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The Cult & Against Me! rock Boston for all ages

It was easy to tell who had come to the House of Blues for which band last Tuesday. There was a pretty significant age gap between those there for Against Me! and those interested in The Cult. But could they each win over the other fanbase? Find out, inside.

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Trampled By Turtles fire up the Paradise

Little banter. No pretense. No elaborate stage setup. Just five guys, some strings, and blast of mountain bluegrass. Trampled By Turtles put on an epic, whiskey-soaked night of banjo jams, spastic fiddle solos, and flat-out rockers at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club last week. Read the full review, inside

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White Rabbits bring the noise to Paradise

Touring in support of their new album Milk Famous, White Rabbits hit Boston’s Paradise Rock Club last Saturday. Despite a surprisingly low turnout, the band delivered a stellar set that proved they are ready to take things to the next level. Read our complete review of the show, inside.

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Dan Bern stages intimate gig at Passim

Dan Bern, the lyrical jokester, smartass workingman philosopher-poet turned Hollywood songwriter, brought his musical routine to Club Passim’s cozy performance space, offering a heady selection of his unique songwriting to the crowd that made it out to the Harvard Square club last Tuesday. Get the full review, inside.

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Ratatat deliver at House of Blues

New York-based duo Ratatat have built a reputation for combining a visual spectacle with a party atmosphere during their live shows. Find out all the details on Tuesday’s sold-out show, inside.

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White Rabbits rock the Paradise

White Rabbits have been creating buzz throughout the indie scene with their reputation for raucous and energetic live performances. Could their May Day show at the Paradise Rock Club live up to the hype? Find out, inside.

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Gypsy punks unite as Gogol Bordello and Devotchka hit HOB

With a sold-out crowd ready to go, gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello hit the House of Blues with Devotchka for a co-headlining show at the House of Blues on Wednesday night. Get our full review of the show, inside.

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Drive-By Truckers dominate the House of Blues

It was another whiskey-drenched night at the House of Blues as Drive-By Truckers and Lucero roared into town with a raging storm of heavy southern rock n’ roll. Get our full review of the memorable show, inside.

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Chevelle rock the House Of Blues

It was a bit of a throwback at the House of Blues last Monday as Boston welcomed a pairing of hard rock acts to the stage for a night of sweaty noise from Illinois-bred headliners Chevelle and emo-goth openers Sick Puppies. Get our review, inside.

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Ethan Swann: My Favorite Albums of 2009

Ethan Swann: 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 Ethan Swann’s picks.

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