Before Amy Wynne and Brian Sousa were collaborators in the band Strangers by Accident, they met online in what sounds just a little like the opening to a bad horror movie.
On a Sunday afternoon in October, more than 50 expectant musicians have filled a gymnasium in Cambridge. They stand in a wide circle around trombonist Kevin Leppmann, clutching their instruments. “We’re here to have fun,” says Leppmann, looking around at the eager group of artists both young and old, novice and experienced. “And you can’t […]
Calling Car Seat Headrest’s meteoric rise feels unfair in two ways. First, the band—which for most of its existence was frontman Will Toledo’s solo project—self-released numerous albums previous to this year’s smash hit Teens of Denial. Toledo spent the better part of the last decade recording material by himself and releasing it through Bandcamp, and he […]
Despite the lingering presence of small clubs like The Cantab Lounge in Central Square, soul music largely remains a footnote in the books of Greater Boston’s musical history, dwarfed by dense chapters on the city’s contributions to rock. The Sugar Shack, a premier soul club nestled between a strip of adult theaters on Boylston Street […]
While small kids run around the Cambridge Community Center’s main floor—laughing and stomping, sneakers squeaking, chased by adults who strike a balance between fun and authoritative—a very different noise is blaring out of a small room deep in the building’s basement. Down here, syncopated drums, digitized strings and confident vocals boom from a Mac monitor […]
The basement of the Lizard Lounge is a cozy space, caressed by soft red lights and the quiet din of folks enjoying drinks and one another’s company. Saturday night is always ripe with the chance to soak up a new experience, to try on a new feeling, and on this Saturday night, in this little […]
The way bands make money has shifted dramatically over the last decade. Due to the ubiquitous presence of streaming services, album sales are no longer the best way to make a buck. Artists now have to hit the road—and hit it hard—if they want to make a living playing music. Take a look at the ever-growing […]
Sometimes, love can change your life, affirm your existence, shift your worldview. Sometimes, in the words of the immortal J. Geils Band, love stinks. In case your romantic life is currently trending toward bitter rather than sweet, we asked some of our favorite Cambridge-based artists to share their most-played breakup songs with us. Because misery loves company! Walter Sickert […]
Love is in the air—or maybe it’s in your stomach after a first date with your recent crush. You swiped right to find out that he/she/they dig well-curated playlists about love, and your ol’ pals at Allston Pudding have you covered! We asked our favorite local music bloggers to share their top tracks for sensitive, sappy suckers. Check out their picks below, then grab your headphones and […]
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have a lot in common. They’re both musicians, they’re both Harvard undergrads—they even share some of the same DNA. Like Duane and Gregg Allman, Eddie and Alex Van Halen or Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson before them, their sibling bond extends beyond family game night and into their creative collaboration. With […]
Next week, Speedy Ortiz will kick off a very cool fundraising tour in support of Girls Rock Camp Foundation, the organization that provides confidence, support and encouragement (and, oh yeah, affordable music education) to young women around the globe. Attendees at the Boston show at the Middle East Downstairs on Wednesday, December 9, will get a special […]
The 10th annual Honk! Festival brought the brass to Somerville and Cambridge this weekend. More than 25 bands with influences as diverse as punk, funk, Afrobeat and more filled the streets—from Somerville’s Davis Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge—with music. Scout was there, too—dancing, laughing and snapping photos of the action.