BDCWire Staff

Candace McDuffie Correspondent

Candace McDuffie has managed to turn her unabashed love of musicians who rarely shower into a genuine passion for journalism. Her work has in appeared in Dig Boston and Performer Magazine.

Stories by Candace McDuffie

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The Fresh and Onlys, Discovering New Tools and Ways to Use Them
Music

The Fresh and Onlys’ frontman Tim Cohen credits his revitalized approach to songwriting to living in complete and utter isolation when penning tracks for “House of Spirits” (released last month on Mexican Summer). The band’s fifth album is moodily downtempo, while simultaneously saturated with dense harmonies and hooks. But Cohen’s intention wasn’t necessarily to plumb heavy emotions from listeners–it was to take advantage of his geography. More

Local Music
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Sidewalk Driver: Dodging Normality in Sound and Style
Local Music

The outlandish live antics of Sidewalk Driver are practically legendary and perhaps quintessential to anyone who considers themselves a true fan of the Boston Music Scene. From his avalanche rock and roll energy to his always captivating onstage get-up, frontman Tad McKitterick is completely comfortable in his own renown. In fact, he seemingly revels in it. So it’s only natural for him to deflect predictable inquiries regarding his stage persona with the greatest of ease. “I’m not a very image conscience person. I don’t perform like a normal person. I don’t act like a normal person–so why should I look like one?” More

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Fine Dining with Parks, Playing The Sinclair Friday
Local Music

The vibrant effervescence that beams brightly from Parks’ catchy up-tempo track, “Sweater Weather,” is the kind of warmth that supersedes any other Boston-based band trying to find their place in the sun. Packed with bucolic arrangements and delightful vocals, ‘Weather’ serves as a precursor to the inevitability that frontman Brian King is on the verge of becoming an indie pop savant. The catalyst to King’s flourishing creativity is rooted in the power of reinvention. More

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Craft Spells Uses Time Wisely for a Different Take on New Album ‘Nausea’
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Talking to Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros the day his band’s sophomore album, “Nausea,” had been released was an endeavor that proved to be twofold. First, there was the goal of not asking him the same line of redundant questions regarding his latest project. Then, there was the task of simply keeping a tired musician awake and respondent during our conversation. “I am half asleep after a long drive. We’re on the road right now—on the way to New York,” he confirmed. “But I’m stoked to talk about the new record.” More

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Benjamin Booker: Rising, but at His Own Speed
Music

“Violent Shiver,” Benjamin Booker’s infectious and inescapable hit single, is the ideal summation of what raw musicianship sounds like. Booker’s creative impulses splinter between ear-corroding croons, crashing drums, and stealthy riffs. Yet he insists that he played no part in selecting it as the song that would debut his talents to the world. “I literally wrote it in five minutes—it was the first thing I played on guitar. We recorded it, and I thought it was just another song—I didn’t pick it as the first single.” More

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Reigning Sound Exercises Its Right to Reinvent, And Does It Really Well
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Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright doesn’t take too kindly to the term “legend.” Despite being a prolific cornerstone in punk music for over two decades (past projects include Compulsive Gamblers, Oblivians, Deadly Snakes, and Detroit Cobras), he maintains a sweet and down-to-earth stance on not being classified as one. “I’m flattered, but I don’t take any of that seriously,” he says with a slight chuckle. More

Local Music
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Leedz Edutainment Celebrates 10 years as a Promoter and a Force in Local Hip-Hop
Local Music

There wasn’t a more fitting location to interview Ned “Leedz” Wellbery than the Middle East. The historic club has served as the backdrop for some of the most groundbreaking hip hop shows in Boston for the last decade. Wellbery, who prides himself on his resilience as much as he does his keen business acumen, has adjusted well to being the epicenter of Leedz Edutainment (his independent promotion company). As expected, it was an adjustment that came with a palpable price tag: his personal life. More

Technology
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MIT Professor Joseph Paradiso explores interactions with electronic music
Technology

To nab an interview with MIT Professor Joseph Paradiso, in any capacity, is an occurrence to be grateful for. When he is not spearheading the state of the art Responsive Environments group at the MIT Media Lab, he is educating others about his work with sensors, human-computer interaction, and synthesizers. As soon as Paradiso grants me a sliver of his time to talk shop, his loquacious nature forces me to listen fast and comprehend faster. More