Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25

Music Stories
[INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo record, In Colour, a clear narrative emerged from the banks of samples, sirens and po   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.

Music Stories
For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation as a sleep aid, Courtney Barnett comes across awfully shy in conversation. She answers questions   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Guided By Voices at Wonder Ballroom, 6/7


There must be some alternate universe along the space-time continuum where Guided By Voices is the biggest band in the world. That's certainly how the group has carried itself through the last 30 years. Started as a sort of bite-sized, basement-brand version of the Who, GBV is basically a decades-old rock'n'roll fantasy camp for midwestern songwriting machine Robert Pollard and the dozens of other ...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Band of Skulls at Wonder Ballroom, 5/27


Southampton’s Band of Skulls has spent the past decade refining a sound that, for better or worse, sounds like a good deal of other bands. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—there’s plenty of people who like T. Rex, the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club—but it renders it difficult to see the trio’s raucous brand of blues rock as anything other than a sum of their influences. Still, ...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral

Music Stories
[LES GIRLS] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished into the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasn’t quite forgotten. If their initial pair of albums haven�   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

Emancipator: Friday, March 8

An electronic music festival mainstay escapes the stigma of jam.

Music Stories
[DOWNTEMPO] Doug Appling, known in electronic music circles as Emancipator, has just been on what he calls a “little adventure.” He’s currently in Costa Rica, where he performed at the mus   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Live Video: A Red Fang Twofer!

Destroying the Wonder Ballroom and the Portland School of Rock!


Red Fang rules. They rule so hard, in fact, that just one live video won't cut it. Thanks to the folks at Generator, we're gifting you two clips of the Portland stoner metal heroes. The first, from this past Sunday, shows the band destroying a packed and feverish Wonder Ballroom crowd with "Crows in Swine," a track from the group's latest seven inch. And the second is from a performance at that ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Video: Ra Ra Riot at Wonder Ballroom, 2/9


We're a bit late posting this—hey, we've been busy—but earlier this month, New York chamber pop ensemble Ra Ra Riot delivered a heart-rending performance at the Wonder Ballroom. Generator was there, and captured this clip of the danceably poppy "Beta Love," the title track off the band's surprisingly synthesized new album. Enjoy! Ra Ra Riot at the Wonder Ballroom 2/9/13 from Generator ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Matthew Singer

Tomahawk: Wednesday, Feb. 13

When weird goes pop.

Music Stories
[PATTON POP] Kristen Mystirie Calderon, a club hostess and makeup artist from Los Angeles, does not like Tomahawk’s new single.  “Tomahawk, your music made me wet—juicy even!” she wro   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Tavin’s Pub: Opening Act

Bar Reviews
Just a stone’s throw from Wonder Ballroom, Tavin’s Pub (102 NE Russell St., 719-4890, tavinspub.com) is your classic pre-game bar. The interior is clean. TV sets, including a big projector, ar   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI


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