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The Pixies (Globe, 1.16.14)

May 5, 2014

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MICHAEL HALSBAND From left: Black Francis, David Lovering, and Joey Santiago. The first breakup of the Pixies infamously occurred by way of a fax sent from frontman Black Francis to his bandmates. It was an awkward end to what by most accounts had grown into a dysfunctional relationship, with tensions especially high between Francis (Boston-born […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra in the Boston Globe (3.2.13)

March 7, 2013

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The inventive songwriter Ruban Nielson has said that he dug deep into the psychedelic records of the ’60s as a way to dive past punk toward the roots of counterculture. His music, manifested since 2010 as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, represents that dive in a straight-faced way. Within it you can hear Nielson reverse engineering the […]

Thalia Zedek Profile in The Boston Globe (3.1.13)

March 7, 2013

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The albums of gruff-voiced Boston balladeer Thalia Zedek tend to creep out into the light at a pace even slower than her lived-in songs. This unhurried time frame is no detriment; if anything, allowing the turmoil and rage that churns in her music to age a bit is likely the key to how rich and […]

School of Rock Profile (MMR Magazine, February 2013)

February 10, 2013

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  School of Rock’s Chris Catalano. ties for self-improvement. It’s not just for budding rock stars – retailers have something to gain, too. Last fall, financial consultant Chris Catalano found himself in a small backstage room in Chicago’s Wrigley Field, greeting a soaking wet Bruce Springsteen off the stage where he’d just performed a concert […]