• Sonic Youth : Live

     There are three things every indie fan can rely on: death, taxes, and Sonic Youth.  Second only to David Bowie in relevance and longevity (and without any of The Thin White Duke’s self-reinventions), the seminal quartet has been releasing solid album after solid...
  • Arcade Fire : Live

     There’s anticipation, and then there’s anticipation for The Arcade Fire.  Bursting onto the scene with 2004’s Funeral, the Montreal-based band were the pinnacle of the "Canadian Invasion".  A sprawling, inter-related, inter-disciplinary gang of musicians, The Arcade Fire blew everyone away with their expansive-yet-intimate,...
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks : Live

     Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks were in a good mood when they hit Hoboken’s Maxwell’s on February 11th.  The band wasn’t slowed down by handicaps, like too-powerful lighting on bassist Joanna Bolme, or the lack of a monitor for guitarist/keyboardist Mike Clark (as he said,...
  • Harlem Shakes : Live

     The bouncing and bopping Harlem Shakes played the oh-so-hip Canal Room on February 1st, in honor of the release of their new EP, Burning Birthdays (QRO review).  The audience for the Brooklyn band was the epitome of early twenties Williamsburg hipsters, even if they...
  • Mission of Burma : Live

     Mission of Burma hit Irving Plaza in New York with a show, and an audience, that belied the band’s true age.  Burma’s reunification a few years ago might have been overshadowed by that of fellow Bostonians, The Pixies, but Burma’s is arguably the better story....
  • Annuals : Live

     Kicking off their tour supporting The Dears and showing off their increasingly popular album, Be He Me, Annuals recently played the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.  It was part of their recent upswing of success that had them performing on Conan O'Brien's show a...
  • My Morning Jacket : Live

     The last time Louisville legends My Morning Jacket rolled through Boston, it was for a special two-night performance with the Boston Pops, an experience that Jim James praised on stage for their recent show at Avalon.  Explaining that it's rare to make a connection with...
  • Now It’s Overhead : Live

     On a rainy Tuesday night, Now It's Overhead brought their ominous alt-jams to the Middle East in Cambridge, MA, and gave the crowd that was waiting for The Album Leaf something to get excited about.  Touring in support both the Leafsters and...
  • The Rapture : Live

    Fresh off of two nights in NYC, The Rapture hit Boston for the first time in a couple years, and despite not selling the place out for some inexplicable reason, they blew the minds of most people there, and turned Axis...