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Festival Recap: The Brilliance and Blackness of Afropunk

It’s no surprise that America relishes in black culture but still continues to admonish black bodies. Cultural appropriation—despite its deep rooted historical context—is still a concept that many don’t quite fully grasp and that continues to plague this country on a regular basis. Magazines that pander to white readers insist that blackness is not what […]Read More »

Modest Mouse Appear Stranger Than Themselves at Boston's Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The peculiarity that surrounds the music Modest Mouse makes is undeniable. Their catalogue contains an array of songs draped in multifaceted bombast, layered melodies, and infusing ominous lyrics. It is why 2004’s Good News for People Who Love Bad News led the Washington natives to meteoric mainstream consumption that followed them a decade later to […]Read More »

Quick Recap: Beach Slang at Boston's Great Scott

Beach Slang proudly bask in their signature rock and roll soundscapes: chiming guitars, striding basslines, and sweeping lyricism make them well worth the listen. Dazzling EPs like “Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?” and “Cheap Thrills On a Dead End Street” contain a hyperkinetic feel that translates into pure magic live. Last night, Boston’s […]Read More »

Foo Fighters Blast Through Fenway Park, Prove Rock and Roll is Alive and Well

It seems that Dave Grohl’s recent injury—a broken leg—has somehow managed to unleash the floodgates for his full on insane metalhead resurrection and surprisingly, Fenway Park was the perfect backdrop for all of his head-exploding fury. Last night, Foo Fighters wasted no time torching into grungy stadium rockers as they ripped into “Everlong” (from their 1997 album The Colour and […]Read More »

Quick Recap: Ghostface Killah and Raekwon at Boston's Paradise Rock Club

When Ghostface Killah and Raekwon took over Boston’s Paradise Rock Club this past Friday night, their presence wasn’t only intensely felt throughout the venue–it was worshipped. The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 20th Anniversary Tour kicked off earlier this month and wraps up at the end of August. The rappers have undeniably solidified their place […]Read More »

Forecastle Festival 2015: Consider Yourself on Notice!

Write drunk. Edit sober. That’s a debated Hemingway’esque philosophy to writing, and pretty much the context and tactic I used to write this preview under, so consider yourself forewarned, to some extent. Speaking of writing under the influence, and in honor of Louisville-native Hunter S. Thompson, I figured I’d adopt a tried-and-true gonzo spirit for […]Read More »

Governors Ball 2015 Recap

This year’s Governors Ball, like the ones that preceded it, proved that the music was in fact equivalent to the spectacle. Thousands upon thousands of music lovers convened on New York’s Randall’s Island to witness some of the most talented artists today do what they do best: give their all on the stage. Florence and […]Read More »

VINYL OF THE MONTH: Marshmallow Coast - "Vangelis Rides Again"

VINYL OF THE MONTH Marshmallow Coast Vangelis Rides Again Athens, GA (Self-released) “Chilled guitar-based dream pop to haunt your late nights…” Listening to the new Marshmallow Coast LP is kinda like having a big ol’ bong-rip blown in your face outside of some seedy motel. But only kinda… Vangelis Rides Again is, for the most […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Seaside Heights, N.J. June 6, 2015   For decades, the defining characteristic of Seaside Heights has been its boardwalk, where bars, arcades, games of chance, clothing shops and food vendors entice visitors throughout the warm-weather months. The landscape looked a little different during the first weekend of June, when the […]Read More »

Quick Recap: Starsailor Live in Cambridge

Starsailor’s 2001 debut album, Love is Here, was poetically moped out music at its finest. The album’s hymnlike harmonies fit lovely against luminous guitars and keyboards. James Walsh’s piercing voice has always been the perfect mix of being captivating while sounding slightly corrosive; his clarity and engagement were effortlessly on point. Fourteen years later, Walsh could have chosen […]Read More »

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