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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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Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest. 

Photo by: Anna Webber

Songs You Should Know: “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” – Car Seat Headrest

Desperation is rarely a positive quality, but armed with a guitar and a fractured howl, Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo contorts it into a full-fledged talent. If writing sad songs is complicated, then writing flat-out desperate songs comes with equal baggage, yet twice the dignity at stake. Confessional songwriting sees […]

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Charles Bradley

Songs You Should Know: Charles Bradley – “Good To Be Back Home”

Charles Bradley’s life is an essential American story. He grew up a poor black fatherless kid in Brooklyn. As an adult, he tragically endured his brother’s murder and watched his mother slowly die in the small apartment they shared. In the last five years though, Bradley’s life took a turn: […]

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Just When I Thought I Was Out… Fallon Pulls Me Back In

Just When I Thought I Was Out… Fallon Pulls Me Back In

I had forgotten Michael Corleone’s line from The Godfather Part III, until trying to describe my feelings about Brian Fallon and The Gaslight Anthem. The Gaslight Anthem’s 2008 album The ’59 Sound was my first exposure to the band. My wife and I heard them at House Of Blues when they toured behind […]

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Songs You Should Know: Kid Mountain – “Curtains”

Songs You Should Know: Kid Mountain – “Curtains”

By Tim Gagnon Speaking as someone with an ever-deepening love for Boston’s music scene, I recognize the slightly feverish haze that takes over a person describing their hometown pride. Yes, it is valid to believe that [local band x] put out the greatest album this decade and [local band y] […]

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Songs You Should Know: Mr. Lif (feat. Blacastan) – “Whizdom”

Songs You Should Know: Mr. Lif (feat. Blacastan) – “Whizdom”

It’s difficult to imagine that Mr. Lif, longtime principal of Boston’s indie hip hop scene, might remain silent during one of the most turbulent election seasons in recent memory. Mr. Lif’s group with Akrobatic and DJ Fakts One, the Perceptionists, released Black Dialogue over a decade ago. That record’s trenchant denunciation of the Bush administration continues […]

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