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NEW WOW – New Man

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Catchy. Not a word I use often, but it describes NEW WOW’s debut mixtape perfectly. I’ve had every single track stuck in my head at some point today, and that’s including the spoken interlude. Get your deliberately contrasting patterns on and pump this hyper-modern 2017 indie-pop mixtape into your ears. NEW WOW is comprised of producer Murray Sandmeyer and vocalist Pam Stravitz, both current Northeastern students. New Man features verses… continue reading

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Foxygen @ Paradise Rock Club 3.25.17

It’s Saturday at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, and I don’t feel quite like I’m dreaming, which, believe it or not, is what I had previously been expecting. It’s far too lucid a dissociation. I do feel like someone else might be dreaming – someone I love and trust yet somehow don’t know very well – and I am in it. Sam France, androgynous frontman of Foxygen and three-way… continue reading

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Busty and The Bass @ Brighton Music Hall 2.11.17

Nick Ferraro of Busty and the Bass addresses a buzzing, sold-out crowd at Brighton Music Hall on February 11th: “Last time we played here, there were, like, fifty people.” Fifty people is closer to what I’d expected when we wandered in towards the end of Mo Lowda and the Humble’s set. Vocalist Jordan Caiola looks like a frat boy, but sings like Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon. The comparison… continue reading

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A Q&A with Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove

Indie-rock, alt-country, whatever you want to classify them as — Pinegrove is everything and more. The band originated in Montclair, New Jersey in 2010, and signed on to Run for Cover Records in Allston in 2015. Pinegrove has been touring constantly over the last few years, and their 2016 album Cardinal was among the Tastemakers favorites (we loved it so much we had to put it in our Top Albums… continue reading

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Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me

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A Crow Looked At Me is nothing short of heart-wrenching. Recorded in the months following the premature loss of his wife to pancreatic cancer, Phil Elverum (recording as Mount Eerie) takes the listener through the full process of loss, grieving, and reluctant recovery. Needless to say, this is not an album to approach lightly. It is, however, an album that everybody should hear. From Elverum’s first admission that death is… continue reading

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Big Sean – I Decided.

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2016 saw some of the biggest album drops in the mainstream hip-hop/rap scene: Kanye West’s eccentric The Life of Pablo, Chance’s gospel-infused Coloring Book and A Tribe Called Quest’s spellbinding We got it from Here… , just to name a few. Big Sean undoubtedly knew that he had to follow up with an unparalleled project to set off 2017, asserting his dominance and lyrical presence in the midst of the greats…. continue reading

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A Q&A with Cymbals Eat Guitars

Headlining Tastemakers Presents this spring was indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars (CEG). The band will be going on tour this spring with the Pixies, along with Sunflower Bean (check out our interview with them here). CEG brought an entertaining show to Afterhours, but beforehand Tastemakers was able to sit and chat with singer Joe D’Agostino, bassist Matt Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton and drummer Andy Dole.   TMM: What’s your… continue reading

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Local Photos: Tastemakers Presents Cymbals Eat Guitars @ AfterHours 3.18.17

Staten Island-based indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined Tastemakers’ Spring Presents in AfterHours this year. Check out photos from the set below!  

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A Q&A with Sunflower Bean

The rise of Sunflower Bean has been a meteoric one, even by buzz band standards. Singer/bassist Julia Cumming, singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber formed the band in 2013 while still teenagers, and over the next three years of near-constant gigging they honed their fresh take on classic psych-rock and dream-pop influences. All the goodwill they’d accumulated paid off last year, with their debut album Human Ceremony justifying the… continue reading

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A Q&A with Lithic

In issue 47, we reviewed a local house show with the Berklee based band Lithic. After the show, Tastemakers sat down with bandmates Stone Panunzio, Jack Dinger, Marvin Buessau and Juan Peña to discuss the show, the band and what the future holds. Tastemakers Magazine (TMM): Lithic; you guys are coming from Berklee School of music; you have a very unique and diverse sound. What’s the backstory   here? How… continue reading