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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 »

LISTEN NOW: Pile - "You're Better Than This" PLUS Review

Pile You’re Better Than This Boston, MA (Exploding in Sound Records) You're Better Than This by pile The Boston head-smasher four piece has proven to be a formidable leader in the world of noise rock. Their fifth LP, You’re Better Than This, maintains that visceral crunch. Think back to ’90s Touch & Go and Dischord […]Read More »

LISTEN NOW: The Hiders - "Totem"

The Hiders Totem Cincinnati, OH (Self-released) Totem by The Hiders After a decade playing together, The Hiders have long figured out their strengths: splendid harmonies; slow-building, worth-the-wait songs; and, most of all, tight musicianship with perfectly chosen parts played for each moment. In addition to these strengths, Totem, the band’s fifth album, showcases well-crafted lyrics, […]Read More »

VINYL OF THE MONTH: Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome Split 12"

VINYL OF THE MONTH Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome Split 12” (HHBTM Records) “Split LP exudes noisy, abrasive bliss…” Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund Split 12" by Trust Fund / Joanna Gruesome It’s always a joy to get new Joanna Gruesome vinyl, and this time out fans are treated to a delicious two-fer: a split LP with […]Read More »

WATCH: Will Butler Live on Letterman PLUS Our Review of "Policy"

Will Butler Policy Montreal, QC (Merge Records) Capturing a blend of gritty art-pop, sadcore sensibilities and indie joy, this breakout LP is a bombastic, yet heartfelt bound towards making a name for himself outside of Arcade Fire. The 8-song release is a giddy departure from Butler’s main role as multi-instrumentalist in the aforementioned AF. Its loose […]Read More »

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