Month: March 2012

Show review: Swervedriver at Brighton Music Hall – 3/29

An extended weekend of great Boston shows began Thursday night at Brighton with self-described “loud British band” Swervedriver. Remarkably hard-to-Google shoegazers Heaven opened. Heaven is the New York-based project of Matt Sumrow, Ryan Lee Dunlap, and occasional Swervedriver drummer Mikey Jones. Bathed in a constant […]

Show review: Cloud Nothings at Brighton Music Hall – 3/25

Show review: Cloud Nothings at Brighton Music Hall – 3/25

Following their stellar new album and a run of exceedingly well reviewed shows at South By South West, Cloud Nothings had a lot of hype to live up to last night. I’m glad to say that they did not disappoint. Opening for them were The […]

Thoughts on Pitchfork Festival 2012 lineup additions

And the plot thickens. After a somewhat disappointing initial lineup, the Pitchfork Music Festival added twelve more acts to the mix today: Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, The Olivia Tremor Control, Clams Casino, Iceage, Purity Ring, The Men, Schoolboy Q and The […]

Show review: The Wedding Present at Brighton Music Hall – 3/23

Another trek out to Allston last night to catch jangly British post-punk band The Wedding Present on their post-SXSW US tour. Toquiwa and The Jet Age opened. Hailing all the way from Tokyo, all-female guitar pop band Toquiwa offered up an impressive amount of energy […]

The Record Store Day 2012 list arrives

The record geek’s official holiday falls on April 21st this year, and the finalized list of releases is now officially available. As usual, these mostly limited edition releases are exclusive to participating independent record stores. Early rumors weren’t indicating that this would be a particularly […]

Show review: Odd Future at House of Blues – 3/21

I hadn’t exactly planned on seeing Odd Future last night, but when a friend called and asked if we should try to get in at the last minute, the answer was an immediate yes. We arrived at the House of Blues at least a half […]

Living in Boston has its advantages

For instance, I can spontaneously decide to go to an Odd Future show at the House of Blues which turns into one my more ridiculous concert experiences. On the short list of memorable moments were the crew being pelted with a barrage of lighters, a […]

Ultimate first world problems…

…I buy depressing records and then it’s far too nice outside for me to listen to them. Recently arrived from eBay are: Tom Waits – Rain Dogs, Neil Young – On the Beach, Leonard Cohen – Songs From a Room and Leonard Cohen – Death […]

Patrick Stickles loves you

No but seriously. Announced just now via the official Titus Andronicus Twitter was the band’s first official mixtape, featuring their new single and a host of other awesome-sounding live/unreleased recordings. I never realized how badly I wanted to hear Titus cover both ‘El Scorcho’ and […]

Show review: Atlas Sound at Paradise Rock Club – 3/8

The other night, I wrote that I seriously doubted I’d have anything to report from this show that was nearly as exciting as the ‘My Sharona’ incident in Minneapolis. I was actually pretty wrong. Bradford Cox surprised and enthralled in a number of different ways […]