Kid Mountain, Horse Jumper of Love, Beeef and Puppy Problems played Great Scott – 1/28

February 4, 2016 in Photos

kidmountain-1I won’t try and write anything objective about this show since more than one of these bands is comprised (in whole or in part) of friends, roommates and former editors of mine, but Puppy Problems sound great in their full-band incarnation, Beeef are a blast/should probably be the official house band of Allston, HJOL continue to weave ethereal magic and Kid Mountain offer up the inventive jangle-pop jams. This was a great bill – photos from all four sets below.

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Holy Holy played The Wilbur – 1/21

January 27, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

holyholy-1Last Thursday, as I had the previous Thursday, I gathered with a group of mourning music fans for a David Bowie tribute show. In contrast to Out of the Blue’s rapidly assembled survey of our weird and wonderful local acts, however, Holy Holy’s stop at The Wilbur featured some key players who actually had a hand in much of Bowie’s iconic discography.

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Black Beach, Earthquake Party and Lady Pills played Great Scott – 1/19

January 24, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

blackbeach-1The fine folks at Allston Pudding put on a tour-return show for locals Black Beach and Midriffs at good old Great Scott on Tuesday night.

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Scenes from Out of the Blue Too’s Bowie Tribute Night

January 17, 2016 in Photos

bowie-14We lost David Bowie last Sunday, and the impact was hard to take. A sense of mourning has hung over the entirety of the music community this week, but at Cambridge’s Out of Blue Too gallery on Thursday night, a host of local musicians translated our collective grief into a vibrant celebration of Bowie’s incredible body of work. With Labyrinth projected above the crowd, which packed just about every inch of the gallery, acts including Sun Young, Dead Elect, A. Campbell Payne and many more covered most every fan favorite and some deep cuts for good measure (Dead Elect’s “Black Country Rock” shredded). The tributes ranged from simple guitar and voice performances to crowd participation dance parties (Payne), totally unhinged noise sets (Johnnie and the Foodmasters), haunting drones (Jarva Land) and beyond. The night was as weird and multifaceted as Bowie himself, and one suspects he would’ve been proud. Photos from the whole night below.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones played House of Blues – 12/26

January 14, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

bosstonesOk, one last 2015 blog post, and then the greener pastures of 2016 await (although they’ve been less green and pasture-like than grey and bleak thus far). Anyway, as I mentioned in my year-end post last week, this was the third year I’ve covered one of the Bosstones’ annual Hometown Throwdown shows, and they continue to be a really fascinating subject on a number of levels.

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Perfect Pussy played Middle East Upstairs – 12/16

January 8, 2016 in Photos

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Still got a few late 2015 blog posts to catch up on…first off, here’s a gallery from last month’s show with New York noisemakers Perfect Pussy and Big Ups. Read the rest of this entry →

Top Shows/Photos of 2015

January 2, 2016 in Features, Photos

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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 with favorite images and memories because, over the course of approximately 425 sets in 130 shows and 6 festivals, I’d be here til June trying to rank them.  Read the rest of this entry →

Elvis Depressedly played Great Scott – 11/29

December 23, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews

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I’m way behind on blogging because, despite my early predictions, December did not turn out to be a slow month. Anyway, here’s an orphaned photo set from a Sunday night show at the end of November with bummer North Carolina indie pop band Elvis Depressedly (fronted by Mat Cothran of Coma Cinema) and locals Brittle Brian and Cooper Knights.  Read the rest of this entry →

Pile played Great Scott – 12/3

December 8, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews

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Beloved Boston noisemakers Pile played the first of three December residency shows at Great Scott on Thursday night.  Read the rest of this entry →

King Diamond played the Orpheum – 11/24

November 30, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews

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Danish heavy metal lifer King Diamond descended upon Boston’s Orpheum with his eponymous band last week for a show that promised a front-to-back performance of their 1987 favorite Abigail, along with a sampling of other career highlights.  Read the rest of this entry →