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Jonsi Live Review (Boston Herald, 5.6.10)

May 18, 2010

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It was easy to forget there was a band on the House of Blues stage Wednesday night, what with the towering warehouse windows and craggy Transylvanian landscapes. This was a high-concept set designed for one of this year’s more ambitious projects, the solo debut of Jonsi, leader of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. And it made for quite an unforgettable night. Jonsi - dressed in a military jacket of tattered scarves - is at the tail end of a tour in support of his solo album, “Go.” By the time he ended Wednesday’s show, the first of back-to-back nights at the House of Blues,, it felt like a swarm of angry comets had devoured the room.

Fanfarlo Live Review (Herald, 4.13.10)

May 18, 2010

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It's when they slip into theatrical 6/8 time that things fall into the predictable world of indie melodrama that's already been strip-mined by Neutral Milk Hotel and the Decemberists. The Salvation Army Band horns and oil lamp atmospherics of the stomping “I Am a Pilot” and wistful “The Walls Are Coming Down” are designed as turn-of-the-century antiques, but they might remind you more of Y2K-era college radio. Balthazar was shadowed on his right hand side by Cathy Lucas, who doubled vocal parts with beautiful harmonies, plucked fiddle strings on the dreamy ballads and strummed mandolins on the campfire tunes. She was at her most powerful while manning a lone floor tom in front of the stage lit from below, illuminating her face like a giant scary story flashlight as she pounded Celtic thuds on it and clicked bone chattering sticks on its edges. A lot of the dramatic touches seemed a bit forced, but this wasn't one of them.

Owen Pallett (Herald, 4.19.10)

April 22, 2010

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“When I’m frustrated, I see a therapist,” Owen Pallett said. “I don’t write a song about it.” There’s a troubled narrator named Lewis at the center of Pallet’s orchestral pop concept record, “Heartland.” But don’t equate the narrator’s problems with this 30-year-old composer, violinist and singer’s personal life. “I enjoy the submissive nature of letting […]

Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan solo project)(Boston Herald, 3.17.10)

April 6, 2010

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Fake TV news reports about religious cults flashing on TVs. Band members taking wine-and-cheese breaks. A wayward Christian-radio host popping up on a movie screen between shots of animated mouths grafted onto animal orifices. Just part of a night with Puscifer, the multimedia hodgepodge from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan that rolled into the Berklee […]

Beach House (Boston Herald, 3.28.10)

April 6, 2010

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As fans of “The Wire” know, there are few places in the U.S. less dreamy than Baltimore. But the city has given us dream-pop duo Beach House, whose slow-moving songs of love and loss play like soundtracks to lost fantasy flicks. “You make what you want out of being here,” French-born vocalist Victoria Legrand said […]

What Would the Jesus Lizard Do? (Boston Herald, 11.12.09)

December 14, 2009

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I profiled front-man legend David Yow of the reunited noise-rock behemoths The Jesus Lizard right before the groiup’s triumphant return to Boston this fall. Full article at the Boston Herald here.

Frank Black’s Grand Duchy — “Just turn on the radio” (Herald, 7.18.09)

July 23, 2009

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Black and Clark released their first album, “Petit Fours,” in April. It sounds very much like Black’s best work - unassuming, unhinged, full of eerie science and myth, all couched in a crunchy mix of scrappy ’80s beats and pop vamping. Clark’s smoky croon more than holds its own against Black’s vocal theatrics. The album isn’t the most groundbreaking thing he’s ever done, but it’s a welcome spin on the formula.