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Allston Pudding’s Boston Band of the Week: Miami Doritos
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The Boston Band of the week is brought to you by our content partner Allston Pudding, which is a Boston based music blog that highlights new and live music from the local music scene and beyond. Each week, Allston Pudding will highlight awesome local acts that they feel should be on your radar. For more about music from Boston and elsewhere, be sure to check out Allston Pudding More

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Bearstronaut Discovers New Capabilities with New Material, Plays Friday
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“We try to make it so people aren’t looking at us when we perform–they should be focusing on dancing and letting loose,” states Dave Martineau of Bearstronaut. “We want the crowd to see that we have fun onstage so they know it’s OK to do the same.”  The multifaceted artist behind the playful Boston-based quartet comes off as eager for the release of Bearstronaut’s first full length, but unsure of when it will actually happen. “All we’ve done so far are EPs and some of the stuff we’ve already put out will be on the record. We don’t know the official release date yet, since we’re not on a label or anything. But it’ll be early 2015 at the absolute latest.” More

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Allston Pudding’s Boston Band of the Week: Guerilla Toss
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The Boston Band of the week is brought to you by our content partner Allston Pudding, which is a Boston based music blog that highlights new and live music from the local music scene and beyond. Each week, Allston Pudding will highlight awesome local acts that they feel should be on your radar. For more about music from Boston and elsewhere, be sure to check out Allston Pudding More

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Nothing’s Dominic Palermo Can’t Sugarcoat the Past, but the Present Is Looking Pretty Sweet
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Excluding household names who could care less what some blogger writes about them, musicians generally present themselves as half-full glasses while talking to reporters. They might say their tour is going swell even if their bass player’s horse tranquilizer habit is rearing its ugly head and the opening act is engaging in open, belligerent mutiny. They might say a new album they’re not happy with is the best thing they’ve ever done. They might talk to a stranger for longer and with far more enthusiasm than they normally would. More

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Downtown Boys Talk First Experiences With Punk, Plays Great Scott Tomorrow
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As a punk band, it’s hard to have a driving or responsible message about things like cops without coming off as too blatant or obvious. But after listening to and watching Providence’s Downtown Boys aggressively tackle those themes in their live show, you realize the politically charged, bilingual rock outfit is totally sincere about the realities they center their music around. More

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Van diaries: tour chat with Swearin’ and Potty Mouth
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How does a band keep its own identity when every media outlet pushes them as a comparison to their surroundings? For Philadelphia band Swearin’, it’s comparisons to Waxahatchee, which shares both members and bloodlines. For Potty Mouth, it is riot grrrl, “all chick bands,” and the exploding Western Massachusetts music scene. How is a band to set itself apart from these factors while remaining unscathed and unshaped by the press? I discussed these topics and more with Allison and Jeff from Swearin’, Abby and Ally from Potty Mouth, and Potty Mouth’s tour friend Sam, on Saturday evening at their show at Great Scott. More

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You know Andy Daly from ‘Eastbound & Down.’ Now get ready for Comedy Central’s ‘Review’
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Andy Daly is a “that guy.” Comedy fans who don’t know his name will recognize him when they see him, “that guy,” who does all those characters on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” or played Principal Custer in “Eastbound & Down,” or stole scenes as the play-by-play man in the Will Ferrell movie “Semi Pro.” He’s got what he calls a “Howdy Doody, Richie Cunningham” look – unassuming, like anyone you might find yourself in line with at the bank. Which also makes him the perfect choice to play Forrest MacNeil, the well-heeled but relentless “life reviewer” and host of Comedy Central’s new show “Review.” MacNeil reviews dangerous things like cocaine addiction, making a sex tape, being a racist, and eating 15 pancakes in one sitting. We caught up with the former “MADtv” star by phone as he was strolling through New York City to talk about “Review” and his upcoming show “The Gas Presents Andy Daly with Andy Blitz” at Great Scott FridayMore

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Nerdist podcast dudes on zombies, comedy, and video games
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Podcasts are like opinions — everyone has one. There’s a podcast for every topic these days: comedy, bad movies, comic books, tech, science, sports, and so on. With such a wide range of choice, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani have carved out a niche as the hosts of hugely popular podcasts on the well-known Nerdist network. Ray can be found chatting about music with bands like Upset, Motion City Soundtrack, Islands, and Man Man on his show “Jonah Raydio,” along with being a co-host of the “Nerdist” podcast. Nanjiani discusses all things video games on “The Indoor Kids,” which he co-hosts with his wife Emily. We caught up with the two comedians ahead of their sold-out show on Sunday at Great Scott to talk love of zombies, podcast highlights, and upcoming plans for the new year. More