When a band is nine records deep into their career, there are certain expectations regarding the set lists. Sure, the fans want to hear some new material, but they also want some well-worn chestnuts that have nestled into their lives like a comfy pair of slippers, not some boots you have to break ...
FOTOBOM: THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN @ HOUSE OF BLUES, 9/29
After a small warm up set of songs from throughout their career, Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid dig straight into their debut record from thirty years ago.
FOTOBOM: HIGH ON FIRE, PALLBEARER, LUCIFER @ ROYALE, 8/17/15
High On Fire torch Royale with a heavy dose of Luminiferous, their new album.
FOTOBOM: FAILURE & HUM @ ROYALE, SAT 8/15
Hum echoes the past while Failure drives forward.
REVIEW: STEELY DAN AND ELVIS COSTELLO @ BLUE HILLS BANK PAVILION, 7/30
Fagen reminded me of a Jewish Ray Charles, with his distinct head movements behind the keyboard and mic mimicking the great artist.
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL: BOB DYLAN, J MASCIS, AND THE FAMILIAL BONDS OF FOLK ON DAY 3
The final day of Newport Folk Festival was a family reunion for every artist involved.
SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL 2015: WILCO, MAC DEMARCO, RICHARD THOMPSON, ETC @ MASS MOCA, JUNE 26-28
Wilco and their various side projects take over the grounds of Mass MoCA once again for the fourth time, along with invited bands such as Mac DeMarco, Richard Thompson, Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Cibo Matto, and many more.
FOTOBOM: SPOON + VIVA VIVA @ HOUSE OF BLUES THURS, 6/18
Texas indie rockers Spoon performed a flawless set at the House of Blues for the first time since 2010.
FOTOBOM: REFUSED + WAR ON WOMEN @ THE SINCLAIR, 6/1
Swedish post-hardcore buzzbomb Refused take no prisoners in the name of Freedom.