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The Black Keys are one of the most prolific, influential and successful bands of the past 20 years. Something special happens when the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney create music and further their discography as the Black Keys. They win Grammy’s and sell out stadiums all across the world. But what happens when other sonic avenues are...
British post-punk band Savages have grabbed the music scene by the ears and screamed directly in it's face. The female foursome of Jehnny Beth, Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan and Fay Milton have been on a mission since they released their first single "Shut Up" off of their debut album Silence Yourself. That mission is very clearly evidenced by their...
Fleetwood Mac took the stage at Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts last Friday to a very enthused and multi-generational crowd. The energy and broad spectrum of fans is a testament to the fact that Fleetwood Mac is one of those rare bands who has created timeless music over the course of a lengthy, storied career. No matter how...
The word "gifted" does not even begin to scratch the surface of how well Colin Stetson can play the bass saxophone. He has mastered the art of circular breathing allowing him to consistently exhale and defy the very mechanics of the human respiratory system. He is currently touring with violinist Sarah Neufeld and they recently played a very small,...
Los Angeles-based indie rock band Local Natives, almost seemed to be pulling a premature April Fools joke on March 30 when they took the stage at the Boston House of Blues right at 8:00 pm, opening their set with "You and I" and "Breakers" off their newest album Hummingbird. The show was sold out but seemed to be about...
A couple weekends ago, Dropkick Murphys held three shows in Boston in three nights to help Beantown properly celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend. The three night stand started at the TD Garden and ended at House of Blues. Every show was sold out, leaving plenty of rabid fans upset they did not have a ticket to the hottest show...
The sign out front of Boston's Paradise Rock Club read "STRFKR" and left many passers by wondering what type of music to expect. Their first hint that it was an electronic band would be one HUGE fan waiting in line in 30 degree weather in a leather vest studded with LED lights that would glow and spell out "I...
On 3/14 Coheed and Cambria played at the Boston House of Blues for a sold out crowd. The line was out the door and around the block at the security check nearly 2 hours before show time. Amongst all the chatter, people were discussing what songs would be played and what to expect at the next show on...
Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, better known as Big Gigantic, played another one of their high octane and high energy shows last Friday (2/15/2013) night at the House of Blues in Boston. The large Big Gigantic (confusing I know) fanbase was in full attendance for the show and were dazzled by the signature lights and sounds. Gigantic played their...
Canada's Purity Ring stopped in Boston last Wednesday night for their second to last show of their Shrines tour. Due to a spike in ticket sales, the venue switched from the smaller more personal Paradise Rock Club to the larger more grandiose House of Blues. Young Magic opened for Purity RIng received a very positive crowd response. When it...
United Kingdom's vocalist Jessie Ware kicked off her United States tour a few weeks back at the Sinclair in Boston. A newer venue to the area filled with a sold out crowd enjoyed every second of the intimate show. Many audience members sang along and knew nearly every track. One audience member even gave Jessie a dozen roses...
Before all of our NYE coverage starts rolling in, we've got this amazing gallery to publish from The Roots show that went down the night after Christmas... -Editor Philadelphia's Legendary Roots Crew took the stage at Boston's House of Blues for a performance that can only be described as sensory overload. The set contained obvious cornerstone songs like "The Seed...
Last night legendary singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen took the Stage at the Wang Theatre in Boston. The 78 year old Cohen played his first of two Boston shows (the second is tonight) on Saturday, putting on a nearly four hour. The sold out crowd gave Cohen a warm welcomen and were treated to a truly special evening. See the setlist...
Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids are currently wrapping up a breakout 2012 in support of their critically-acclaimed new record Celebration Rock. See Stephen Atkinson's photos from Sunday night's show in New York City at Webster Hall below the setlist. SETLIST: Japandroids @ Webster Hall, New York City, NY || Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Adrenaline Nightshift Fire's Highway Art Czars The...
I would love for this review to be about specifics of the Gary Clark Jr. set last night in Boston, but the solos of each song stole the entire show. The opening song of the night "When My Train Pulls In" set the tone for the rest of the night. Some where in the length of 8 minutes Gary...
Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House took Boston’s Wilbur Theatre stage last night in front of a sold out crowd. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally opened the night with their song “Wild” off their newest album Bloom. The stage lights were a notch above completely off and a dim spotlight gradually brightened throughout the first song. Backlighting seems to...
As the rain fell in Boston, the crowd in Agganis Arena was getting anxious for the show lights to dim and for the man of the hour to take the stage. For the great Mr. Jack White, one of Rolling Stones’ greatest 100th Guitarists of all time was about to take the stage and showcase his musical talents. When...
Words and Photos by Stephen Atkinson "The Tour" featuring KISS and Mötley Crüe arrived in Mansfield, Massachusetts last night, providing two full shows heavy on pyrotechnics and high profile rock stars. From the opening notes of "Saints of Los Angeles," Crue rocked the crowd, really revving them up with "Wild Side." Complete with dancers and even some acrobatics, it seems...
Florence Welch opened her show in Mansfield, MA in proper fashion by performing “Only if For a Night” off her latest LP Ceremonials. The crowd responded with shouts and cheers as soon as they saw the English superstarlet's silhouette appear on stage. Florence fans (complete with facepaint whiskers, glitter and high expectations), were treated to the vocal showcase during...