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Erykah Badu: Anything but Single

Despite critical success, a handful of famous boyfriends, and an eighteen-year-long career riddled with controversy, “Erykah Badu” has never become a household name.  Though infamous within the hip-hop community for her mystical, life-altering effect on her boyfriends and revered in the R&B community for her impact on neo-soul music, she’s never achieved mainstream status. To clarify, Ms. Badu’s work has appeared on both the R&B charts and the Billboard Hot… continue reading

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Local Photos: Tastemakers Presents Car Seat Headrest @ AfterHours 10.2.16

This year, Tastemakers’ Fall Presents featured rising Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, with opening sets by the bands TV Girl and Mutual Benefit. Check out photos from all three bands below!    

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Show Review: Foals @ House of Blues 11.1.16

I first discovered Foals back in 2012, and by that point they had only released their first two albums: Antidotes and Total Life Forever. These two LPs, rich with blends of jittery guitar riffs and energetic beats, made for nice and nimble math rock. There was some evolution between the two, as singer Yannis Philippakis’ vocal work went from a brash, in-your-face approach to a more refined and apprehensive style…. continue reading

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Genre of the Week: Electroclash

Peaches (Merrill Beth Nisker) The music scene has always been full of tiny artistic pockets. All it takes is a small group of likeminded artists, a splash of good luck, and willing fans, and before you know it a Scene has evolved. This is where we get gems like vaporwave, witch house, and lots of other genres that probably seemed very cool at the time. This week, we’re featuring… Electroclash… continue reading

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Show Review: Balance and Composure @ The Royale 11.14.16

They come around every year, just as winter’s chill begins its unwelcome invasion: the emo package tours. The one that recently stopped by the Royale, anchored by Balance and Composure with support from Foxing and Mercury Girls, was a strong entry in this new seasonal tradition.     Mercury Girls are kind of a Philadelphia indie supergroup, featuring members of well-regarded local bands like Literature, and their dreamy yet propulsive indie-pop… continue reading

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A Q&A with Daniel Gibson of Streets of Laredo

Daniel Gibson, the singer/guitarist fronting Streets of Laredo, loves developing his band’s music while still preserving their sound. The family-based band is originally from Auckland, New Zealand, but relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 2012. The band released their sophomore album Wild on Oct. 21, but Gibson said being an aspiring band in a big city is no menial task. Tastemakers Magazine recently caught up with Gibson over the phone… continue reading

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Show Review: Local H @ Brighton Music Hall 11.10.16

[Author’s Note: I did not see the headlining band Helmet’s performance; I left after Local H’s set upon hearing that Leonard Cohen had died to join my radio co-host at 104.9 WRBB to DJ a tribute show. I apologize to Tastemakers’ readers for the subsequent incompleteness of this review.] It’s tempting to wonder why Local H, one of the ‘90s alt-rock boom’s most underrated bands, never achieved the mainstream success… continue reading

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Preview: Fitz and the Tantrums @ House of Blues 11.15.16

Fitz & the Tantrums rose to fame with their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces in 2010 and has since released two other studio albums, the most recent being a self-titled that they released earlier this year. They’re currently on a fall tour promoting their latest album and are coming to House of Blues in Boston on Nov. 15. According to bassist Joseph Karnes, fans can look forward to a… continue reading

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Show Review: RÜFÜS DU SOL @ Paradise Rock Club 11.4.16

RÜFÜS DU SOL, the alternative dance trio from Sydney, Australia spent Friday night at Paradise Rock Club spreading their energy through a packed crowd of psyched concertgoers. Dena Amy took the stage first, mixing smooth, feel-good beats that the steadily growing crowd bounced and swayed to. The second opener, Danny Harley (better known as The Kite String Tangle), showcased his multifaceted talent as a DJ, pianist and singer through his… continue reading

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Show Review: Daughter @ The Royale 11.2.16

Daughter’s best songs, like the delicate “Landfill” and agonized “Smother,” are steeped in shadow and smoke, rolling dissections of heartache and hopelessness that feel at once crushingly intimate and hauntingly universal. The London trio’s set on Wednesday at the Royale, accentuated by swirling fog and icy lighting, seemed designed to mirror that same sonic sparsity, even as the band prioritized material from their latest, rockiest record Not to Disappear. Sheltered… continue reading