Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain Bring ‘Please Kill Me’ to Smith College

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain Bring ‘Please Kill Me’ to Smith College

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Together, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain created the definitive overview of punk-rock in the 1970s with “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.”Now they’re applying the same approach to southern California culture between 1965-69, a time and place that gave rise to the Lauren Canyon folk scene that included bands like the Byrds and the Mamas and the Papas, and to anarchic social…

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Alvvays Leaves It All Onstage at the Iron Horse

Alvvays Leaves It All Onstage at the Iron Horse

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The old show-biz adage “always leave them wanting more” wasn’t a problem for Alvvays Thursday night in Northampton. (more…)

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Dom Flemons Delves Deep Into American Songbook at Iron Horse

Dom Flemons Delves Deep Into American Songbook at Iron Horse

Photo by Michael Weintrob

Photo by Michael Weintrob

There’s no question that Dom Flemons is deeply steeped in Americana. (more…)

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Tweedy Heckler Attempts to Wreck Concert for Everyone

Tweedy Heckler Attempts to Wreck Concert for Everyone

Photo by Piper Ferguson

Photo by Piper Ferguson

It’s not a good idea to heckle Jeff Tweedy. (more…)

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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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