Wrekmeister Harmonies and Bell Witch played O’Brien’s Pub – 3/4

March 9, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

bellwitchwrekmeister-1Friday night at Allston’s O’Brien’s Pub welcomed a supremely heavy bill topped by co-headliners in Chicago’s Wrekmeister Harmonies and Seattle duo Bell Witch.

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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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Bidding farewell to Bowie

January 11, 2016 in Miscellany

bowieI’m not usually one to eulogize the dead – particularly celebrities I’ve never met – but in ruminating on the loss of David Bowie today, the degree to which the man has been omnipresent in my life since I first took a serious interest in music is pretty well unmatched by any other artist, so I felt like putting some of it into words.

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Perfect Pussy played Middle East Upstairs – 12/16

January 8, 2016 in Photos

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


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 →

Top Records of 2015

December 31, 2015 in Features


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. I kept the list proper to 20 albums, in keeping with the lists I’ve done for the radio format in years past. I never really made ordered lists until I started doing radio in 2011 and needed one for a year-end show, and even though my radio career is no more (for now), it seemed like a good metric to stick with. Anyway, here’s the list – direct your hate mail accordingly.  Read the rest of this entry →