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  • September 01, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Loving the fact that the Relapse Contamination Tour -- the toughest metal show this side of Mastodon/Converge -- is kicking off in Boston . . . at O'Briens. This is what happens when what used to be called "Underground Metal" moves on up to Ozzfest and MTV2: the new underground metal has to start all over again at the bottom.

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  • August 02, 2006
    By Will Spitz

    If you have any psychedelics lying around that you’ve been saving for a rainy day, do yourself a favor and take them now and head over to O’Brien’s to see Pittsburgh/Northampton art/music collective Paper Rad’s show featuring film, animation, art, and music from PR's Extreme Animals, Doo Man Group, Fortress of Amplitude, plus Providence "experimental organist" Mudboy, and Compound 440r party rap maniacs Big Digits

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  • June 10, 2006
    By webteam

    Our favorite record cover since Swamp Tech.

    A personal favorite of this here OTD contributor, ALEC K. REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES are more than a mouthful — they’re accordion-driven carnival tunage for the name-your-favorite-itinerant apocalypse. We love how the Providence-based mini-orchestra-pit’s fifth and most recent full-length, The Smother Party (North East Indie), veers from cabaret massacres to drunken-sailor night frights to a foot-stomping post-folk sing-along, then culminates in the 23-minute instrumental cabaret-noise nomad opus “Gutterhelmet Ascending.

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  • March 15, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    The last time we saw Magic People, their looming towers of keys, synths, and theramin combined with distopian dance-beats and fiery warnings screamed directly from a post-apocalyptic pulpit brought us to the verge of total spasmatic sci-fi breakdown. Since then, they've added a flautist, toured the West Coast, and managed a Friday the 13th recording session (with Kevin Micka at Small Church) that spawned their debut album, Keen Whips I'd Wear As Rubies

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  • February 24, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    The name Kevin Omen isn't chiseled on the Harvard Ave concrete the way it oughta be, but back in the '90s he was one of the unsung heroes of Allston rock: there was a time when he was best known for fronting Otis, but OTD's favorite incarnation was the Kevin Omen Signal, a jacknifing, honkytonk-noir roadhouse band that, in retrospect, might be the missing link between early Danzig, Hank III, and Blood Meridian

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