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 →

Wussy and Thalia Zedek Band played Midway Cafe – 4/2

April 9, 2016 in Photos

wussy-1Cincinnati indie-rock greats Wussy played to a sold-out room at Jamaica Plain’s Midway Cafe last Saturday night with support from local legend Thalia Zedek and her top-notch backing band.   Read the rest of this entry →

Savages played Paradise – 4/1

April 7, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

savages-1London post-punk quartet Savages returned to Boston on Friday night, touring in support of their 2016 sophomore studio LP Adore Life. 
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Animal Collective + Coheed and Cambria played Boston and I had a weird night – 2/22

March 30, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

animalcollective-1Ok, these photos are ancient by news standards at this point, because I have no time to blog lately, but I still wanted to document my most incongruous double-booking of the year in (double) gallery format.  Read the rest of this entry →