Everyone's a Critic

Stuck in 1975

...at Observatory North Park

Droning sounds start to build before The 1975 came onstage at 9 p.m. Shrieks from fans filled my ears as the frontman, Matthew Healy, came out with his bandmates. It felt as if I was ...

Nothing Cheap about these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers

Cheap Trick kicks down the hits and fistfuls of guitar picks at Belly Up

Two days before learning they would join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2016, Cheap Trick brought their classic power pop to the Belly Up. The band opened the show with the ...

Tim Flannery gets Americosmic on Three Ring Circus

Former baseballer swings for the fences with his genre-defying latest

Three-time World Series champion Tim Flannery’s newest album, Three Ring Circus, is his best. His all-star band the Lunatic Fringe, featuring Douglas Pettibone, Dennis Caplinger, and Dean Smith, helps Flannery come into his own on ...

Reverend Horton Heat fires up the Observatory

Psychobilly trio soundtracks a mosh — with Christmas tunes

Considering that his band’s set list included songs with titles like “Marijuana” and “Bales of Cocaine,” you’d think that Jim Heath would have had some pretty crazy stories of debauchery on the road to share ...

One night in a Tijuana parking garage

Rumble Fest stumbled but went the distance, and then some

More than a dozen Baja and southern California bands came together atop a parking garage for Rumble Fest Tijuana. The second edition of the DIY-defined event offered a location that’s also the best view in ...

Music Complete a slow obsession

New Order still hooks without Peter Hook

They’re missing Peter Hook. Without his bass leading the charge or waiting to, everyone lays back. Cool lapsing into cold. Heatless — but seamless — groove slipping between disco, disco with electronica synth touches, razor-chop ...

And After That, We Didn't Talk

Hip-hop anomaly Goldlink's latest is a dancer

Goldlink was establishing himself as a thoroughbred in the Tumblr generation when he became a 2015 XXL Freshmen. With one previous release under his belt, the 22-year-old dance-rap artist has made a name for himself ...

Clashing at the Office

Undercover crew and a variety of local singers do Joe Strummer proud

The Office’s undercover series attacked the Clash on the chilly last night of November. The hologram of Joe Strummer was unavailable this evening, so a variety of local singers took on the role of the ...

Not just Beirut, but Gibraltar and Holland

Zach Condon's latest, No No No, travels the world in 29 minutes

A disclaimer: heightened anticipation gave this album, upon first listen, the sonic equivalent of rose-colored glasses. So what’s with the eagerness for Beirut’s first record in four years? Perhaps it’s tied to the first single, ...

Three-guitar Heart attack

The Wilson sisters cash in at Harrah's with a brief but rocking set

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 inductees Heart performed about a dozen of their own songs over an hour-long show, including hits such as "Kick It Out," "Heartless," "Straight on," "These Dreams," "Crazy on ...

Montage of Heck: The unnecessary recordings

Home recordings bring the larger-than-life Kurt Cobain back down to Earth

The documentary Montage of Heck does a great job of making Cobain look crazier than he seems to be in every interview on YouTube. So, only once one gets over the fact that this “album” ...

X Ambassadors, in the wake of the Paris attacks

Skylar Grey sets 'em up but doesn't knock 'em down

I only knew X Ambassadors' song "Renegades," so I wasn't sure what to expect from the show and was slightly afraid that all the songs would sound the same. But lead singer Sam Harris is ...

Scott Weiland of old winds up the Music Box

The Wildabouts frontman conjures Stone Temple Pilots...and Bowie

Scott Weiland was on fire tonight! His performance at the Music Box was energetic and loud. Yes, Scott Weiland has issues. Yes, Scott Weiland has bad shows, and yes, he has had bad luck in ...

Silversun Pickups' electronic album

Better Nature smashing the wrong pumpkins

It’s been nine years since Silversun Pickups gained popularity with their guitar-layered single “Lazy Eye,” off of their debut record Carnavas. The band has drawn comparison to the Smashing Pumpkins, which is noticeable in their ...

Sarah Chang + Bruch = Barry White

The Symphony's concert with superstar violinist Sarah Chang was nothing short of sexy

Sarah Chang playing Bruch and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6: Pathetique was the moon and stars on Saturday night at Symphony Hall. There was a sunny piece of new music by Judd Greenstein, but as soon ...

Cold Beat strikes hot

...just a year after the SanFran band's strong debut, Cold Beat's back with Into the Air

After a strong showing with their debut LP Over Me last year, punk/electro-pop band Cold Beat is back with Into the Air. Already, the band seems in sync, a feat that could take more than ...

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