REVIEW: Janelle Monáe takes us to Metropolis

Electric Lady No. 1 graced the House of Blues with an explosive cacophony of dancing, freedom and funk. The audience bore witness to hours of endless flows of creativity, talent and style. Accompanied by the smoothest guitar, buffest brass, freaky dancers, solid drums and bodacious bass, Janelle Monáe, with the power of the Wondaland Arts Society, tore into Boston light […]

INTERVIEW: Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle

INTERVIEW: Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle

Blending soul, jazz and African beats saturated with synth, siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman are the two people that form Wild Belle. Their debut album Isles, released in March 2013, has the kind of psychedelic, island-y groove that leaves you breezily swaying from side to side with your arms mimicing the music’s rhythm in the air. In a dark room at […]

REVIEW: Unknown Mortal Orchestra brings modern psychedelia to Brighton Music Hall

It’s slightly awkward to use the term “new age” to describe psychedelic rock, a genre so conceptually and musically rooted in the ‘60s culture of bell-bottom jeans, Jimi Hendrix and hallucinogens. But that’s exactly what Unknown Mortal Orchestra embodies: a new, fresh sound that arcs toward the older vibe of psych-rock. When Unknown Mortal Orchestra took the stage at about […]

INTERVIEW: Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ruban Nielson is the brain behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the 1960s-influenced group that headlined Boston’s Brighton Music Hall on Monday night. Yes, “1960s-influenced” is an overused description for bands, but Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of the few that actually sounds straight from the past. After years of touring with New Zealand band The Mint Chicks, Nielson anonymously unleashed “FFunny […]

San Diego surf rock makes big Wavves at the Sinclair

San Diego surf rock makes big Wavves at the Sinclair

On a cool autumn night in Cambridge, the audience at The Sinclair was transported to a never-ending California summer when Wavves performed their set. As the clock struck 11 p.m. Tuesday, the large crowd huddled even tighter as it waited for a glimpse of the headliner. At first glance, it was a surprisingly diverse audience for an indie rock show. […]

Dance Showcase 2013 shines spotlight on BU talent

The Boston University Dance Theater was full of movement Friday and Saturday when BU’s dance program held its Dance Showcase 2013 at the Buick Street theater. The showcase included 10 pieces, four of which were premieres. It featured the work of several experienced choreographers and dancers, some of whom were resident faculty, and others who were guests of the university, including improvisers Jeremy Finch, […]

MGMT: Trippy kings release third perfectly bizarre album

MGMT: Trippy kings release third perfectly bizarre album

If I met the members of MGMT personally, I would first spit in their faces. Then I would thank them for making such weird music. I suppose I should be more grateful — MGMT is such a massive improvement as an album over 2010’s aimless and depressing Congratulations, which, despite some excellent tunes, was weighed down by terrible production decisions and a track […]

REVIEW: What Dreams May Come Tour (J. Cole with Wale, and opening acts Bas & Vic Mensa)

As someone who was often referred to as the future of rap music and the second coming of Nas, J. Cole endures his fair share of flack nowadays. Constantly the butt of jokes on blogs and in social media, the man born Jermaine Cole is often buried in the criticism of others who call his personality boring and his music […]

Rising rap artist grows from Boston roots

Life is eventful and constantly evolving for 20-year-old rapper and recording artist Cam Meekins, and with fall upon us and winter approaching, he’s feeling particularly creative. “During the summer, there are so many distractions, but during the fall, I feel so focused,” Meekins said. “I’m ready to work on anything, always. I love the energy.” The multi-talented, positive-thinking recording artist […]

Production duo ODESZA releases second addictive EP

Although West Coast electronic group ODESZA’s new five-track EP My Friends Never Die is just shy of 16 minutes in length, the album itself is anything but minimal. ODESZA, the Seattle-based production duo of Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) self-released their EP on Tuesday, less than one month after dropping the title track “My Friends Never Die” and follow-up track “If […]