Christmas 2016: “I Don’t Want Any Coal” (Seriously, Though)

IT’S DECEMBER and for once, I’m not sick of Christmas music yet. Even when the playlist at work stuck me in a never-ending loop of “Holly Jolly Christmas” last week, I didn’t feel any slow-burn rage about it. I think, perhaps, this lack of anger toward holiday jingles is coming from my determination to enjoy as…

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New to Me Music: Last Letters

New music time! This one also hit me via email, but it’s a much different vibe from my last featured artist. New England pop-punk vet Charles Iwuc released his first solo EP under the moniker Last Letters on Friday, Nov. 11. Nothing to Write Home About is a seven-track, self-produced record that sounds like the softer side…

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Concert Recap: Jack’s Mannequin

Shortly before Leisure Cruise took the stage last Thursday at the Royale in Boston, MA as the opening act for Jack’s Mannequin on the 10-year Anniversary tour for Everything In Transit, I realized that following that show, I’ve seen Andrew McMahon perform live with each of his three major projects. I saw Something Corporate reunited at…

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New to me music: PVRIS

One of the coolest things about attending festivals like Warped Tour is that it gives you the opportunity to discover new music you’ve never heard before. Whether it’s local bands that have won Battle of the Bands to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage or bigger bands that you’ve just never taken the time to…

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Concert Recap: You Me At Six (Tonight Alive, Conditions)

When I was 19, I attended one of many Alternative Press tours with one of my best friends in the whole world. It was in November, in Boston, and there were five bands playing. We had only heard of two, the co-headliners, which wasn’t (and isn’t) uncommon. I often go into shows knowing nothing about the…

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Concert Recap: The Front Bottoms, The Wild, The Bynars

In January, I had the incredible pleasure of seeing La Dispute at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass., a relatively new venue on the Boston music scene. I absolutely fell in love with the venue that night — it’s small, intimate, and run by a staff that is so incredibly nice it’s a little hard to believe. So…

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Concert Recap: Fall Out Boy, NK

I’ve been gushing about Fall Out Boy’s return from its indefinite hiatus since the band announced it had returned in early February. FOB has a new album, three new music videos, and several tour dates scheduled throughout the upcoming year. Last night (Sunday, May 26), I was lucky enough to see my forever boys perform…

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