Nolan Gawron

Belle and Sebastian is going a little bit disco this time around

The prime sonic export of Scotland and the poster children for the fey, fragile and insular, Belle and Sebastian have created some of the most delicate and important indie rock music of the past two decades. Now, after nearly 20 years as a band, they’ve turned their sound upside down. With the...

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:39 AM

Take an eco-friendly trip to Costa Rica's North Pacific coast

That secret about Costa Rica being a prime travel destination slipped out a long time ago. Now with non-stop flight service from New York or Boston (newly added) to Liberia, it just got easier to explore the country’s once hard-to-reach Pacific Coast. Bostonians can now too wake up on a frosty New...

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 11:15 PM

On the road again with John Waters

Over his career, John Waters accomplished the seemingly impossible. The cult director and lo-fi shock artist with a focus on exaggerated filth and humor has, in time, gained a following so large that he’s become a reference point for the mainstream. With a cinematic resume that includes infamous...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:35 AM

Patience for the Ride: Centro-matic's Final Tour

After 18 years, 11 full-length recordings, seven EPs and countless days on the road, Centro-matic has decided to call it a career as they prepare to embark on one final tour. There was no bad blood that led to the decision, no egotistical battles for control, and none of the typical drama that...

Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:55 AM

Trans-Siberian Orchestra's concert ethos: Go big or go home

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the constantly evolving, hugely successful progressive rock band conceived by the prolific Paul O’Neill. With a history writing, producing, managing and promoting such notable acts as Aerosmith, Joan Jett, AC/DC, the Scorpions and his integral role with Savatage, O’...

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:20 PM

FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

Yeah, there's definitely something symbolic going on with the use of his given name of Freeman going on here.For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. The co-founder and lead singer of the surrealist and whimsical psychedelic band Ween, Freeman was a...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 3:31 AM

Jeff Bridges: The Dude opens up his 'Crazy Heart'

Shortly after playing the tragic country music hero Bad Blake in the film “Crazy Heart,” and winning an Oscar as for the role, Jeff Bridges presented the world with a stellar self-titled country/folk album. A positive collection of well-constructed songs, Bridges teamed up with producer T. Bone...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5:17 AM

Rock*A*Teens fly high on the 'Sweet Bird of Youth' again

Rock*A*Teens play Johnny Brenda’s in Philly on Aug. 7, at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge on Aug. 8, at Glasslands in Brooklyn on Aug. 9 and at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Aug. 10.It’s always unfortunate when a great rock band receives their due respect after they call it quits. Such is the...

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:51 PM

Together Boston brings together Boston

Keith Fullerton Whitman gets it Together. He plays at Lily Pad (1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge) on Sunday with Sunburned Hand of the Man and Neptune.As Boston’s Together Festival enters its fifth year, the traditionally electronic music forum will now incorporate a live psychedelic music contingent...

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:05 AM

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's take a 'Slingshot to Heaven'

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s perform with Empires and Kate Myers on April 29th at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge on April 30th at First Unitarian Churchin Philly and on May 3rd at the Bowery Ballroom.(Credit: Megan Connelly)You could see it early in his career that Richard Edwards...

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11:56 PM

On 'Teeth Dreams,' the Hold Steady show their age, and that's OK

The Hold Steady are all grown up, but you're never too old for rock 'n' roll. (Credit: Danny Clinch) Over their 10-year career, the Hold Steady have strategically amassed a catalogue of songs often centered on a recurring group of characters. Craig Finn introduced listeners to tragic heroes and...

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:06 PM

Members of the Young@Heart chorus celebrate their golden years

The Young@Heart chorus perform April 3 at the Wilbur Theatre (246 Tremont St., Boston). Tickets are $25-$35. For more info, visit www.thewilbur.com.Even though the Young@Heart chorus began in Northampton, Mass., it was a break in Europe that made them famous. But not even that break happened right...

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:46 AM

What's on TV March 20

"Portlandia" airs Thursday.Credit: IFCCOMEDY‘Portlandia’Jello Biafra plays an ’80s punk who comes out of a coma while Malcolm and Kris tailgate outside a live “Prairie Home Companion” show. Just reading that should provoke a chuckle or two. If not, don’t bother. There are special guests galore...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:00 PM

What's on TV Wednesday night? 'Mixology,' 'Broad City' and more

"Broad City"Credit: Comedy CentralComedy‘Broad City’This Amy Poehler production about NYC 20-somethings has been called edgier and funnier than “Girls.” We don’t know how that’s possible, but one thing is for sure: These girls are just getting started.10:30 P.M., Comedy CentralReality‘Survivor:...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:51 PM

Deafheaven want to keep touring 'Sunbather' until they're sick of it

Deafheaven play the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, N.Y., on Friday and at Royale in Boston on Sunday.2013 was nothing short of a banner year for the band Deafheaven. With the release of their second LP “Sunbather,” the San Francisco band turned the heads and caught the ears of critics worldwide...

Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:04 PM

G. Love and Special Sauce make the night even more special

G. Love and Special Sauce play Brooklyn Bowl in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at House of Blues in Boston on Friday, Feb. 14 and at Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16.It’s been 20 years since G. Love and Special Sauce got their start busking up subway stops and...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 1:32 AM

Dr. John still has the prescription for the blues; voodoo psych rock

Dr. John is pictured here in the early '70s. Now he's actually in his early 70s. Dr. John plays Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston and Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Concert Hall in Purchase, NY. (Credit: David Warner Ellis/Redferns) A legendary songwriter and eccentric showman, Malcolm...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 11:45 PM

Review: My Morning Jacket throw 'One Big Holiday' party

.They planned ahead and they planned right. They came from all over. Many narrowly escaped the sub-zero temperatures of their hometowns and everyone was somehow able to put a temporary hold on all the trials and tribulations of their typical workweek and head for old Mexico to attend a festival...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:29 PM

Damien Jurado continues to chase his dream, literally

In his 17-year career of delivering tender transmissions of the heavy-hearted, Damien Jurado has become known as one of the great somber songsmiths of his generation.Recently, however, Jurado has changed his tune. After a life-changing dream about a man who disappears never to return, Jurado’s...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9:58 PM

Concert review: Mazzy Star redeem themselves at the Paradise

Upon entering the Nov. 19 show, patrons were told that if they took pictures, they would be ejected immediately.Credit: Nolan Gawron/MetroIt’s been 11 years since Hope Sandoval last played Boston. It was August of 2002, and the sultry chanteuse and lead singer of Mazzy Star was in town premiering...

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:17 AM