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Nine necessary sets at this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago’s Union Park this weekend for its ninth edition, offering up another diverse lineup that spans from pastoral indie rock to unsettling electronic noise. The festival’s 2014 installment will retain its tried and true three-stage setup to accommodate a total of 42 artists over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules. Though it’s no Coachella or Bonnaroo, that’s still a lot to choose… continue reading

Local Photos: Blood Red Shoes @ Great Scott 5.13.14

Check out these great shots by Kit Castagne (Economics Major) of Blood Red Shoes – an alt-rock duo from Brighton, England that livened up the Great Scott back in May; be sure to try and catch them next time they’re in the states!  

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Local Photos: Wye Oak @ Paradise 5.9.14

This past month one of our photographers, Kit Castagne (Economics), went to witness the newgaze/indie folk rock duo Wye Oak at Paradise Rock Club. He reported back with satisfaction and some great shots to show for it. Check them out!

Show review: James Blake @ Berklee Performance Center 6.10.14

Before heading south for this year’s Bonnaroo festival, James Blake stopped off at Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday June 10, gracing the acoustically blessed venue with both his charming presence and his heavenly tunes. Opening act Airhead, a.k.a Rob McAndrews, settled in with sometimes sleepy, but always heavily experimental, loops not so different from Blake’s own style—not surprising, considering McAndrews and Blake were actually schoolmates back in London. But Airhead’s… continue reading

Show Review: Sharon Van Etten @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg 6.12.14

  Fresh from touring the globe with her new LP, Are We There, Sharon Van Etten returned to her home of Brooklyn, NY last week for an intimate show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. What followed was a set of both disappointment and triumph—with the line between both just a bit too blurred for my liking. Having seen Sharon several times before (at such venues as Boston’s own Paradise),… continue reading

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Local Photos: Boston Calling @ City Hall Plaza 5.23.14 – 5.25.14

In case you missed this summer’s beautiful Boston Calling Festival lineup, Leah Corbett (Studio Arts) was there to cover all the greatest highlights with her lens. Check out the gallery below to see bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jack Johnson, The Head and The Heart, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, and much more at their finest moments.  … continue reading

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Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

Moldy | Stale | Edible | Fresh | Tasty!

It’s pretty safe to assume that the days of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty beating the hell out of acoustic instruments have passed. As it turns out though, that may not be a bad thing. On Christmas Island, the new album from former folk-punk duo Andrew Jackson Jihad, the band continues the path they started on 2011′s Knife Man, working with fuzzed-out electric guitars and a wider array of strings… continue reading

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Local Photos: RJD2 @ Paradise Rock Club 4.13.14

Last April, one of our photographers, Kit Castagne, swung by RJD2‘s set at the Paradise Rock Club. After what was imaginably a night of electronic self-actualization, he managed to sneak away with some great shots. Check out the full gallery below!

Show Review: Metronomy @ Paradise Rock Club 5.17.14

There was something fascinating about seeing Metronomy light up the Paradise Rock Club like it was an 80s roller disco hub, showing up on stage in matching white tuxedo jackets and looking like a British spoof of the fictional frat house band Otis Day and the Knights. Metronomy came out of the the British neo-new wave scene, one built around bands sharing a similar ultra-polished sound made up of squeaky… continue reading

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The Sound of Afrofuturism | A Mixtape by Will Jobst

This isn’t the “Spice” or “Q” or the “Force.” This isn’t Serenity or Grey Aliens or Area 51. These are the Afronauts: Sun Ra, leader of the Solar Arkestra; Janelle Monae, the Electric Lady of Metropolis; Dr. Funkenstein, his clones, and Star Child. Afrofuturism is the cultural aesthetic that fuses science fiction, Afrocentricity, and non-Western mythos to examine the African Diaspora through a lens of technoculture and science fiction. Prepare… continue reading

Tastemakers Sessions with Vundabar

Check out Boston’s Vundabar in their live session for Tastemakers from Northeastern’s Digital Media Commons! These guys dropped in earlier this spring and blew us away, so lookout for their shows when they return from their European tour. Happy summer from Tastemakers!