Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2011«

Feature: O’Death (Boston Phoenix, 4.12.11)

April 19, 2011

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It must be a relief to realize that when you hit the stage, people know what they’re going to get. O’Death have spent the past several years banging out a reputation as grizzled folk punks who run their sets like moonshine raids. Which is great — you won’t find me complaining about a band who […]

Q&A with Lou Barlow (Boston Phoenix, 3.24.11)

April 18, 2011

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He may have been born in Dayton, Ohio and settled down in Los Angeles, but for a lot of us, Lou Barlow will always be a Western Mass kid. We’d settle more for any of his bands — Dinosaur, Jr., Folk Implosion, Sentridoh — but Barlow returns to Boston this Thursday with the band he’s […]

Review: Thick Shakes “Why Buy the Cow?” (Boston Globe, 1.28.11)

April 18, 2011

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This gem is up for grabs online, but the actual records don’t hit the street for another month. That might be a good thing — the longer this muck has to ferment on vinyl, the better. The nastiest fuzz to creep out from a practice space in years made its way onto these three tracks […]

Feature: Trabants (Boston Globe, 1.28.11)

April 18, 2011

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Although history has conveniently painted 1960s guitar pioneers the Ventures into a bit of a novelty “surf rock’’ corner, the fact remains that rock ’n’ roll probably wouldn’t be the same without them. Masters at stringing together melodies from all corners of the world into three-minute pop gems, the group rode a brief high tide […]

Feature: The Konks (Boston Phoenix, 1.26.11)

April 18, 2011

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At the end of the day, by what unit can one measure the career of a band like the Konks? Records? Few and far between. Radio play? Not a whole lot. Ticket sales? Never mind. You could argue for “beer” as a decent metric, but it’d be hard to find anyone who hasn’t lost count. […]

Feature: Hands and Knees (Boston Globe, 1.21.11)

April 18, 2011

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The music on Hands and Knees’ latest record made its way into the world a bit unceremoniously last summer. The 13 frantic garage-pop tracks popped up without fanfare on the band’s website for friends, family, and message board passersby to take peeks at will. An undercut of what hype might eventually build out of proper […]

Feature: Camper Van Beethoven (Boston Phoenix, 1.11.11)

April 18, 2011

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It was on a whim roughly 25 years ago that a young David Lowery called up a friend at SST Records to see how SST had been promoting records that year. “He just said, ‘Hey, we’ve been sending a lot of our stuff to college radio stations, and they seem to be playing them a […]