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A new ‘Future’ for Kaiser Chiefs

A change is definitely as good as a rest. That adage certainly applies to the Kaiser Chiefs. After releasing their third album, 2008’s “Off With Their Heads,” and undertaking the requisite globe-trotting tour to promote it, the band wanted off the radar for a while. So they declared they would take...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:21 PM

A change of Heartless Bastards

There’s only one course of action when you’re a band called Heartless Bastards and your album is ready for release in mid-winter. Release it on Valentine’s Day. Especially if it’s titled “Arrow” — as in the sharp thing that is Cupid’s trademark.“The title is pure coincidence,” insists front gal...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:43 PM

In Brookline, leave no brownstone unturned

With warmer weather around the corner, a homeowner’s thoughts turn to the outdoors. That’s not always applicable with an urban condo, but one newly renovated Brookline brownstone offers residents a sizable private screened porch. The first-floor units also get exclusive use of a private gated...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:34 PM

The Saw Doctors help Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Rather cleverly, Irish rock vets The Saw Doctors start their winter tour in Florida. Could it be the allure of winter sun?“We haven’t gotten to Florida very often,” says guitarist Leo Moran, “but, yes, it’ll be nice to get a bit of sunshine at this time of year.”He considers his statement.“Actually...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 11:45 AM

Welcome to the Machine Age, a stockpile of vintage furniture

When Normand Mainville moved into the old wool warehouse on Congress Street in Fort Point Channel, the building had been empty for five years. It was December 1991 and FPC was populated by what he describes as “Only artists who looked like zombies. I think I became one of them,” he jokes.That’s...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 3:06 PM

Overwhelming powers of Darkness

It might not be the most famous of Brit rock brotherly disharmonies, but the Darkness’ singer Justin Hawkins and his guitarist brother Dan have had their fair share of sibling incivility. The brothers’ lack of good communication was certainly one cause for such a long hiatus for the hair-metal...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:10 PM

Hub ripe for real estate rebound?

The past few years have been great for homebuyers, but now it’s time for sellers to hear some positive news. MSNBC published a report this month identifying Boston as being ripe for a real estate rebound. Local realtors seem in agreement, but with some caution.“We agree with what I think is a...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:17 AM

'Goat Rodeo': Creating musical chaos

Way to save on carbon emissions. When Yo-Yo Ma leads his notable crew through a one-off performance of “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” he’ll cut touring to the bare minimum as the show is simultaneously projected in 400 theaters nationwide.“What excites us most is to be able to get behind the music we...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:41 PM

Smith Westerns: Sticking to their guns

When their second album, “Dye it Blonde,” was released last year, Smith Westerns were saddled with comparisons to glam rock. Sure, there’s a fleeting tone that says Marc Bolan and Bowie boogie, but it’s only part of the Chicago trio’s anthemic glistening sound.“We’re not interested in the revival...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:42 AM

Kurt Vile on using his words carefully

Thurston Moore isn’t feeling chatty right now, so Metro called on his opening act, Philly avant-garde rocker Kurt Vile, to shoot the breeze. Unlike the Sonic Youth frontman, Vile will play utterly solo, without his backing band, the Violators, refocusing his wonderful psychedelic songs. Might there...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:18 AM

Having fun on the cheap

The credit card bills might well be piling in after the holiday spending, but that doesn’t mean hibernating with a bowl of gruel. We found top fun spots for bottom dollar — you won’t even need a coupon.Dancing Newton’s Balera School of Ballroom Dance opens its competition-sized dance floor for free...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:18 AM

Winter blues? Treat yourself

Get a roomPossibly the sexiest show in town, indie troupe Company One presents Tennessee Williams’ exotic thriller “Green Eyes” in a suite at The Ames Hotel. Still your beating heart with a Green Eyes cocktail, made with local Bully Boy white rum, in Woodward downstairs. (One Court St., Boston, 617...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 11:39 PM

Henry Wolfe: ‘Arranged down to the minutiae’

Modern music enters Henry Wolfe’s life rarely. He’s in his early 30s and he lived through Williamsburg’s hipster heyday, even playing in an electro-ish combo called Bravo Silva before moving to Los Angeles several years ago. He says he has always loved music from the 1970s, Neil Young being notable...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 1:41 AM

Your very own winter wonderland

Bruce Willis recently put his six-bedroom Sun Valley, Idaho, home — set in prime territory for snowy winter sports — up for sale. The price tag is a steep $15 million.That figure might not work for most budgets, but owning a mountainside second home isn’t an impossible dream.“It’s an indulgence —...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:42 PM

With Gob Squad’s latest, your 15 minutes of fame begin in the ‘Kitchen’

Gob Squad’s “Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)” isn’t yet another homage to Andy Warhol. His iconic ’60s movies such as “Kitchen” inspired this Berlin-based performance group to set the action in 1960s New York City, where Warhol’s superstars chipped at the barrier between artist and audience...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:16 AM

With Gob Squad’s latest, your 15 minutes of fame begin in the ‘Kitchen’

Gob Squad’s “Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)” isn’t yet another homage to Andy Warhol. His iconic ’60s movies such as “Kitchen” inspired this Berlin-based performance group to set the action in 1960s New York City, where Warhol’s superstars chipped at the barrier between artist and audience...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:16 AM

Some prime Real Estate

Matt Mondanile is late and getting later for our 11 a.m. interview.Three hours pass by and finally he’s on the phone admitting that heslept until noon. He sounds pleased.“We’ve been touring Europe and the U.S. for the past couple ofmonths and we get no sleep at all. Very little sleep,” he says.So,...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:01 PM

Back Bay, Southie and Kendall are the places to be in 2012

Is there such a thing as a hot neighborhood in a cold real estate climate? When it comes to Boston’s lush, tree-lined streets and luxury condos of Back Bay, the market is awash with activity. Even first-time buyers want in and are willing to sacrifice space for downtown living.“The Back Bay is one...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 12:41 AM

Newton Kitchens & Design owner talks shop

Newton Kitchens & Design might have only come into existence at the end of last year, but the store amounts to decades of experience from new business partners Pierre Matta and Gail Rice.Matta is a seasoned kit-chen remodeler and custom cabinet-maker. Rice’s Resource Design sat in the space...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:13 PM

Make your home cozy this winter

With icy weather now long overdue, it’s time to make your nest cozier. There’s no need to call in a professional either. Whether you own or rent, here are some fixes to do yourself to lower your heating bills and carbon footprint. First up, identify trouble spots. That’s as simple as moving around...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:07 PM