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35mm Snapshots From Solid Sound

35mm Snapshots From Solid Sound

The month of January is awful, but remember June? June was great. In that spirit, Noise Floor offers an analog flashback to Wilco’s biennial Solid Sound Festival in bucolic Western Massachusetts last summer. 

Noise Floor’s Year In Review 2017

Noise Floor’s Year In Review 2017

Recapping the best shows, photos and records of the year. 

2016 Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

As 2016 finally reaches its most welcome conclusion, Noise Floor once again takes the opportunity to look back on a year’s worth of live music in and around Boston (and occasionally beyond).

Get haunted with a 2016 Halloween mix (and some old ones)

Get haunted with a 2016 Halloween mix (and some old ones)

King Diamond, master of all unholy ceremonies, at the Orpheum last year   As Halloween rolls around again, I find myself nostalgic for my college radio days of curating spooky seasonal DJ sets. I co-hosted a late-night show on WRBB for four years, and our […]

Talking Oasis 2016 with SuperSonic

Talking Oasis 2016 with SuperSonic

SuperSonic performing at Great Scott last year   For a group that disbanded in 2009, Oasis has had a pretty eventful 2016. The eternal war of words between the Brothers Gallagher continues to deepen in its absurdity, a documentary chronicling the band’s meteoric rise debuts this month, […]

The inaugural Deep Shred broadcast went down – 5/3

The inaugural Deep Shred broadcast went down – 5/3

Deep in an unassuming Boston basement this past Tuesday, a new breed of DIY gig was unfolding. Deep Shred is a just-launched web platform that describes itself as “an all inclusive, virtual show space.” Live performances are streamed online, while Paypal donations are collected and split among the […]

Top Shows/Photos of 2015

Top Shows/Photos of 2015

I’ve totally neglected to do a proper shows/photo wrap-up at the end of a given year prior to this one, but given how insane 2015 was for my life in concert photography, I think it had to be done. I’m just gonna tackle this chronologically […]

Top Records of 2015

Top Records of 2015

This was an exceptionally good year for music. I don’t get around to writing about albums nearly as much as I write about live shows, so I thought I’d take the year-end opportunity to get some thoughts down on what resonated with me in 2015. […]

“Pygmalion” as Slowdive’s bummer ambient masterpiece

“Pygmalion” as Slowdive’s bummer ambient masterpiece

Slowdive at the Royale, 10/26/2014 A little Thanksgiving detour. This isn’t apropos of anything really, but I think Pygmalion is probably Slowdive’s best record. The Reading-based quintet are one of the lynchpins of the Creation Records shoegaze heyday, largely thanks to their 1993 sophomore LP Souvlaki, which […]

R.I.P. TT’s: A post-mortem on Boston’s most poorly-lit venue

R.I.P. TT’s: A post-mortem on Boston’s most poorly-lit venue

July marked the end of the road for Cambridge’s storied TT the Bear’s place, but not before a special series of farewell shows and events. I missed most of the headline-generators, including surprise gigs from The Pixies and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but I figured […]