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Prince: The Beautiful One

  Editor’s Note: A discography overview feature on the expansive career of Prince was planned, written and sent to print for the forthcoming issue of Tastemakers, weeks before today’s tragic news. In light of the circumstances, we’ve decided to bring it to the web as well with a new introduction by the author. -Ben Stas, Editor in Chief … I wrote this discography because I love Prince and the news… continue reading


A Q&A with Micky James of the Karma Killers

The Karma Killers are part of a long tradition of glammed-up, New York post-punk. After a few dragged-out years as a DIY act, they found a home for their refined pop hooks and new wave sensibilities at Island Records. Tastemakers caught up with frontman Micky James at the Sinclair in Cambridge to talk chipped teeth, classic guitars, and the undeniable impact of the Strokes. Tastemakers Magazine (TMM): A Rickenbacker is an… continue reading


Local Photos: Charlie Puth @ Brighton Music Hall 4.5.16

Fast-rising pop singer/songwriter Charlie Puth played a sold-out gig at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall last week, and Tastemakers photographer Shannon Pires was there. Check out her gallery of the night, including openers Sophie Beem and Phoebe Ryan, below.


Local Photos: The Naked and Famous @ The Sinclair 4.5.16

New Zealand indie electronic crew The Naked and Famous stopped by Cambridge’s Sinclair for an intimate, sold-out show last week, and photographer Sara Davila was on the scene for Tastemakers.


Show Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes @ The Sinclair 4.4.16

Despite the snow, in April, there was a sizeable crowd on Monday night in Cambridge to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The show had an overall loose feeling. It felt more like everyone just heard about it through word-of-mouth and decided to check it out. Even on the Zeros’ website the tour was announced with no opener. Instead they advertised, “We will also be hosting an open mic… continue reading


Local Photos: Ra Ra Riot @ Paradise Rock Club 3.3.16

New York indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot, now in their tenth year, headlined a Paradise show last month in support of their fourth studio effort Need Your Light. Brooklyn queercore duo PWR BTTM opened the show. Check out Tastemakers photographer Nicole Service’s gallery from the night below.


Local Photos: Tastemakers Presents Bully @ afterHours 3.19.16

  Tastemakers’ spring concert went down at afterHours earlier this month, featuring Nashville-based quartet Bully and an opening set from Northeastern’s own T-T)b. Check out photos from both sets below.


Local Photos: We The Kings @ Brighton Music Hall 3.25.16

Florida pop-punk mainstays We The Kings stopped over at Allston’s Brighton Music Hall on Friday night, and Tastemakers photographer Seb Herforth was there to capture the energy of a packed show.


A Q&A with Nick Wold of DREAMERS

  Meet DREAMERS. They’re a cosmic rock group from Brooklyn who released their latest EP You Are Here just last month, solidifying their own brand of “’70s punk meets power pop” in the process. On March 28, the band will play Cambridge’s Sinclair as headliners of a US tour. Tastemakers caught up with guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Wold to talk jazz roots, space, and the intersection of New Order and… continue reading


Local Photos: Hoodie Allen @ House of Blues 3.20.16

Alternative/indie hip-hop upstart Hoodie Allen brought his tour in support of his 2016 sophomore studio effort Happy Camper to Boston’s House of Blues for a sold-out show this past weekend. Check out Tastemakers photographer McKenna Shuster’s shots from the show, including openers KYLE and gnash, below.


Local Photos: Daughter @ Somerville Theatre 3.4.16

Rising London-based indie-folk group Daughter headlined the Somerville Theatre with an atmospherically-lit set earlier this month, and Tastemakers photographer Shannon Pires was there to document the scene.