Rumor has it that Boston is not a country town but we've found evidence to the contrary. While we may not be a hotspot for indigenous twang -- we blame the accent -- the Hub has been getting increasingly country-friendly in recent years. Beyond the big names like Zach Brown Band at Fenway or Keith Urban at the Xfinity Center, beyond the corporate radio format shifts that have placed pop-country where our alt-rock (and EDM) used to be, you'll find a broad pallette of country sounds in record stores and clubs. Here we wrap up the latest and the greatest of what we're listening to and looking forward to on record and in local clubs with a few road trips thrown in for fun.
Our contributing writer Ali Carter toured the east coast with Boston-based musicians Pariuh and Couples Counseling for two weeks in June. Read her tour diary for a city-by-city account of their do-it-yourself saga, featuring grimey basements, waterfalls, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and more, which we’ll be running in a five-part series over the next two weeks.More
Another week, another crop of new albums. This time, we're not looking at any platinum sellers, but instead some debuts from impressive young acts and new releases from punk heroes. If you're looking for a way to move past that Lana Del Rey album, this week may just be your opportunity, pal!
Friday night, Boston showed its groovy side, putting on a free roller disco party on City Hall Plaza. Thousands showed up to show their tastiest roller rink moves, many in retro garb, moving to the sounds of Dorchester's DJ Kon. The event was created with the help of Together Boston in order to honor the late great Donna Summer, who passed away last year. Some of Summer's greatest hits were played, and disco culture was revived in Boston for one hot summer night. More
Oakland native Michael Franti visited Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Friday, bringing a 13-year touring tradition of his to the Seaport: pre-show yoga. Following the disaster on September 11, 2001, Franti adopted yoga as a means of controlling his anxiety on the road, studying at studios around the country. More
Our good friend Geoff Edgers from the Boston Globe will emcee and vocalist Ingrid Gerdes and guitarist Milton Reder will perform at the Amy WineHOUSE Party, which will celebrate the life of the late singer with a screening of the documentary of "The Day She Came To Dingle" and a live set this Wednesday, July 3 at Johnny D's in Somerville. Listen to Ingrid and Milton perform. More
The Fresh and Onlys' frontman Tim Cohen credits his revitalized approach to songwriting to living in complete and utter isolation when penning tracks for "House of Spirits" (released last month on Mexican Summer). The band's fifth album is moodily downtempo, while simultaneously saturated with dense harmonies and hooks. But Cohen's intention wasn't necessarily to plumb heavy emotions from listeners--it was to take advantage of his geography. More
Straight Outta Bandcamp is a regular feature on BDCwire that digs up solid recent releases from various artists in the wild Internet dreamland known as Bandcamp. A bit too much time spent tag-surfing the bandcamp pages of rockers near and far can yield extremely enjoyable results. Luckily, we're here to share our discoveries with you.More
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