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Local Photos: Zac Brown Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center 7.7.17

Country music stars, the Zac Brown Band played to a packed crowd at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey on their “Welcome Home” tour.  Photographer Lauren Scornavacca’s coverage can be seen below!


Jay-Z – 4:44

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Jay Z’s highly anticipated 4:44 was announced with a short, black and white clip of Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali practicing his punches with the help of Danny Glover. A soft piano instrumental, backed with hi-hats and a choral loop carry the scene forward, introducing Hov’s lyrics to the song “Adnis,” not included in the digital release of the album and only available as a 30 second sample to date…. continue reading


(Sandy) Alex G @ The Sinclair 7.5.17

On his recent Cambridge tour stop, (Sandy) Alex G wowed the sold-out Sinclair crowd with his mastery of a ludicrously broad range of styles, solidifying his position as one of the most unique talents to emerge from Philadelphia’s fertile indie scene. Porches drummer Cameron Wisch fronts the band Cende, whose brisk, catchy opening set started the evening on a relatively light note. While their brash power-pop held few surprises, a… continue reading


ZZ Ward @ Le Poisson Rouge 6.14.17

“It’s been a long time coming, and nothing’s stopping it this time. Thank you all so much for sticking with me.” Those were a few of the final words spoken to the crowd before ZZ Ward’s last song of the night at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge. She is referring to her upcoming LP The Storm, a project that over the last half-decade has gone through quite the battle. The album was… continue reading


For Those About to Co-Op, We Salute You

Fall co-op has begun. For many of us, music is essential to staying focused and enjoying our time at work. Nothing kicks in that productive drive and focus like the perfect beat in your ears. But finding the right music to listen on the job can be a challenge sometimes; songs that are too lyrical or melodically complex can be distracting. With this in mind, here is a playlist of… continue reading


Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

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Technically Vince Staples’ second studio album, Big Fish Theory struggles to find a message—on purpose. It’s as anxious, intense, exhausted, and angry as Staples himself. The first track released, “BagBak,” was an overtly political Black anthem that moved along quickly and held nothing back. As the lead single, it christened the project with an on-brand dedication: “This is for my future baby mama/ Hope your skin is black as midnight.” The… continue reading


Snoop Dogg – Neva Left

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On cusp of this decade, millennial and new-school rappers are constantly shaping and re-shaping the characteristics of rap music – from lyricism, to delivery, to even production. As we observe this ongoing change, the probing question becomes: where does this leave the older rappers? Snoop Dogg, one of the most beloved and revered old-school emcees, takes a clear note of this anxiety, yet calmly reassures in his fifteenth studio effort… continue reading


The Mountain Goats – Goths

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Nothing brings the best out of John Darnielle like a concept album. The auteur behind The Mountain Goats often puts as much care into establishing and investigating themes in his records as he does in his acclaimed novels. While his albums could once be neatly classified as either fiction or autobiography, recently Darnielle has taken to mixing the two, combining vividly rendered vignettes with personal reflections on everything from Bible… continue reading


Local Photos: Boston Calling 2017

This year, for the first time, Boston Calling Music Festival was held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA. Tastemaker David McDevitt was there to capture moments from a wide variety of sets throughout the weekend-long event. Check out his photos below!  


Five Acts that Surprised Us at Boston Calling 2017

Boston Calling’s first year away from its former home confined in the shadows of City Hall has officially come to a close. New venue growing pains aside, Boston Calling maintained the reputation it has earned as one of the most lucrative small festivals in the country, upgrading itself to three full days of diverse yet cohesively arranged musicians from punk rock to electronica through both the early sets and the headliners…. continue reading

Will Toledo at Tastemakers Presents

A Q&A with Car Seat Headrest

In the last year, Seattle indie rockers Car Seat Headrest have been on the upswing. After the 2016 release of Teens of Denial, the band has drawn sold out crowds and appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – it’s easy to forget that Car Seat began as the lo-fi solo project of vocalist Will Toledo. Tonight, they’ll be playing a set at Boston Calling. Following an electric headlining… continue reading