show reviews.

Dustin Kensrue and Andy Hull @ The Sinclair 4/26

Dustin Kensrue and Andy Hull  ||  The Sinclair || 4.26 Opener Tanner Merritt of O’brother put it perfectly when he said, “Welcome to Sad Bastards Anonymous.” He was referring to two giants in the world of sad-guy alternative rock, Andy Hull and Dustin Kensrue, who played at The Sinclair on Sunday 4/26. Tanner Merritt opened […]

Diarrhea Planet @ Great Scott, 4/3

In many ways, Diarrhea Planet are an exercise in contradictions – a flawless combination of elements that, by all accounts, should not successfully coexist. Their eardrum-busting performance on April 3 at Boston’s Great Scott was no exception. Start, for example, with attempt to place them in a genre. They’re a five-guitar attack, a solid wall […]

Show Review: Screaming Females @ Great Scott, 2/26

Screaming Females are as skilled a live band as they are difficult to classify. While the new record Rose Window is perhaps their best effort to date, or at the very least a remarkable one, the entire set at Allston’s Great Scott on February 26th was almost startlingly cohesive. Among the sparse on-stage banter, lead […]

Kevin Devine @ The Sinclair 2/6

Kevin Devine ||  The Sinclair || 2.6.14 Kevin Devine never disappoints when he plays. He gives the crowd what they want every time, and is always the gracious and appreciative performer and human being. When I arrived at the Sinclair, Kevin was standing at the merch table, selling shirts, talking to fans, and listening to […]

Show Review: Nai Harvest @ Great Scott – 8.22.14

Nai Harvest at The Great Scott It’s been a little over a week since Ben Thompson & Lew Currie, the lead singer and drummer of Nai Harvest, kindly helped WRBB get into the Great Scott in Allston, MA for their sold out show with Dads and Tiny Moving Parts. This would be the 10th show […]

CMJ Artist Previews!

Whether or not it’s on your radar at the moment, the annual CMJ Music Marathon is here at last and as usual, there is no shortage of talent being presented. Artists from Austin to Australia and surf rock to speed metal will be taking one of the 80 stages peppered across New York City to […]

Snowmine Interview + Show Review @ Great Scott 9/16

The term ‘independent’ or ‘indie’ is a word thrown around these days in a musical context that can have many implications. It is frequently employed as an adjective (much to my chagrin) to blanket a genre of perhaps less-produced and non-traditional sounding artists, a categorization of artist that is either unsigned or signed to a […]

Trioscapes Show Review (05/12)

An eclectic crowd filled Allston’s Great Scott on Monday evening for jazz-fusion trio Trioscapes’ first set in Boston since the fall of 2012. Preceding the trio’s set were local prog rockers Protean Collective, whose heavy-hitting riffs and unapologetic bass grooves demanded the room’s attention. Guitarist Steph Goyer’s sweeping runs served as both a much-needed melodic […]

Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band Show Review (11/24)

This past sunday I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band at the intimate Brighton Music Hall for the last stop of his fall tour, and it was a goddamn treat. Kevin Devine is the antithesis of the self-pleasing, hedonistic rock star portrayed on the covers of magazines and billboard […]

Young the Giant Show Review (11/14)

With the days leading up to it being brutally cold, Young The Giant’s intimate Cafe 939 performance this past Thursday night was just what the Boston community needed to warm up and get out of the house. Frontman Sameer Gadhia noted midway through the set that upon arriving in the city on Wednesday, the only […]

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