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Speedy Ortiz Profile (Globe July 4, 2013)

July 26, 2013

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The least put-together song on Speedy Ortiz’s new record, “Major Arcana,” is probably a fast, tightly wound burner called “Cash Cab.” It starts off with tangled, dissonant guitars and whirling drums. A quick hook swoops in about amnesia, with ghostly backup vocal tracks bouncing off each other. The bass takes a solo turn playing hardcore […]

Starlabfest Union Square (Globe, June 6, 2013)

July 26, 2013

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Even in blistering summer heat, the right circumstances can make a barren industrial parking lot seem like a dream come true. It’s not the greatest place in town if you’re looking for a spot of shade on a hot day, but a small group of musicians have found one nondescript slab of pavement to be […]

Mount Peru Profile (Globe, May 9, 2013)

July 26, 2013

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On one chilly February night in a loft show in Somerville, the lights went out on Mount Peru. The eclectic band — part driving alt-rock, part backyard country ­— forged ahead in that dark room of locals, summoning campfire courage and makeshift charm for what ended up being one of its best sets ever. Frontman […]

Marnie Stern Profile (Globe, April 12, 2013)

July 26, 2013

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There’s a masochistic game for musicians that you might call “How Young Were They?” It involves looking back on your heroes and — just for laughs — figuring out how old they were when they hit different benchmarks. Marnie Stern likes to look to the Boss. “Bruce Springsteen was 26 when he put out ‘Born […]

Fat History Month Profile (Globe, April 4, 2013)

July 26, 2013

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The drums-and-guitar two-piece Fat History Month is easy to root for. The two make an art form of mopey slackerism with everything from their shrugged-off name to the moody tempos to the song titles, which they reuse like two-day old socks (“Free as a Cat” here, “Free as a Cat on a Leash” there, with […]