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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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Local Photos: Tastemakers Presents Car Seat Headrest @ AfterHours 10.2.16

This year, Tastemakers’ Fall Presents featured rising Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, with opening sets by the bands TV Girl and Mutual Benefit. Check out photos from all three bands below!    

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Show Review: Local H @ Brighton Music Hall 11.10.16

[Author’s Note: I did not see the headlining band Helmet’s performance; I left after Local H’s set upon hearing that Leonard Cohen had died to join my radio co-host at 104.9 WRBB to DJ a tribute show. I apologize to Tastemakers’ readers for the subsequent incompleteness of this review.] It’s tempting to wonder why Local H, one of the ‘90s alt-rock boom’s most underrated bands, never achieved the mainstream success… continue reading

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Local Photos: Phantogram @ House of Blues 10.21.16

Returning with their third album “Three” earlier this year, New York dream pop duo Phantogram headlined a show at the House of Blues in Boston last week. Check out photographer Rio Asch Phoenix’s photos of the show below!  

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Show Review: Pierce the Veil @ Paradise Rock Club 6.14.16

On June 14th Pierce the Veil rocked the Paradise Rock Club on their Misadventures Tour. Establishing themselves as leading acts in the heavier sides of pop punk with their album Collide with the Sky in 2012, the four-piece band released Misadventures earlier this year. The venue was sold out, completely packing the pit as well as the balcony areas. The band’s dedicated fans had been waiting since the morning to… continue reading

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Local Photos: Brand New @ Merriweather Post Pavilion 7.12.16

Long Island based alternative rock band Brand New played to a huge crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland this summer. After their co-headlining summer tour with Modest Mouse, Brand New is planning on releasing their first album in six years soon. Check out Nola Chen’s photos of the night below.

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Local Photos: Weezer & Panic! At The Disco @ Jiffy Lube Live 6.24.16

Rock bands Panic! At The Disco and Weezer came together for a co-headlining tour this summer, in support of new album releases from both acts. A crowd-pleasing mix of old and new songs, from new albums Death of a Bachelor (Panic! At The Disco) and The White Album (Weezer), were played. Check out Nola Chen’s photos at the Virginia date of the tour below.

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Show Review: Rhye @ Paradise Rock Club 7.31.16

Of all the members of this decade’s nebulous indie-R&B movement, Rhye hews most closely to the sound and style of the genre’s forebears. The duo’s 2013 album Woman is a musical expression of romantic love, passionate yet tastefully restrained, with no avant-garde production or dark subject matter to dilute their suave sensuality. Music this intimate isn’t always conducive to a memorable concert experience, so Rhye were wise to bring a… continue reading

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Show Review: Silversun Pickups @ House of Blues 7.21.16

For the past decade, Silversun Pickups have written well-crafted modern rock radio hits with obvious stylistic debts to shoegaze and ‘90s alternative. They don’t seem concerned with their music’s lack of experimentation or innovation, and because of this they will never be hip or critically adored. Which is a shame, because at their best Silversun Pickups can hit listeners in their pleasure centers more consistently than any of their alt-rock… continue reading

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Show Review: Paul McCartney @ Fenway Park 7.17.16

Paul McCartney’s songwriting acumen and cultural importance have been treated as incontestable facts for so long that to call him anything less than one of history’s greatest popular musicians would be considered an insult. It should come as no surprise, then, that McCartney’s recent concert at Fenway Park was very, very good. McCartney opened with “A Hard Day’s Night,” as if to reassure the crowd that they had not accidentally… continue reading