Interviews

Frightened Rabbit at Newport Folk

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison On Family, Music, Drinking, and Feeling Pale in LA

When Frightened Rabbit took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in July, frontman Scott Hutchison introduced the band as a better version of their former selves. “We used to be a folk band, but then we discovered electricity.” Hutchison joked as the Scottish fivesome launched into “Get Out,” […]

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Interview: Silversun Pickups

Interview: Silversun Pickups

There’s a certain wide-eyed joy to Silversun Pickups that belies a band going on fifteen years together. A quick assessment of our conversation before their set at House of Blues last week would suggest their sunny Californian roots as a reason for their cheeriness, but apocalyptic themes have always weighed […]

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An Interview with Michelle Zauner, The One Big Boss Lady Who Is Japanese Breakfast

An Interview with Michelle Zauner, The One Big Boss Lady Who Is Japanese Breakfast

A mellow crowd of young-20s-year-olds shuffles around under Brighton Music Hall’s ironic, still silver disco ball. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Too quiet on a Wednesday night in Allston Rock City. That is until Japanese Breakfast, more affectionately known as J Brekkie, takes the stage, opening for Mitski’s sold-out show — a show so […]

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Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

Interview: Kassie Carlson of Guerilla Toss

  For any other band on earth, seeing descriptors like “focused” and “concise” in an album review might elicit sighs of relief. If one were to imagine such words used for former Bostonians/current Brooklynites Guerilla Toss, though… well, we’d just have to assume the reviewer had never seen Guerilla Toss […]

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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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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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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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Keller Williams | WGBH | Front Row Boston

The Joyful Sound of Keller Williams

Watching Keller Williams play on stage is like watching a pinball machine. Williams loops different instruments to create a multi-layered soundscape. He can bounce back and forth from a bass to a drum machine, or to a cricket noise maker and back to his guitar to solo. Seeing Williams dance […]

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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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Ryan Young, Trampled By Turtles

Interview: Ryan Young

Fiddle player, Ryan Young, of Trampled By Turtles, sat down with Front Row Boston before taking the stage at House of Blues Boston September 11, 2014.