Music Issue 2014

The Black Keys’ ‘Turn Blue’ makes us green with new single ‘Fever,’ hope not lost

When Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys released their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002, they were two fairly unknown, geeky 20-somethings from Akron, Ohio. Oddball musicians with a sense of humor and a love for raw, unfiltered music, they interspersed punky, bluesy, just-the-good-stuff rock ‘n’ roll with tiny skits and sarcastic ‘50s-style intros, juxtaposing “Gee, this is […]

The Dandy Warhols’ ‘Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia Live at the Wonder’ served raw, uncut

A vehement perfectionist, I never really “got” live versions of tracks, let alone entire live albums. There never seemed a place in my immaculate iTunes library for messy, unpolished live recordings. If I wanted to hear someone shouting “WOOOO!” over my favorite song, I would have bought concert tickets. Besides, live recordings always seemed like a cop out –– rehashing […]

Karmin’s ‘Pulses’ needs a defibrillator stat

Pop duo Karmin has accomplished a lot in the two years since their cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” became a hit on YouTube: They have performed at the American Music Awards, been featured in Rolling Stone and earned major recognition for their 2012 original single, “Brokenhearted,” all before the release of a full-length album. This much-anticipated debut album, Pulses, which […]

Skrillex schools dubstep kings in ‘Recess’

Five years ago, dubstep was relatively unknown — reserved for hipsters and underground web chat rooms. Then “King of Dubstep” Skrillex kick-started the dubstep boom with “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and “Bangarang,” gaining immense popularity for the blossoming genre. Now, on Skrillex’s first full-length LP, Recess, he has, again, innovated his genre and crafted a diverse, complex — albeit imperfect […]

Foster the People’s ‘Supermodel’ struts

“I feel like I’m coming of age,” Mark Foster sings on Foster the People’s latest album, Supermodel. The album, which dropped in March, shows remarkable development in its second half — but in the first few songs’ cathedral of celestial synths, I’m falling asleep in the pew. The first seven songs of Supermodel are destined to get lost in that tired, angsty cliché […]

Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s ‘Winter’ wonderland experiments with mellow indie folk

Boston University — much like the rest of the northern East Coast — has been enduring a painstakingly prolonged winter. Students have waged colossal snowball wars, taken their chances crossing the frozen Charles, huddled under layers of blankets and studied to the sound of snowplows. But no matter your opinion on icy sidewalks, slushy street crossings and overstuffed down jackets, […]

Finals season: shows to see before summer break

The semester’s almost over, and it’s not too late to start planning concerts four months ahead of time. Festival season looms before us, with new lineups being released every day. That doesn’t mean there aren’t more shows to see, however! Here’s The FreeP’s selection of shows to check out before the year ends. Cloud Nothings Brighton Music Hall — April 8 RJD2 Paradise […]

Snack Pack Chat: Allston Pudding creators serve local music coverage

“The inspiration was drawn from an episode of Full House,” said Perry Eaton, co-founder of hyper-local Boston music blog Allston Pudding. In the episode for which the blog is named, Uncle Jesse is opening the Smash Club downtown and hires DJ’s favorite band, Human Pudding, to play. “Human Pudding rocked so hard,” Eaton said. “The only song that they played was […]

Boston calls back for 3rd music festival in single year

When you enter the transformed City Hall Plaza during the one of the bi-yearly weekends of the Boston Calling Music Festival, it is hard to imagine that, just two short hours ago, the square functioned as a part of the downtown cityscape of Boston. Complete with a monstrous stage, a collection of white-topped tents and, most importantly, acres of shrieking […]

SIBER: Gone, baby, gone

LEGEND HAS IT that an ancient figure — one signifying patience and time-defying skill — inlays a secretive, candlelit corridor within the crypts of Giza’s pyramids. Carved beside this mystical figure, hip-hop deity and mythological rapper Jay Electronica. Born Timothy Elpadaro Thedford in the crime-ridden Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, Electronica first sparked the interest of rap fans in 2007 […]