Music

Schooltree’s ‘Heterotopia’: A Multi-Sensory Exploration of Other Worlds

It’s been four years since Schooltree‘s debut record—the anthemic, experimental prog-rock production Rise—hit streets. But for frontwoman Lainey Schooltree, those years have been anything but downtime. “After our first album, people were like, ‘You should make this into a rock opera!’” Schooltree reflects. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna write a rock opera. This’ll be easy!’” “Four years later, […]


Tape Recorders

At their all-analog studio, Elio DeLuca and Patrick Grenham are assembling a legacy that lasts.


The Burren Keeps Music Alive in Davis Square

Many music fans have worried what the recent closure of Johnny D’s means for the scene in Davis Square—and throughout Somerville. But just down the street, The Burren Irish Pub is picking up the slack and providing an intimate venue for performers of all sounds with a newly invigorated live music series. The Burren (247 Elm St.), which […]


Bands On Breakups: Somerville Artists Share Their Favorite Sad Songs

Sometimes, love can change your life, affirm your existence, shift your worldview. Sometimes, in the words of the immortal J. Geils Band, love stinks. In case your romantic life is currently trending toward bitter rather than sweet, we asked some of our favorite Somerville-based artists to share their most-played breakup songs with us. Because misery loves company! Darlingside Josh […]


Blind Luck, Chance & Utter Chaos: Mini Dresses on Love and Music

Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug, who make up two-thirds of the dream pop band Mini Dresses, are a couple—though you wouldn’t know it, listening to their songs. The Somerville-based lo-fi act met in college in Arkansas and did a stint in Austin (Schnug’s hometown) as Silkies before forming Mini Dresses, a side project that quickly […]


SONG PREMIERE: Kristina Stapelfeld’s “Hell Night”

Kristina Stapelfeld isn’t cool. The Somerville-based musician plays the kind of stripped-down, heartbreak folk that’s reminiscent of Rilo Kiley or early Waxahatchee—all breathy vocals over sparse, acoustic arrangements. But it wasn’t until she left the bright lights and band-of-the-week mindset of New York City for Boston that she felt comfortable settling into that style rather than playing into the […]


Photos from the 10th Annual Honk! Festival

The 10th annual Honk! Festival brought the brass to Somerville and Cambridge this weekend. More than 25 bands with influences as diverse as punk, funk, Afrobeat and more filled the streets—from Somerville’s Davis Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge—with music. Scout was there, too—dancing, laughing and snapping photos of the action.


Southern Soul in Somerville: Amy Black

By Sam Trevino Photo by Tom Moore Singer-songwriter Amy Black moved to Somerville for the scene. Born in Missouri and splitting her childhood between Alabama and Massachusetts, Black’s father was a minister, so she grew up travelling. Wherever she went, Black sang in church, which led to her eventually trying her hand at songwriting. As […]


Scout Spotlight: Mission of Burma Benefit

Did you know that Boston officially recognizes October 4th as “Mission to Burma Day?” Did you know that Nirvana, R.E.M., and Moby are just a few of the groups that list the post-punk group as a major influence? Did you know that they’re only scheduled to play one show in the area this year, and […]


Scout Out: The Funkadelic Fashion of The Nephrok Allstars

By Micaela Kimball Photos By Shef Reynolds One of my first interactions with Nephtaliem “Neph” McCrary – of local funk band The Nephrok Allstars –occurred outside the Bank of America ATM machine in Central Square, where the singer told me he had just come from spending almost three hours posing nude for an art class. […]


Scout Weekend: Your Guide to Porchfest

This Saturday, May 18, porches in Somerville will transform into stages for over 100 of the city’s most diverse musical acts. Passersby can hear anything from punk to Afro beat. With three separate time slots from noon to 6 p.m. based on location, Porchfest offers an evening full of music from Somerville’s finest. For the […]


Q&A: Ruby Ridge and the politics of EDM

Amid the candy-colored luster of the Together Fest, one group remains resolutely unpolished. Named for the infamous 1992 standoff in rural Idaho that left three dead, Cambridge wife-and-husband duo Ruby Ridge (John Bittrich and Callan Blank) are the unrepentant ugly ducklings of Boston EDM. In a genre dominated by high-gloss club anthems, their dark, abrasive, […]