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Oh, there will be metal...and more

Posted by Scott McLennan  March 22, 2013 12:06 PM

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The concert T from my ground zero.

I have Hivesmasher and Livver to thank for this. After writing about their records for a metal blog I was pumping out in my free time, I thought the homegrown metal scene really deserved more attention than it was getting. So I asked about letting me park metal blog on its site.

By the time the conversation was over I signed on to cover not only metal but also every other kind of sound made in town.

And that suits me just fine since the education I got back in the day running around to the Rat, the Channel,  Nightstage, Jack's, the Western Front, Jumping Jack Flash's, the Penalty Box, and other night clubs that made me an omnivore when it comes to music. I think most people really into music for music's sake are that way too.

That's how I want to treat this space, as common ground for decent sound. In my mind, it made perfect sense the other day to dip into Hivesmasher's grind gem "Gutter Choir," spin Cormac McCarthy's latest collection of dark ballads "Collateral" (we'll talk more about this next week before he comes to Passim), and float on the psychedelic ocean that is Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys' latest, "Soft Time Traveler."

There aren't many rules for what goes in and what stays out of Boston by Beat; a band or event simply needs to have a discernible greater Boston imprint. I know I won't write about the Eagles tour here (and hopefully not anywhere else as well), but I'm not closing the door on all visitors (that would be way too parochial for Boston).

Consider this a spot for CD reviews, show previews and reports, and other Boston music news.  

Sound good?

I'll leave you with a little Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, who are at Brighton Music Hall Saturday night.

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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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