• February 10, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    Best of Both Worlds: Behind the scenes with Miley Cyrus's musical director

    We caught up with our old friend Stacy Jones (Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, American Hi-Fi) at the tail end of his current freelance gig, which just happens to be the biggest pop tour in the universe -- let's just say he's now the Tommy Lee of tweenpop.

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  • January 28, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    Mission of Burma, 1001 Pleasant Dreams (Live at Great Scott, 2008)

    Mission of Burma, 2wice (Live at Great Scott, 2008)

    Mission of Burma, Academy Fight Song (Live at Great Scott, 2008)

    As Justin Timberlake says, what goes around comes around: as the story goes, Mission of Burma took their name off a consulate building they happened to pass in New York.

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  • January 22, 2008
    By Caitlin E. Curran
    It was a ridiculously dark and crowded Blonde Redhead show at the Paradise on Sunday night - we made more than a few enemies trying to get a decent shot, so apologies to anyone whose view we may have unintentionally obstructed. Will Spitz's review will come soon - for now, here are the best flicks. Accompany them with 23 if ya got it.

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  • January 07, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    Kid Sister, "Pro Nails (Live in Boston, 12/20/07)

    Belated big-ups to the Karmaloop dudes for doing a holiday party the way holiday parties need to get done: grab the biggest club-rap phenomenon of the year, bring her to town for her Boston debut, and allow her to play her Kanyeezy-approved underground hit not once but twice.

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  • December 11, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran

    Fricke has the answers to all questions.

    In case anyone was just dying to know how the Led Zep show went in London last night, David Fricke, the source of all rock knowledge, according to any of the Classic Albums documentaries, has posted a lengthy review on Rolling Stone's blog. An excerpt:

    "As drummer Jason Bonham hammered with the ghostly precision and ferocity of his late father, guitarist Jimmy Page fired dirty chunks of Chuck Berry and bassist John Paul Jones kept iron time with familiar reserve, singer Robert Plant sang the most obvious words of the night: 'Been a long time since I rock and rolled.

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  • December 10, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Mission of Burma will play Great Scott on January 20, in what will be the band's most intimate hometown performance since their first-ever reunion gig (which was itself a secret warmup gig for their official reunion shows a few nights later) at the now-defunct 608 in Somerville, six years ago to the month.

    We gather the gig is a benefit in some fashion for Myanmar (the country formerly known as Burma), and we'll add details when our Googling produces something reliable.

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  • November 30, 2007
    By webteam

    Spiritualized, "Walking With Jesus (live at the MFA)"

    Spiritualized's set at the MFA may have come as a surprise for those who hadn't heard about this tour: all acoustic, featuring two members of the band, a string quartet and a gospel mini-choir. The songs reflected that arrangement as well - many of them were, on the surface at least, about faith and religion, as Matt Ashare points out in his review

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  • November 25, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Come, "Hurricane" (Live at the Middle East, 11/10/2007)

    Sure, it was only two songs. (Turns out they had a third ready to go, but decided against it. What, the applause wasn't loud enough? "Exactly," said Chris Brokaw.) But since this was the first time Come have performed since their 2 1/2-hour farewell gig at the MidEast's downstairs room back in -- what, 1998? -- well, this was pretty fucking rad.

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  • November 13, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Spottiswoode & His Enemies


    It’s unclear, from this vantage point at least, precisely to whom the proper noun in the band Spottiswoode & His Enemies refers.

    Is it Roger Spottiswoode, the director of Turner and Hooch and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot? Or is it 17th century Scottish Archbishop John Spottiswoode, or 19th century English mathematician/physicist William Spottiswoode, or perhaps Victoria Cross-winner William Spottiswoode Trevor, a major in the Bengal Engineers who fought valorously during the 1864-1865 Bhutan War, vanquishing 200 barricaded enemy soldiers all while greatly outmatched?

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  • November 12, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Friday night @ the Middle East Downstairs.
    All photos by Caitlin E. Curran.

    Check the paper on Thursday for Will Spitz's review. Snap judgement: Sharon Jones rocks with the Dap-Kings 29384724 times harder than that "Rehab" chick.

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  • November 07, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    They're baaaaaaa-aaaaaack . . .

    From the inbox:

    The Dresden Dolls
    At the Orpheum Theatre
    Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 7:30 pm
    Tickets are $25.00
    On-sale Saturday, November 10 at noon

    Also, here's a video of Amanda singing one of her new solo songs while surrounded by zombies . . .

  • November 06, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran

    What are YOU looking at?

    And speaking of Magnetic Fields, the crew behind NPR’s All Songs Considered, which tops our list of favorite web listening tidbits (the term podcast feels so inaccurate), and should probably be mandatory for music enthusiasts everywhere, has come up with an ingenious new video concept called Project Song, and they’ve tapped Stephin Merritt to take on the first challenge.

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  • November 03, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    The National, Brainy (Live in Boston)

    The National, Secret Meeting (Live in Boston)

    The National, Mistaken for Strangers (Live in Boston)

    It wasn't that long ago that the National sold out the Roxy, so we didn't expect to see them back this soon: turns out they came back for a fans-only gig put on by WFNX -- which, as frontman Matt Berninger acknowledged from the stage, is one of the few commercial radio stations to play their music.

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  • November 01, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    VIDEO: Via Audio, Developing Active People (Live at MFA Boston)

    We hold that attending Berklee does not make artists Bostonians for life, as it seems to in certain local-music-award circles. But we don't want the statute of limitations to be up just yet for Via Audio, the now-Brooklyn-based-but-Berklee-bred indie auteurs who’ve become blog-famous thanks to endorsements from Death Cab’s Chris Walla and Spoon’s Jim Eno.

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  • October 31, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Hannah Montana (with Kay and Stacy), live in Denver

    We just got a call from ex-Boston rocker and devout Red Sox fan Kay Hanley, who actually found herself stuck in Colorado for the first two games of the World Series. Well, maybe "stuck" isn't exactly the right word: she was among friends, including Stacy Jones (bio: Letters to Cleo drummer, Veruca Salt drummer, American Hi-Fi frontman) and AmHi-Fi guitarist Jamie Arentzen.

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