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Show Review: Basement @ Worcester Palladium 9.3.16

Few experiences are as cathartic to a young music fan as screaming the words to your favorite song at an intimate show. This past Saturday, UK five-piece Basement provided a few hundred kids just that in the ridiculously small upstairs room at the Palladium. Upon entry, I was delighted to discover the absence of a barricade; as a fan of Basement since high school, they have a special place in… continue reading

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Q&A with Kishi Bashi

Previously a keyboardist and violinist for acclaimed indie rock band of Montreal, Kishi Bashi is no stranger to pushing the limits of pop music. The multi-instrumentalist effectively united classical leanings with indie-pop eccentricity in his first two albums, receiving much acclaim for their orchestral beauty. Ditching the strings for his synths, Kishi Bashi has decided to test out the somber, more detached electronic route for his latest album, Sonderlust, out… continue reading

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Show Review: Pierce the Veil @ Paradise Rock Club 6.14.16

On June 14th Pierce the Veil rocked the Paradise Rock Club on their Misadventures Tour. Establishing themselves as leading acts in the heavier sides of pop punk with their album Collide with the Sky in 2012, the four-piece band released Misadventures earlier this year. The venue was sold out, completely packing the pit as well as the balcony areas. The band’s dedicated fans had been waiting since the morning to… continue reading

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A Q&A with Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus, hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, has taken the indie world by storm. Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Jake Luppen, lead guitarist and vocalist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zack Sutton and drummer and vocalist Whistler Allen, this indie band met at a performing arts high school and since then haven’t looked back. From SXSW to Lollapalooza, Red Rocks, Leeds and Conan, these four guys have traveled the world sharing… continue reading

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A Q&A with Chef’Special

Chef’Special is a European indie-pop band with a style that is a unique mixture of reggae, funk and pop. Their breakout single “In Your Arms” from their album Passing Through has gone triple-platinum. Tastemakers caught up with all five band members on June 14 when they played in Agganis Arena as Twenty One Pilots’ opening act.     Tastemakers Magazine (TMM): I actually have seen you guys live last Fall… continue reading

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Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN

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  In a 2015 interview with Buzzfeed, actress and activist Viola Davis said to young women everywhere, “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is… Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.” As much as Davis’s words sound like a preach of common sense, 2016 has brought challenges to womanhood from even esteemed feminists like Gloria Steinem or Madeleine Albright, who have commented that… continue reading

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Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings @ The Broad 7.30.16

Known as much for its spectacularly long lines as for its impressive collection of modern art, The Broad is the newest addition to LA’s already broad selection of art museums. This summer The Broad is holding monthly multidisciplinary art events called Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings, inspired by events in 80s New York where musicians, dancers, performance artists, etc. performed in the same space, often in collaboration. This edition featured a contingent… continue reading

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Local Photos: Brand New @ Merriweather Post Pavilion 7.12.16

Long Island based alternative rock band Brand New played to a huge crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland this summer. After their co-headlining summer tour with Modest Mouse, Brand New is planning on releasing their first album in six years soon. Check out Nola Chen’s photos of the night below.

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Local Photos: Weezer & Panic! At The Disco @ Jiffy Lube Live 6.24.16

Rock bands Panic! At The Disco and Weezer came together for a co-headlining tour this summer, in support of new album releases from both acts. A crowd-pleasing mix of old and new songs, from new albums Death of a Bachelor (Panic! At The Disco) and The White Album (Weezer), were played. Check out Nola Chen’s photos at the Virginia date of the tour below.

Babymetal @ The Wiltern 7.15.16

by Jonas Polin (Cultural Anthropology/Theater) BABYMETAL has been on a tear recently. They appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, their most recent album METAL RESISTANCE reached higher on the Billboard Chart than any other Japanese album in fifty years, and they’ve been selling out massive venues around the world, including the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena in London and two shows at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome. How could a band… continue reading

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Show Review: Deftones @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 8.9.16

Deftones and Refused, two very different but equally heavy and innovative bands, brought the thunder to Boston on their recent tour. Spotlights opened with a mix of slow, doomy metal and blurry guitar which they have dubbed “sludge-gaze.” The music’s glacial pace and droning distortion produced a surprisingly soporific effect despite its loud volume. They’re an almost too fitting choice to open this tour- guitarist Mario Quintero’s playing is textually… continue reading