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 >>

Don’t Give Up the Ship

THE ADVENTURES OF PDITTLE & T by T Max I’m headed out on this beautiful Labor Day to a noon appointment in Haverhill. It’s an hour drive from Gloucester. I get there but the person I’m meeting hasn’t arrived yet. I order a sandwich and wait for a while sitting on the steps that lead to the business meeting which turns out to be a no-show. I was warned that it was a holiday, and that I should make sure the appointment … Read More >>

Our Eyes On You

IN THIS ISSUE Rita: This issue is packed with features on New England artists encompassing many musical genres. The electro-pop FREEZEPOP stole our hearts with their latest unique video. We grabbed the charismatic singer songwriter ELLIS PAUL right before he played Me & Thee Coffeehouse. Displaying their metal, hardcore, and hard-rock roots, AGE OF END played one massive festival—and we were there. DESTROY BABYLON delivers the dubby-reggae like the original Jamaicans in the ’70. And… GODDAMN DRACULA? How could we resist some … Read More >>

Live Show Picks

Fri Oct 5  RAZORS IN THE NIGHT Nicole Tammaro’s book release @ Radio, Somerville MA Fri Oct 5  KBMG @ the Dogbar, Gloucester MA Fri Oct 5  ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS Hillbilly Hoedown @ the Midway, Jamaica Plain MA Sat Oct 6  THE DOUG MacDONALD BAND @ Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown MA Sat Oct 6  HIGHWAY GHOSTS @ the New World Tavern, Plymouth MA Mon Oct 8  BRITANNICA @ the Topsfield Fair, Topsfield MA Thurs Oct … Read More >>

Film Review

A LOCAL INDEPENDENT FILM DON’T LET THE RIVERBEAST GET YOU Directed by Charles Roxburgh 99 minutes Shock Marathons/Motern Media/Goblin Universe review by Haig Demarjian Right from the DVD cover, which looks like an old VHS rental case (even down to the circular green horror sticker), I had a feeling that whoever was behind this sticky mess knew exactly what they were after and had their heart in the right place. Neil Stuart, a study in over-restrained zeal by Matt Farley, returns from humiliating exile … Read More >>

Live Reviews

BON IVER, ANAIS MITCHELL Bank Pavillion, Boston MA 9/13/12 A brilliant pairing to create a magnificent show! They have worked together before on Anais Mitchell’s folk opera, Hadestown (Justin Vernon portrayed the hero, Orpheus), and now the favor is returned, except Anais walks out to an auditorium one-third filled (the remaining sold-out audience lurks outside biding their time for Bon Iver). No sweat! Head up, she and her trio launch into a new tune, “Live Wire,” followed by selections from her latest … Read More >>