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Local Photos: Boston Calling @ City Hall Plaza 5.22-24.15

The Spring edition of Boston Calling took over City Hall Plaza at the end of May with sets from the Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Beck, Tame Impala, Tenacious D and numerous others. Photographer Sebastian Herforth was on site all weekend to capture the scenes.

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Hop Along – Painted Shut

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When Hop Along dropped the “Queen Ansleis” part of their name in 2012, it was as if a window of cynicism had slammed shut onto the fingers of the listening public.  Gone was the beady-eyed optimism that inspired the band’s name in the first place, back when a college-age Frances Quinlan told listeners to “sing your song” despite what your guidance counselor may tell you.  The acoustic guitar and playfully… continue reading

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Show Review: Spoon @ the House of Blues (6.18.15)

Spoon will probably never get the recognition they deserve. They play things too down the middle, favoring subtle reinvention over the sort of sweeping reform music fans swoon for. Across their eight album run – beginning with 1993’s Telefono, up to last year’s excellent They Want My Soul – the Austin five-piece has tinkered with different sounds but mainly remained comfortably entrenched within their own indie pop pockets. The closest… continue reading

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Local Photos: Conor Oberst and Lady Lamb @ House of Blues 6.5.15

Conor Oberst, or The Artist Formerly Known as Bright Eyes, brought his tour with Brunswick, Maine singer/songwriter Lady Lamb to Boston’s House of Blues earlier this month. Sibling duo Larkin Poe, who also served in Oberst’s sizable backing band, opened the show.

Show Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Boston Opera House

At some point during the tumultuous hellscape of a year that was 2014, a fellow Tastemaker and I decided that concluding every edition of our weekly college radio show with the 1995 Oasis single “Don’t Look Back in Anger” was an awesome idea. What began as ironic patronizing of the highly successful Britpop band’s massively popular sophomore LP (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? gradually evolved into a pure and unadulterated… continue reading

Show Review: Refused @ The Sinclair 6.1.15

Of all the beloved and disbanded acts of the 1990s, Refused were among the last anyone expected to mount a reunion. The Coachella billings and shows at the nation’s Terminal 5s and Houses of Blues in 2012 struck many as antithetical to the band’s sternly anti-capitalist convictions during their original 1991-1998 run. The enthusiastically ferocious nature of the performances themselves went some way towards discrediting the whole thing as a… continue reading

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Jamie xx – In Colour

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Compare, visually, Jamie xx’s better-known gig to his new album In Colour and you’ll learn all you need to about how the projects differ. The xx operate with a stark minimalism of a piece with their monochromatic album covers, finding grooves and beauty in intimate places. In Colour, like its album art, is prismatic. On his long-awaited debut Jamie xx embraces the panoramic gorgeousness he first flirted with on the xx’s second (and… continue reading

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Tastemakers Does “Major Lazer: The Series”

Thomas Pentz, aka Diplo, has set himself up as an electronic music trend-setter, dipping his toes into all sorts of projects from his label Mad Decent to his collaboration with Skrillex known as Jack Ü. One of the biggest names Diplo has created for himself would be the persona of Major Lazer, the Jamaican dance music group founded by Diplo and English producer Switch, which is represented by a large… continue reading

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Local Photos: The Story So Far @ House of Blues 5.22.2015

Photographer Marissa Rodakis captured the action at last week’s show with California pop-punk crew The Story So Far and openers Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs.

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Local Photos: Enter Shikari @ Paradise 4.6.15

Multifaceted U.K. rockers Enter Shikari stopped over at the Paradise in April, and photographer Sebastian Herforth was there to cover the show.

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Local Photos: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! @ Worcester Palladium 5.17.15

Tastemakers photographer Catherine Patchell ventured to the Palladium earlier this month to capture French pop-punk/metalcore quintet Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! along with guests Hit the Lights, Forever Came Calling, To the Wind, In Her Own Words and Rocketship.