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Feature: Young Adults (Boston Phoenix, 11.2.10)

December 20, 2010

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Last month, when scraggly local trio Young Adults wandered out on stage at the Middle East downstairs to open for hyped lo-fi darlings Best Coast, college indie brats were already thronging the room. Young Adults are a house-show beast by nature, all fuzzed-out bass and splintered bits of guitar that go well with fire hazards […]

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 […]

Isis (Boston Phoenix, 6.21.10)

June 21, 2010

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Wherever you put the needle down in Isis’s heavy catalogue, you know what to expect — the sound of two decades of sludge metal and crystallized hardcore dissonance strapped onto a derelict oil tanker and pushed out to sea. Albums appear every few years like snapshots taken of what loomed off its monstrous hull. Whether […]

John Shade Profile (Phoenix, 5.4.10)

May 18, 2010

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Folksie newcomer John Shade says that his songs are focused on identity and anonymity, but there’s also what sounds like an unraveling personal economy lurking beneath: characters steal purses, check classifieds, go it alone with “no safety net,” and generally feel like bums. Meanwhile, Shade’s chords sound down and out, and his vocals dip into […]

No Moves Required (No-Dance Bar Nights In Boston)(Phoenix 3.1.2010)

April 22, 2010

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Phoenix Cover Story, February 25, 2010 Issue: I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but dance nights are absolutely mobbing our clubs and bars. Non-stop four-on-the-floor beats, DJs with stickers all over their laptops, hordes throwing hands up for party pics — it’s enough to make any long-time Boston codger step outside, pout, and ponder his […]

Hislopalooza (Phoenix, 3.10.10)

April 22, 2010

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“I’m living the most local life I’ve ever lived right now in Dorchester,” says Chris Hislop, bespectacled guitarist in the long-running Boston band Piles. “Walking to work in the morning, walking home. I love it.” We’re sitting in a booth at the Middle East and tracing the course of music worship from big — Sonic […]

Worcester Rock City (Phoenix, 4.13.10)

April 22, 2010

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When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sort of got the creeps. But I think that’s only because they’re from Worcester. […]