CD Reviews

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS THREE-O This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater  14 tracks On opening track “Little Things,” which sets the tone for much of what is to follow, it seems like Fred Boak, John Clark, Berke McKelvey, and Chandler Travis don’t so much rock out as commit acts of vaguely rock-like instrumental pop which are not quite like anything you’ve ever heard before, unless you happen to be inordinately fond of spacy ’70s jazz pianists, obscure late ’60s prog-rock, … Read More >>

Live Show Picks

Thur Nov 1 CATBIRDS CD release @ Johnny D’s, Somerville MA Fri Nov 2 DON WHITE @ Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead MA Sat Nov 3 AIMEE MANN @ Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA Sat Nov 3 AMY BLACK BAND @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA Sat Nov 3 ALDO ABREU @ Longy School’s Auditorium, Boston MA Sat Nov 3 GOZU Small Stone Records 2012 Boston Showcase @ Radio, Somerville MA Sat Nov 3 THE NEIGHBORHOODS @ Blue Ocean Music Hall, … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

IN THIS ISSUE Rita: During the month of November, the man who runs this country for the next four years will be chosen. We all know that President Obama and Mitt Romney are busy pointing out each other’s flaws, but how many people know about a candidate from right here in New England? In the print issue we introduce to you VERMIN SUPREME. But life gets boring when it’s all politics—that’s why we’ve featured the soulfully feisty SHEA ROSE. And if you … Read More >>

Live Reviews

BAG O’ NAILS, ODD ONE OUT, AWESOME EXPRESS, FINS Rock off Main Street The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick MA 9/21/12 The Natick Center for the Arts is a 290 capacity theatre with an excellent sound and lighting system and a 24 foot wide/18” high stage that holds a grand piano. Diane Young (the organizer of this monthly event) greets the audience and reminds them about the 400 high school bands that have graced this stage. Since 1998 TCAN … 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 >>

CD Reviews

MICHAEL CHORNEY & DOLLAR GENERAL        Hall of Records Dispensation of the Ordinary 9 tracks In this current era of compressed, incessant pulse, it is a genuine pleasure to hear a music so gentle and gracious that it feels like a quiet stream flowing through your body. It takes real talent to craft this style and Michael Chorney & Dollar General have a full till to offer. Last spring I reviewed their CD release show at Club Passim, … Read More >>