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Show Review: Balance and Composure @ The Royale 11.14.16

They come around every year, just as winter’s chill begins its unwelcome invasion: the emo package tours. The one that recently stopped by the Royale, anchored by Balance and Composure with support from Foxing and Mercury Girls, was a strong entry in this new seasonal tradition.     Mercury Girls are kind of a Philadelphia indie supergroup, featuring members of well-regarded local bands like Literature, and their dreamy yet propulsive indie-pop… continue reading

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A Q&A with Daniel Gibson of Streets of Laredo

Daniel Gibson, the singer/guitarist fronting Streets of Laredo, loves developing his band’s music while still preserving their sound. The family-based band is originally from Auckland, New Zealand, but relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 2012. The band released their sophomore album Wild on Oct. 21, but Gibson said being an aspiring band in a big city is no menial task. Tastemakers Magazine recently caught up with Gibson over the phone… continue reading

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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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Preview: Fitz and the Tantrums @ House of Blues 11.15.16

Fitz & the Tantrums rose to fame with their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces in 2010 and has since released two other studio albums, the most recent being a self-titled that they released earlier this year. They’re currently on a fall tour promoting their latest album and are coming to House of Blues in Boston on Nov. 15. According to bassist Joseph Karnes, fans can look forward to a… continue reading

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Show Review: RÜFÜS DU SOL @ Paradise Rock Club 11.4.16

RÜFÜS DU SOL, the alternative dance trio from Sydney, Australia spent Friday night at Paradise Rock Club spreading their energy through a packed crowd of psyched concertgoers. Dena Amy took the stage first, mixing smooth, feel-good beats that the steadily growing crowd bounced and swayed to. The second opener, Danny Harley (better known as The Kite String Tangle), showcased his multifaceted talent as a DJ, pianist and singer through his… continue reading

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Show Review: Daughter @ The Royale 11.2.16

Daughter’s best songs, like the delicate “Landfill” and agonized “Smother,” are steeped in shadow and smoke, rolling dissections of heartache and hopelessness that feel at once crushingly intimate and hauntingly universal. The London trio’s set on Wednesday at the Royale, accentuated by swirling fog and icy lighting, seemed designed to mirror that same sonic sparsity, even as the band prioritized material from their latest, rockiest record Not to Disappear. Sheltered… continue reading

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A Q&A with Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas, the singer/guitarist/songwriter behind Local H, will not be stopped. A mere two months after touring behind the 20th anniversary of As Good As Dead, their brilliant concept album on the rage and dejection engendered by small-town life, Local H is back on the road opening for Helmet. It’s a fitting pairing, as both bands are hard-working warhorses from the heavier side of ‘90s alt-rock. They’ll be coming to… 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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LVL UP – Return to Love

Moldy | Stale | Edible | Fresh | Tasty!

If, in about a month or so, the universe conspires against us all and allows for the election of Donald Trump as the next president of this sinking ship of a country, and the new administration rounds up everyone who isn’t a straight white dude and marches us all down to the gates of hell, I will gladly accept my doomed fate, as long as LVL UP’s Return to Love… continue reading

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Panorama Fest 2016- Day Three Recap

The thing people tend to forget about festivals is that they happen in the summer, and summer is hot. So when my girlfriend and I landed on Randall’s island for day three of Panorama Festival, we quickly bought some ice cream sandwiches and posted up in the shade on a hill looking down at the main stage, staying there for about the first half of the day. The first artist… continue reading