Sound of Boston

The face of Boston’s music scene.

  • EP Review: I’m Up, Vol 1. by Swooli

    EP Review: I’m Up, Vol 1. by Swooli

    Haitian-born, Boston-based rapper Swooli was raised on a diversified range of music, birthing an artist that would never let anyone box him in. Swooli’s father was a disc jockey in Boston for a...

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  • I Turn the Music Up: Ceskie Rijks

    I Turn the Music Up: Ceskie Rijks

    Dusk fell as the night howled with unabashed Bostonian winter winds; the W was brimming with music enthusiasts with rosés in hands and smiles plastered across their eager faces. Soft shades of...

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  • Listen Local: 5 Hip Hop Tracks To Listen To At Home

    Listen Local: 5 Hip Hop Tracks To Listen To At Home

    oston’s hip-hop scene has been steadily on the rise, as producers and lyricists continue to drop bars and beats that compete at the highest levels. We’re back to give the recognition that these...

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  • Album Review: Written In My Head, From My Bedroom by The China Blue

    Album Review: Written In My Head, From My Bedroom by The China Blue

    A self-described “DIY compulsion”, Written In My Head from My Bedroom weaves catchy melodies in and out of layered sound effects. The China Blue’s debut EP uses wide ranging dynamics to blend...

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  • Smiles from Norway: Anna of the North

    Smiles from Norway: Anna of the North

    Scandinavian songstress and whimsical pop dreamweaver, Anna of the North, was in a state of blissful perma bounce when she brought her confessional, electrified powerpop to fans at Brighton Music...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Ekali (3/12)

    Ticket Giveaway: Ekali (3/12)

    As proven by his debut album A World Away released earlier this year, Ekali’s natural versatility allows him to combine various EDM genres with wildly different featured artists seamlessly....

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  • Concert Gallery: Glass Animals

    Concert Gallery: Glass Animals

    Glass Animals sold out the Sinclair within seconds of tickets going on sale as they returned to the first venue they played in Boston five years. The energetic crowd got to enjoy some songs they...

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  • Selected Sounds: 5 Concerts for March

    Selected Sounds: 5 Concerts for March

    March in Boston brings us renewed energy in the form of five concerts to keep you dancing as a new season blooms. From local acts like Coffin Salesman and Ali McGuirk, to Billie Eilish’s big...

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  • Album Review: Somerset by Somerset

    Album Review: Somerset by Somerset

    Instrumentally influenced by the heavy, hard edge of classic rock, Boston-born Somerset conversely breathes a sigh of relief and fulfillment in their self-titled debut album, Somerset.  Listening...

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  • Listen Local Mix: 10

    Listen Local Mix: 10

    Now that we’re fully into 2020, we’re not only uncovering new tunes that we love, but also stumbling upon hidden gems from 2019 that passed us by. Enter the Listen Local Mix—a collection of all...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: 070 Shake (3/4)

    Ticket Giveaway: 070 Shake (3/4)

    070 Shake, otherwise known as Danielle Balbuena, propelled herself into a group of unmatched artists (Kanye West, Teyana Taylor, and Pusha T to name a few) and chose to create a debut studio album...

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  • Concert Gallery: Knuckle Puck

    Concert Gallery: Knuckle Puck

    Tickets to the show sold out within minutes of going on sale, as fans were eager to see Chicago rockers Knuckle Puck play an intimate show at the Once Somerville. The crowd moshed and crowd-surfed...

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  • Album Review: In Bloom, Forever by Lord Felix

    Album Review: In Bloom, Forever by Lord Felix

    Master of morphing between personas, Lord Felix invites us to bump, bounce, and reflect through a brazen blend of genres while he navigates the ebb and flow of growing pains. Hailing from...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Juice (2/22)

    Ticket Giveaway: Juice (2/22)

    After forming at Boston College in 2013, NYC-based seven-piece collective boy band Juice has traveled the US and world every year. You might remember Juice from our Listen Local concert series at...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Anna of the North (2/20)

    Ticket Giveaway: Anna of the North (2/20)

    Anna of the North has built her career off taking heartbreak and reshaping it into composed, headstrong electro-pop. The Norwegian artist’s 2017 debut album Lovers introduced her as an...

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  • Concert Gallery: EarthGang and Mick Jenkins

    Concert Gallery: EarthGang and Mick Jenkins

    Unity was the theme of EarthGang’s show in Boston, on the Atlanta hip-hop duo’s Welcome to Mirrorland Tour. Mick Jenkins’ opening set kicked off with the unmistakeable opener to “Jazz”: “Drink...

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  • Concert Gallery: Rex Orange County

    Concert Gallery: Rex Orange County

    English artist Alex O’Connor, better known as Rex Orange County, stole Boston’s heart at House of Blues on his Pony tour, in support of his third album released last fall. A turf-covered stage...

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  • Ticket Giveaway: Hawthorn and Izzy Heltai (2/8)

    Ticket Giveaway: Hawthorn and Izzy Heltai (2/8)

    It’s been nearly a year since Hawthorn, a Bostonian folk duo consisting of Taylor Holland and Heather Scott, played the release show for their new album Maggie Willow at Lizard Lounge. Since then,...

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  • Selected Sounds: 5 Shows to Fire Up Your February

    Selected Sounds: 5 Shows to Fire Up Your February

    In what can feel like the long, final clutch of winter’s icy grip, February in Boston brings us some fiery concerts to heat up your nights until the March thaw. In addition to our staff picks we...

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  • Concert Gallery: Devon Gilfillian

    Concert Gallery: Devon Gilfillian

    At times, moments of gritty blues rock reminiscent of Gary Clark Jr. or the Black Keys. At others, buttery smooth soul that soothes like Leon Bridges or Raphael Saadiq. The raw sound of...

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