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A Q&A with Dean Davis of Sofar Sounds

It’s Friday night and you’ve packed a drum kit, a couple of amps and 60 strangers into your apartment. For Sofar Sounds, an international company that coordinates secret concerts with unannounced lineups in the homes of willing volunteers, it’s a standard show. To learn what it’s like to throw shows on the down low with huge demand, Tastemakers talked to Dean Davis, founding member of the Sofar Sounds’ Boston chapter,… continue reading

Show Review: The Districts @ The Sinclair 2.12.15

For a young band, The Districts appear far more experienced than a few years might typically allow. With support from Vundabar and Pine Barons, it was as if having hair past your chin was a requirement for taking the stage at The Sinclair that night. The three bands and their fans are all quite young, and overall had the venue packed from the start of the first act, Vundabar. Vundabar… continue reading


Q&A with Amy Allen (of Amy & The Engine)

Amy Allen is the Twiggy of bluegrass. Originally from South Portland, Maine, Allen grew up playing guitar and bass with her older sister’s band “No U Turn” when she was just 9 years old. After appearing as a contestant on The Voice, Allen migrated to Boston, eventually dropping her Boston College nursing degree to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. After releasing two solo EPs, she debuted as the… continue reading

Preview: SWANS @ Columbus Theatre 2.18.15

The unstoppable behemoth that is Michael Gira’s Swans barrels onward in 2015, storming the northeast with another tour which should appropriately reflect the ferocity of the winter weather that surrounds it. Assuming anyone is capable of digging out of their blizzard-engulfed homes next week to attend, the band will headline Providence’s lovely Columbus Theatre on the 18th. Gira and his five fellow horsemen of the apocalypse are still technically touring… continue reading


Bjork – Vulnicura

Moldy | Stale | Edible | Fresh | Tasty!

Before the release of Bjork’s new album Vulnicura last week, the Icelandic singer’s career could be split neatly into two distinct phases: the Corporeal, followed by the Ethereal. Though her first four albums – the utterly unimpeachable Debut, Post, Homogenic and Vespertine – didn’t lack for sonic innovation, each record’s artistic merits were bolstered by the joy of hearing Bjork exude sexual confidence and brutally cut down exes. In contrast,… continue reading

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Tastemakers Sessions with Blue Plutos

Our last session from the Fall semester was with NYC/Boston-based band Blue Plutos! This synth pop-rock group played five tracks from their latest release entitled “Dennett St.” Check it out on their Bandcamp or like them on Facebook.

Steph Meyers

Tastemakers Sessions with Steph Meyers

You don’t want to miss this session with unique Baroque-pop songstress Steph Meyers. Steph came in to do a quick solo session, plus drummer Chris Geller. You can find her music on her Soundcloud or like her on Facebook.

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Tastemakers Sessions with Bent Shapes

Super-catchy, jangly indie pop band Bent Shapes came to play for us this winter! Their five songs include “86′d in ’03″ which they recently pressed on lathe cut. You can find that record as well as some of these songs for download on their Bandcamp. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for updates. Next up on the Tastemakers Sessions list: Blue Plutos!


Tastemakers Sessions with Random Holiday

We had Virginia-based pop-punk band Random Holiday in the studio this winter, who stopped by to play recent single “The Beauty of Losing Sight” as well as a cover of The Clash’s “I’m So Bored With the USA.” You can find some of these songs for download on their Bandcamp, and make sure to check out their Facebook or Twitter for updates. Don’t miss our session next week with Boston’s Bent Shapes!