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Mieka Pauley at T.T. the Bear’s

Mieka Pauley at T.T. the Bear’s

It’s not unusual to find a rising star who will blow you off in a crowd, but even rarer to find someone who will stand in a crowd with you pointing at their own opener, and telling you how awesome their peers are. That’s local artist Mieka Pauley for you—an extremely talented, accomplished, and relatable […]

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

“Let’s try it,” seemed to be the motto of the night for Alex Ebert, the lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. With a twelve-man band playing a brand new album, Here, coming out on May 29th, Saturday’s show at the Orpheum was all about experimenting with their largely expanded song set. “The […]

Regina Spektor at the Orpheum

Regina Spektor at the Orpheum

Regina Spektor knows what her audience wants, and there’s nothing she loves more than holding back to drive them nuts. The Orpheum buzzed Thursday evening after openers and Spektor’s good friends Only Son left the stage after a five-song set. The six-piece group (including, we kid not, a designated tambourine player) has accompanied Spektor on […]

Feist Live at House of Blues

Feist Live at House of Blues

Canadian singer Feist is most widely known for her song “1234,” a track featured in numerous commercials and feel-good videos. When she took the House of Blues’ stage this Monday however, she stayed away from her popular track, instead delving into other works. She didn’t need a counting song to show why she’s still a […]

Good Old War at the Paradise

Good Old War at the Paradise

Some musicians are rock stars and let the lights separate them from the crowd. A number are inverted cabin dwellers, too timid to engage with the crowd. Others are worried about their future and plan every sentence they will say onstage. But folk band Good Old War is none of these; they’re a family with […]

Washed Out Live at the Paradise

Washed Out Live at the Paradise

28 year-old Ernest Greene never imagined the level of fame that would shortly follow his home-made mixtapes. Washed Out, Greene’s project, is a chillwave synthpop sound that quickly spread by word of mouth. The young guy from Perry, Georgia went from mixing together sounds in his bedroom in 2009 to rocking a sold-out crowd in […]

fun. Live at the House of Blues

fun. Live at the House of Blues

When indie rock band The Format broke up in 2008, fans had no idea what the future would hold for singer Nate Ruess. Teaming up with Anathallo’s Andrew Dost and Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff, he immediately formed the band fun. and went on tour with Jack’s Mannequin that same year. Melodies and enthusiasm fueled their […]

The Magnetic Fields at Berklee

The Magnetic Fields at Berklee

  Friday was an extra special night at The Magnetic Fields show in Boston. It was Parent’s Night for the 5 best friends. Every song about depression, vengeful urges, transgender infatuations, and failed love was performed with the band’s relatives live and in-person. Even with this potentially awkward situation, The Magnetic Fields were able to […]

SXSW 2012: A Matter of Songs

SXSW 2012: A Matter of Songs

  Songs matter. A week ago when the WERS team heading out for Austin, Texas we anticipated warm weather, good music, and some 6th Street foodcarts. We came back with that fairly simple but important message: Songs matter. Everybody has their press kits—or more accurately bandcamp.com urls—beards, and cowboy hats at the ready, walking 6th […]

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