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New England product, 2008

Vets and newbs vie for your vote
It’s hard enough for bands to get any attention from their local public without some pesky election coming in and hogging the spotlight.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 11, 2008


RIP 3516

A local punk hotbed goes up in smoke
Over the years, hordes of bands have played 3516 (Darkbuster and many more), and this Monday at the Middle East upstairs, there’s a benefit for the displaced rockers.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 10, 2008


Road worriers

Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2008


Home grown

The Viva La Vinal Fest blooms again
To maximize summer fun before winter comes in and ruins everything for everybody, Audrey Ryan and a committee have organized the 3rd Annual Viva La Vinal Festival.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 02, 2008


Train gang

C. Kellam Scott and Richard Garet at Axiom
Julie Madden and Autumn Ahn. C. Kellam Scott and Richard Garet are a pair inspired by everyday noise, but, I’m happy to say, they’re far more inspiring.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 02, 2008


Boston music news: September 5, 2008

Notes on the Dirty Truckers and the Kickbacks
I’m not one to gossip, so you didn’t hear it from me, but . . .
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 03, 2008


The shores of cool

Interview: Liz Phair paddles back to Guyville
I’d love to get all swept up in the hullabaloo surrounding Liz Phair’s 1993, now seminal, now reissued  Exile in Guyville , I really would.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2008


The beat goes on

DFA’s heyday may be a whole heydecade
It’s been seven years since DFA Records authorized scads of ostensibly soulless hipsters to relax a little and shake their asses the way young people ought to.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2008


Boston music news: August 29, 2008

Notes on Therefore I Am and Self-Righteous Brothers.
Attn, emo nation: prepare to claw at your tear-streaked cheeks with joyous envy.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2008


I think I’m gonna throw down

The Motion Sick make us feel all woozy
Wanna get in on the music-licensing boom? Be smart like the Motion Sick.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 20, 2008


Gnarls Barkley + Hercules and Love Affair

Wilbur Theatre, August 6, 2008
To the cynic, the scene milling around in front of the sold-out Wilbur could merely have been proof of the power of a hit single.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008


Alien lanes

Free candlepin Mondays at the Milky Way
By 9 pm last Monday, the Milky Way’s seven lanes were thoroughly stuffed.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008



Band in Boston escapes to the web
If you’re flummoxed by the dizzying breadth of our rock scene, a good place to start deflummoxing might be the trifecta of Band in Boston podcasts.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 19, 2008


Poni Hoax

Images of Sigrid | Tigersushi
Poni Hoax are, it’s clear, out to crash the increasingly humdrum post-disco party (just with better supplies), so it’s only fair that you crash theirs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008


Boston music news: August 15, 2008

Notes on Grimis and 30 years of Boston punk
Broken River Prophets, Grimis, Basement Band, and more.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008


Luminous sadness

Alina Simone sings Yanka Dyagileva
“Part of my goal is to just fucking force Americans to listen to Russian rock.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008


Bumpin' crop

A summer harvest of New England Product
This Friday, August 8, our FNX homies have gathered five of Boston’s best rock bands for a spectacular blowout at the Middle East Downstairs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008


Boston music news: August 8, 2008

Notes on Disappearer, Vagiant, the American Idols Live Tour, Steven Brodsky, and more
Three ways to feel good about going out at night — or three ways to feel like utter shit in the morning. Whichever.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008


Anti-Bush league

The No More Bush Tour rolls in
It’s crucial that we maintain clarity by holding fast to simple truths — like how our president is kind of a dick.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008


Late bloomer

George Michael at TD Banknorth Garden, July 27, 2008
Word came: “George Michael is in the building!” — and the place roared and squeed.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008
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