Weeklies

Absence of confidence kills cat: Jagwar Ma at Sinclair

When Jagwar Ma performed at The Sinclair in Cambridge on Tuesday evening , it should have been a party. Their debut Howlin’ , one the most well-rounded releases of 2013, radiated every good thing about indie dance-pop. For such beautiful song-makers, especially ones who create such upbeat electropop, you would expect Jagwar Ma to put on a vibrant show that […]

Arguing over argumentation: BC survey finds science teachers wary of students’ abilities, standardizeds tests

Just like many other important fields these days, the nature of education is changing. Teachers and students alike are discovering new challenges to creating the best possible classroom experience. Those challenges are just as prevalent in science classes, and researchers have identified two of the major hiccups in science classrooms: firstly, the teachers’ perception of what students can do, and […]

BU Venture Accelerator helps student businesses get their start

Want an application that hooks you up with popular thrift finds in your area Tinder-style? What about a platform for the exchange of favors between students using virtual currency? Or maybe you’re trying to find a cultural bridge for Chinese students looking to study abroad using easily downloadable content? What do these three ambitious concepts all have in common? They’re […]

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, […]

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 […]