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  • Local Spotlight: Optic Bloom 

    Local Spotlight: Optic Bloom 

    Recently nominated for “New Artist of the Year” at Boston Music Awards, local duo Optic Bloom reveals how their personal growth and history in the local music scene has led to their success. ...

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  • Selected Sounds: 6 Shows to Fuel Your January

    Selected Sounds: 6 Shows to Fuel Your January

    The twinkling lights and glowing trees have all but come down, so now we’re walking out into that cold January weather. Brighten up the start of your year with a concert (or five)! Saturday,...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Alec Hutson (1/10)

    Ticket Giveaway: Alec Hutson (1/10)

    Alec Hutson will unleash an eclectic and otherworldly sound with his six piece band this Friday in Boston, as they cover the entirety of Radiohead’s OK Computer. Coupled with a set from Boston...

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  • Concert Gallery: Emilia Ali, Maria Ellis, and plainfacedgirl

    Concert Gallery: Emilia Ali, Maria Ellis, and plainfacedgirl

    Berklee alumni Emilia Ali, Maria Ellis, and plainfacedgirl returned to the Red Room at Cafe 939 for a night filled with lush synths, powerful vocals, and honest songwriting. The post Concert...

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  • A Master Class in Pop Performance: Kim Petras

    A Master Class in Pop Performance: Kim Petras

    Kim Petras, German-born rising queen of pop, delivered a master class in perfectly executed 2019 pop music and showed her range, from bouncy bubblegum Britney to badass modern Beyonce. As freezing...

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  • The Return: Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star 

    The Return: Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star 

    Two of Brooklyn’s finest emcees, Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli reunited as the prolific Black Star, backed up by DJ Hi-Tek for a night of pure, uncut hip hop at Boston’s newest music...

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  • Listen Local Mix 09

    Listen Local Mix 09

    New year, new tunes. Start 2020 off right with the best songs from your favorite local artists. We took some of the best songs submitted to Sound of Boston this past month, and wrapped them up...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Yola (1/7)

    Ticket Giveaway: Yola (1/7)

    Yola is currently perched high atop what most new artists would consider a Grammy-nominated heaven. After the release of her first studio album Walk Through Fire in 2019, the English singer...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Bad Rabbits (12/27)

    Ticket Giveaway: Bad Rabbits (12/27)

    The zestful Boston-based Bad Rabbits are jumping into a performance at the Sinclair with fellow local Cliff Notez to close out 2019. Their 2018 album, Mimi, captures funk in its purest form....

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  • Concert Gallery: Caamp

    Concert Gallery: Caamp

    Ohio trio Caamp brought sweet, banjo-filled melodies to Boston for two nights, as a sold-out crowd sung along to melodies from By and By, released earlier this year, and Boys, their self-released...

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  • Album Review: Fearless Mortal Inventory by Yoni Gordon

    Album Review: Fearless Mortal Inventory by Yoni Gordon

    Yoni Gordon does a stylistic 180 on Fearless Mortal Inventory, veering away from ear-worm pop songs to brooding abysses of doleful contemplation as he explores the ideas of pain and barriers. If...

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  • Premiere: Terminal 14 by Sweeps

    Premiere: Terminal 14 by Sweeps

    Terminal 14 paints a starry night over opaque, winter days. Over the last three years, Sweeps has witnessed his momentum take flight with his jazz-brewed hip-hop soaked in syrupy synths. The...

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  • Closer to You: Clairo

    Closer to You: Clairo

    Clairo acknowledged her viral rise to fame without basking in it, putting on an intimate show that seemed more conversation than performance. Clairo’s recent ascension into the indie music...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Cautious Clay (12/11)

    Ticket Giveaway: Cautious Clay (12/11)

    Two years ago, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joshua Karpeh, also known as Cautious Clay, walked away from his white-collar job and charmed fans with his debut single, “Cold...

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  • Happy Panic Attack: AJR

    Happy Panic Attack: AJR

    While other bands create a show aimed at making the crowd forget about their problems, AJR breaks away from that trend to celebrate and embrace our imperfections. “It reminded me of a happy panic...

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  • Rock the Jackboot Jump: Hozier

    Rock the Jackboot Jump: Hozier

    Bathed in the warmth of The Wang Theatre and the ethereal glow of low-lit stage lights, Hozier’s opener Angie MacMahon crooned to the adoring crowd before her. Creating a safe enclave far away...

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  • Concert Gallery: Taking Back Sunday

    Concert Gallery: Taking Back Sunday

    Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday tore through the House of Blues in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Lead singer, Adam Lazzara, led the band through their earliest hits while...

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  • Concert Gallery: Ra Ra Riot

    Concert Gallery: Ra Ra Riot

    Ra Ra Riot‘s fuzzy and ethereal sound captivated the intimate crowd at the Sinclair for an evening that featured songs off of their discography that has spanned over a decade.   The post Concert...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Son Little (11/25)

    Ticket Giveaway: Son Little (11/25)

    While his 2015 album symbolizes a “‘futurist talking drum,’” this EP exemplifies nostalgic, yearning guitar chords, Little’s most recent  EP invisible is purposeful and poetic in nature. LA-born,...

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