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  • March 03, 2013

    Delta Non-Force

    Delta Non-Force by Paul Robicheau

    Hype can be a dangerous thing. In their first of two sold-out nights at the Paradise, English indie-rockers Alt-J kicked off their U.S. tour Saturday with two albatrosses of expectation, having been viewed as the “new Radiohead” and winning the 2012 Mercury Prize for best U.K. album with An Awesome Wave... yet the band seemed far from awesome Saturday, a bit too green and much too subtle for the major rock spotlight.  … More>

  • February 28, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    March comes in like a lion with a wide spate of shows that include Pat Green, Fishbone, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tenacious D. But the biggest highlights are English rockers Alt-J, who bring their minimalist, rhythmic textures to the Paradise for two nights, and the provocative neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu, who caps the weekend at House of Blues… More>

  • February 27, 2013

    Hub Gets Own Fest

    Hub Gets Own Fest by Paul Robicheau

    Memorial Day weekend has always been a relatively dead time for concerts around Boston, but that’s about to change big-time. Boston Calling promises two days of nationally prominent bands on multiple stages at City Hall Plaza, changing the festival landscape with an alternative-rock showcase at the heart of our city… More>

  • February 25, 2013

    Festival Forecast

    Festival Forecast by Paul Robicheau

    It’s still February and the forecast for summer festivals is already heating up -- to say the least. Yeah, Bonnaroo will host Paul McCartney, Bjork, and a ton of other acts. But would you rather see the Lumineers, Jim James and Wilco in that hot Tennessee field, or in two of the country’s most unique and intimate outdoor settings? New England’s a much brighter place for festival-goers with the return of Wilco’s Solid Sound (after a year off) in addition to the Newport folk and jazz fests, all of which have announced lineups and ticket sales.    … More>

  • February 22, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Forget about weather forecasts: there's a mini-blizzard of music choices to bury your no-snow Friday. Saxophonist Miguel Zenon stages a multi-media exploration of Puerto Rican identity with various ensembles. Dopapod and Steve Kimock split the jam, and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper spreads into a band sound. Chandler Travis shakes it up with old buddy Steve Shook, while 7L & Esoteric forge hip-hop with a Wu-Tang hand. And that's just Friday… More>

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