Sound of Boston

The face of Boston’s music scene.

  • Boston’s Best Local Albums of 2018

    Boston’s Best Local Albums of 2018

    Each year, we reflect on the local albums we listened to throughout the last 12 months, and collect our favorites. Read below to read the 2018 releases that stood out most to our team:   Aubrey...

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  • You Will Be Humming My Last Words: The Ballroom Thieves

    You Will Be Humming My Last Words: The Ballroom Thieves

    The Ballroom Thieves deliver emotional performance at the Royale and return to their Boston roots to close out a pivotal year.   The audience was singing loudly to “Home For The Holidays” as the...

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  • Boston Calling 2019 Festival Lineup Announced

    Boston Calling 2019 Festival Lineup Announced

    New year, new Boston Calling lineup. This year, the festival will see many returns—including Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Janelle Monae, Twenty One Pilots, Christine and the Queens, Tame Impala and...

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  • Video Premiere: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Jill McCracken

    Video Premiere: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Jill McCracken

    Jill McCracken, Motown-inspired soul singer, is framed and hugged by three bouquets of hanging flowers, a flower crown, and a cascading robe of the same pattern in her music video for “(Sittin’...

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  • Selected Sounds: Shows to Start the New Year

    Selected Sounds: Shows to Start the New Year

    Happy New Year! Whether you are one to make resolutions or not, we can all agree to bring more live music into our lives this 2019. To help with that most important goal (forget exercise and...

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  • Interview: 47 Soul

    Interview: 47 Soul

    Next week, 47 Soul will bring their blend of electronic-infused dabke sounds—a genre they’ve dubbed as shamstep—to the Sinclair stage. (“Sham” refers to the Greater Syria or Levantine region of...

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  • Faith and Feeling: Gang of Youths

    Faith and Feeling: Gang of Youths

    Whether on stage or on record, Gang of Youths enthusiastically tackle life’s big questions with a stadium-sized sound and stage presence. A few seconds into the final chorus of a dense, 7+ minute...

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  • Album Review: Civilization by Sweeps

    Album Review: Civilization by Sweeps

    On his latest album, Civilization, local artist Sweeps explores time travel with hip-hop as his copilot. Packed with jazz-laced melodic rap beats and sci-fi thematics, local hip-hop producer...

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  • Album Review: Paper Crown by The Ballroom Thieves

    Album Review: Paper Crown by The Ballroom Thieves

    The Ballroom Thieves conjure themes of nomadic melancholy and bouts of heartbreak in their haunting new EP. The Ballroom Thieves’ most recent EP, Paper Crown, could be the soundtrack of a gritty...

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  • Album Review: Joy In The Wild Unknown by Ripe

    Album Review: Joy In The Wild Unknown by Ripe

    Ripe’s debut LP celebrates looking inward and, truly, finding joy in the Wild Unknown If you’ve ever been to a live Ripe set, you’re already familiar with the bombastic, intoxicating energy that...

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  • Concert Gallery: Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus

    Concert Gallery: Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus

    Phoebe Bridgers performed a soulful and intimate show alongside fellow boygenius band members, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. After a series of solo sets, the trio came together to perform songs off...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Doe Paoro (12/12)

    Ticket Giveaway: Doe Paoro (12/12)

    Los Angeles’ ethereal pop sensation Doe Paoro (née Sonia Kreitzer) is playing the Red Room at Cafe 939 on Wednesday, December 12th. We’re giving away two tickets! Doe Paoro is a self-taught...

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  • Listen Local Mix: 02

    Listen Local Mix: 02

    Welcome to the second installment of our monthly Listen Local mix! These playlists consist of some of the submissions we’ve received over the past few weeks, as well as local songs that our staff...

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  • The Groove Cyclone: Youngr Whips Sonia

    The Groove Cyclone: Youngr Whips Sonia

    Global indie-pop sensation and one-man band, Youngr whipped the Sonia crowd into a frenzy as he built his electro-fire beats and silky smooth hooks from scratch. A 360-degree fortress built of...

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  • Album Review: Come Around by Birdland Avenue

    Album Review: Come Around by Birdland Avenue

    On their debut record, Come Around, neo-vocal pop group Birdland Avenue show flashes of songwriting brilliance and bring their a capella roots to a streaming-friendly indie-pop sound. Evan Linsey,...

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  • Selected Sounds: Shows to Warm Your Winter

    Selected Sounds: Shows to Warm Your Winter

    It’s time to grab the hot cocoa, down blankets, and peppermint scented candles. Except, it’s also a great time for concerts. While it may be so easy to stay inside during the colder months, we’re...

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  • Under the Covers with The Ballroom Thieves

    Under the Covers with The Ballroom Thieves

    If the saying, “when I ask you to listen to a song, I am trying to tell you everything I mean to say” is true, then an artist covering another’s song is the ultimate form of flattery. Enter The...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Protomartyr and Preoccupations (11/26)

    Ticket Giveaway: Protomartyr and Preoccupations (11/26)

    Protomartyr and Preoccupations are doing a joint show at Brighton Music Hall on Monday, November 26th as part of the Fenway Recordings Sessions. We’re giving away two tickets! Protomartyr are a...

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  • Lasers and Mojo: Ghostland Observatory

    Lasers and Mojo: Ghostland Observatory

    Ghostland Observatory took The Paradise crowd on a laser-fueled journey into outer space with Aaron Behrens at the helm, dancing his way through the cosmos. In the dark halls of The Paradise Rock...

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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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