Modern Baseball played House of Blues – 6/23

June 30, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

modernbaseball-1Emo revival luminaries Modern Baseball headlined a massive show at House of Blues last week, with support from California’s Joyce Manor and their Philly neighbors Thin Lips.  Read the rest of this entry →

Pere Ubu played The Sinclair – 6/27

June 29, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

pereubu-1The current iteration of Cleveland avant-punk stalwarts Pere Ubu brought their “Coed Jail” tour to The Sinclair on Monday night with support from Ohio neighbors Obnox.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Cure played Agganis Arena – 6/16

June 28, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

thecure-18U.K. gothic/post-punk legends The Cure returned to Boston earlier this month for a sold-out show at Agganis – their first in town since 2008.

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GZA played Brighton Music Hall – 6/14

June 22, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

gza-1From the get-go, there was something a little bit off about last week’s appearance by Wu-Tang Clan legend GZA at Brighton. The tour was announced just weeks before it happened and didn’t appear to be supporting anything in particular. Indeed, the Brooklyn rapper born Gary Grice hasn’t released a project of his own since 2008, and the long-teased Dark Matter still looms somewhere distant on the horizon. And yet, on a Tuesday night in Allston, here he was.

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Nada Surf, Big Thief and Bird of Youth played Paradise – 6/4

June 9, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

nadasurf-1Touring in support of their eighth studio effort, New York indie pop mainstays Nada Surf headlined the Paradise on Saturday night with Brooklynites Big Thief and Bird of Youth in tow.  Read the rest of this entry →

Trashcan Sinatras played Middle East Upstairs – 5/17

May 24, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

trashcansinatras-1I had a bit of a morbid start to last week – rapidly working one’s way through “In Cold Blood” will do that. But what better way to combat existential angst at the capacity for human evil than an evening of upbeat Scottish indie pop?

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Radiohead – “A Moon Shaped Pool”

May 9, 2016 in Record Reviews

DSCN1199Pictured: Radiohead performing at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA on May 29, 2012. 

Amid the deafening buzz of Internet reaction to Sunday afternoon’s digital drop of Radiohead’s ninth studio LP, it feels worthwhile to take a step back on the U.K. quintet’s career arc, just for a moment.

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The inaugural Deep Shred broadcast went down – 5/3

May 6, 2016 in Features, Photos

deepshred-1Deep 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 artists. It’s a novel approach to the traditional house show that increases accessibility by eschewing the numerous logistical challenges of getting to and hanging around a basement on a weeknight.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Thermals played The Sinclair – 4/25

April 28, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

thermals-1For a band I’ve listened to since high school, it’s been a long time coming for me to catch a Thermals concert.  Read the rest of this entry →

Acid Mothers Temple played Great Scott – 4/4

April 13, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

acidmothers-1Indefatigable Japanese psych-rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple headlined one of their yearly Boston gigs at Great Scott last Monday, with support from Michigan’s Mounds and locals Magic Shoppe.  Read the rest of this entry →