Krill played Great Scott (for the last time) – 10/15

October 23, 2015 in Photos


R.I.P. Krill / Krill forever. The beloved Boston trio bid farewell to the city with a night of two sold-out shows at Great Scott last week. I’m not the person to eulogize the band, but they were a local institution who meant a lot to many, and I’ve seen them play many an excellent set over the last few years. They’ll be missed. Click on for photos from last Thursday’s late show with Stove and Kal Marks.  Read the rest of this entry →

Kraftwerk played the Wang Theatre – 10/3

October 19, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


Wang Center? Citi Wang Theatre? Citi Performing Arts Center? No one has any idea what downtown’s most ornate performance space is actually called anymore. It’s quite a beautiful place to see a show though, and probably the Boston area’s best-suited venue to the rare and spectacular Kraftwerk show we were lucky enough to host earlier this month.  Read the rest of this entry →

Luna played Paradise – 10/10

October 17, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


The beloved and recently reunited Luna, fronted by Galaxie 500′s Dean Wareham, headlined a sold-out show at the Paradise last weekend.  Read the rest of this entry →

Boston Called – 9/26

October 12, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


Reflections on and photos from day two at a divisive fall edition of Boston Calling.  Read the rest of this entry →

Low played Brighton Music Hall – 9/23

October 7, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


Let it be known that Low are one of the great enduring American rock bands. “Rock” is of course a term applied very loosely in this case, but the point stands. The Duluth, Minnesota based trio – centered on founding husband-and-wife duo Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker – have been subtly shaping and refining their slow, sad and majestic take on the traditional power trio since 1993, and they’ve never lost a step. September’s Ones and Sixes is right up there with their best work, and they showcased that uncanny consistency at a Brighton Music Hall show on the 26th. It was powerful, arresting stuff, drawing heavily on the new LP but cherry-picking from their extensive back catalog all the way back to their 1994 debut I Could Live in Hope. As a front row audience member I may have been the most audible part of the chorus convincing the band to play “Words” at the encore’s conclusion. I regret nothing. Photos from the show, including opener Andy Shauf, are below.  Read the rest of this entry →

Krill, Pile, Warehouse and Palm Played Cuisine En Locale – 9/18

September 23, 2015 in Photos


Cuisine En Locale’s bill on the 18th was stacked no matter how you look at it, but the announcement a few days prior that it would be the beloved Krill’s second-to-last Boston show before the band’s untimely demise lent an unexpectedly heavy air to the show. Tickets promptly sold out and Krill took on the headlining slot, while Pile unassumingly opened the show. Atlanta’s Warehouse and New York’s Palm offered excellent support in between, and photos of all four are offered below. Read the rest of this entry →

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats played Royale – 9/14

September 21, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


British retro-doom quartet Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats are fresh off the release of solid new LP The Night Creeper, and currently embarking on their second headlining trek across North America. Read the rest of this entry →

Scorpions played Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – 9/10

September 17, 2015 in Photos, Show Reviews


The extent of my knowledge of Scorpions prior to a week ago was that they were from Germany and wrote “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” which is kind of the ultimate Big Dumb Rock Song. Apparently, they’re celebrating their 50th (!) anniversary this year and boast a pretty extensive discography beyond said song. This is what I like about newspaper assignments – I end up learning about stuff outside my general sphere of music knowledge. Plus, Scorpions actually put on a better show than most bands would have any right to at the end of their fifth decade.  Read the rest of this entry →

Pile played Great Scott – 8/23

September 16, 2015 in Photos


I planned on attending much of the Boston end of Exploding In Sound’s “Thank You For Being a Friend” weekend and then, for a variety of reasons, made it to precisely one show. However, that show was Pile and it was pretty great. The Boston mainstays headline Great Scott quite frequently, but I’d somehow never seen them there until now. True to the nature of the weekend, the closing show was rounded out with label-mates and friends in Kal Marks, Gnarwahl, Leapling and Bunny’s a Swine. Check out photos from the evening inside.  Read the rest of this entry →

Chelsea Wolfe played The Sinclair – 9/5

September 9, 2015 in Photos


Gothic luminary Chelsea Wolfe played to a sold-out crowd at Cambridge’s Sinclair on Saturday night, supporting her intense new LP Abyss. As one might expect, it was a dramatic, moody performance that resulted in some strikingly spooky imagery. Wovenhand, the five-piece band led by singer-songwriter David Eugene Edwards, opened the show with a stirring set of electrified alt-country imbued with swirling psychedelic textures and post-punk rhythmic flourishes. A strong showing all around. Check out photos from the evening within.  Read the rest of this entry →