THE GOBSHITES

by John Hess The Gobshites are: Peter—guitar and vocals Betty—fiddle Chuck—drums Pret—banjo Rob—bass Steve—accordion Ryan—mandolin     As we’re in the midst of another miserable winter, the thought of spring is on everyone’s minds. The first event to kick off spring is always St. Patrick’s Day. And the best way to kick off St. Paddy’s Day is to venture off to see The Gobshites, who are making a point of celebrating St. Paddy’s Day 365 days a year. They are a … Read More >>

KALVIN KOOLIDGE

Photo: Mike D KILL THE PRECEDENT by Stace Kill the Precedent, a great album with an impossibly clever title, is Kalvin Koolidge's premiere release. It’s a sonic journey: each song builds upon what has come before until the listener ends up a little wiser and somewhere entirely different from where the journey began. The band’s own journey involves Wales and New York City; a band can learn a lot about itself during its first world tour—three friends, one hired driver, … Read More >>

EMILY GROGAN

  by Lindsay Crudele   You just can’t fit a piano in a backpack. Between breaks from her job as a cook at the Rat, Emily Grogan was getting a taste of a scene far different from her classical roots. Eventually, she traded her keys for strings, and now the multi-instrumentalist is releasing her third album. As a single mom, her songs about picking up and moving on have attracted the attention of the Today show, and her band HRT, … Read More >>

A.K.A.C.O.D.

by Lindsay Crudele  Press the bottom buzzer and head to the top floor of the Hi-N-Dry and the air feels thick, like a sacred space. The former home of Morphine frontman Mark Sandman now stands as a temple to low rock, and devotees of the unmistakable format can rest assured that a new family of low rockers plans to keep it alive. “We haven't changed the configuration,” said Dana Colley, the saxophonist, on a recent rainy night's visit to the … Read More >>

DUNCAN WILDER JOHNSON

An interview with Duncan Wilder Johnson about his three-CD set with Destruct-a-thon, Kill It All Away, and spoken word: Destruct-a-thon: Es Muerto Kill It All Away Duncan Wilder Johnson has a Short Guy Complex: Spoken Word IV by Clay N. Ferno Duncan Wilder Johnson is a hyper-motivated writer, performer, musician, and photographer. He is releasing a brand new 3-CD set this month that encompasses and celebrates his many talents. The first CD is his fourth spoken word CD, the second … Read More >>

BRETT ROSENBERG

NEW PROBLEM by Lindsay Crudele Four hours a day, the law firm requires typing. When that's through, once a week, he visits the track, watches the horses run around, and tries to break even on twelve bucks. Brett Rosenberg is not trying to paint a glamorous picture. Alienation and anger is the theme of his new solo record, and his explanation of how he spends his non-musical time is painted through a lens no rosier. “Whatever scene I'm in,” he … Read More >>

26 Years of Boston Rock

1981-1985 TIME WARP IN THE ANNE FRANK MUSEUM by Joe Coughlin    Jesus, has it really been 25 years? Actually, longer. The drinking age was 18 when I started clubbing, four years before T Max hatched this thing. The number of bands back then who had the stuff to endure (and sadly, didn’t) is staggering. But the number of people still at it is equally so. This is a VERY short list of players who made these pages back then, … Read More >>