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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 23-29)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 7/23-7/24 – Newport Folk Festival – Fort Adams State Park It’s the 57th year of perhaps the most celebrated folk festival in the US. It seems […]

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In Times Like These: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples in 2016

In Times Like These: Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples in 2016

Half a century ago, folk legend Bob Dylan asked gospel legend Mavis Staples for her hand in marriage. Staples felt she was too young, and she turned him down, but the pair remained friends, creating music together throughout the turbulence of the civil rights movement. In 2016, at the cusp […]

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Song Premiere: Infinity Girl Covers The Smiths’ “Ask” for Disposable America’s Orlando Pulse Benefit Compilation

Song Premiere: Infinity Girl Covers The Smiths’ “Ask” for Disposable America’s Orlando Pulse Benefit Compilation

Cue the film reel: a quintessential cheesy couple strolls hand-in-hand. They stare into one another’s eyes as the hazy summer sun sets. It’s kitsch euphoria. It’s blissful, lovey-dovey imagery perfectly fitting a sanguine ‘80s pop-rock. We are talking about The Smiths, of course. Particularly their song, “Ask,” on which Morrissey’s penchant […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 9-15)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 9-15)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Monday, 7/11 – Guided By Voices – Paradise Rock Club Robert Pollard’s outfit might make a very legitimate claim to being the most prolific band in rock history. Their 24 […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (July 2-8)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 7/2 – Sam Black Church – Brighton Music Hall It seems that the short list has been chock full o’legendary Boston bands making a last stand somewhere about town. This Saturday is […]

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Aesop Rock Makes Himself at Home at Paradise

Aesop Rock Makes Himself at Home at Paradise

While Aesop Rock is a born and bred New Yorker, known for making his dent in the 90s NYC underground scene, his set at the Paradise last week had the feeling of a homecoming show. “I used to walk by this place and get mad about how many people were […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 25-July 1)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 25-July 1)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 6/25 – The Dead Kennedys – Paradise Rock Club When the icons of Bay Area punk reformed in 2001, they did so without vocalist Jello Biafra, with whom the rest […]

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Pierce the Veil’s Misadventures at the Paradise

Pierce the Veil’s Misadventures at the Paradise

From somewhere in the crowd a girl yells out, “let’s rock and roll!” It’s 9:32 p.m. and the lights go down at the Paradise Rock Club — a full twelve minutes past the scheduled 9:20 set time, and another twelve minutes tacked onto the four years this audience has been […]

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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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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 18-24)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 18-24)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Sunday, 6/19 – Mayer Hawthorne – Paradise Rock Club When Mayer Hawthorne dropped A Strange Arrangement in 2009, it seemed a late entry to the mid-00s wave of blue-eyed soul. But […]

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