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
Ah, the time-honored tradition of filling out our brackets. No, I'm not talking about the NCAA Tourney. That's over and done with and already forgotten. We're talking NHL playoffs here, and Kevin Paul Dupont and I went over our brackets and talked about the Bruins' chances of not only getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals, but winning it all. More
Local quartet Mean Creek has gladly accepted the role of Boston's chief rock ambassador in recent years, whether that has meant taking its set down to Austin each March for SXSW, hitting the road with bands like Counting Crows, or helping to provide acts like So So Glos and Hard Nips a gateway into Boston. With last week's release of the band's latest album, "Local Losers," Mean Creek continues to be the ideal band to fill that position. More
The warm crackle of the needle hitting the groove. The unmistakable calm before the music comes bursting through the static. It is a sound that signals an experience – one that Omar Roca has been missioning to revive.
For the past two years, Roca has invited groups of friends into his quaint Jamaica Plain duplex for an event he calls Ears on the Couch – a communal evening of stereo benediction.