A short radio piece I produced in conjunction with the Transom Story Workshop about Looney Tunes Records, a local record store in Allston, MA, and its owner Pat McGrath. Looney Tunes can be found at 16 Harvard Avenue in Allston.
They did not know it yet, but in 1987 a whole generation of soon-to-be disciples of the unnatural side of rock were awaiting their awakening. When the Pixies released their clamorous debut Come On Pilgrim late that year, legions of unsuspecting fans were introduced to a brand new world of jaggedly beautiful noise, demonic possession, and illicit sexual … Continue reading Pixies shape the sound of alt-rock with “Come On Pilgrim”
Originally published on Vanyaland: http://www.vanyaland.com/2017/07/10/new-sounds-crumb-deliver-woozy-jazz-inflected-indie-rock-on-standout-locket-ep/ After two years of traveling back and forth between New York and Boston to meet up and record, Crumb will finally be settling in Brooklyn this summer. But not before the quartet, which met and formed at Tuft University in Somerville a few years back, delivers one excellent parting gift in a new … Continue reading Crumb deliver woozy, jazz-inflected indie rock on standout Locket EP
Everything So Far, the recently reissued debut from the ragged Montclair, New Jersey rock outfit Pinegrove, is more of a compilation than an album. Its whopping 21 songs account for over five years of work that was previously spread over multiple small releases until Boston label Run For Cover Records compiled and released it online … Continue reading Review: Pinegrove articulates youth, introspection, and experience on “Everything So Far”
In a bygone era there existed a purely practical reason for writing about music: in order to hear an album, you had to go to your local record store and spend $10. Music writers were responsible for informing you about how best to spend that money, which albums will suit your taste the most and … Continue reading Why Write About Music?
Brett and Betsy Miller and their dog Maeby pictured in front of their 2017 Winnebago Travato. Photo courtesy of somethinggigantic.com On the night of November 8th, 2016, Brett and Betsy Miller were in their Springfield, Missouri living room watching coverage of the presidential election with a few close friends. As the result became clear and … Continue reading Something Gigantic: A Quest for Answers in the Heart of America
BOSTON — If you were strolling through the city of Boston this weekend chances are you stumbled upon one of the sixty street pianos that local artists individually painted and placed throughout the city. The pianos are part of an internationally touring artwork called “Play Me, I’m Yours” by British artist Luke Jerram that has … Continue reading “Play Me, I’m Yours” Brings Music to the Streets of Boston