Artist to Watch: Smallpools

I saw Smallpools open for Twenty One Pilots this week and w-o-w are they good. The New Jersey natives kinda remind me of a mix between Passion Pit and The Mowgli’s because lead singer Sean Scanlon has Michael Angelakos’s high-pitch vocals but it has the sunny, happy beat that The Mowgli’s are known for. Currently, […]

A Song For A Gray Day: "Pa Pa Power" - Dead Man's Bones

This dark folksy voice belongs to none other than the Ryan Gosling. While being nominated for various acting awards, Gosling has also dabbled in the music industry with his Los Angeles band, Dead Man’s Bones. The band has only released the one self-titled album in 2009, with “Pa Pa Power” being my personal favorite song, […]

Born Ruffians upstaged by overly zealous opener, Twin Peaks

Born Ruffians made an impressive return to Boston last week. The concert was rescheduled from April due to the Boston Marathon Bombings. Although originally planned for the Great Scott, The Sinclair ended up being the perfect venue for this lively band. The seasoned performers flawlessly delivered crowd favorites such as “I Need A Life” and […]

Song of the Moment: "Ballroom Bones" - The Ceremonies

Can you feel it? The crisp breeze is becoming a little sharper. It’s getting colder and colder. Even Bay State Road is looking a little grey. Winter is fast approaching and my mood is quickly declining. To combat this unfortunate feeling, I’ve found the perfect song to distract me. “Ballroom Bones” by The Ceremonies is […]

Frank & Dependent, Hall of Mirrors, Brazil spook up Phoenix Landing

Three songs deep into their October 29th set at Phoenix Landing, Frank & Dependent singer Jane Fitzsimmons leaned into the mic to coyly introduce her band: “We are Insane Clown Posse.” While it was more of an acknowledgment of the evening’s theatrics—almost every act that performed that night was clad in black and white skull […]

Young the Giant returns with more mature sound

Indie-rock band Young the Giant formed in 2004 under a different name and, after signing with Roadrunner Records in 2009, took the alternative music world by storm with the band’s unique vocal styling and catchy hooks that would stay stuck with you for days. You might have heard of them after they performed on the […]

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Jessica Dobson has to be one of the coolest female musicians. There, I said it. Signed to Atlantic Records at just 19, she has since recorded two solo albums. If you don’t yet feel incredibly lame and unaccomplished, she has also been an official member of The Shins and has played with Spoon, Beck, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. […]