Sumac played Great Scott – 8/20

August 23, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

sumac-1Experimental sludge metal trio Sumac headlined Great Scott on Saturday night, touring in support of their towering sophomore LP (and Thrill Jockey debutWhat One BecomesRead the rest of this entry →

X played Brighton Music Hall – 8/15

August 18, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

x-1Los Angeles punk legends X, reunited with founding guitarist Billy Zoom, set off on their “Re-Zoomed” tour last week and stopped off at Brighton Music Hall for a sold-out show on Monday night.  Read the rest of this entry →

Swans Are Dead

August 2, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

swansny-1A July tour has marked the beginning of the end for the current iteration of New York experimental titans Swans. The lineup of guitarist/vocalist Michael Gira, lap steel guitarist Christoph Hahn, bassist Christopher Pravdica, drummer Phil Puleo, guitarist Norman Westberg and multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris (who is unfortunately sitting out this run for personal reasons, with keyboardist Paul Wallfisch stepping in as his replacement) is set to make its last stand on the current touring cycle and disband next year. I caught the band in Boston and Brooklyn at opposite ends of a month on the road supporting June’s The Glowing ManRead the rest of this entry →

Super Furry Animals played The Sinclair – 7/24

July 27, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

superfurryanimals-1Welsh psychedelic-pop heroes Super Furry Animals stopped by Cambridge’s Sinclair on Sunday for the final night of a short North American tour. Read the rest of this entry →

Neptune and Action Beat played The Record Company – 7/22

July 25, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

Neptune at The Record Company - Boston, MA

Boston’s long-running sonic experimentalists Neptune teamed up with U.K. punk collective Action Beat for a killer show at The Record Company on Friday night.

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E and Wussy played Middle East Upstairs – 7/13

July 20, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

e+wussy-1Before I jetted off to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend (photos of which are here, here and here), I swung by the Middle East last Wednesday night for a great double bill with Cincinnati indie rockers Wussy and Boston underground supergroup E.  Read the rest of this entry →

Boston Calling’s City Hall Plaza finale – 5/27-29

July 11, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

bostoncalling-129Following the recent announcement of its Allston relocation for next year, Boston Calling offered its final outing at City Hall in late May with sets from Sia, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Haim, Janelle Monae and many more.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dyr Faser and Insect Factory played Industry Lab – 6/29

July 8, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

dyrfaser-1-2Boston Hassle’s POOL series, a self-described “experimental electronic night,” brought the final date of a co-headlining tour by locals Dyr Faser and Maryland’s Insect Factory to Cambridge’s Industry Lab last Wednesday.  Read the rest of this entry →

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bitchin Bajas played The Sinclair – 6/22

July 7, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

bpb-1Last month, eccentric singer/songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Chicago drone outfit Bitchin Bajas brought their collaborative tour to Cambridge’s Sinclair.  Read the rest of this entry →

FLAG played The Sinclair – 6/26

July 1, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

flag-1The less official but more legitimate of the two reformed Black Flags headlined a show at The Sinclair last weekend with support from Baltimore’s War on Women and Ontario’s The Dirty Nil.  Read the rest of this entry →