Mountain Goats Mix Humor and Catharsis at Pearl Street

Mountain Goats Mix Humor and Catharsis at Pearl Street

Photo by DL Anderson

Photo by DL Anderson

John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats fanbase is so devoted that when he said something onstage Tuesday at Pearl Street in Northampton about having recently written a bunch of Mountain Goats songs that will never get released, there were people in the crowd who wanted to hear them — allof them. Darnielle wisely kept to just one, voicing his suspicion that others who had paid for…

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Brent Amaker Reveals Robot Tendencies on New Project, Android Amaker

Brent Amaker Reveals Robot Tendencies on New Project, Android Amaker

Photo by Frank Correa

Photo by Frank Correa

There was always a chance Brent Amaker was an android: that rumbling baritone, the stylized western-style songs, the aura of pure badassness, all of it seemed somehow extra-human. (more…)

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Western Massachusetts Bands Head to Austin for SXSW

Western Massachusetts Bands Head to Austin for SXSW

Jamie Kent

Jamie Kent

It will be a strong showing for the Pioneer Valley next week at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, with Speedy Ortiz, Potty Mouth, Gone by Daylight and Jamie Kent, who’s back with the second incarnation of his Rockin’ Riverboat showcase.

Last year Northampton troubadour Kent made a, um, splash by renting a riverboat, loading it up with artists including Erin…

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Ladyhips Tap Into Sleek Funk on ‘In the Ballroom’: Song Premiere

Ladyhips Tap Into Sleek Funk on ‘In the Ballroom’: Song Premiere

Photo by Ty Morin.

Photo by Ty Morin.

Modern indie-rock has kept busy mining all sorts of sounds from the 1970s, so why not sleek, jazzy funk? (more…)

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Surfer Blood Warms Iron Horse on Cold Winter Night

Was Surfer Blood always so Smiths-y?

Kristin Mueller Reflects on ‘Time Is a Razor’: Song Premiere

Kristin Mueller Reflects on ‘Time Is a Razor’: Song Premiere

Photo by Noushama Salimi

Photo by Noushama Salimi

After 15 years behind a drum kit backing various players on the New York music scene, Kristin Mueller is stepping out front on “Deserts & Long Trails,” her first album since 2006. Listen, Dammit today premieres her song “Time Is a Razor,” a ghostly track with double-tracked vocals that drift through a wash of piano, steel guitar before the rhythm grows turbulent and…

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Backyard Committee Takes Wistful Turn in ‘Festival’ Video

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Speedy Ortiz Untangles Knots on ‘Real Hair’ EP

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Brooklyn’s Clouder Churns Out Chaotic Single ‘Lost in Reverie’

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Damien Jurado Explores Dreams in Solo-Acoustic Iron Horse Show

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