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 →

Earthless and Elder played The Sinclair – 3/16

March 18, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

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San Diego shredders Earthless and Boston’s own Elder took over The Sinclair for a very loud Wednesday night.

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Rangda and Major Stars played Out of the Blue Too – 3/5

March 14, 2016 in Photos, Show Reviews

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Last Saturday, Cambridge’s Out of the Blue Too hosted a stellar double bill of exploratory psych-rock madness featuring Chris Corsano, Ben Chasny and Sir Richard Bishop’s Rangda and local luminaries Major Stars.

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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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