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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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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 10-17)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (June 10-17)

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, 6/11 – Buffalo Tom – Paradise Rock Club Given that we had the chance to talk to Buffalo Tom guitarist Bill Janovitz earlier this week, we put together a […]

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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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