Boston Calling Announced Their Spring 2016 Lineup

Another week, another music festival announcement in the Neat Beet area, as Boston Calling starts off its fourth year of existence with the release of their May 2016 festival lineup. A semi-annual occurrence in downtown Boston, Boston Calling is a two-stage, three-day event that hasn’t expanded much since its inception in the spring of 2013, […]

Governors Ball 2016 Lineup is a Knockout

  The Governors Ball Music Festival definitely had an interesting 2015. Organizers had the lofty challenge of attempting to duplicate what some called the festival of the year in 2014, and while their efforts did not go unappreciated, it still didn’t have the punch that came with the stacked lineup the year prior (Run The […]

We Said Hello (And Goodbye) to As Tall As Lions at Webster Hall

Any music lover will tell you that there are certain albums that transcend the ordinary humdrum of music listening and exist as something much more significant. Reasons and rationales vary on an individual level, but no matter how each of these albums came to be elevated, the immutable truth is that we all have at […]

Matt James’ Favorite Shows of 2015

I’m certainly a fan of traditions, so in keeping with them, I am again listing off my ten favorite live performances of the year, just as I did for my favorite albums list on Monday. I was oh-so-close to 100 live acts this year, and while that still gives me a goal to shoot for […]

Matt James’ Favorite Albums of 2015

As we wind down the year that was in 2015, I’ve decided to continue with what hopes to be a tradition by sharing a list of both my favorite albums and favorite shows of the year. Every time I turned around, there seemed to be yet another great record released, and process of whittling down my […]

Låpsley @ Rough Trade, 11/9/15

Near the very end of 2014, I came across a single called “Falling Short” by a young British artist named Holly Lapsley Fletcher (stylized as Låpsley), and was immediately hooked. It is a hauntingly beautiful track set apart by her exquisite vocals paired with minimalistic piano and electronic melodies, further enhancing the effect of the […]

Ra Ra Riot @ Great Scott, 11/4/15

Last week, Ra Ra Riot set out on a long-awaited – albeit brief – tour of the Northeast. We at the ‘Beet were lucky enough to catch them twice on their five-city stop, last Tuesday at Baby’s All Right, and the next night at Great Scott in Boston, MA. I caught the second of those […]

ON AN ON @ Great Scott, 9/20/15

Attendance was a little underwhelming for the late show last Sunday night at Great Scott in Allston, MA, but those in the audience were subjected to a wonderful treat courtesy of ON AN ON. A favorite of ours at the ‘Beet, the Minneapolis, MN-based trio were formally part of the Chicago indie rock band Scattered […]

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