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Goblin (Globe, 10.3.13)

November 30, 2013

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Our memories of horror film scores often boil down to the most traumatizing moments — the dissonant stabs of the shower scene in “Psycho” or the foreboding, lurching strings of “Jaws.” In the mid-’70s, though, a little-known prog-rock band from Italy named Goblin helped lay the bad seeds of a different breed of audience-spooking movie […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mission of Burma Feature / Roger Miller Q&A (Boston Phoenix, 1.18.12)

February 7, 2012

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It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion. The scrappy Boston band that flew under the radar during their original run between 1979 and 1983 were suddenly selling out shows in places like Irving Plaza. We were in the midst of a post-punk revival — Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be […]

CANT Profile (Boston Globe, 10/21/11)

November 6, 2011

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His CANT is more than sweet nothings The story behind “Dreams Come True,’’ the first “solo’’ album from Grizzly Bear producer and bassist Chris Taylor, sounds like a one-off gimmick. Taylor and friend George Lewis Jr., recently of Twin Shadow fame, holed up in a friend’s secluded Catskills house last year with a car full […]

A New England Halloween with Harsh Noise, Dark Ambient, and Horror Flicks (Boston Globe, 10/21/11)

November 6, 2011

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An artful assault on the ears On the first night of last year’s Xiphoid Dementia tour, Egan Budd found himself billed at a coffee shop inBurlington,Vt., set to perform right after a hippie jam band and a guy doing solo acoustic guitar covers. As a noise artist, the musical chasm he was about to leap […]