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Quick Recap: Azealia Banks Live in Boston

The Azealia Banks we’ve come to expect and inadvertently tolerate has quite the decadent persona; she is unrepentantly unapologetic for being unrepentantly controversial. Her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, was released last year and amid playful boasts and lustrous synth sheen was brutal and cavernous hip hop. It was a swaggering masterpiece draped in […]Read More »

Album review: The Waterfall by My Morning Jacket

The Waterfall by My Morning Jacket ATO/Capital Produced by: Jim James & Tucker Martine www.MyMorningJacket.com On their 7th studio production Louisville-based My Morning Jacket continues to masterfully hone their tradition of album production by being that band who doesn’t conform to the music business. Nor their own previous endeavors of recording an album, for that matter. […]Read More »

Quick Recap: Todd Rundgren and Dam Funk Live in Boston

In Milwaukee last month Todd Rundgren’s epic musical career spans nearly half a century. Somehow, the energy that he possesses during his live show remains just as relentless as it always was. Last night at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, Rundgren’s dusky, psychedelic churn gave way to ambitious backdrops and glowering synths; most of which were controlled by the illustrious […]Read More »

Quick Recap: The Used at Boston's House of Blues

At Santa Ana’s The Observatory Orange County earlier this month The Bert McCracken that appeared before us in 2002 fronting a band called The Used possessed a formal restlessness that ironically was his greatest asset and biggest flaw. When the consistently disheveled and often emaciated vocalist unleashed their self-titled debut album that same year, listeners […]Read More »

ALBUM REVIEW: "Disquiet" by Therapy?

Quite simply put: the new Therapy? album Disquiet is a melodic punk metal masterpiece (and I’m not just saying that because they happen to be my favorite band of all time). Its energetic, catchy and gloomy atmosphere keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The album’s opening track “Still Hurts” certainly sets the mood – […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY PLUS VIDEO: Tommy Boys Live in Boston

Supporting Such Gold’s East Coast tour, Bay Area trio Tommy Boys visited Massachusetts for the first time and rocked the Middle East Upstairs. They played new material from their recent self-titled release on Other People Records. For only having three members they have an intricate sound, part math rock, part ’90s indie/emo rock and all […]Read More »

Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim Live in Boston

Last night, Boston’s House of Blues was set ablaze by the multifaceted bombast that is Matt and Kim. The duo, beaming sunny vibes accompanied by elastic rhythms and warm keyboard chords, were in their element as they prompted concert goers to dole out raucous energy in full force. Matt and Kim’s fifth album, New Glow, is not even a week old but […]Read More »

VINYL OF THE MONTH: The Fireworks - "Switch Me On"

VINYL OF THE MONTH The Fireworks Switch Me On Brighton & London, UK (Shelflife Records) “Wall-o-Noisepop masterpiece…” Switch Me On by The Fireworks Cut to snow-white vinyl, The Fireworks’ debut LP, Switch Me On, is a masterstroke of noise, feedback, reverb and 12-string jangle that’s basically the best Buzzcocks record the Buzzcocks never made. The […]Read More »

MUST LISTEN: the one and only PPL MVR

the one and only PPL MVR EP Hometown: Unknown (Elektra) The one and only PPL MVR delivers a sound as untamed as the “original species” themselves—and don’t dare call them Yetis. From whatever ancient world these unclassified creatures hail, they bring with them a very real breed of raw rock n’ roll. The lead single, […]Read More »

Quick Recap: Lolawolf Live in Boston

The artistry that Lolawolf embody is not only provocative, it’s ironically endearing. Frontwoman Zoe Kravitz possesses an airy, shockingly clear voice that has the ability to easily grab and keep almost anyone’s attention. This past Friday night at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, Lolawolf’s slot as Twin Shadow’s designated opener on his Eclipse tour was a feat […]Read More »

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