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The Tet Holiday

Songs You Should Know: The Tet Holiday – “Statues”

About a week and a half ago, I was listening to Japandroids’ outstanding 2012 album, “Celebration Rock”, arguably my favorite album of the decade thus far.  A Google search followed, looking for any clues of new music by the band for 2016.  While in the Google wormhole, I stumbled upon […]

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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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Jason Isbell | WGBH | Front Row Boston

Songs You Should Know: Jason Isbell – “Children of Children”

In May of 2015, Village Voice writer Hilary Hughes called the coming summer, “The Summer of Jason Isbell.” If that’s what the summer of 2015 was, then I’m not sure what we’re going to call the summer of 2016. Since then, Isbell has seen his greatest commercial and critical success […]

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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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Photo by Kara Day

Songs You Should Know: Wilder Maker – Hope Springs

Brooklyn-based band Wilder Maker played the ONCE Lounge + Ballroom on Friday night. Their song “Hope Springs” is one that sounds like an audible equivalent of your Dad’s favorite chair, or the beautiful, thick afghan that’s been in your family for years – it’s warm, comfortable, and feels like you’ve known […]

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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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Neko Case, House of Blues

Songs You Should Know: Neko Case – “I’m from Nowhere”

Neko Case and her band of ruffians played the House of Blues last night in Boston. I was reminded how great her gift of cutting to the core was. She’s like your really cool Aunt who’s all business, but will then tell you the foulest / weirdest joke you’ve never […]

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Bill Frisell
Photo Credit: Monica Frisell

TV and the Movies With Guitarist Bill Frisell

It will only take a few notes for those of you who are unfamiliar with the serene guitar work of Bill Frisell to become addicted. His subtle playing and pristine tone creates a unique and personal aural signature that Frisell adds to all his songs and especially any covers he […]

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Low live at Brighton Music Hall. Photo courtesy Joel Speilberger

Read: Get Low – Live at Brighton Music Hall, 9/23/15

  Low, a three-piece band from the plains of Minnesota, played the Brighton Music Hall on September 23rd as a part of their tour in promotion of their latest album, Ones and Sixes. Low has been around since 1993, that’s a year longer than I’ve been alive. Prior to the […]

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Jose Gonzalez, Paradise Rock Club, 4/11/15

Read: Jose Gonzalez @ the Paradise, 4/11/15 – A Springtime Pick-Me-Up

Front Row Boston correspondent, Tim Cahill, reviews Jose Gonzalez’s set at Paradise Rock Club, April 11, 2015.