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Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin knows a good music city. The man best known for being the frontman and songwriter in Better than Ezra, has been part of the scenes in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and more recently has become a fixture around Nashville, seeing as he lives with his family in Franklin, Tennessee, about […]

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The Together 7 Short List: FRB’s Guide to the Festival

The Together 7 Short List: FRB’s Guide to the Festival

This week, Front Row Boston’s Dillon Riley — visiting us from his normal location at Clicky Clicky Music — gives you his Short List for Together 7: the shows he thinks you should hear and see this week during the festival. Together Boston, now in its seventh year, boasts as strong a program as any North American […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 13-20)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 13-20)

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, 5/14 – Peach Kelli Pop at Middle East Downstairs What started as a solo project for Canadian power popper Allie Hanlon has evolved over the course of just a […]

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They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

Keith Murray shifted in his seat and hesitated when I suggested that the lyrics on We Are Scientists’ latest record, Helter Seltzer, are more sincere and less ironic than on past WAS records. “I don’t know if it’s more sincere, but I think, maybe on earlier albums, I was more disdainful of […]

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Songs You Should Know: “Pizza Party” – Haybaby

Songs You Should Know: “Pizza Party” – Haybaby

Haybaby is a cheeky little grunge trio from Brooklyn. Why cheeky? Any band citing Keanu Reeves as a musical influence and spelunking as a form of band-bonding is certainly teasing its listeners a little. The group recently ripped a gig at Cambridge’s own Out of the Blue Too Gallery in […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 6-13)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (May 6-13)

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, 5/7 – Dweezil Zappa at Brighton Music Hall The most visible and active musician of the Zappa clan, guitarist Dweezil comes to town with his band […]

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Death To Kidz Bop

Death To Kidz Bop

I tried.  I really did. When my wife and I had our first daughter 10 years ago (we’ve since added 3 more girls), my goal was to keep them away from crappy pop music as long as I could. When she started kindergarten, I cringed when I saw that one […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 29-May 6)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 29-May 6)

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, 4/29 – Elephant Revival at Paradise Rock Club The ethereal trappings of Elephant Revival’s sound extends into a spirituality and an ethos the band preaches — one reflecting on […]

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An Enigma? No. Prince Just Made Us Pay Attention

An Enigma? No. Prince Just Made Us Pay Attention

On October 20, 1988, Prince played deep into the night at Citi, one of a series of clubs that haunted 15 Landsdowne Street for the better part of four decades. The concert became an oft-recounted event in the history of music in Boston for a number of reasons. It was […]

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Songs You Should Know: Quilt, Hissing My Plea

Songs You Should Know: “Hissing My Plea” – Quilt

Read any two, five, or ten descriptions of Quilt, and the word “psychedelic” crops up in the first sentence. Rightly so. Listening to Quilt can dredge the most cliché tropes of psych-rock freakouts. But Quilt seem to do something with their psychedelia that few contemporary takes on the 60s do. They get it […]

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