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Worlds collide

Bryce Dessner and Matthew Ritchie at MIT
A week ago Wednesday and Thursday, a curious collection of young scruffy indie kids and older scruffy MIT eggheads converged on the school's Broad Institute for two nights of free music, art, and lecture dubbed "Darkness Visible."
By: WILL SPITZ  |  February 03, 2009


Gone, baby, gone

Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 09, 2009


A flair for the drama

Great Scott, January 4, 2009
"There's not enough hype in the world for Glasvegas," old reliable hypemonger NME recently proclaimed. But that doesn't mean the magazine and the rest of the British music press aren't trying.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 09, 2009


Fans cheer; earth weeps

Radiohead at Comcast Center, August 13, 2008
It’s a bummer that the four-plus hours I spent in my car feeling guilty about barfing loads of carbon into the air is most salient in my mind, because, as always, Radiohead delivered an awe-inspiring show.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  August 19, 2008


Laugh at the end of the world

The grim punch lines of Clawjob
The two guys who make up Clawjob have an unnerving tendency to describe something as funny when it’s anything but.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  August 19, 2008


A case of the Mondays

Icy Demons at Great Scott, July 27, 2008
Unless you’re, say, George Michael, summer Sunday-night shows can be rough on a band.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  July 29, 2008


Who brought the cool kid?

Ian MacKaye visits Tufts
“For me, punk is the new idea, always the new idea, forever the new idea. That’s why punk can never die. Because as long as there are people, there will be new ideas.”
By: WILL SPITZ  |  April 15, 2008



Caribou at the Paradise Rock Club, March 26, 2008
Depending on your outlook, Dan Snaith is either a genius auteur or a misguided, egomaniacal control freak.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  April 01, 2008


Meet the new Amys

Neo-soul torture from the sub-Winehouses
Brace yourselves: we’re doomed to at least a summer of sub-Winehouse neo-soul torture.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  April 01, 2008


Rock-and-roll heart

Stephen Malkmus gets Jicky with it
Stephen Malkmus: expert Scrabble player, The Wire enthusiast, husband, father, indie-rock demigod.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  March 18, 2008



 Amplive's Rainydayz Remixes, approved by Thom
“We wanted to make you aware that you need to get approval before making arrangements of other writers’ work” — oops.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  March 12, 2008


Tazer rock

The rapid rise of Pretty & Nice
There’s a lot about Pretty & Nice that’s surprising.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  September 04, 2008


Screaming Masterpiece

Sort of crap
Magnússon’s film fails to illuminate what this declaration of independence meant or how it was carried out.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  February 06, 2008


''Mirrorball #1: Fresh Tracks''

Reality TV has not killed the video star
Reality TV has not killed the video star.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 23, 2008


What's new is better

Blonde Redhead at Paradise Rock Club, January 20, 2008
Not many bands can say their seventh album is their best.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 22, 2008


Throwing Down Again

Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Middle East Downstairs, December 26, 2007
The air was thick with nostalgia and Boston pride, not to mention the more tangible sweat that was dripping from the pipes downstairs at the Middle East.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 31, 2007


Show and tell

A whole new year of live music
After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008


Star teamz

Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 18, 2007



"Miracle on Tremont Street," Orpheum Theatre, December 4, 2007
“Miracle on Tremont Street" offered a reminder that modern rock isn’t completely dominated by watered-down emo-pop pap and heinous post-grunge mush.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 09, 2007


The Hives

The Black and White Album | A+M/Octone
Call me crazy, but I consider Tyrannosaurus Hives to be one of the best punk-rock albums of all time
By: WILL SPITZ  |  November 19, 2007
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