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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]