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    Amy Brooks' job as your on-air and behind the scenes host at Radio 92.9 is to deepen your music experience any way she can. She's so excited to be able to include you, Boston's most passionate music fans in concerts, meet and greets backstage and in pre-show events, plus in-studio interviews and webcasts with Radio 92.9 artists. Amy wants to hear from you. As she says, "Don't be shy...I'm not!" She's looking forward to hearing from you soon.

 

How to fake it - World Cup Soccer, er...football

GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's an easy one. I started playing soccer when I was 8 and played through my days at UNH, but that in no stretch makes me an expert.  In fact, I decided to write about the specific terminology and slang terms the announcers and players managers, owners and fans (true fans aka Ultras) use after hearing one announcer using terms like equalizer, pitch, tiki-taka and woodwork. Some terms baffle me, some make sense (sometimes/sort of) but they all have helped me at least sound like I know what the hell I'm taking about.  Read more...

Big Data - things that make you go hmmm

This New York electronic pop duo has been called paranoid.  which makes sense, after all  they were incarnated thanks to the hazards of the internet in respect to our privacy as users. For example- we all forget that whatever info we share (on FB for example) is being watched and since we are being watched, can this info we so willingly share be one day used against us?  Ok, food for thought. Hmmm. Interesting I say.  Are we talking about a band?  Indeed.  A smart one.  I like music and the musicians who create it that makes me think. F*ck the "shut up and sing" movement of times past. No, they have my interest here... Go on Big Data.  Apparently, their fact finding tells us that the NSA (National Security Agency) is watching our every move on the wonderful world wide web.  So Daniel Armbruster and Alan Wilkis have a purpose and a theme, big brother is watching and they took it upon themselves to make us aware. Now, as this all sounds very poignant and serious and deep, their video and even this new song is less so.  In fact the video seems quite tame until the blood and gore starts, note to self.  Aside from their powerful, thought provoking name and message, their song "Dangerous" does have a playful yet appropriately ominous bass line. So I say, don't be too scared. Listen with an open mind right here on the very same internet about which the band is so very paranoid. Irony is best served with a side of "oh well".  No matter how dangerous. Read more...

Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better

Why am I such a skeptic? A trio is formed years ago, they sound great, end up with a handful of huge songs that people love and which will be heard for years to come on the radio, yet when one member splits off I roll my eyes. My knee jerk reaction is to say-what's the point? Even the great Eddie Vedder, it's true, I am mostly disinterested in his solo stuff. It' like a female sports reporter, the bar gets raised even HIGHER for that poor woman (although this is a terrible truth, not one I at all agree with). Read more...

Rolling Stone Has Their Lists, I Have Mine

We all love a good list. Just look at Roliing Stone magazine. List after list. Top 50 this, top 100 that... We could do a list of the best Rolling Stone lists. But instead I thought you'd appreciate my list of bands with new albums to look for due this spring and summer. In order of release date....not necessarily preference. Read more...

Resolving to stop calling people names...

We are all good intentioned.  Which is why I believe New Year's resolutions are so...impossible.  Sure lose weight, exercise, save money, get out of debt, be a kinder person (Really?  If you need to resolve to do that, there's little hope)...these are noble but perilously wasteful. Just look in the mirror and believe that you are a good person no matter how fat you are or how much you owe and you will have a good year.  Don't believe me?  Well how's this, put simply, New Year's resolutions are just a set up, not necessarily for failure, but for hipocricy.  If you think you need to lose weight or be a better person then that must mean you don't LIKE yourself in your current state.  So I say ask yourself, "Self? If I DID lose weight, exercise and let that person into my lane at Roche Brothers or on 128, will I THEN like myself?"  We put too much pressure on how we THINK we are supposed to be, so I say just be who you are and if others don't like it well then they probably won't like you and that will be your due.  I guess what I happen to think is probably irrelevant, however, since you've read this far into my drivel let me say this.  Have fun and be yourself.  Your parents didn't raise you to be an a**hole so don't waste your time resolving not to be.  Just stop being one.  That and listen to more good music.   Read more...

J Roddy Walston and the Business who muscle a holler and a moan

First, 3 seconds in to "Heavy Bells" the opening track on J Roddy Walston and the Business's 6th album since their 2002 inception, "Essential Tremors" I'm thinking it's some Appalachian back country piece, until the guitars kick and kick they do. That was when my hair blew back and the chills took over. I started running around the studio telling everyone to stop what they were doing and to listen to this track. Why was is I so compelled? I guess because of it's sheer simplicity. Because it's roots rock with blues and rasp and grit and guitar…as our long time friend Roger Daltry says "long live rock!" Read more...

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

"Have you got color in your cheeks Do you ever get the feeling that you can't shift the tide That sticks around like something's in your teeth..." Articles I have read have suggested Arctic Monkeys have produced a sexed up track here...but the lyrics suggest this is a simple love/break up song. Ok, I admit to needing a cold shower after 4+ minutes of the driving beat and stinging guitar. Hypnotic, sexy, slow and grinding. Read more...

Pearl Jam; a "Toast-worthy" Evening

Here is my re-cap of Pearl Jam. DCU Center, Worcester, MA Tuesday October 15, 2013. In an effort to keep this simple here is a list of what you can expect at tonight's 2nd PJ show in Worcester. It was a concert experience that felt more like a family gathering to toast and bask in the clear evidence of how much this band means to us and how much the feeling is mutual. Logistics first… Read more...

Chvrches: no I didn't spell it wrong.

They didn't think the "v" was a big deal. Their friend who did the art for the band stylized the "u" in churches as a Roman "u" and they just carried it along to the printed name. Now, lead singer Laura Mayberry says, "people ask 'How do you pronounce that?'" But they seem to be ok with being in a band  that has a funny spelling. Chvrches is a young trio who calls Glasgow home even though they haven't been there lately after all of the festivals and European shows this summer. And to say they've been well received is an understatement. They have amazing chemistry and are definitely much in sync for a new band. "One of the things that brought the three of us together is our love for classical songwriting" says Mayberry in a recent online interview. Read more...

The Cult's Ian Astbury is Still Dangerous

I'm not a particularly young woman. But on the upside, I have seen a lot of music and I have lived through the 80's when it was either synth or hair bands...but let us not forget the 80's punk rock existence with Joy Division, The Clash and yes, The Cult. The outspoken, Ian Astbury reminded me that punk rock was more of a state of mind than it ever was a sound. And who am I to argue? He is a persuasive fellow. Read more...

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