Human Sexual Response

HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE by Eric Baylies Human Sexual Response existed as a Boston-based new wave- and punk-inspired band from around 1978 to 1982. They released three classic albums during their brief career, Fig 14, In a Roman Mood, and Pound. Along with Mission of Burma, they defined an era in underground rock ’n’ roll in Boston. While never quite achieving national stardom, they had some major college radio hits in “Jackie Onassis” and “Land of the Glass Pinecones” back when I was first … Read More >>

FREEZEPOP

by DJ Mätthew Griffin Freezepop is an electropop band that hails from Boston. Originated in 1999, they are in their 12th year, creating what has been dubbed as a retro-futuristic sound with songs that are hot in the video game arena. Their most recent album Imaginary Friends received Best Album honors in the 2011 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll and Best Electronic Act in the 2011 Boston Music Awards. But it’s their newest naughty and nice “Dopplegänger” video with its unique video controller … Read More >>

James Montgomery

JAMES MONTGOMERY REALLY BLOWS  by A.J. Wachtel James Montgomery is going to have a huge year. But every 12-month period for him is an enormous annum because he is a true rhythm and blues star. I just went to see the Allman Brothers Band with him and more than 10 strangers came up to us and asked him if he was really James Montgomery; and this was before we had even made it to the “will call” window. A true … Read More >>

Brad Byrd & Cape Ann

BRAD BYRD by DJ Mätthew Griffin Indie rock/alt-country singer/songwriter Brad Byrd’s debut album The Ever Changing Picture was met with critical acclaim.  He charted on ArtistDirect.com, with the single “Never Came Back” claiming the #1 download from the site, an unheard- of occurrence for an artist on an indie label back in 2005. Popular indie rock radio station WBER Rochester, NY, favored another single off that record “Weird Enough,” charting at #145 amidst some other major label talent. Other various radio stations, … Read More >>

Parkington Sisters & Cape Cod

PARKINGTON SISTERS ARE HOT! by Kevin Finn It is probably a fair statement to say that most people were first introduced to the Parkington Sisters’ music, a winning mix of rock, traditional folk, country and classical, by seeing them support the Dropkick Murphys.  While, the pairing may have initially seemed to be a bit of a curveball, the Parkington Sisters were one of the few Dropkicks’ openers who actually commanded the audience’s attention.  On further review, the pairing makes quite … Read More >>

ARLO GUTHRIE

ARLO GUTHRIE: ACOUSTIC ACTIVISM by A.J.Wachtel For more than 50 years, generations of Americans have counted on the Guthrie family to set the standards on songs of protest against social injustices. The family’s call to social activism has long been a beacon of hope for millions of people across the globe. Read on and hear Arlo articulate about his father, Woody, Bob Dylan, Alice’s Restaurant, and the Occupy Movement. I have long thought, “This Land Is Your Land” should be … Read More >>

Bobby Keyes

BOBBY KEYES: A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT by Julie Dougherty; photo by Dawn Kingston It’s hard not to know who Bobby Keyes is, unless you’ve lived under a musical rock for the past thirty-plus years. He is a master guitar-player.  He is also a prolific songwriter, producer, and recording engineer.  Probably his most cherished role though is that of dad to his eight-year old son, Django, a role that came a bit later in life (he was fifty when Django … Read More >>

David Minehan

DAVID MINEHAN PUNK NEVER GETS OLD by AJ Wachtel Having survived the punk revolution of the late ’70s and early ’80s, I can attest to the magic that surrounded the era. Seeing the Hoods at Cantone’s, the Rat and Chet’s Last Call gives me the credibility to pronounce this trio as one of the most influential audible architects of their time as well. Who amongst us doesn’t have a great memory involving this band? A generation later, Minehan reminds us … Read More >>