Category Archives: Feature

Whitney Sound of Another Time But Belong to This One

For a scruffy little band, Whitney clean up awfully well. They also take up more surface area than you might imagine. What started as two friends from Chicago (Julian Ehrlich, … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

I’m With Her: Gender, Fame, and the Exquisite Oddness of Neko Case

Gloomy, smoldering ballad “Curse of the I-5 Corridor” is the song I really want Neko Case to play on this drizzly, uncommonly cool summer night in Boston, but of course … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Hamilton Leithauser’s Big Dream About Being Heard – Live in Concert

It’s a singer’s worst nightmare. Hamilton Leithauser is opening his mouth and nothing is coming out. At Boston nightclub Royale, the 39-year old indie rock journeyman is on stage belting … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Enjoy the Girls” – Savages in Concert

It’s a rookie mistake. Twenty years of tinnitus-inducing shows hasn’t provided me enough of a reminder to bring ear plugs to Savages’ concert at legendary Cambridge, MA venue Downstairs at … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pop Music’s Unyouth Movement: Why We Want To Remain 25 Forever

In a rare moment of candidness during last Sunday’s 2013 Grammy awards, pop music finally showed its age. An incredulous Nate Ruess, singer from the indie pop band Fun, had … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bros, Angry Pacifism and M83 — A curious concert review

Right up until the moment the big guy punches me, the show is actually quite enjoyable. It’s my second time in five months seeing M83 at Boston’s House of Blues. … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 10 Comments

Lana Del Rey’s Image Is More Compelling Than Her Sound

In a February review of Lana Del Rey’s mixed bag debut LP, Born to Die, I postulated that her image was more compelling than her sound. Three months later, I’m … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

Top 5 Most Embarrassing Songs on My iPod

Everybody has those songs they are secretly ashamed to love. I’m not talking about the  ones that you catch yourself humming along to when they’re played on the car radio, at … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · 1 Comment