ICYMI: Highlights From Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014

“The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.”So it goes according to the age-old song lyric, once written by June Hershey back in the 1940’s. As for weekend two of the Austin City Limits music festival, the saying was more figurative, than literal, as overcast and rain hindered the […]Read More »

WATCH NOW: Ty Segall - Manipulator Review PLUS Video

A constant workaholic, Segall has released an album annually since 2008, however his last three Drag City releases (Goodbye Bread, Twins and Sleeper) made him a household name amongst the capricious and toffee-nosed Pitchfork elite. After a careful sit-down with Manipulator, it’s made clear how an artist like T. Rex influenced Ty Segall. One can […]Read More »

MUST WATCH: Valery Gore "Idols in the Dark Heart" Review

Valery Gore is a Canadian goddess of indie pop, and Idols in the Dark Heart just may be her most ambitious record yet. The classically trained singer/songwriter plays around with electronically-charged melodies and distorted synthesizers to create this ear-melting sound, sure to blow you away. And if that isn’t enough, Gore’s vocals and songwriting really […]Read More »

MUST LISTEN: Kool Stuff Katie Review

Indie rock, fuzz punk, a mixture of new wave and garage delight… Frontman/guitarist/singer Shane Blem and drummer Saren Oliver put together this delightfully charged self-titled release with a fervent sense of independence and new wave fashion. Kool Stuff Katie is a remarkably hip duet from Portland, Oregon who continues the tradition of garage punk and […]Read More »

VINYL OF THE MONTH: Eureka California - "Crunch"

Crunch by Eureka California “Frenetic blast of  fuzzy ’80s college rock with bombastic melodies” Athens’ HHBTM Records has been knocking it out of the park lately. Like labelmates Muuy Biien, Eureka California is loud, buzzy, kinda punky and a little beyond definition. Like their (probable) ’80s garage/college rock idols, EC blends jangly, fuzzed-out guitars with […]Read More »

Live Review: You Blew It! in Boston

You Blew It! isn’t just another up and coming band whose trademark open wound introspection makes them ripe to teenage susceptibility. They are newfound pillars in the movement that is slowly becoming known as emo revival. Emo music, which became a stigmatized genre consisting of harrowing posterboys like Dashboard Confessional, The Starting Line and Something Corporate, is much more than […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: We Are Scientists Live in Boston

Highly sarcastic, cautiously biting, and always endearing, We Are Scientists once again brought their two-bit comedy routine to Boston this past Wednesday to The Sinclair. As their first stop on their ten day tour with Surfer Blood, the boys were in high spirits while navigating through some of our favorite hits. They covered everything from […]Read More »

Photo Gallery: Pure Bathing Culture in Boston

The Sinclair in Cambridge became the backdrop for the intimate desperation and verbal abstraction that is Pure Bathing Culture. Last year’s Moon Tides contained such a sumptuous emotional gravity that this show promised to be a charming adventure into the bright and catchy sound of disaster that the Portland natives are known for. They definitely delivered, and last night their melodic minimalism […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Shonen Knife Live in Boston

Shonen Knife Live @ The Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA (9.22.2014) Legendary pop punkers Shonen Knife came all the way from Osaka Japan for their current US tour, and stopped by Cambridge last week to join a panel discussion at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then play a sold-out room at the Middle East Upstairs. […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: All Them Witches live in Boston

East Nashville Tennessee’s All Them Witches prove that Nashville isn’t all about country music. Think The Black Keys meet Black Sabbath. It was this blues metal quartet’s first visit to Massachusetts and although they may not have been droney or necessarily loud enough to be on a tour with Windhand, they held their own and impressed a […]Read More »

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