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Soundtrack for the Single and Scorned, Part Two

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  Two years ago, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we channeled our inner misanthrope and brought you The Soundtrack for the Single and Scorned. This February we’re back with another round-up of our favorite songs about love lost. Songs from both write-ups can be found on the full Spotify playlist. Haim – “Better Off” I’m going there: “Better Off” is the break-up song of our generation.* Danielle, singing lead guitarist of the girl group, tells her man to get gone …

The 25th Boston Music Awards

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Each music awards show has its own style. The Grammys are the self-important Type-A character, the American Music Awards are your standard teeny-bopper affair, and the CMAs have the down-country, Sarsaparilla-swilling flavor. Last Sunday night, we realized that the Boston Music Awards is that cool older brother who casually smokes a cig out back behind the gym. Upon entering the Liberty Hotel amongst Boston’s indiest musicians and fans, we realized just how much coolness was packed into one venue. The …

Newport Folk Festival 2012: Interview with Sharon Van Etten

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Girl crush alert! I’m smitten with Sharon Van Etten, particularly after getting the chance to speak with her at Newport Folk Festival. Here’s the shortlist as to why: She was really sweet and funny. She also, in the sweetest and funniest way possible, told some wasted guys to leave when they were interrupting her set at Newport Blues Café on Saturday night. Preach, girl. Her set at Newport Blues Café was a master class in musical control. I really hope …

Newport Folk Festival Recap: Interview with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

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 “Newport is kind of legendary, isn’t it?” says Brittany Howard, of the Alabama Shakes. When we sat down to chat with the lead singer of this powerhouse blues-rock band on Saturday afternoon, Howard got straight to the point. As is the case with most artists at the Festival, Howard felt to be a little part of history by playing at Newport. We have to agree, as her performance with the rest of the Shakes will go down as one of …

Newport Folk Spotlight: The Nightwatchman

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When Tom Morello was standing on stage, completely naked, in protest of music censorship, or when he was being forcibly escorted from the premises of Saturday Night Live, or when he played a protest concert, causing a major police riot, outside of the 2000 Democratic National Convention… Would any of us have guessed that he’d end up playing Newport Folk Festival someday? While the former Rage Against the Machine guitar legend may seem too edgy for the family-friendly weekend, Morello’s …

Alcoholic Faith Mission at TT the Bear’s: Live Review

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Well the M&T crew had quite a weekend. Not only did we host (and sell out) our first-ever concert, but we were lucky enough to film a live session with Danish indie-pop band Alcoholic Faith Mission. The videos from our porch session will be up shortly, and as you’ll soon see, the quality of their performance and the pleasure of hanging out with such a great group of Danes merited a celebration. In true AFM fashion, celebrate we did with …

Out With the Old and In With the New: Father John Misty

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It pains me to say this. It really does. But I’m kind of really sick of Fleet Foxes, and it’s all my fault. I spun Helplessness Blues to death, just like every other young adult out there with a half-baked taste in music. And now I’m simply heartsick for a fresh fix of my favorite folk superstars.  Helplessness Blues was folky-rock perfection, but it’s time to retire the album for a bit before I turn vegan, move to Seattle, and apply for …

Newport Folk Festival Spotlight: Punch Brothers

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  As we count down the days to our favorite weekend of the year (105, to be precise), it’s only fitting that we kick off the annual tradition of our Newport Folk Spotlight series. And who better to begin the festivities with than the Punch Brothers? Frontman Chris Thile will be bringing fiery mandolin heat to his third consecutive Festival, but his veteran status certainly did not start there. Chris Thile defies all mathematical reason when it comes to his …

Getting Weird Again with Of Montreal

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Of Montreal, veteran freaks of the indie scene, are back with new music, and they are readier than ever to get weird. This round, they’re serving up a disco-worthy track called “Dour Percentage,” the lead single off their upcoming album, Paralytic Stalks. Throughout Of Montreal’s marathon career, I have often been overwhelmed by and driven away from the overpowering synths found on albums like Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?. Lucky for me, “Dour Percentage” favors woodwinds and horns over …

M&T Best Albums of 2011: #1

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#1. Middle Brother- Middle Brother While all of us here at Maimed & Tamed Music can appreciate the adventurous and unheard, there’s something to be said for an album that stays true to itself. Clearly, Middle Brother did not need to reinvent the wheel to be our far-and-away favorite album of the year. The record is a compilation of 12 equally strong songs that are a perfect snapshot of life and love on the road. From beginning to end, I cannot find a weak …