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The Return of Titus Andronicus

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It was just over two and a half years ago that Titus Andronicus spit in the face of the dreaded sophomore slump that so many of today’s buzz bands face and released the outright epic The Monitor to widespread acclaim. Regarded as one of the best punk albums of the 2000’s (and often beyond), The Monitor contains 10 tracks clocking in at over 65 minutes and “uses the American Civil War…as an extended metaphor for feelings of responsibility and the destructive relationship between the …

The Shape with Psychic Paramount Tonight @ Great Scott

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If your regularly scheduled Wednesday night programming isn’t cutting it anymore, let me suggest getting your butt down to Great Scott in Allston tonight to check out The Shape opening for headliner Psychic Paramount, joined also by A Troop of Echoes and Cropduster. My first exposure to The Shape came back in March when I saw them open for My Best Fiend at O’Briens. They gave an inspired performance to a lackluster crowd, but they found at least one new …

Jeff Beam-Be Your Own Mirror

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The cycle of days known as the “week” is winding down once again and we’ve got the perfect auditory pairing for you. As your musical sommelier, I’d like to present to you a uniquely blended offering of Down Easterly pungent psychedelics, ripe with plucky strings and far-out whirrs and beeps. Jeff Beam (bassist for The Milkman’s Union) recently released his latest solo effort Be Your Own Mirror, a delightful album which spans a range of moods and draws from a noticeably …

Record Store Day 2K12: What You Need To Know

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That magical time of year is almost upon us again when the vinyl gods reward their unwavering followers by sprinkling fresh analog goodness across the land. I’m of course speaking of the observed indie holiday of Record Store Day, a time to head on down to those forgotten downtown record stores to become apart of an exclusive event. RSD is growing bigger by the year, with hundreds of artists and bands releasing either brand new or previously released work on …

Just Listen: The Inclined Plane-The Backwards Frontier

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been struggling through a “new music” depression as of late. It hit me hard after catching myself listening to Weezer’s Blue Album for the 135,629 time earlier today (which is perfectly acceptable under normal circumstances, but given my current state of musical stagnancy, was akin to drunk texting an ex). Thankfully, I was able to crawl out of my hole when I came upon a fresh release from Connecticut outfit The Inclined …

New Music Monday: Howlin’ Rain

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  This week we have freshies coming from San Fran outfit Howlin’ Rain, led by former Comets on Fire lead man, Ethan Miller. The Russian Wilds is Howlin’ Rain’s sophomore effort, but it couldn’t be further from “sophomoric” with iconic producer Rick Rubin manning the production behind this sprawling, guitar-heavy LP. The record contains some Allman Bros-esque rambling jams, in terms of both pure song duration and groove factor, with the occasional psych twinge. I expect these guys to be …

M&T Best Tracks of 2011: #2

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#2. Fleet Foxes- “The Shrine/An Argument” We’re almost there. In a year of great music, it’s hard to rank and order which songs are “better” than others, but it’s safe to say that in the top 2 we’re talking about the best of the best. Robin Pecknold and his bandmates recorded one of the finest rock songs of the year on their outstanding Helplessness Blues (see below) in the epic “The Shrine/An Argument”. The song lends itself well to its …

M&T Best Tracks of 2011: #5

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#5. Toro Y Moi-“Elise” Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick knows the amount of work and thought that goes into writing and producing a solid record. That’s why, if you ask him, his 2011 sophomore full-length Underneath The Pine ranks among the best of the best this year. That’s also why any person you ask who gave Underneath The Pine a few serious listens may have a different favorite track off the album;they’re all good, but none of them are “Elise”. …

M&T Best Albums of 2011: #6

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#6. Bon Iver-Bon Iver 2011 was a big year for Justin Vernon. His 2nd full length dropped amidst much anticipation, he nabbed a couple of Grammy noms, got in a couple of twitter squabbles, and cemented his status as an indie icon. I was curious as to how Bon Iver’s debut For Emma, Forever Ago put Vernon is such a position to even have such a considerable buzz built for his sophomore effort. I mean it’s an outstanding, emotional, gut-wrenching …

M&T Best Tracks of 2011: #8

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#8. Wu Lyf- “Heavy Pop” The most intriguing band to come out of 2011 had to be our favorite across the pond rockers, Wu Lyf. With a softcore punk image and heaving, swirling, epic guitar driven tunes, Wu Lyf carved out a pretty sweet niche for themselves in 2011. The highlight off of their debut album, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain was album closer “Heavy Pop”, a giant, echoey tune that induces goosebumps when cranked up to 11 and …

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