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NEWS: BAT FOR LASHES TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, THE BRIDE

Yes, you read that correctly, Natasha Khan, known professionally as Bat For Lashes, is releasing a new album this year. (First Garbage, now Natasha — this is going to be a marvelous year indeed!)  It’s called The Bride and it will be released on July 1st.  You can find the two tracks from the album...
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#albumoftheday / EMMY THE GREAT: SECOND LOVE

I recently reviewed Emmy the Great’s Boston show, and did an insightful interview with her, so you probably should realize that I’d recommend her new album, Second Love, but I’m writing this anyway, just in case it wasn’t so obvious, and in case you forgot that the album was coming out today.  Besides,...
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COMING SOON: METRIC AT THE BOSTON ORPHEUM: 3/17/16

Next Thursday, March 17, 2016, the Canadian indie staple Metric will be headlining a the Boston Orpheum for what promises to be a fantastic show, if the many positive reviews of their recent shows are any indication. The previous time I caught Metric live, they were opening for Paramore at the arena at Mohegan...
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#songoftheday = SKELETONWITCH: “WELL OF DESPAIR”


Skeletonwitch are back, this time accompanied by new frontman Adam Clemans of Wolvhammer fame. And the voice isn't the only thing that's different. While their sound is still heavy as hell, their thrash influence is greater and, more surprisingly, "Well of Despair" finds them at their...
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#songoftheday = MAVRICK: “FUNERAL”


"Letting you die, letting you die, letting you die," sings newcomer Mavrick during the chorus of his second single, the massive "Funeral," one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. His production is grandiose in the best way possible. From the loud drums...
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NEWS: GARBAGE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON JUNE 10TH

It’s coming!!!!!!! Garbage have unleashed the news that their new album will be released on June 10th, 2016.  The album, which is their sixth, is entitled Strange Little Birds and they are releasing it on their own Stunvolume label, as they did with their last album, 2012’s Not Your Kind of People.  The...
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NEWS: TERRA NAOMI LAUNCHES INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR NEW ALBUM

Below is an email I received from the wonderful singer/songwriter Terra Naomi today.  I can honestly say that Terra is one of my favorite artists and that I’m genuinely excited about her making a new album.  I was just thinking that she’s overdue for one the other day and then this arrived in my...
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NEWS: POLYVINYL ANNOUNCES RECORD STORE DAY 2016 RELEASES

Limited edition releases from Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, and Ida available Record Store Day 2016. For immediate release: Polyvinyl Announces 2016 Record Store Day Releases Limited edition titles from Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu and Ida DEERHOOF – OFFEND MAGGIE   Offend Maggie was originally released in 2008 on Kill Rock Stars, but has since fallen...
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REVIEW / INTERVIEW: RORIE KELLY AT SOMEONE’S HOUSE 3/26/16

Last month fell in love with Long Island indie artist Rorie Kelly’s awesome new album Rising Rising Rising, which is why I recently brought you an exclusive interview with her. Following that, Rorie invited me to a concert she was doing, which was to be held in someone’s house. You see, Rorie crowd...
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NEWS: WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND AFFILIATED LABELS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE VINYL RELEASES FOR RECORD STORE DAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2016

EXCLUSIVE VINYL PACKAGES AVAILABLE FROM THE FLAMING LIPS, MUSE, MUDCRUTCH, DEFTONES, GERARD WAY, DISTURBED, REGINA SPEKTOR, AND MANY MORE  Warner Brotehrs has released their list of exclusive titles that will be available on Saturday, April 16th, universally recognized as Record Store Day.  WBR, an official sponsor of RSD, is once again releasing  a cornucopia of aural...
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A Conversation with Adam Jensen (Exclusive Interview)

On March 4, 2016  I interviewed Adam Jensen, a Boston native whose debut single, the deliciously dark, alt pop “Sandcastles,” was recently one of our #songoftheday selections. The only other track of his that I’d heard was his forthcoming second single, “Ritual,” which is even more amazing. Normally, I wouldn’t interview someone I’d...
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