, being treated for the disease to which he would eventually succumb, Ronald James Padavona, better known to the world as heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio, gave an interview to a local TV station. “Cancer? I’ll kick the hell out of you,” he declared, before throwing the devil horns.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 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

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