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Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

Still a Real Band: Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz Talks Boston Shows and New Material

“All of a sudden we look at the calendar, and you say ‘ Guys, if we’re a real band, we need to play.’” Buffalo Tom plays the Paradise this Saturday, and Bill Janovitz, guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary Boston band, knows it appears as if the guys crawl […]

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Chvrches Take What They Came For at House of Blues

Chvrches Take What They Came For at House of Blues

It’s Chvrches’ second sold-out Boston show in two days, but if a relentless touring schedule has worn on the Glaswegian trio at all, it doesn’t show. Opening with the churning synth of Every Open Eye cut “Never Ending Circles,” the band deploys all the trappings of a pure pop performance: […]

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Christine and the Queens’ Spaces In-Between

Christine and the Queens’ Spaces In-Between

#angryfrenchgirl In the middle of a kinetic set on the Sunday of last weekend’s Boston Calling, French pop star Heloïse Letissier — known by her stage name Christine and the Queens — offered the joking lament that this is probably how the Boston audience sees her. As a #angryfrenchgirl. Letissier was playful on […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 3-10)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 3-10)

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. Friday, 6/3 – Ruby Rose Fox – The Middle East Boston-based psychedelic soul singer Ruby Rose Fox pops up every now and again for a tear-it-down set at various venues […]

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Boston Calling 2.0: How the Move to Allston Will Affect Our Festival

Boston Calling 2.0: How the Move to Allston Will Affect Our Festival

Comic Ken Reid battled the heat and a diffident audience when he took the stage Saturday at Boston Calling. Fans of Reid’s popular podcast TV Guidance Counselor, know that his comedic approach is rooted in the preposterous incongruities he recognizes in pop culture arcanum. On Saturday, he looked at the space around him — […]

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Sia performs on the first night of Boston Calling.

Boston Calling Wrap-Up: Embracing the Unexpected

As the sun sank toward the skyline and the first few notes of Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner’s performance echoed around City Hall Plaza on Friday night, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. Maybe it’s that their delicate acoustic stylings were reminiscent of last fall’s folk-heavy […]

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EVENT: Drinking & Drawing at Barry’s Shop

EVENT: Drinking & Drawing at Barry’s Shop

This Thursday, Front Row Boston is sponsoring Drinking & Drawing at Barry’s Shop! Join us for a night of art and music with host Chris Piascik. Get inspired with a custom playlist of songs from local bands selected by FRB’s web editor. We’d love to see how you’d interpret these songs […]

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Boston Calling Sunday Recap

Boston Calling Sunday Recap

To the relief of all involved, it was overcast and cooler on day three of Boston Calling. Not for nothing, but broiling in the hot sun probably made us all a little cranky Saturday. We got off to an auspicious start with Boston MC Michael Christmas getting the entire, sparse crowd bouncing […]

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Gallery: Day 2 at the Boston Calling Music Festival

Gallery: Day 2 at the Boston Calling Music Festival

May 28th, 2016 – Battles, Borns, City and Colour, Courtney Barnett, Lady Pills, Lizzo, Miike Snow, Odesza, Palehound, Robyn, and The Vaccines live at Boston Calling. Photos by: Jess Barnthouse/Wicked Bird Media  

Boston Calling Saturday Recap

Boston Calling Saturday Recap

“The bathrooms here are air conditioned. So, if you need me… you know where I’ll be.” Ellen Kempner of Palehound kicked off the main stage performances on the second day of Boston Calling with a bit of self-deprecation, needling the sparse, sweaty, and sticky crowd. Even an innocent mirthful taunt […]

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