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 >>

Shea Rose

SHEA ROSE by George Dow Most of the shows that I cover take place in some variation of the dingy rock club. It’s a somewhat disorienting experience to catch the much-buzzed, up-and-coming Boston hip-hop/soul/R&B artist Shea Rose and her band at Boston’s trendy M Bar. The bar looks more like the set of the Jimmy Fallon show than a rock club. Add to the mix the fact that tonight’s event is a feature of Fashion Week Boston, which brings with … Read More >>

Don’t Give Up the Ship

THE HORSE I CALL PEPPER by T Max Last month we left off with Little Hawke and me lost in the woods—and when we finally found our way out, I spotted a white horse with some grey speckles. Since then, I’ve gone back to see the beautiful horse that I’ll call Pepper until I find out his real name. The following time I went to see Pepper, I had my guitar in the car and decided to play a whole … Read More >>

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 >>