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Pulling the Thread

We Were Promised Jetpacks shift focus with Unravelling

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Unravelling notches several firsts for the Jetpacks; primarily, it’s the band’s debut as a quintet, with the permanent installation of touring keyboardist/guitarist Stuart McGachan.  

Manchester Orchestra

Nov. 23 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Manchester Orchestra is loud and rattling, both from the volume the group can unleash and from the depth and emotion in its lyrics. Whether filtered through computer speakers or amplified live from the stages of some of America’s best venues, the group’s music has a way of making “all the feels” come rocketing to the surface.    

Freedy Johnston

Oct. 30 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 28, 2013
 There are few better examples of the injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,” his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit as deserving of commercial acceptance.   

Built to Spill

Oct. 22 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now comes word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late 2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.  

Titus Andronicus

Sept. 24 • Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Patrick Stickles’ impassioned yelps are impossible to ignore. The frontman for New Jersey-based Indie Rock outfit Titus Andronicus sounds as if he’s on fire, fueled by the passion of his dense, richly detailed lyrical concerns, which range from the American Civil War and the dangers of contemporary capitalism to food fights and getting trashed.   

Atlas Genius

Sept. 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
In 2011, Atlas Genius was swamped with gigs, recording and fall exams, so the members neglected their email for a few weeks. When they checked it, they found dozens of messages from industry reps proffering label deals, management, bookings and legal advice. By early 2012, “Trojans” had hit the top of Sirius XM channel Alt Nation’s chart.     

The Spring Standards

July 7 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 Each member of The Spring Standards plays multiple instruments: Guitar, piano and bass are accompanied by all three musicians having their own drum kit onstage, connected in the middle. Above that, of course, the group’s bright and infectious music is buoyed by their lead and harmony vocals.  

The Mountain Goats

June 14 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 11, 2013
One gets the sense that John Darnielle would completely lose it if he couldn’t write songs. Seriously, is there anyone on the current musical landscape who seems to get more out of unloading his fertile imagination than the prolific Mountains Goats ringleader?   

Portugal. The Man

June 14 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and delivered a world-class major-label debut with 2011's glam-charged In the Mountain in the Cloud.   

Wild Moccasins with of Montreal

May 18 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
Ordinarily, Indie Rock, Halo and skating share a whole heap of nothing in common. But for Wild Moccasins vocalist/guitarist Cody Swann, each of those things has functioned as an all-enveloping obsession at some point in his life.   

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