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Show Review: Silversun Pickups @ House of Blues 7.21.16

For the past decade, Silversun Pickups have written well-crafted modern rock radio hits with obvious stylistic debts to shoegaze and ‘90s alternative. They don’t seem concerned with their music’s lack of experimentation or innovation, and because of this they will never be hip or critically adored. Which is a shame, because at their best Silversun Pickups can hit listeners in their pleasure centers more consistently than any of their alt-rock… continue reading

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Show Review: Jane’s Addiction @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 7.19.16

With their recent concert at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Jane’s Addiction intended to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their best album, Ritual de lo Habitual, as well as the first Lollapalooza festival, which singer Perry Farrell co-founded. Instead, the openers upstaged the headliners, who marred their performance with an ill-advised stage show. Living Colour packed more high-energy thrills into their 40-minute opening set than most acts can manage in triple… continue reading

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Modern Baseball @ The Fillmore (San Francisco) 6.5.16

Philadelphia-based band Modern Baseball sold out The Fillmore in San Francisco, a major step up from years past. The band’s popularity has seen a considerable upward trend as they went from being a staple opener to a headliner that could hold their own. Thin Lips were the first on the admittedly short lineup, and rocked the solid breakup anthem “Breaking Up and Breaking Down” from their album Riff Hard (which,… continue reading

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Show Review: Paul McCartney @ Fenway Park 7.17.16

Paul McCartney’s songwriting acumen and cultural importance have been treated as incontestable facts for so long that to call him anything less than one of history’s greatest popular musicians would be considered an insult. It should come as no surprise, then, that McCartney’s recent concert at Fenway Park was very, very good. McCartney opened with “A Hard Day’s Night,” as if to reassure the crowd that they had not accidentally… continue reading

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Show Review: Guided by Voices @ Paradise Rock Club 7.11.16

In many ways, the 2016 Guided by Voices reunion hardly counts as a reunion at all. The iconic lo-fi/indie group only broke up for two years, frontman Robert Pollard wrote and played every note on the new album, Please Be Honest, and only one of Pollard’s bandmates has ever played in GBV before. Perhaps Pollard’s desire to prove the legitimacy of GBV’s latest incarnation is what pushed him to give the… continue reading

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Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

I recently read a book called Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, arguing that humanity’s supremacy in the animal kingdom stems from our ability to believe in collective myths. We bond over big ideas like nationalism and religion, and smaller stories like that time you watched a stranger who would become your best friend puke in front of a college tour group. And as with most things, I began to wonder how this… continue reading

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Local Photos: Black Pistol Fire @ The Sinclair 6.8.16

Rock duo Black Pistol Fire headlined a show at The Sinclair earlier this month, with Boston rock band Long Time opening and Seb Herforth was there to capture the best moments. Check out his photos below!

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Local Photos: Two Door Cinema Club @ The Sinclair 6.4.16

In anticipation of releasing their third studio album, Irish indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club headlined a show at The Sinclair earlier this month with Transviolet. The Boston date was particularly special because of the band’s live debut of their new song “Gameshow.” Check out Elice Ongko’s photos from the concert below!

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Local Photos: The Kills @ Paradise Rock Club 5.19.16

Indie rock band The Kills headlined Paradise Rock Club in Boston in May in anticipation of their newest album, Ash & Ice, which was released early this month. Check out photographer Kaylan Tran’s images from the show below!  

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Show Review: Låpsley @ Sinclair 5.5.16

The brisk, rainy weather was impeccably timed for Holly Fletcher (aka Låpsley) in Cambridge on May 5th. The 19-year-old producer/singer’s somber, slightly ambient pop sound plays like that of a Lorde/James Blake lovechild, and her strong producing skills isolates her from the crowd of other young pop singers. She opened with “Burn,” the hushed, minimal b-side of her biggest hit, “Hurt Me.” From her first note, it became clear that… continue reading

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A Millennial’s Tribute to Prince

Today would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, though he didn’t believe in celebrating them—or even counting time, for that matter. As the world continues to mourn his death, I cannot help but remember the start of my relationship with his music and the effect it had on me as a writer. In the sixth grade, I had just two hours to myself after school each day before my parents would… continue reading