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Neutral Milk Hotel (Live Review) (Globe, 1.19.14)

May 5, 2014

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There have been few cheers, if any, this loud for a couple of accordionists sauntering onto the stage. As singer Jeff Mangum trailed off the last few notes of opener “Two-Headed Boy” over his lone guitar, though, the crowd at the Orpheum Thursday night erupted at the site of them, along with a rag-tag horn […]

Blitzen Trapper + Dawes Live Review (Boston Globe, 10/31/11)

November 6, 2011

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Bands offer blasts of rural rock, alt-country There was a time when it seemed like willfully independent musicians like Wilco and Son Volt had taken roots music away from the mainstream. They made it sparse, hushed, wry, and contemplative. It was like a mild-mannered and acquired taste. That’s not so much the case any more, […]

Zola Jesus Live Review (Boston Globe, 10/19/11)

November 6, 2011

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Amid howls and moans, Zola Jesus draws a crowd A battery of synths loomed over the stage as Nika Roza Danilova floated out in a flowing white smock. Above the band, a field of projected white radar rings shuddered as she grabbed the mike, and she let out a long snake moan that would last […]

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.

The Thermals Live Review in Boston Phoenix, 5.11.09

May 15, 2009

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"It would have been nice to hear them go all-out with the hyper-slow (for the Thermals, that is) "Bottom of the Sea" from the new Now We Can See. Its five-minute dirge would have seemed downright epic here, but oh well. When they played the barely more up-tempo "We Dissolve," eyes throughout the crowd began to glaze over anyway (ditto on the cover of Nirvana's "Sappy"), so maybe they were right to stick to the brimstone and the rave-ups."

The WHRB Record Hospital Fest in the Boston Phoenix, 4.15.09

April 17, 2009

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Dudes in sleeveless T-shirts who looked as if they’d been bathing in Taco Bell bathrooms for months rolled amps through the quiet, misty Harvard quad to Holden Chapel, where a stately portrait of a shiny-domed professor looked down on a mess of kids flailing around to screamo cadre the Saddest Landscape. The crowd took over on choruses, stealing the mic from the singer as he scrambled around on the ground trying to re-duct-tape the cable back into his guitar. It was Night Two of WHRB’s Record Hospital Fest.