This year continues to take the shape of a great one for new albums; just take a look at this list from Bradley's Almanac. 2014 also marks the anniversary of some pretty amazing albums from what turned out to be a pretty impressive year for alternative music: 1994. Writers will wax nostalgic about Green Day's"Dookie,"Beck's"Mellow Gold,"Nine Inch Nails'"The Downward Spiral,"Soundgarden's "Superunknown," and Weezer's"Blue Album," to name a few. All of those are great albums that still sound solid twenty years later. I'll say the same about the following list of twelve that I've compiled.
How does a band keep its own identity when every media outlet pushes them as a comparison to their surroundings? For Philadelphia band Swearin’, it’s comparisons to Waxahatchee, which shares both members and bloodlines. For Potty Mouth, it is riot grrrl, “all chick bands,” and the exploding Western Massachusetts music scene. How is a band to set itself apart from these factors while remaining unscathed and unshaped by the press? I discussed these topics and more with Allison and Jeff from Swearin’, Abby and Ally from Potty Mouth, and Potty Mouth’s tour friend Sam, on Saturday evening at their show at Great Scott. More
North Carolina folk-rock titans The Avett Brothers made the jump to arena headliners in Boston on Saturday night with a massive show at TD Garden. Bluegrass revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show provided support.
A few months ago, we pondered how Juicy J can keep reinventing himself and stay relevant. Now you can see the man himself. Or if rap isn't your game, get moving with Glitch Mob or get weird with Xiu Xiu. Here's what's happening this week. More
Daylight savings time is perhaps the greatest holiday of the year because it provides more inspiration for late-night rocking. No longer will you suffer from cabin fever and continue having to live life as a shut-in square. Embrace the daylight, open up to the world, and rock! More
The purple mystery himself, Prince, stopped by "The Arsenio Hall Show" last night as both the guest and the musical performer with his new band 3RDEYEGIRL. The artist premiered a new song for the crowd called "FUNKNROLL," which is basically classic Prince-- a cosmic take on classic funk and R&B, complete with an 11-piece horn section, frontman mystique, and some killer dance moves. He performed two other songs as well, "Mutiiny" from The Family-era, and the rare "Paisley Park" b-side "She's Always In My Hair" More
Take a break from your "True Detective" binge this weekend to crown Boston's king of wings, sample some local maple syrup, and see a local institution's milestone performance. Or don't. It doesn't really matter because time is a flat circle and everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again.
Jamaica Plain party animals Free Pizza knows how to do three things: rock, eat pizza slices, and party. It is no surprise then, that the band has chosen to inspire us with a playlist full of songs to "make your personal dance party more euphoric." Sometimes dancing by yourself can be a bit lonely, but luckily Free Pizza has the prescription for the perfect aural lubrication. More
If you're a fan of trying new things, there are a lot of releases from newcomers this week that are very worth checking out. Songwriter-types may be tickled by the approach of New-York rookie Frankie Cosmos, while more psychedelic precision-rock types could find a new best friend in Each Other. Do some exploring and thank us later. More