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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 […]

From shower-singing to single-dropping: Ryan Aderréy perfects craft

From shower-singing to single-dropping: Ryan Aderréy perfects craft

In the age of YouTube stardom, TV talent show fame and auto-tune, more musicians are achieving commercial success without having the tools or know-how that was a requirement in the industry as little as 10 or 20 years ago. Such was the case with the now-infamous Rebecca Black: She didn’t have much in the way of natural talent, and her […]

BU Hip-Hop: New EP in the works

It has been a long time coming for Boston University Hip-Hop. Back in 2012, the group was first meeting in classrooms to discuss hip-hop. Now, two years later, the group has grown into a force on campus with more events and a second mixtape on the way. Chances are that if you’ve been walking past the George Sherman Union week-by-week, you […]

Warren Dining sandwich station king rules rap game

John Howard-Devoe. Simply by name, you may not recognize him. But perhaps his alter ego, “John the Sandwich Guy,” rings a bell. You know, the one who loves tweeting about Warren’s cranberry chicken salad special? Yeah, that guy! But Howard-Devoe makes more than just sandwiches for the Boston University masses at Warren Towers’ dining hall. The 38-year-old Boston native also […]

New music showcase room in works at Studio 52

New music showcase room in works at Studio 52

Nick Grieco has always been a musician. Growing up in a musical family in Farmington, Conn., he had a cello in his hands at age 4 and a passion for punk rock by his teenage years. Music has always been the plan, but how it manifested itself changed with time and hiccups. “It’s almost something I take for granted,” Grieco […]

Fondue for two: Belly Wine Bar warms you up the cheesy way

Fondue for two: Belly Wine Bar warms you up the cheesy way

But baby it’s cold outside. It is cold outside. I know most of you are sick of it, but it’s going to stay that way for some time (probably until mid-April, so take out your tissues). Really, the only way to survive this long, depressing winter is to hibernate like a bear. And if there’s one thing we’ve all learned from our […]