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Prince: The Beautiful One

  Editor’s Note: A discography overview feature on the expansive career of Prince was planned, written and sent to print for the forthcoming issue of Tastemakers, weeks before today’s tragic news. In light of the circumstances, we’ve decided to bring it to the web as well with a new introduction by the author. -Ben Stas, Editor in Chief … I wrote this discography because I love Prince and the news… continue reading

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The Top Albums of 2015

10. Grimes - Art Angels To say that Art Angels was eagerly awaited would be an understatement. It had been almost four years since Boucher’s breakthrough album Visions. In the meantime, she nearly had a complete mental and physical breakdown while touring, started making a concerted effort to “eat every day, and eat enough food, and sleep at night,” considered ending solo work after experiencing sexism in the music industry, released… continue reading


Converse Rubber Tracks opens up shop in Boston

What happens when you build a 1,100 square foot, state-of-the-art studio, fill it with top-notch equipment, install a 5088 Neve console, and let artists use the space for free? The Converse Rubber Tracks Studio. The new Boston Rubber Tracks Studio was built inside the Converse headquarters building in Lovejoy Wharf to give new artists an opportunity to record in a professional studio setting. It opened in July of this year… continue reading


Boston Calling Fall 2015 – Day Three

Following suit of day two, the final day of Calling also opened with a local act. Massachusetts-bred Dirty Bangs warmed up the crowd with their Americana-inspired alt-rock and frontman Evan Kelley’s fine footwork. The second act, grunge-rockers Bully, took the stage and unassumingly hammered out a solid set. The Nashville natives played a slew of tracks off their debut LP, Feels Like, including the confessional single “Trying.” Singer Alicia Bognanno’s… continue reading


Boston Calling Fall 2015 – Day Two

Allston’s own Grey Season commenced day two with a clever adaptation of The Clash’s “London Calling,” substituting the U.K. city’s name with that of The Bean. After turning heads, the band continued to excite with acapella harmonies leading into a lively set of alternative folk-rock. Formerly known as Saint Pepsi, Skylar Spence kicked off the next set with a steady pulse of disco dance synth. The group played tracks off… continue reading


Boston Calling Fall 2015 – Day One

Friday’s Boston Calling lineup was likely crafted from the daydreams of the modern folk fan. At promptly 5:30 p.m., fans flooded City Hall Plaza, rushing to reserve places in front of the festival’s JetBlue stage. Indie folk singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov kicked off the festival with a set of “sad banjo bastard songs,” according to the frontman. The Coloradan and his backing quartet nonchalantly took the stage and cast a… continue reading


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


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


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


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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Tastemakers Does “Major Lazer: The Series”

Thomas Pentz, aka Diplo, has set himself up as an electronic music trend-setter, dipping his toes into all sorts of projects from his label Mad Decent to his collaboration with Skrillex known as Jack Ü. One of the biggest names Diplo has created for himself would be the persona of Major Lazer, the Jamaican dance music group founded by Diplo and English producer Switch, which is represented by a large… continue reading