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  • Ticket Giveaway: The Marías & Triathalon (11/20)

    Ticket Giveaway: The Marías & Triathalon (11/20)

    Ones to Watch and Fenway Recordings are bringing The Marías and Triathalon to Brighton Music Hall on Tuesday, November 20th, and we’re giving away two tickets! The Marías are a psychedelic soul...

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  • Interview: Ólafur Arnalds and Pianos That Go Bleep Bloop

    Interview: Ólafur Arnalds and Pianos That Go Bleep Bloop

    On his latest work, re:member, Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds blends technology and music not only in the sounds itself—he uses a special software to create a unique chorus of pianos—but in the creation...

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  • Clout Culture and Ukulele Covers: Billie Eilish

    Clout Culture and Ukulele Covers: Billie Eilish

    As her streaming numbers propel her into the pop music stratosphere, Billie Eilish stays down-to-earth and entirely herself. Billie Eilish is a popstar very much of the moment: equal parts...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: (Sandy) Alex G (11/18)

    Ticket Giveaway: (Sandy) Alex G (11/18)

    (Sandy) Alex G is playing Paradise Rock Club on Sunday, November 18, and we’re giving away two tickets! Fans of Frank Ocean have definitely heard (Sandy) Alex G before. He added gentle guitar...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Charlotte Lawrence (11/13)

    Ticket Giveaway: Charlotte Lawrence (11/13)

    Rising pop star Charlotte Lawrence takes over Great Scott on Tuesday, November 13th. We’re giving away two tickets! Daughter of director and producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town, Spin City)...

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  • EP Review: Hand-Drawn Hearts by American Ink

    EP Review: Hand-Drawn Hearts by American Ink

    American Ink doles out a heady amount of pop-punk with a garage rock twist to deliver reminiscences on adolescence and self-identity. If you’re looking for a heady dose of pop punk with a romantic...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Ron Gallo (11/11)

    Ticket Giveaway: Ron Gallo (11/11)

    Ron Gallo is playing Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, November 11th with support from Boston-born band TWEN (featuring Ian Jones of Grey Season fame). We’re giving away two tickets! The garage rock...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Cub Sport (11/8)

    Ticket Giveaway: Cub Sport (11/8)

    Cub Sport are playing The Red Room at Cafe 939 on Thursday, November 8th. Local alternative-R&B musician, Ed Balloon, will be opening. We’re giving away two tickets! To fans of the television...

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  • Album Premiere: Rock City by The Maxims

    Album Premiere: Rock City by The Maxims

    Some albums invite you into a time capsule; others strap you in the cockpit and press light speed ahead. Rock City, The Maxims’ debut full-length album, kicks down the garage door and enters a...

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  • Listen Local Mix: October

    Listen Local Mix: October

    e get a lot of incredible submissions throughout the month, but since we’re limited to the bandwidth of our volunteer staff, we don’t get to highlight as many artists as we’d like. To help remedy...

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  • Selected Sounds: Not to Miss In November

    Selected Sounds: Not to Miss In November

    Halloween has come and gone, but the autumnal leaves and apple cider drinks are only just beginning. And while you may not be able to dress as your favorite superhero or pun, you can still dress...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Caroline Rose (11/1)

    Ticket Giveaway: Caroline Rose (11/1)

    Caroline Rose is playing The Sinclair on November 1st, and we’re giving away two tickets! The fearless solo pop artist lights up the stage with her self-described “weird pop.” Her newest record,...

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  • Three Irishmen Walk Into a Bar: Hudson Taylor & Hozier

    Three Irishmen Walk Into a Bar: Hudson Taylor & Hozier

    Remus Lupin, Danny Zuko, and company turn out to be the best Ireland has to offer It was fitting that Irish brother duo Hudson Taylor opened for Ireland’s blues rock darling, Hozier. With slicked...

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  • Album Review: The Drunk Monkeys by The Drunk Monkeys

    Album Review: The Drunk Monkeys by The Drunk Monkeys

    The Drunk Monkeys take a journey through self awareness and personal growth in their self-titled debut. On the cover of The Drunk Monkeys’ self-titled debut LP, a young boy looks towards a path...

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  • Album Review: Contact Sports by Squirrel Flower

    Album Review: Contact Sports by Squirrel Flower

    With Contact Sports, local singer-songwriter Squirrel Flower presents a clinical rendering of grungy guitar Squirrel Flower, the alter ego of Boston native Ella Williams, wrote what would become...

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  • Intergalactic Soul: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

    Intergalactic Soul: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

    The Alabama-based band and their stellar lead singer, Paul Janeway, surprised fans with a new experimental tone, while retaining their trademark exuberance and displaying a newfound pop...

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  • Lighting a Disco Inferno: Hayden James

    Lighting a Disco Inferno: Hayden James

    Australian electro wizard Hayden James ratcheted up the energy at Sonia to a literal breaking point. A disco ball spun slowly from the rafters, shining purple beams onto a glittering sea of...

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  • Album Review: Shake Me Up by Jill McCracken

    Album Review: Shake Me Up by Jill McCracken

    Honest explorations of love, heartbreak, and self discovery hide behind Jill McCracken’s catchy Motown-inspired pop tunes. Soul drips from Jill McCracken’s voice as she channels influences from...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Mountain Man (10/27)

    Ticket Giveaway: Mountain Man (10/27)

    The story of Mountain Man is the story of friends united through singing under the stars in deserts and mountain ranges across America. Mountain Man met when Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath heard Molly...

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  • Album Review: [OKAY MAYBE A LITTLE] (fragments of the present kaleidoscope) by Cole Blouin

    Album Review: [OKAY MAYBE A LITTLE] (fragments of the present kaleidoscope) by Cole Blouin

    Cole Blouin’s newest EP croons, samples, and stumbles its way along to create a weird, yet lovable, piece of music. Cole Blouin, it seems, loves idiosyncrasy. The New England Conservatory student...

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