Dallas stoner-gaze trio True Widow returned to Allston last Sunday night for a gig with local favorites Kal Marks.
Cymbals Eat Guitars swung by Allston’s Great Scott for an end-of-the-year show with Charles Bissell of The Wrens and Boston’s Bad History Month.
Recapping the best shows, photos and records of the year.
Sludgy noise rock stalwarts Unsane headlined a truly stacked heavy bill at Great Scott a week before Christmas, featuring Big Brave, Child Bite and Hepatagua.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Angel Olsen returned to Boston last week for her biggest local headlining show to date at the House of Blues, with support from psych supergroup Heron Oblivion.
Annie Clark returned to Boston as St. Vincent for her first headlining show since 2014, unveiling her exquisitely artful “Fear the Future” show in support of this year’s MASSEDUCTION.
The Dream Syndicate, reunited vanguards of the Paisley Underground, played their first Boston-area show in roughly three decades at ONCE on Friday night, with support from founding Television guitarist Richard Lloyd and his band.
U.K. shoegaze legends Slowdive made their second Boston appearance since reuniting at a sold-out Paradise last week with LA’s Cherry Glazerr.
Denver’s Primitive Man and Seattle’s Bell Witch teamed up for a crushing fall tour that swept through Somerville’s ONCE Ballroom last Sunday, with some local support from Upheaval and Churchburn.
Japan’s extreme experimental stalwarts Boris joined forces with heavy metal troublemakers Mutoid Man and harbingers-of-the-apocalypse Endon at Brighton on Halloween.
Noise Floor is the outlet for the Boston-based music writing and photography of Ben Stas, freelance photographer/correspondent for The Boston Globe, writer/photographer for Vanyaland, Invisible Oranges, Dig Boston and Allston Pudding, and contributor elsewhere. Reachable at email@example.com.
Noise Floor is on Facebook and Instagram, and I'm on Twitter.