Sound of Boston

The face of Boston’s music scene.

  • Album Review: Bando Wave by LouBands

    Album Review: Bando Wave by LouBands

    LouBands brings the unwavering hip hop hustle, hunger, and entrepreneurial spirit to his latest album, Bando Wave.   Boston-based rapper LouBands is wasting no time making a name for himself. He...

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  • Album Review: Stain Your Tongue by Houndsteeth

    Album Review: Stain Your Tongue by Houndsteeth

    Stain Your Tongue, Houndsteeth’s debut album, is a sinuous and sincere exploration of the self. While this 27-minute project deals with darker themes—stagnation, isolation and anxiety—shrill...

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  • Selected Sounds: Jam Out In July

    Selected Sounds: Jam Out In July

    Summer is in full swing: the sun is out, the shorts are on, and the drinks are flowing (purely for hydration, of course). What better way to celebrate the fun in the sun? A bunch of awesome live...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Julie Rhodes (7/13)

    Ticket Giveaway: Julie Rhodes (7/13)

    Boston’s own Julie Rhodes plays the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, July 13, and we’re giving away two tickets! Julie Rhodes is a local blues rock artist and winner of the 2016 Boston Music...

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  • Interview: Bernard Fowler

    Interview: Bernard Fowler

    The history of rock n roll is a brilliantly vibrant one, packed with rebellion, turbulence, love, and above all, incredible music. The impassioned man in the middle of it all, Bernard Fowler,...

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  • A Heart to Break: Kim Petras

    A Heart to Break: Kim Petras

    Unapologetic pop star Kim Petras gave a glittered Sinclair audience infectious electro-pop dance beats and soaring vocals about boys, clothes, cars, and drugs on her sold-out headlining “Broken”...

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  • Concert Gallery: Little Simz

    Concert Gallery: Little Simz

    London-based hip-hop artist Little Simz brought her smooth lyricism and flow to a Boston crowd, who met her with the enthusiasm of a local artist. The post Concert Gallery: Little Simz appeared...

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  • Hipstory Presents: Boston Answering

    Hipstory Presents: Boston Answering

    Local music takes a stand at Boston Answering, a one-night hip hop-centric artist showcase for Boston residents and a shot across the bow at Boston Calling. When you walk into the lobby of...

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  • Album Review: Reagan Esther Myer by Rebecca Kopycinski

    Album Review: Reagan Esther Myer by Rebecca Kopycinski

    Only one part of an ambitious and immersive world, Reagan Esther Myer delivers incisive social commentary through a retro-futuristic synth-pop sound. Reagan Esther Myer is part concept album, part...

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  • Premiere: “Only Physical” by Matthew Connor

    Premiere: “Only Physical” by Matthew Connor

    A few green leaves flutter with the wind, held down by two peaches, grapes, and a large pomegranate. The colors of the fruits contrast against the scratched wooden table they sit atop, and the...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Bad Books (6/25)

    Ticket Giveaway: Bad Books (6/25)

    American indie rock band Bad Books is playing the Royale on Tuesday, June 25th and we’re giving away two tickets! Bad Books is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Kevin Devine...

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  • Album Review: Like Waves by Erika Hansen

    Album Review: Like Waves by Erika Hansen

    Erika Hansen’s latest, near-theatrical EP moves through various genres and textures while still holding together a concise, effective statement. The cover of Erika Hansen’s latest EP, Like Waves,...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Helado Negro (6/21)

    Ticket Giveaway: Helado Negro (6/21)

    Helado Negro is playing at Brighton Music Hall on Friday, June 21st, and we’re giving away two tickets! This giveaway closes Wednesday, June 19th at 10 PM, so get your submission in soon. Born to...

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  • Sound of Boston: Listen Local Mix 06

    Sound of Boston: Listen Local Mix 06

    So much amazing music is released in our very own back yard every single month. Too much for you to keep up with, and certainly too much for us to write a formal review on every single song that...

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  • Album Review: TRANSIT by TEGA

    Album Review: TRANSIT by TEGA

    TEGA sounds almost unrecognizable in this short collection of heavily-produced electronic music. He manages to push all the right experimental boundaries in a surprising, but excellent, sophomore...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Cuco (6/19)

    Ticket Giveaway: Cuco (6/19)

    Mexican-American singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Cuco plays the Paradise Rock Club on Wednesday, June 19th, and we’re giving away two tickets! Cuco is a viral voice for Gen...

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  • Selected Sounds: Get Jiggy in June

    Selected Sounds: Get Jiggy in June

    Boston Calling, Boston Answering, and Campire Fest may all be officially over but the summer concert season is just getting started. (I mean, let’s be honest, East Coast summers don’t start until...

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  • Album Review: Softest Destroyer by Carol

    Album Review: Softest Destroyer by Carol

    Minor keys unlock haunting, sprawling melodies on Carol’s debut EP. Still fresh to the Boston scene, Carol’s debut EP, Softest Destroyer, comes a year after the release of her single, “Lilies.”...

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  • Psychedelic Lightness and Breathability: Olden Yolk

    Psychedelic Lightness and Breathability: Olden Yolk

    Olden Yolk breezed into Cambridge in support of their newest LP, Living Theatre, leaving behind traces of an atmospheric calm. Olden Yolk’s music is difficult to describe with adjectives; rather,...

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  • Premiere: I Could Have Smiled At You More by Olivia Barton

    Premiere: I Could Have Smiled At You More by Olivia Barton

    On her first album, singer and songwriter Olivia Barton exposes her pain—not to dwell on it, but to release it. It is difficult to listen to a friend vent about a heartbreaking situation. While...

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