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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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“You’ll Have to Ask Prince”

“You’ll Have to Ask Prince”

The story goes that a journalist asked Eric Clapton what it’s like to be the best guitarist in the world. Clapton responded, “You’ll have to ask Prince.” A piece of apocrypha certainly isn’t enough to honor the memory and music of Prince today. Even anecdotally, though, this story of reverence and […]

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Galactic

Songs You Should Know: “Does It Really Make A Difference” – Galactic

Comfort is a powerful thing. Yes, it is exciting to be in the midst of the unknown, thrilled by adventure and new experiences. Sometimes though, you just want to sit at home relaxing with a good book on the couch. My point being  discovering new, unique music is wonderful, but […]

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Only One Store 54: The End of Allston’s Most Beloved Basement Shop

Only One Store 54: The End of Allston’s Most Beloved Basement Shop

If there’s anything that Store 54 owner Wayne Valdez wants stated outright, it’s that his business doesn’t abide by any narrative. “I don’t wanna make this about me being forced out because of gentrification,” he emphasizes as he sifts through piles of bygone music zines, a life-size jaguar statue standing […]

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Citizen. Photo by Andy Wells.

Songs You Should Know: Citizen – “Stain”

Citizen have come a long way from their Warped Tour days. That isn’t to say that the group has separated themselves from that past — they did play Warped just last summer — but you certainly won’t catch them peddling “Defend Pop Punk” merch anymore. Citizen these days seem to be […]

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Andrew Bird

The All-Inclusive Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird holds a special place in my heart. Whenever I hear his distinct sound and poetic lyrics, I am overwhelmed with memories of my wedding. While preparing to marry my husband in 2014, Bird’s albums Armchair Apocrypha and Noble Beast set a perfect atmosphere for a room full of […]

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