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  • Listen Local Mix: 04

    Listen Local Mix: 04

    Our local mixes highlight some of the best submissions we receive, plus a few staff favorites we just had to share with you. This month, the local mix includes something for everyone. Whether...

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  • A Forest Fire: James Blake

    A Forest Fire: James Blake

    The singer-songwriter showcased his ethereal voice and impressive mastery of electronic production at the House of Blues. Despite an exciting light show, attendees expecting a more intimate...

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  • EP Review: Go Away Ghost by Box of Birds

    EP Review: Go Away Ghost by Box of Birds

    On Boston duo Box of Birds latest EP, Go Away Ghost, they explore new sounds without abandoning their paradoxical punk-folk style. Boston duo Box of Birds (Steph Durwin, Charlie Gargano)...

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  • Interview: José González & The String Theory Take Over Boston Symphony Hall

    Interview: José González & The String Theory Take Over Boston Symphony Hall

    Supporting their 2019 album Live in Europe, José González & The String Theory will perform at Boston Symphony Hall on March 18. González first played with The String Theory back in 2010 when they...

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  • EP Review: Clear Vision by Jimmy Lax

    EP Review: Clear Vision by Jimmy Lax

    Over blue-toned beats, rapper Jimmy Lax runs a reel of distressing memories that he then shape-shifts into tiny vessels of enlightenment on his debut EP.  Rapper Jimmy Lax debuted a lucid and...

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  • Interview: Collectif Medz Bazar

    Interview: Collectif Medz Bazar

    The genre-bending Collectif Medz Bazar was formed in 2012 on a boat in a Parisian canal. The Péniche Anako, the boat in question, was the first Parisian venue to host jam sessions for...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Bombino (3/16)

    Ticket Giveaway: Bombino (3/16)

    Nigerien singer-songwriter and guitarist Bombino is coming to The Sinclair on Saturday, March 16, and we’re giving away two tickets! Omar “Bombino” Moctar was raised in a nomadic Tuareg encampment...

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  • Dim the Lights and Blast the Overdrive: Balms

    Dim the Lights and Blast the Overdrive: Balms

    Balms swept through O’Brien’s Pub and left behind the echoes of clean, dark, note-bending atmospheric rock balanced with vague, impressionable lyricism. As shown on their debut LP Mirror, San...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Men I Trust (3/14)

    Ticket Giveaway: Men I Trust (3/14)

    Dream-pop trio Men I Trust are playing The Sinclair on Thursday, March 14. We’re giving away two tickets! The Montreal band was founded in 2014 while Jessy Caron and Drago Chiriac were attending...

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  • Premiere: Maggie Willow by Hawthorn

    Premiere: Maggie Willow by Hawthorn

    ll life on Earth descended from a group of organisms called LUCA: the last universal common ancestor. LUCA reminds us that we are not too different from the chairs we sit on or the flowers we...

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  • My Blood’s Still Flowing: Metric

    My Blood’s Still Flowing: Metric

    Metric storms into Boston with new wave rock rhythms, electric energy and poetic lyricism. After Latin rockers Zoe performed a spirited, artful set reminiscent of an early Interpol album, the...

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  • A House Party Get-down at The Sinclair: The Knocks

    A House Party Get-down at The Sinclair: The Knocks

    Pumping out summertime kickback jams with hip-hop heart and a disco shine, The Knocks thawed out an icy cold Boston crowd into a college house party sweat. In an homage to their breakout album,...

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  • Selected Sounds: Marching in Time

    Selected Sounds: Marching in Time

    It is officially March. So, spring is going to start anytime now, right? Right? RIGHT? One can only hope. But, while we wait and continue to freeze, check out some of our team’s hot picks for this...

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  • Video Premiere: Alec Hutson’s Tiny Bathroom Concert

    Video Premiere: Alec Hutson’s Tiny Bathroom Concert

    The crux of Sylvia Plath’s only novel, The Bell Jar, is the protagonist Esther Greenwood’s meditation on a fig tree, taken from a short story the character reads earlier in the book. Greenwood,...

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  • Concert Gallery: Anderson .Paak at Orpheum

    Concert Gallery: Anderson .Paak at Orpheum

    nderson .Paak does not sit still. Whenever he wasn’t bounding across the stage, waving his arms over his head, and dancing with the mic he was perched behind the drum kit, smacking impressive drum...

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  • EP Review: [Visions Before] by THELASTGEKKO

    EP Review: [Visions Before] by THELASTGEKKO

    On his [Visions Before] EP, THELASTGEKKO explores the realm of atmospheric hip-hop as he embarks on the convoluted road to self-discovery, alone. Massachusetts-bred protean producer, THELASTGEKKO,...

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  • Concert Gallery: Twen | Carinae | Edge Petal Burn

    Concert Gallery: Twen | Carinae | Edge Petal Burn

    The Boston DIY scene has spawned a number of prodigal children over the years. One such prodigal band is Twen, and they recently made the long trip home. Twen was born out of the ashes left behind...

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  • Sippin’ Away My Soul: Hudson Taylor

    Sippin’ Away My Soul: Hudson Taylor

    Brother duo Hudson Taylor brings a piece of their native Ireland to Boston with traditional folk melodies. In the dark, warm back room of the Haymarket Lounge at City Winery, fans stood eagerly...

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  • Album Review: Squints by slo-anne

    Album Review: Squints by slo-anne

    slo-anne’s debut LP conjures memories of childhood and the fear of being stuck in a small town forever. Channeling the chord progressions of Bleach-era Krist Novoselic and the gritty early vocals...

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  • Local Spotlight: Tory Silver

    Local Spotlight: Tory Silver

    icture this: a modern-day Janis Joplin with gritty rhythms reminiscent of Jimmy Page; the type of music that would suit the background of a intense, dimly-lit scene on True Detective. She’s an...

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