Oh Cassius! Return With ‘Carpenter’ From New Seven-Song EP

Oh Cassius! Return With ‘Carpenter’ From New Seven-Song EP

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Meredith DiMenna’s voice has been one to reckon with since her days fronting the sleek Bridgeport pop-rock band Saint Bernadette. As bands do, they broke up, and DiMenna teamed with John Torres in the more roots-oriented Oh Cassius! The duo today released “Carpenter,” the first song from their forthcoming seven-song EP, “On Such a Full Sea We Are Now Afloat.” (more…)

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Publicists and the Personal Touch: Journalist Relationships Matter More Than Ever

Publicists and the Personal Touch: Journalist Relationships Matter More Than Ever

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Zach Schonfeld, a writer for Newsweek, recently decided to read and reply to every PR email he received for a week, a task that he turned into this entertaining account of what sounds like a grueling seven days.

He’s not the only one inundated with press releases and pitches: there are days when I get upward of 70, and sometimes as many as 100, emails from publicists, spread among specific…

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Lake Street Dive, Crooked Still, Chris Smither to Play Signature Sounds Anniversary

Lake Street Dive, Crooked Still, Chris Smither to Play Signature Sounds Anniversary

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Lake Street Dive performs Nov. 30 at the Academy of Music as part of Signature Sounds’ 20th anniversary celebration.

Northampton’s Signature Sounds record label celebrates its 20th anniversary this Thanksgiving weekend with a three-day celebration featuring performances by Lake Street Dive, Chris Smither and a reunited Crooked Still. (more…)

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Why Boston Calling Is Bad for Live Music in New England

Why Boston Calling Is Bad for Live Music in New England

Paul Westerberg fronts the Replacements Sunday at Boston Calling.

Paul Westerberg fronts the Replacements Sunday at Boston Calling.

Watching the Replacements tear through their set Sunday evening in City Hall Plaza at the Boston Calling Music Festival was a first-rate concert experience, no question. (more…)

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Ty Segall and ‘Manipulator’: Why All the Fuss?

Ty Segall and ‘Manipulator’: Why All the Fuss?

Photo by Denee Petracek

Photo by Denee Petracek

NPR hailed garage-rocker Ty Segall’s “Manipulator” as “the rock record record of the summer,” Pitchfork called it “his own personal promised land” and Marc Maron raved at length about the album on his “WTF” podcast. But does the album live up to all that hype? (more…)

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Alvvays Vents Chaotic Impulses on Catchy ‘Archie, Marry Me’

Alvvays Vents Chaotic Impulses on Catchy ‘Archie, Marry Me’

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There’s far too much new music to keep track of every album and single that comes out, but sometimes a song pops up after the fact and just latches on. “Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays is one of those songs. (more…)

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Polaris Books First-Ever Tour, Including Northampton Date

Polaris Books First-Ever Tour, Including Northampton Date

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It’s no surprise that Polaris never went on tour (more…)

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Marvin Gaye, Woody Guthrie and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

Marvin Gaye, Woody Guthrie and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

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A friend with a tangential connection to the protests in Ferguson, Mo., marveled on Twitter the other day that Marvin Gaye’s song “What’s Going On” remains relevant 40 years later. She’s right, of course. But why stop there?

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Hawks Do Not Share Deal With the Devil in ‘Break Even’

Hawks Do Not Share Deal With the Devil in ‘Break Even’

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Radical interpretation: The mysterious stranger in Hawks Do Not Share’s new video for “Break Even” is the Devil. (more…)

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Beck Plays Career-Spanning Show at Mass MoCA

Beck Plays Career-Spanning Show at Mass MoCA

Photo by Peter Hapak

Photo by Peter Hapak

Beck doesn’t often perform in western Massachusetts. In fact, the last time he played a show around here was in May 2003, when he squeezed into the Iron Horse in Northampton (more…)

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