Author Archives: BILL SHANER

News 

COMMUNITY FORUM: SAUCE SOVEREIGNTY IN SOMERVILLE?

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Excuse the truism, but Boston is horrible with liquor licensing. Continue reading

Music 

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER: NORDO

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A collection of 12 sweet country-pop songs with heavy electronic production, Nordo slams the listener with catchy hooks, choruses and twang. Continue reading

Music 

VIOLENS: TRUE

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True seems to follow the mold No Wave bands like Sonic Youth carved out in the ‘80s for how to be a serious band in New York, but with less first person serial killer narratives and more sad, introspective love ballads. Continue reading

Music 

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS: IN THE PIT OF THE STOMACH

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In The Pit Of The Stomach is a lush, driving pop record that fits right in with the great indie pop coming out of Scotland recently. Continue reading

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DIG THAT: HELLBOUND 2

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I’m already going to be dreaming about evil nurses and swarms of birds that kill your dog. Great. Continue reading

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DIG THAT: FRESH

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This documentary won’t disgust you into taking a meat vacation, but it might get you to grow a couple tomato plants. Continue reading

Arts 

HACK TOGETHER AT ARTISAN’S ASYLUM

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The people at Hack Together aren’t going to hunch around a laptop, spitballing joke Facebook statuses and reading through personal files. Continue reading

Arts 

HOOKMAN @ BCA CALDERWOOD PAVILION

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Instead of falling into cinematic horror clichés, Hookman focuses on “young girls at a crossroads in their life, as they navigate what emotions, expectations and goals they should have.” Continue reading

Arts 

PHANTASMA: COLLISION17

“I’m a scientist, and as a scientist I’ve come across the opinion that scientists suck the wonder out of everything – they make things dry. But as a scientist, that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Continue reading

Arts 

PHANTASMA: ART ON THE MARQUEE

“I want to explore the use of LEDs at a large scale not to excite, but to soothe, and create a meaningful experience using the scale.” Continue reading

Film 

IN THE TUBES: BEIRUT – VAGABOND

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Lead singer Zach Condon has the kind of voice that feels just as natural in a playlist with Neutral Milk Hotel as it does in Lawrence of Arabia, and he takes advantage. Continue reading