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  • Concert Gallery: Optic Bloom

    Concert Gallery: Optic Bloom

    Local duo Optic Bloom brings their creative style and energy to the intimate Hojoko Japanese Tavern, organized by the Boston Music Awards Ones 2 Watch showcase. They gave the crowd a preview of...

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  • Listen Local Mix 05

    Listen Local Mix 05

    We get a lot of incredible submissions every month—too many to fully cover with a formal review. To make sure we bring you the best of what the Boston music scene has to offer, here’s the latest...

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  • Premiere: Rebandon by That One Eyed Kid

    Premiere: Rebandon by That One Eyed Kid

    You’re driving down a cold, snow-lined winding highway in the middle of nowhere. Night’s coming. The burning orange light of the golden hour ripples across the horizon, punctuated with wispy...

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  • Interview: Black Pistol Fire

    Interview: Black Pistol Fire

    t’s not every day you see a guitarist crowd surf at the Sinclair, but when the audience lifted Kevin McKeown of Black Pistol Fire high into the air he just kept on banging out gritty riffs. Once...

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  • Standing In A Timeless Dream: Betty Who

    Standing In A Timeless Dream: Betty Who

    Laced with electric beats and 90s dance moves, Betty Who’s set shook The Better Sorts Social Club to its core. If you’re a millennial that’s aching for the jams of your childhood, look no further...

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  • Album Review: None In A Million by Planet Mercury

    Album Review: None In A Million by Planet Mercury

    Planet Mercury’s new EP crashes down on you like a rogue wave, and it’s refreshing as hell. It’s a warm evening in the summer of 2003. You’ve been riding bikes and swimming all day until  the...

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  • Selected Sounds: 6 Shows to Begin Spring

    Selected Sounds: 6 Shows to Begin Spring

    May is finally here, and hopefully with it comes consistent good weather. We can dream, right? One thing we don’t have to worry about is good shows—those are a given. Somerville’s Porchfest is...

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  • Somerville PorchFest 2019

    Somerville PorchFest 2019

    This Saturday, May 11th, hundreds of local musicians will perform at Somerville PorchFest. The festival takes place on what the Somerville Arts Council refers to as an underused public venue: the...

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  • Premiere: Sell My Soul by Rhoadse

    Premiere: Sell My Soul by Rhoadse

    Inspired by the glittered pop-mania eruption of the early 2000’s, when high-gloss teen bop talents like Britney Spears ruled with undeniable catchiness and memorable dance moves, self-described...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: The Drums (5/4)

    Ticket Giveaway: The Drums (5/4)

    The Drums started as a duo of childhood friends, Jonathan Pierce (vocals) and Jacob Graham (synths) bonding over the struggles of being queer in religious households. In 2009 and 2010, after the...

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  • Album Review: Only Yesterday by Izzy Heltai

    Album Review: Only Yesterday by Izzy Heltai

    Storytelling and melancholic melodies turn anthemic on Izzy Heltai’s new EP. If Northampton folkster Izzy Heltai sounds tired, it’s because he’s been on the road, playing dives and coffee shops,...

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  • Album Review: We Lifted Ourself by Thinner

    Album Review: We Lifted Ourself by Thinner

    Thinner’s latest LP conjures a haunting and gripping narrative that lures the listener in. Seductive and dangerous chord progressions laced with authentic punk vocals and stunning lyrical imagery...

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  • EP Review: Rocky Barboa by Billy Dean Thomas

    EP Review: Rocky Barboa by Billy Dean Thomas

    On their debut EP, Boston rapper Billy Dean Thomas expresses unique struggles with a smart, distinctive, and queer voice. In 2015, Billy Dean Thomas rapped over classical guitarist Ben Verdery’s...

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  • Hip-Hop and Haute Couture: Billy Dean Thomas

    Hip-Hop and Haute Couture: Billy Dean Thomas

    Rapper and style icon Billy Dean Thomas uses beats and fashion to bring cultures together for a massive late-night party at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Sneakerheads in rare blue and orange...

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  • Comment on Song Premiere: “2U” by James Burke by dave nuttall

    great review. actually liked the song . i lived in allston for 3 years so he had me at that

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  • Song Premiere: “2U” by James Burke

    Song Premiere: “2U” by James Burke

    James Burke’s very first album and high school senior project, Raw Tracks, was graded a D. Despite the tough critique, the “experimental, poorly mixed jumble of sounds” compelled Burke to release...

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  • Home Game: Future Teens, Sidney Gish, and Vundabar at The Paradise

    Home Game: Future Teens, Sidney Gish, and Vundabar at The Paradise

    Playing to a sold-out Paradise, three local acts bridge the gap between Allston basements and mainstream audiences “This is the biggest show we’ve ever played,” said Amy Hoffman, looking out over...

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  • Selected Sounds: April Show(er)s

    Selected Sounds: April Show(er)s

    Happy Spring! (At least, we hope.) Who knows what weather awaits us? Whether rain, snow, or sunshine is coming in the next few days, we at least have a few great shows lined up for you to enjoy....

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  • Album Review: You Freed Me by Morningbird

    Album Review: You Freed Me by Morningbird

    Beautifully harmonized vocals and soft, deliberate instrumentation complement the emotionally charged lyrics of local indie rock band Morningbird. A loud quiet. It’s a full sound, brought about by...

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