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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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Songs You Should Know: 131’s – “This Ain’t Culture”

Songs You Should Know: 131’s – “This Ain’t Culture”

In the pre-Spotify days, one of the ways I would find new music was through a monthly playlist called “Indie Rock Playlist”.  It was compiled from recommendations around the world, and usually had 125-150 songs.  After downloading it, I would usually cull the list down to about 10-15 songs, and would […]

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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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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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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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