Brookline's own Eli "Paperboy" Reed has been hitting the high notes for the better part of a decade now, coming up through local clubs like The Middle East to now being one of the leading voices in R&B. Reed, now based in New York, is set to release his third full-length, "Nights Like This," next Tuesday, but thanks to Rolling Stone, you can stream the entire album a week in advance. Known prominently for his soulful wail, Reed has always had a knack for recreating the solid gold sounds of yesteryear, but "Nights Like This" presents a departure from that formula. More
A good balance of interesting and entertaining this week on late night television. As always, Fallon leads the week with musical guests, but the personalities are a mixed bag. You can find a local politician on a Comedy Central show or a Comedy Central personality on a CBS show. More
Ahead of his performance this Saturday at the UFORGE Gallery, Philly indie rapper Lukey the Bird dropped off his new album "Mr. Luke, You Corny" for an exclusive stream.
The album is a scatterplot of posi vibes united under Lukey's "feather life" philosophy. From the infections club single "Off the Grid" to the whirring affirmation that is "Soulistic," the album is a huge accomplishment for the feel-good rapper, who produced and pressed it in its entirety. The record also contains a new level of depth for the HAHA-YO jokester - especially the Maria Dontas-assisted anthem "White Flags," which sees Lukey emerging victoriously from the personal vision quest that birthed this release. More
There isn’t really “a” Boston rock scene – there are maybe a few dozen that, for the most part, remain largely oblivious to each other’s existence. And that’s okay. My guess is most cities are sort of like that. More
Earlier this week, we spoke with record collector Omar Roca about his meditative celebration of dedicated listening, Ears on the Couch. Roca's philosophy on how people should experience music, specifically vinyl records, was so impassioned and magnetic that we decided to pick his brain for some suggestions for Record Store Day shopping in the city.More
Back in January, I wrote a piece about Matt Farley who has released over 14,000 songs on iTunes and Spotify, earning a substantial percentage of his living from the intentional, unintentional, and sort-of-intentional downloads and streams of his hilariously specific songs. In that piece I argued that Farley's songs straddled a fine line between funny pieces of pop-culture and audio-spam designed to turn a profit. More
It's almost unfair how spoiled we are this weekend. Touring band after touring band, all rolling through on the same weekend of a national pot-smoking holiday? Seriously, this was like the greatest coincidence ever. Anyway, there are more than enough shows to check out this weekend, the challenge will be choosing wisely. More