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Mat Kearney – Just Friends

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  The past several years have seen Mat Kearney’s music evolve from his initial intimate coffee shop acoustic sound into a more pop-based sound laced with hints of hip hop. But despite this, he has maintained the same genuine lyrics and ear-catching hooks that draws listeners in, and continues to do so with the release of his fifth full-length album in late February Just Kids. Featuring several catchy, summery songs… continue reading

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Local Photos: Steve Aoki @ House of Blues 3.17.15

EDM luminary Steve Aoki brought his energetic live show to Boston’s House of Blues on March 17th. Photographer Sebastian Herforth was on hand to document the occasion.

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Local Photos: Tastemakers Presents Speedy Ortiz and Anjimile @ afterhours 3.21.15

Boston’s own Speedy Ortiz and Anjimile delivered killer sets and previewed their forthcoming new records (Foil Deer and Human Nature, respectively) for the Spring edition of Tastemakers Presents.

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Chadwick Stokes – The Horse Comanche

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  It’s easy to dismiss a musician’s stab at a solo career when it follows a successful run in a better-known act. Many artists’ solo projects, or second and third projects in general, go unnoticed, and often new endeavors become flops that are not worth a second listen. But others represent a new stage of musical brilliance. Sometimes, with experience gained from performing for decades, and the freedom of working… continue reading

Show Review: the Dodos @ Brighton Music Hall (3.1.15)

Following the January release of their sixth album, Individ, The Dodos came to Brighton Music Hall on another unsurprisingly snowy Sunday night in Boston. Seamlessly weaving together their latest tracks with discography staples, the duo crafted a set that bounced from the anticipated acoustic pieces to heavier ones in which singer/guitarist Meric Long dared to keep up with drummer Logan Kroeber’s fast-paced rhythms. Brighton Music Hall, with its intimate, casual… continue reading

Show Review: The Lone Bellow @ the Paradise Rock Club (2.12.15)

Fans of The Lone Bellow were far from enthusiastic to have to wait outside in the cold for The Paradise’s doors to open on the brutally cold night of February 12th, but the group still managed to sell out the show in a matter of days when tickets were released back in October. The self-described “Brooklyn country music” trio, made up of lead singer and guitarist Zachary Williams, mandolin player and vocalist, Kenene… continue reading

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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

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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