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RIBS have never shied away from their comparisons. Likened by fans and critics to such hard line, atmospheric rock monsters as Nine Inch Nails, Deftones and Muse, the Boston quartet embraces these associations as both a testament to their established musicality and an indicator of form towards attracting new fans.
Dig Boston  |  Steve Church  |  05-06-2011  |  Music

Moe Pope & Rain's Dark, Twisted Depeche Mode Fantasynew

Moe Pope & Rain invoke the spirit of George Romero, Martin Gore for "Grateful Dead of Night" video from Depeche Moe.
Dig Boston  |  Martin Caballero  |  04-01-2011  |  Reviews


There was a time when Motherboar's greatest dilemma was how to get another shot at playing a house show in the guise of their French pool-boy metal alter-egos, "Speedeaux."
Dig Boston  |  Peter Legasey  |  01-20-2011  |  Profiles & Interviews

Delta Spiritnew

“We’re not a ‘flavor of the week’ band.”
Dig Boston  |  Hilary Hughes  |  11-29-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews


Just over a year ago, Maserati was dealt a blow that would knock the wind out of the most iron-clad stomach when drummer Jerry Fuchs fell to his death in a Williamsburg elevator shaft.
Dig Boston  |  Erik Ziedses Des Plantes  |  11-16-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

'My Primitive Joy,' by Michael Tarboxnew

My Primitive Joy's songs are minimal, and almost entirely acoustic; the resulting album, recorded in Nashville, is pleasantly spacious. On the title track, Jimmy Clark's pedal steel weaves meltingly between two-and-four snare drums as Tarbox's lazy guitar strums.
Dig Boston  |  Eli Badra  |  03-17-2010  |  Reviews

Slacker's 'Start a New Life' Has a Backstory Worth Tellingnew

Shem McCauley burned out of progressive house and club remixes, then packed up and disappeared in Bangkok. Two years later, he emerges with a release for the ages.
Dig Boston  |  David Day  |  02-24-2010  |  Reviews

Our Dismal Decade: A Highly Subjective Look at the Decade in Musicnew

The decade was imminently forgettable. But with great tribulation comes great art, and music saved my soul. It's no wonder this list is dominated by dour, dark music — as a mirror of emotion, it's practically flawless.
Dig Boston  |  David Day  |  12-30-2009  |  Music

Boston Howlers Converge Continue a Streak of Stunnersnew

On Axe To Fall, Jacob Bannon unearths noises no human should be able to make. Kurt Ballou rips his guitar like he's auditioning for America's Next Top Guitar Hero at all times, and Nate Newton and Ben Koller still make up one of the most bludgeoning rhythm sections ever. For the band, it is just business as usual.
Dig Boston  |  Erik Ziedses Des Plantes  |  10-28-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Times New Viking Rejects the Indie Rock Crownnew

One part pop-music classicism and one equal part DIY static, Times New Viking has been credited with reorienting underground rock away from the dance punk and self-indulgent freak folk that has dominated to a rawer, more immediate sound.
Dig Boston  |  Nick Feeley  |  06-26-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

DeVotchKa: Not Just Gypsy Musicnew

A Mad & Faithful Telling continues to ride the gypsy-folk wave, but Shawn King (percussion/trumpet) wants to give DeVotchKa's audience more melodic credit.
Dig Boston  |  Kristen Humbert  |  05-15-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Piebald Says Goodbyenew

I can't explain my emotional connection with Piebald. Say what you will about post-rock-punk-pop baloney, but to know Piebald was to love them.
Dig Boston  |  Jan Rosenfeld  |  05-01-2008  |  Music

Monotonix: Out in the Sticksnew

Purists know that rock & roll is a violent, chaotic tool, and in its spastic live shows, the stripped down Israeli trio wields it like a manifesto.
Dig Boston  |  Luke O'Neil  |  04-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Stephen Malkmus on Drunken Jim Morrison & the Red Soxnew

"It's too tiring to be wasted. I know it's not what you want to hear from a rock band, but you need to keep it together. When you're younger you experiment but, when you're 42, getting wasted all the time is sort of desperate ... Either that or you got a problem."
Dig Boston  |  Craig Terlino  |  04-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Pan-Pot: Strawberries, Saxophones & the Spice Melangenew

Yes, they are from Berlin and yes, they have some songs named after drugs ("Charly" and, er, "Crank") but from there, it is all innovation and high-action end-time tunes.
Dig Boston  |  David Day  |  03-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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