Show Review – Thief Thief / Vandelles / Ringo Deathstarr and Young Adults at Great Scott

This evening at Great Scott brought together two local bands (Thief Thief, Young Adults) and two out-of-state bands (Vandelles, Ringo Deathstarr), with each one showcasing their own take on noise/noise-pop/shoegaze. Thief Thief - TT is "two people pretending they are three". While not as noisy as three other bands on the bill, they were still…

Artist Profile – Boston Scene – Birdbrain

Birdbrain was a short-lived quartet from Rosslindale, MA (described as "furious grind-pop" by All Music Guide) best known for contributing their tracks "Youth Of America" and "Jet" to movies "Scream" and "Last Supper", respectively. Those moves, however, failed to launch the band into mainstream and as a result they broke up soon after finishing "Lets…

Artist Profile – Swirlies

Influenced by English shoegaze scene and bands like My Bloody Valentine, Swirlies formed in the early 90s and started releasing what they described as "sneakyflute music". Known equally for ear-splitting volume of their live shows and their bad behavior, the band went numerous line-up changes and reincarnations and they still release records/tour to this day,…

Artist Profile – Converge

Much like Isis, Boston band Converge represents a new(er) wave of metal/hardcore - they were influenced equally by traditional hardcore (Black Flag, Negative Approach), metal bands (Black Sabbath, Slayer) and even bands like Cure and Depeche Mode and  they use plenty of distortion and mix speed/intensity with slower parts to keep things moving. While not…