Articles by: Tim Gagnon

Interview: Silversun Pickups

Interview: Silversun Pickups

There’s a certain wide-eyed joy to Silversun Pickups that belies a band going on fifteen years together. A quick assessment of our conversation before their set at House of Blues last week would suggest their sunny Californian roots as a reason for their cheeriness, but apocalyptic themes have always weighed […]

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Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

  For any other band on earth, seeing descriptors like “focused” and “concise” in an album review might elicit sighs of relief. If one were to imagine such words used for former Bostonians/current Brooklynites Guerilla Toss, though… well, we’d just have to assume the reviewer had never seen Guerilla Toss […]

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Living In The Dream World: The Rebirth and Unstoppable Rise of Lady Pills

Living In The Dream World: The Rebirth and Unstoppable Rise of Lady Pills

There’s a point on Commonwealth Ave. between Allston and Fenway where a resemblance to either neighborhood fails to register. The Citgo sign brightly dominates the skyline, but when I arrive at Lady Pills bassist Alison Dooley’s apartment, a neighboring guitarist is defeatedly hacking away at a blues riff as a […]

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Only One Store 54: The End of Allston’s Most Beloved Basement Shop

Only One Store 54: The End of Allston’s Most Beloved Basement Shop

If there’s anything that Store 54 owner Wayne Valdez wants stated outright, it’s that his business doesn’t abide by any narrative. “I don’t wanna make this about me being forced out because of gentrification,” he emphasizes as he sifts through piles of bygone music zines, a life-size jaguar statue standing […]

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Songs You Should Know: Kid Mountain – “Curtains”

Songs You Should Know: Kid Mountain – “Curtains”

By Tim Gagnon Speaking as someone with an ever-deepening love for Boston’s music scene, I recognize the slightly feverish haze that takes over a person describing their hometown pride. Yes, it is valid to believe that [local band x] put out the greatest album this decade and [local band y] […]

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Songs You Should Know: Beach House – “Somewhere Tonight”

Songs You Should Know: Beach House – “Somewhere Tonight”

In my last two years of high school, I went to four proms. Yes, four. One in my Junior year, three in my Senior. I don’t think I realized what I had done until I had three corsages in hand. I wasn’t obsessed with the idea of proms nor even […]

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Songs You Should Know: Mothers – “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t”

Songs You Should Know: Mothers – “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t”

I don’t envy any songwriter compelled by the need to purge relationship woes into songs. Of course, I’m not saying the breakup song isn’t a valid form of art; where genres like pop punk are oversaturated by egotistical tales of “evil ex-girlfriends”, most other genres would lose their foundations without […]

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Songs You Should Know: Sheer Mag – Nobody’s Baby

Songs You Should Know: Sheer Mag – Nobody’s Baby

With the pastiche-heavy work of Bruno Mars and Meghan Trainor cleaning up the Grammys and critics sheepishly accepting a band like The 1975 (who might as well just come out and admit they’re INXS’s foster sons), the fact that a nostalgia-laden rock outfit like Sheer Mag exists shouldn’t come as any surprise. The […]

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