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Ethan Swann: The Best and Worst Songs of 2009

Ethan Swann: 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 Ethan Swann’s thoughts on the best and worst of 2009.

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Brand New rock the House of Blues

Brand New rock the House of Blues

Nobody was expecting a mellow evening at Tuesday’s soldout House of Blues, but the sonic onslaught unleashed by rockers Brand New and Glassjaw exceeded even the most angst-ridden teenager’s hopes.

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Monsters of Folk stage a barnburner in Boston

Monsters of Folk stage a barnburner in Boston

Monsters of Folk, the new supergroup of comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward and Mike Mogis, hit Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday with a near-three hour performance.

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Guster roars with hometown Halloween performance

Guster roars with hometown Halloween performance

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their acclaimed 1999 album Lost and Gone Forever, Guster delivered an epic hometown Halloween performance on Saturday.

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The Mars Volta melt faces with mythical powers

The Mars Volta melt faces with mythical powers

The Mars Volta hit the House of Blues last week and delivered an odyssey of banging hair, shrieking guitars, and full-on assault of progressive metal.

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Piano-Pop rocks with strings, Ben Folds delivers with Boston Pops

Piano-Pop rocks with strings, Ben Folds delivers with Boston Pops

There’s nothing typical about Ben Folds and his stellar performance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on Friday was another chapter in the nerdy piano man’s eccentric career.

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Allman Bros and Widespread Panic provide shelter from the storm

Allman Bros and Widespread Panic provide shelter from the storm

As another nearby tropical weather system harassed the New England coast, the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic teamed up night of blistering performances at the Comcast Center in Mansfield.

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Heaven & Hell prove metal lives with Pavilion show

Heaven & Hell prove metal lives with Pavilion show

Loud guitars and flashy theatrics held back Friday night’s thunder and lightning as the Heaven and Hell Tour rolled into town. Sharing the stage with the Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath reformation Heaven & Hell was progressive metal revisionists Coheed & Cambria.

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Arctic Monkeys treat fans to a big taste of “Humbug”

Arctic Monkeys treat fans to a big taste of “Humbug”

British rockers Arctic Monkeys hit Boston for an intimate show at the Paradise Rock Club, where the band previewed some new tunes off their forthcoming album, Humbug.

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Gov’t Mule celebrates with plenty of jams

Gov’t Mule celebrates with plenty of jams

Hippies everywhere may have been celebrating “Jerry Day” on Saturday, but in Boston, the real party happened the night before as Gov’t Mule put on a show that had even the most casual observer mesmerized.

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