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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 – Day Three

Following suit from last year’s strong Sunday showing, Pitchfork Festival’s final day once again proved to be its best. The weekend’s most temperate weather combined with a near flawless lineup to close out the weekend with a bang. Straight out of the gate, Canada’s Viet Cong belied their claims of having been drinking tequila until 5 A.M. the preceding morning by delivering a tight and energetic set of their clanging… continue reading

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Q&A with Royal Blood

Royal Blood’s hard-hitting sound has already caught the attention of the rock community. Hot off the heels of a major label debut, the English duo has already earned praise from Jimmy Page and a support slot on Foo Fighters’ North American/UK tour. Tastemakers Magazine caught up with the group’s lead singer and bassist Mike Kerr to talk influences, their lack of a guitarist, and the future.   Tastemakers Magazine (TMM):… continue reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 – Day Two

As Saturday afternoon rolled around in Chicago, Jimmy Whispers was wrapping up what sounded like an uncomfortable set with a bizarre “What A Wonderful World” cover while a lot of confused individuals waited for Protomartyr to take the Red Stage. The Detroit foursome struck up muscular post-punk grooves in the boiling sun, with frontman Joe Casey taking no notice of the heat in a black suit and snarling through his… continue reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 – Day One

Ah Pitchfork Fest, how I love thee. The Chicago festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend at Union Park, offering up another stacked and diverse lineup that once again cemented its status as one of the finest musical gatherings around. From veteran rockers to up-and-coming talents of just about every genre imaginable, there was predictably no shortage of must-see sets, and not even alternating doses of the city’s least… continue reading

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Miguel – Wildheart

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A quick glance at the cover art of Miguel’s Wildheart is all it takes to get a good idea of what’s to come on the album. It’s cosmic, colorful and Miguel’s shirtless figure towering over a bowed, naked woman is a less-than-subtle way of telling us that there will be no lack of sexuality. While in some ways this image is the perfect flyer for Miguel’s music, it doesn’t do… continue reading

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Show Review: Mudhoney @ Brighton Music Hall 7.11.15

Before grunge veterans Mudhoney took the Brighton Music Hall stage, a local band called White Dynomite treated the audience to their best ‘70s rock star impersonations. The group’s members wore white suits, made dumb jokes about drinking and women and played standard-issue hard rock while strutting and posing with a sincerity that left no doubt that they took their shtick seriously. While the sheer silliness of the whole affair initially… continue reading

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Holly Herndon – Platform

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Holly Herndon’s Platform, a creatural awakening sandwiched between thumping techno and intricate electronic glitch, maximizes the potential of human voice by contrasting it with a future dominated by technology. Herndon has always been interested in this computerized vision of the future; her previous two albums, Car and Movement, somehow communicated both the fear and beauty of a technologic tomorrowland. Platform is an imagination of contemporary life in a completely mechanical-dominated… continue reading

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Local Photos: Wire @ The Sinclair 6.2.2015

Post-punk vets Wire stopped by Cambridge’s Sinclair last month in support of their self-titled 14th studio album, with support from New Jersey experimentalist Julian Lynch. Photos from the evening are below.

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Local Photos: Solid Sound 2015 @ MASS MoCA

The 2015 edition of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival took place at North Adams’ MASS MoCA last weekend, featuring two headlining sets from its curators alongside a diverse bill including Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Mac Demarco, Cibo Matto, Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd and many more. Check out a photo recap of the weekend below. Friday night featured an unplugged, all-acoustic performance from Wilco. Following Wilco’s set, Real Estate took on a… continue reading

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Local Photos: Boston Calling @ City Hall Plaza 5.22-24.15

The Spring edition of Boston Calling took over City Hall Plaza at the end of May with sets from the Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Beck, Tame Impala, Tenacious D and numerous others. Photographer Sebastian Herforth was on site all weekend to capture the scenes.

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Hop Along – Painted Shut

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When Hop Along dropped the “Queen Ansleis” part of their name in 2012, it was as if a window of cynicism had slammed shut onto the fingers of the listening public.  Gone was the beady-eyed optimism that inspired the band’s name in the first place, back when a college-age Frances Quinlan told listeners to “sing your song” despite what your guidance counselor may tell you.  The acoustic guitar and playfully… continue reading