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La Big Vic | Actually

Underwater Peoples (2011)
La Big Vic's Actually is thus far the most compelling avant-pop record to emerge from Brooklyn's inspired 2011 underground.
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 03, 2011


PETA on primates

The animal-rights organization's case against the labs
We spoke with Justin Goodman, associate director of PETA's laboratory investigations, about the use of primates for experimentation in schools and labs around Boston, the US, and the world.
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 04, 2011


Out: Dropping some future funk sounds with Jamaica Plain's the Craters at Yes.Oui.Si

Deep impact near the MFA
About 30 kids bopped their heads to tracks from the Craters' 2010 tape Teenage High School , released via JP DIY label Breakfast of Champs, plus newer songs like the soon-to-be-hit "Sunsense."
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 02, 2011

BT List

Rediscovering Bobb Trimble's long-lost legacy

Tape delay
With the help of Los Angeles re-issue label Yoga Records, Trimble is celebrating the re-release of his third full-length, the long-lost The Crippled Dog Band at Great Scott on Thursday, July 28.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 27, 2011

BC List

Brilliant Colors | Again and Again

Slumberland (2011)
Following the San Francisco trio's 2009 debut Introducing, the new jams maintain the same twee-pop roots via C86, Creation, and Flying Nun influences, and continue taking cues from their own label's early noise-pop roster.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 26, 2011

allston diy list

Allston DIY Fest is a collective affair

Artistic freedoms
"There's no need to confirm with us," said Allston resident Clay Adamczyk, a member of the group that has collectively organized the fest. "You don't need to be pre-approved. As long as you are free of any corporate relations, you can do your own thing."
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 25, 2011


Cool noise

Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 25, 2011

deer tick list

Out: On a boat with the fraternity of Deer Tick

Cruising for a boozin'
Deer Tick's energy was met with unbridled enthusiasm by the drunk bro-dudes grabbing each other's shoulders and screaming the chorus to "Easy," while girls decked in Urban Outfitters' latest went wild during "Little White Lies."
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 12, 2011

Ernest Greene

Washed Out | Within and Without

Sub Pop (2011)
Two summers ago, a number of glo-fi buzz bands surfed trendy chillwaves around the blogosphere, reaching mild popularity amongst fans of subtle, retro dance beats and laid-back vibes.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 13, 2011


Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 07, 2011


By LIZ PELLY  |  July 06, 2011


Youth Lagoon
Youth Lagoon
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 06, 2011


Velvet Davenport
Velvet Davenport
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 11, 2011


Bass Drum of Death
Bass Drum of Death
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 07, 2011

New Jersey

Big Troubles
Big Troubles
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 07, 2011

Ty Segall

Ty Segall | Goodbye Bread

Drag City (2011)
At just 23 years old, Ty Segall is on his fifth LP, and that's not counting more than a dozen releases with Sic Alps and his four other bands. But Goodbye Bread — his first record for Drag City, in which he plays every instrument — is his most scrupulous work to date.
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 29, 2011

coathangers list

The Coathangers | Larceny & Old Lace

Suicide Squeeze (2011)
The Coathangers' abrasiveness goes beyond their band name's graphic, backroom abortion reference: riot-grrrl shrieks, slap-in-the-face lyrics, and badass post-punk energy are all up front on their records.
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 22, 2011

boston band mean creek

For young artists, the Internet is the new local

The music world is flat
Sam Yager stands alone on the raised stage at Allston's O'Brien's Pub. It's a Tuesday night, and the 24-year-old Allstonian is playing "Howolding Girls," a glitchy, psychedelic pop song fit for basement ragers. It's the sort of infectious jam that instantly incites dancing. But tonight no one is moving, because he is playing only to a crowd of four.  
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 17, 2011

marissa nadler list

Free from labels, songwriter Marissa Nadler finds refuge in the comforts of home

Think locally, act globally
Marissa Nadler's new fan-funded label allows her to have more direct contact with her audience — and has freed her from the creative restraints imposed even by small indie labels.  
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 09, 2011

'Sun & Shade' from Woods

Woods | Sun & Shade

Woodsist (2011)
As with previous Woods records the instantly entrancing element is Earl's Neil Young–inspired falsetto, wrapped in swirls of gauzy tape hiss.
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 09, 2011
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