Pat Healy

pat.healy@metro.us

21 venues in 5 questions: Find out which Cambridge club you should hit up

Trying to decide what kind of live music experience you want on any given night is more than just considering what kind of act you’ll be hearing on the stage. But let’s at least start with that to see which venue is right for you.1) What best describes the type of music you want to hear?A) An act...

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:23 AM

Miranda Lambert: On the 'Wagon'

When Miranda Lambert sings about her “Little Red Wagon” she insists she’s not making a bawdy double-entendre. After the country superstar debuted a video for the song last week, NYmag.com ran a piece about it by Maggie Lange with the headline, “Is This 2015’s Most Alarming Euphemism for a Vagina?”“...

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:47 PM

Pat Green brings his 'Home' with him even when he leaves Texas

Pat Green recorded all of the songs for “Home,” his upcoming album, about three years ago. So why is it taking so long for the country music veteran to get these songs out there?“The label paid for it at first, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the way that they were going to put it out at the time...

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:15 PM

Nathan Willett says Cold War Kids are growing up

When Cold War Kids singer Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust get really into a live performance you might see the two butting heads, literally.“We’ve always had this physical thing that a ways into it I think we kind of figured out was a weird way of getting out nervous energy,” says Willett. “I...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:26 PM

Sleater-Kinney: ‘A little bit shocking to be a band again’

Earlier this month, when the three members of Sleater-Kinney took the stage together for their first full show in almost a decade, singer and guitarist Corin Tucker felt overwhelmed.“The physicality of it was very intense,” she says. “It’s a very physical thing to do Sleater-Kinney.” The band,...

Friday, February 20, 2015, 5:30 PM

KONGOS enjoys a little American success, finally

Hit singles don’t usually happen for bands overnight. But they don’t usually take more than five years of pushing either, which was the case for “Come With Me Now” by KONGOS.“The song has been in existence since 2008,” marvels Johnny Kongos, who sings, plays keyboards and accordion alongside his...

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:51 AM

Mighty Mystic says Boston is a bigger reggae town than you realize

Kevin Holness says he heard his life’s calling at the age of 5. He was living in farming country in Jamaica and listening to the radio when “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley and the Wailers came on.“I was like, ‘Mommy, Daddy, I want to do what this dude is doing!’” he says. “I just heard that song...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:58 PM

New Sheriffs in town: behind the scenes with one of Boston's country music kings

One of the rules of the local rock scene has always been that a band shouldn’t play two local gigs at different clubs within two weeks of each other. The logic goes that it waters down the crowd at both shows. Dalton and the Sheriffs break this law on a weekly basis. One of the reasons they’re able...

Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:43 AM

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic announces the Mandatory Tour

In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic is still experiencing a lot of firsts.After rolling out a video per day on various online outlets to promote his “Mandatory Fun” album this summer, the world’s most famous parody singer finally landed his first No. 1 record.Each...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:31 AM

Who are the people in #BandAid30?

Did you find yourself scratching your head during moments of the reboot of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" just wondering who some of these people in Band Aid 30 were? Here's our helpful guide, where wego through the lyrics and ID them..."It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid" One...

Monday, November 17, 2014, 8:00 PM

Band Aid 30 lyrics address ebola

​This weekend saw the debut of Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas," the updated holiday song you'll be hearing hundreds of times this season into the new year.This is normally where we'd put a link to the video, but the clip, which premiered on "X Factor" on Sunday night in the U.K., was...

Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:12 AM

Angie Miller: ‘I just want to sing’

If you preordered Angie Miller’s upcoming EP, you’re getting a personal touch that you might not even know about. Miller, who rose to fame during the 2013 season of “American Idol,” is addressing envelopes herself to send copies of her brand new EP, “Weathered,” which comes out Tuesday.“My...

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9:26 AM

New secret Beyonce album not so secret anymore

So you know how we've been super psyched about the adaptations that artists are making in the ever-evolving/devolving music industry since we put a name on it more than a year ago?[Here's where we take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for honing in on this trend before Beyonce out-sneak-...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 4:16 AM

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 6 ‘From A to B and Back Again’

Sitting down to watch “Homeland” Episode 406 “From A to B and Back Again,” I was hopeful that the title meant we would be “back again” from the seedy statutory rapey version of Carrie Mathison that we’re getting this season. Instead, it meant“back again” to a what“Homeland” does best, which is a...

Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:29 AM

TV watch list, Mon., Nov. 3: 'The Voice,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Gotham' and more

GAMES‘Classic Battle of the Network Stars’The only reason we’re encouraging you to tune into an ESPN offshoot to watch a marathon of a goofball relic from the ’70s and ’80s where the actors and actresses went head-to-head in an “American Ninja Warrior”-style test of strength and agility is the...

Monday, November 3, 2014, 7:26 AM

It's been Ages and Ages since we've been this excited about a band

When Tim Perry went into a 10-day meditation retreat, he says he wasn’t consciously doing so to formulate all of the material for his band’s latest album. But after more than a week without speaking to anybody or being spoken to, the songs that poured out of him formed a bulk of “Divisionary,” the...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:03 AM

Adult Jazz: The 'Gist Is' it's pretty surreal

When we meet with the members of the band Adult Jazz at a New York club during the CMJ Music Marathon, another act is doing a soundcheck. A vocalist starts (ironically?) singing Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.” The “don’t go changin’ to try and please me” lyric leaks into the mic used to record...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5:54 AM

A drone camera + Esther Williams-style choreography + umbrellas + funky scooters + tape speed manipulation = Another OK Go masterpiece!Really, are they still remaining true to the whole long-shot thing or is there some digital assistance at the end? Absolutely amazing!And, oh yeah, that song is...

Monday, October 27, 2014, 10:03 PM

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 5 ‘About a Boy’

Why call the episode "About a Boy"? Yes, I know it is actually about a boy, but shouldn’t that title have been retired years ago after the third or fourth appropriation of Kurt Cobain’s “About a Girl” song title?Anyway, the episode begins with the “previously on Homeland”intro, and we see that “...

Monday, October 27, 2014, 4:34 AM

CMJ Music Marathon: How do you get in?

Roughly 1,300 acts will perform throughout the city as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. While this number may seem daunting, it’s not even the half of it.“It’s about a 25 percent acceptance rate,” says Matt McDonald, who programs artist showcases at CMJ.“Music is the most important thing, obviously...

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:58 AM