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Cassette Tape Revival (Boston Globe, 7.23.10)

July 25, 2010

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It’s three weeks into the Boston band Girlfriends’ first-ever US tour, and the trio is stopped in Albuquerque. They’ve spent the first half of the trip the way most do-it-yourselfers do — finding the bright spots in tiny shows they booked through Internet connections, sleeping on beer-stained floors and old mattresses offered up by hospitable […]

Sleigh Bells (Boston Globe, 7.16.2010)

July 25, 2010

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Sleigh Bells, the impossibly hot New York duo of guitarist/sound engineer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss, hit the ground running so fast last year that critics still haven’t caught up. A few songs built on charmingly lunkheaded electro beats and arena-ready guitar and released on the Internet were all they needed last year. By […]

50 Bands 50 States (Boston Phoenix, 7.11.10)

July 25, 2010

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The famed, third annual “50 Bands 50 States” project with the Phoenix, where a team of irrational music critics combs the nation for the best new band in each and every state. 2010 was my second time working on this project, and there’s too much blurbage to sensibly paste here, so go follow this link […]

Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll 2010 (6.11.10)

July 25, 2010

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Blurbs blurbs blurbs! Below are a few from this wonderful form of journalism known as “poll results.” Best Boston Garage or Psych Act = Girlfriends Okay, so the kneejerk way to explain the Local Garage/Psych category would be to say, “You know, like, what used to pass muster at the Abbey Lounge.” And that might […]

Black Helicopter (Profile in Boston Phoenix, 7.6.10)

July 25, 2010

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In the anything-goes ’90s, it was tough to stick out like a sore thumb, but somehow Boston’s Green Magnet School managed to do it — and do it like champs. Too weird to be considered musical co-conspirators with, say, Mudhoney or Sebadoh, they somehow still found themselves signed to Sub Pop, riding the post-Nirvana gravy […]