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Thom Yorke thrills with Atoms For Peace

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke hit Boston last week with his new supergroup, Atoms For Peace, to rock out material from his 2006 solo debut The Eraser. BMS was there and we have your full review of the show, inside.

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Vampire Weekend play it safe but fun

2010 has been very good to Vampire Weekend. The band’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, Contra, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and their subsequent tour has been selling out venues well ahead of showtime. How did their Boston show go? Find out, inside.

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Maynard James Keenan hits Boston with Puscifer

Maynard James Keenan, best known for his work with Tool and A Perfect Circle, has been on the road with his newest act, Puscifer. The band swung through Boston last week for a two-night stint at the Berklee Performance Center. We have the full review, inside.

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Flogging Molly kick of St. Patrick’s Day season in Boston

The St. Patrick’s Day season in Boston kicked off Saturday with another rousing show from Celtic rockers Flogging Molly. The band rocked the House of Blues with a fairly predictable setlist that was high on energy. Get or full review of the show, inside.

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Trey Anastasio soars with delight at House of Blues

With Phish taking a much needed rest after a busy 2009, guitarist Trey Anastasio is hitting the road with his solo band, Classic TAB. On Friday, Anastasio hit the House of Blues for two sets of joyful, bouncy music before a jam-packed soldout crowd.

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The Magnetic Fields turn it up with live performance

There are some bands you just need to see live to truly appreciate. Boston’s own The Magnetic Fields proved that they are one of those with an impressive show at the Wilbur Theatre. Read all about it, inside.

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Eli Badra: My Favorite Albums of 2009

Eli Badra: My Favorite Albums of 2009

We had our writers take a stab at picking their favorite albums from 2009. Here, in no particular order, are staff writer Eli Badra’s picks.

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Eli Badra: The Best and Worst Songs of 2009

Eli Badra: The Best and Worst Songs of 2009

We asked our writers to weigh in with their thoughts on songs from 2009. Here, in no particular order, are staff writer Eli Badra’s thoughts on the best and worst of 2009.

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Mew deliver impressive show at Paradise

Mew deliver impressive show at Paradise

Danish trio Mew released their new album, No More Stories…, this past August, and have since been touring both Europe and the United States. The album is arguably their best yet, and so it’s no surprise that when the band arrived in Boston last week for a show at the Paradise Rock Club, they were met by a packed crowd at the legendary club.

Things got underway with “Reprise”, which is actually the closing track on the new album. An interesting choice of opener, but the song works at either end of a set musically – a slow build, heavy on the synths and drums. From there, the band went into “Introducing Palace Players”, the first single to be released from No More Stories. The band handled the performance of the song impeccably: the song’s groove isn’t terribly easy, jumping in and out of triplet patterns fairly frequently. Jonas Bjerre managed to nail his guitar lines perfectly while also hitting his vocals with ease. What followed was an extended version of “Special”. Normally the song is a quick three-minute affair, but this particular rendition was stretched out to nearly eight to the delight of the crowd, who happily joined together for a great sing-along.

Mew’s sound filled the Paradise’s space quite well. The band’s aesthetic tends to be fairly large compositions, and the ‘dise accommodated their needs well. “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy” proved to be a great example of just how big Mew can get: Bjerre’s falsetto throughout the song was loud, and the “backup” vocals of a children’s choir kicked in often, the image of which was projected on a screen behind the audience. The excellent album opener of “New Terrain” unfortunately only made a brief appearance in the middle of a medley somewhere in the middle of the set, though an acoustic rendition was unexpected and did sound good even without all the crazy effects that mark the song. The set closed out with the rocker of “Repeaterbeater”, which ended things in a sufficiently loud manner. 

For an encore, fans were given another new song, “Beach”, once again stretched out beyond its studio counterpart. The final song of the evening was “Comforting Sounds” off of Frengers. The song started off melancholy and quiet, but eventually works itself into a cathartic explosion, which the band milked for all it was worth and left everyone feeling like the show had been more than adequately brought to a close.

Mew is definitely a band worth seeing live: they clearly love what they are doing, and their music translates to the live arena very well. They also aren’t afraid to mess around with the form of their songs, letting the quality of the songwriting itself do the talking. The projections on the wall are pretty cool, too. While the band may not redefine any notions you have of live music, their performances are solid and happily make up for the cost of admission.

 

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Without The Who, Daltrey still shines in the spotlight

Without The Who, Daltrey still shines in the spotlight

Roger Daltrey, lead singer for legendary rockers The Who, hit Boston on Sunday for an intimate solo show at the House of Blues. How did it go? Find out, inside,

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