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Quick Six: The Best of Boston

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Editorials, Featured, Latest, Reads, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In our recent piece on the debut full length album from Actor|Observer we got to talking about that signature style of Boston post-hardcore that has become such a staple of the region’s music scene. And it isn’t the first time we’ve talked about the music scene up in Boston either. The city is chock full of amazing talent and even more amazing dedication. So many bands have worked their way up through the Boston scene, some have grown up past that to reach national and international touring levels, but the majority of them never made it past the regional level. But regardless of their level of fame, so many of them will forever remain local heroes. That’s the thing about Boston, it isn’t concerned with fame, even the smallest local bands can reach the same level of acclaim as the internationally touring acts. Just ask any older Boston musician about The Cadence – which I would include in this list if there were any recordings of their music still available anywhere but MySpace – and you’ll realize that talent counts for a lot more than album sales in Boston. And here are six bands that have proved that point throughout their entire careers.

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Show Spotlight: B.A.D.ASS Raves Presents Temple of Boom DC

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Editorials, Featured, Latest, Reads | 0 comments

Here in DC we’re very blessed as far as music goes. Aside from a plethora of shows happening on any given night, we have so many top tier venues to house those shows that we’ve become the envy of cities all around the world. Places like U Street Music Hall, Flash, Echostage, The 9:30 Club, the list is basically endless; any city would be lucky to have even one venue off that list, and we have them all. It’s really remarkable, but what’s even more remarkable is the talent; we have talent and innovators, people that continue to push the envelope show after show, people that will decide it’s too easy to throw a killer show at an internationally ranked venue. So, you know, why not throw a party in a parking garage near Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf?

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Quick Six: Rise Records Retrospective

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Editorials, Featured, Latest, Reads | 0 comments

Rise Records pretty much took the music industry by storm, and have held on to their place at the top of the indie label totem pole for the better part of a decade. They’re still churning out huge hits like that new Dance Gavin Dance album that we may have mentioned once or twice, the new Of Mice & Men, and an upcoming Silverstein album,among other things. They have also been responsible for monumental hits like The Devil Wears Prada’s Plagues or Attack Attack’s Someday Came Suddenly. In fact, for a little while there around 2010, they had worked out such a foolproof formula of success that a lot of their albums started to sound a bit monotonous (see: aforementioned Attack Attack), but they were still a force to be reckoned with. But despite a few obvious choices and easy money makers, they have always been pushing the envelope and innovating the music scene. In fact, it was generally the lesser known albums that Rise released that went on to be the true gems. And that’s precisely what we’re looking at here; we’re going to take a look at 6 of the lesser known hits from Rise Records on this week’s Quick Six.
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Show Spotlight: Talib Kweli & Immortal Technique @ Baltimore Soundstage, 4/11

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Editorials, Featured, Latest, Reads | 0 comments

Written by Mike Hogan

Hip-hop really is a remarkable outlet for the spoken word. It has such endless potential of expression, and the stripped down quality of the music itself lends itself to providing a spotlight on the lyrics. And over the years, there have been many that have truly mastered this craft of taking hip hop and turning it into a lyrical weapon; an instrument of social change, a soap box for political agendas, and a voice of entire cultures. And there are very few artists that have harnessed this power so fully and completely than two of most legendary names in New York underground hip hop, Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique.

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In Case You Missed It: Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Editorials, Featured, Latest, Reads | 0 comments

For those of you that haven’t been paying attention, I’ve been going on and on lately about a new album coming out from a little band called Dance Gavin Dance. Instant Gratification will be the follow up to 2013’s Acceptance Speech, and their second album with Tillian Pearson (formerly of Tides of Man) on lead vocals. Pearson was an immediate fit with the band, they put out an album that made it sound like they’ve been making music together for their entire careers. It was a seriously impressive album, and proved to be the biggest leap forward for Dance Gavin Dance since their debut full length Downtown Battle Mountain. Which is incidentally, precisely what we’re here to talk about. There is a ton of hype surrounding Instant Gratification, but this is the perfect time to reflect back on one of the original classics that will always be a huge milestone in the history of the band.

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In Case You Missed It: Take A Trip With Vacationer’s “Gone”

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Editorials, Featured, Noise, Reads | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

The first time I heard The Starting Line was late in the summer of 2006. As a rising high school freshman, I was content with letting music do my emotional legwork, and the Philadelphia pop-punk outfit was more than capable of doing just that. When the uncertainty and confusion of adolescence inevitably faded into the uncertainty and confusion of adulthood, TSL and lead singer/wordsmith Kenny Vasoli remained cornerstones of my musical experience.

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