Reviews

Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 - 12:12 pm
It was all Scarlet Begonias, a touch of the blues, and a whole lot of funk and soul last night at the Boulder Theater. The Motet was back in town for an encore performance of their "Funk is Dead Show." They were in Boulder for the Halloween show last October and it just wasn't enough to last us...
Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 - 1:09 pm
Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and David Koresh typically represent the idea of cults in America. Among the indie scene however, the word “cult” is gradually making an association with pop vocals and keyboard melodies entrenched in a darker noise rock thanks to the New York group, CULTS. Known for...
Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 - 9:43 am
Heading to The Paradise, I’d never seen RJD2 live. No, like many of my fellows, my experience with the artist had been restricted to lone headphone listens of his dusty-funk compilations. And, to be honest, I thought that was good enough. Foolish me. Fresh Produce opened the night up with a solid...
Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2012 - 5:20 am
Seeking refuge from a brisk and windy San Francisco evening, hirsute hippies and mustachioed hipsters file into the Connecticut Yankee for a special performance by jam band collective Secret Chimp.  Ironically enough, the Connecticut Yankee, which has undergone a plethora of name changes and...
Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 - 9:09 am
Before attending a Shpongle show, one has to prepare themselves for a soul searching journey. This is not the typical concert, nor is it a typical DJ rave type event. It is a hybrid of both, with a unique ability to assist the viewer to transcend to many different places. After all, isn’t that why...
Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - 12:28 pm
It’s good to know there are still folks out there fighting the good fight. Arriving at O'brien’s Pub in Allston a little before nine, I felt as if I’d stepped straight back into 1967 – there was a motley collection of denim, long hair and leather from corner to corner – hazy shades of southern...
Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - 12:13 pm
I don’t know quite what to think of T.J. Courtney. Even with a first listen to the rock artist’s new EP, Into The Sky, one would be hard pressed not to find similarities in his delivery to modern-day acts such as Nickelback, Daughtry, and the like – turn on any mainstream rock radio station, that’s...
Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - 11:46 am
The band Dead Sara released their self-titled album on April 10th. Based in Los Angeles, the female duo-fronted band weaves together a stiff, punk attitude with a grungy rock sound. Their sound sometimes reminds me of a heavier Hole, what with Emily Armstrong's edgy vocals mixing with the solid...
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 7:19 pm
What can’t Bela Fleck do? Or maybe the question is what can’t Bela Fleck do with a banjo? Aside from his history with the Flecktones, bridging and bending the idea of genre and fusion music he produced his first film, “Throw Down Your Heart”, a journey into the true origins of the banjo in Africa....
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 7:11 am
I arrived before the doors opened. Just from the line forming outside the theater, I could tell that Band of Skulls had an enthusiastic following. The excitement was palpable. After the recent release of their new album, Sweet Sour, the band geared up for an international tour. The group, hailing...