Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

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| Originally Published In OC Weekly

DEADBOLT: KILL THE HIPPIES

San Diego-based voodoobilly quintet Deadbolt comes bearing the self-appointed title of “The Scariest Band in the World” and a whole spell book of stripped-down rockabilly anthems dedicated to decimating the great unwashed—such as “Watongo (Beware You Dirty Hippie),” or their bad acid trip “Go Tell Alice,” both from last year’s greatest-hits album, Haight Street Hippie Massacre. […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Phoenix

TED LEO AND PHARMACISTS Political Party

John Kerry and Ted Kennedy may have captured the DNC spotlight last week, but it was former Bostonian Ted Leo who made politics fun. His cheerful, impassioned set added overt political content to the show staged by youth activism organization Music for America downstairs at the Middle East a week ago Tuesday, on the second […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Phoenix

The Standard WIRE POST TO WIRE

Blame it on the rain that plagues the Pacific Northwest, but a whole new batch of fresh atmospheric rock is coming out of Portland these days, from the fairy-tale quirkiness of the Decemberists to the stripped-down delicacy of Dolorean. The Standard earn a place on that list with their second album, a moody lament full […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

The French Kicks: The Trial of the Century

The French Kicks may be in the frontlines of New York City’s new rock revolution, but their shiny indie-pop is far from the edgy post-punk and organic garage-rock that has defined their hometown’s sound. Instead, the band has steadily moved away from its own punk roots, indulging in lovely harmonies and an understated soul sexiness […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

Live: Cutie, Kweller show their feelings for rock ‘n’ roll

Sad songs can rock, too. This antithetical approach to the often slouchy sulkiness of indie pop music was born out to excellent effect at Avalon on Saturday night, where coheadliners Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Kweller delivered vastly different but equally dynamic sets full of heartfelt emotions and brash and swaggering guitar-driven rock. The […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Phoenix

The Elected ME FIRST

In the indie band Rilo Kiley, Blake Sennett’s pretty, breathy voice is sometimes obscured by the sinewy vocals of his co-conspirator, Jenny Lewis. But he’s front and center on the debut album by his side project the Elected, who’re rounded out by lap steel player Mike Bloom, bassist Daniel Brummel (Ozma), and drummer Jason Boesel […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

The Walkmen kick it up with menacing rock set

Seeing the Walkmen live has the visceral kick of running into an old love and being hit with a wave of uneasy attraction. The fans at the group’s sold-out show downstairs at the Middle East on Friday night looked as if they were experiencing just such a moment, as they directed their attention to the […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

Atmosphere sets the mood for a new kind of rap fan

Minneapolis-based MC Slug says he wants his group, Atmosphere, to be a “doorway drug.” Like an introduction to heavier substances, his smartly acerbic and confessional raps have enticed punk and indie rock fans, but he wants to get them permanently hooked on hip-hop. “A lot of these kids who are at these shows were not […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

Statistics: Leave Your Name

You’d think they’d be fixing for a shoot-out in the indie-rock stronghold of Omaha, Neb. Long packed with the celebrated bands released on that town’s indie label Saddle Creek, until now, the only solo singer-songwriter of note has been Conor Oberst, who releases music with the shape-shifting collective Bright Eyes. But now, Denver Dalley bears […]

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| Originally Published In Boston Globe

Rilo Kiley delivers soothing transition

CAMBRIDGE — A stripped-down version of the indie pop band Rilo Kiley delivered a bare, intimate set Wednesday night, which allowed the group to work out the kinks in new songs from its album in progress. Armed only with guitars and a keyboard, co-songwriters Blake Sennett and Jenny Lewis enraptured much of the crowd in […]

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