• Finally a Song Not About a Boy!: a review of 1989

    Were you looking for a T-Swift album without songs about her love life? Well, sorry to disappoint, but maybe synthesizers will help. Swift’s transition to pop was not exactly abrupt. With pop songs like “We Are Never Getting Back Together” coming from her last album, it seemed as if the country star had progressively been moving(…)

  • Big Gigantic Rocks UMass

    By Bailey Knecht With music software readily available, new DJs are constantly emerging with hopes of becoming the next big producer. The problem that so many of these producers have is setting themselves apart from the crowd. With their distinct sound and live instruments, Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic are forging a(…)

  • The Blast Interview: Amaranthe

         The Swedish metal band Amaranthe has just released their new album Massive Addictive. For the past month they have been hitting the roads in the US along with the Dutch band Within Temptation, dropping some new tunes from their latest release. Both bands absolutely killed their performance in Worcester on Oct. 11 at the(…)

  • Kina Grannis comes to Boston; Break Science to NYC

    This week, Boston will be graced by singer-songwriter Kina Grannis, while Break Science will headline Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors in NYC. Grannis will be playing tonight at the Paradise Rock Club, one of her last North American tour dates before departing for Europe. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through her site or(…)

  • Photos: Gerard Way plays Boston

    Commonwealth Avenue and The Paradise Rock Club played host to Gerard Way and his band this past Sunday evening. In what was his first show in Boston since playing with former band My Chemical Romance, Way quickly sold the show out, along with a number of other dates on a short tour in support of(…)

Finally a Song Not About a Boy!: a review of 1989

Finally a Song Not About a Boy!: a review of 1989 0

Were you looking for a T-Swift album without songs about her love life? Well, sorry to disappoint, but maybe synthesizers will help. Swift’s transition to pop was not exactly abrupt. With pop songs like “We Are Never Getting Back Together” coming from her last album, it seemed as if the country star had progressively been moving(…)

Big Gigantic Rocks UMass

Big Gigantic Rocks UMass 0

By Bailey Knecht With music software readily available, new DJs are constantly emerging with hopes of becoming the next big producer. The problem that so many of these producers have is setting themselves apart from the crowd. With their distinct sound and live instruments, Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic are forging a(…)

The Blast Interview: Amaranthe

The Blast Interview: Amaranthe 0

     The Swedish metal band Amaranthe has just released their new album Massive Addictive. For the past month they have been hitting the roads in the US along with the Dutch band Within Temptation, dropping some new tunes from their latest release. Both bands absolutely killed their performance in Worcester on Oct. 11 at the(…)

Kina Grannis comes to Boston; Break Science to NYC

Kina Grannis comes to Boston; Break Science to NYC 0

This week, Boston will be graced by singer-songwriter Kina Grannis, while Break Science will headline Bang On!’s Warehouse of Horrors in NYC. Grannis will be playing tonight at the Paradise Rock Club, one of her last North American tour dates before departing for Europe. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through her site or(…)

Photos: Gerard Way plays Boston

Photos: Gerard Way plays Boston 0

Commonwealth Avenue and The Paradise Rock Club played host to Gerard Way and his band this past Sunday evening. In what was his first show in Boston since playing with former band My Chemical Romance, Way quickly sold the show out, along with a number of other dates on a short tour in support of(…)

The Blast Interview: Big Gigantic

The Blast Interview: Big Gigantic 0

Big Gigantic, the Colorado-based electronic duo, is coming to UMass Amherst tonight as part of its Touch the Sky tour. The livetronica group is teaming up with EDM powerhouses like Skrillex, Paper Diamond and Manic Focus throughout the tour. Blast’s Bailey Knecht got a chance to chat with Big Gigantic’s drummer Jeremy Salken before the show. Be sure(…)

How to Pick a Payment Terminal for Your Business

How to Pick a Payment Terminal for Your Business 0

Over the last few years, customers have stopped making cash payments because of security reasons. Credit card payments have become popular, because they are simple, easy and safe. There were more than 388.7 million credit card holders in the US and almost 90 percent of their credit card transactions were in retail stores, according to(…)

Gallery: SKATERS at the Brighton Music Hall

Gallery: SKATERS at the Brighton Music Hall 0

Last Thursday evening, New York City’s SKATERS arrived in Boston in order to play a show opening for The Orwells at Brighton Music Hall. Despite only having been a band for a bit over two years, they have put together an impressive résumé thus far. In 2012 they put out their debut Schemers EP, signed(…)

So close, yet so far: Alien Isolation review

So close, yet so far: Alien Isolation review 0

  If last year’s Alien’s Colonial Marines succeeded in anything, it was in making one of Hollywood’s most menacing monsters into little more than a joke.  The best that once gave kids the world over nightmares was reduced to little more than cannon fodder; oh, and it danced. It seemed like it would be the(…)

WWE 2K15 gets a season pass, you get Paige

WWE 2K15 gets a season pass, you get Paige 0

In news that you already knew, WWE 2K15 is getting a season pass, but hey — at least you’ll get exclusive access to WWE Diva Paige when the game launches next month. Though exact content, pricing and release dates haven’t been announced yet, 2K did confirm that the DLC will focus on the 2K showcase(…)

Evolve’s Big Alpha begins Halloween weekend, here’s how you can get in

Evolve’s Big Alpha begins Halloween weekend, here’s how you can get in 0

Evolve’s “Big Alpha”, will run from October 30- November 2, Turtle Rock Studios announced today. Xbox One owners will get to try their luck at slaying the Goliath before anyone else, as access on their console is exclusive for 24 hours, with other platforms opening up on the 31. Xbox One users will also have(…)

Five Finger Death Punch at Tsongas Center, Interview with Jason Hook

Five Finger Death Punch at Tsongas Center, Interview with Jason Hook 0

On Sept. 26, Lowell, Mass. was filled with screams of dozens of Metal fans.  The small town hosted one of the greatest metal shows with Nothing More, Hell Yeah, Volbeat and the headlining gods Five Finger Death Punch. I must admit that a lot people, including myself, were expecting an amazing show with Five Finger(…)

The Blast Interview: Asaf Borger

The Blast Interview: Asaf Borger 0

This past Monday, Blast’s Madeline Knutson had the opportunity to speak to world-famous EDM artist Asaf Borger, better known by his stage name of Borgore. The Israeli-born producer is currently working on a collaboration EP with musicians from his label. This is one man who is definitely more than meets the eye. Known for his(…)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor — The Blast review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor — The Blast review 0

Otha the Immovable. I’d hunted the bastard for days. Following his every move, interrogating his henchmen. I learned his fears and his weakness. There would be no more charging into battle; I learned my lesson at the wrong end of his sword too much to make that mistake again. Once one of his henchmen squealed(…)

Interview with Guardians of the Galaxy’s Michael Rooker 0

This article contains mild spoilers for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. When he isn’t traversing the galaxy or at war with zombies, Michael Rooker is still a pretty tough guy. The actor, biker, and shooting range extraordinaire, perhaps best known for playing Merle on AMC’s The Walking Dead, took on a different type of genre(…)

Three adventure games that transform your smartphone to an entertainment magnet

Three adventure games that transform your smartphone to an entertainment magnet 1

Gone are the days when games with high end graphics could be enjoyed only on computer. You can now carry a whole big load of such high quality and optimal performance games right in your pocket. Turn your phone into a source of endless addictive entertainment with these best picks. Gem Miner The game combines(…)

The Blast Interview: Rudimental

The Blast Interview: Rudimental 0

After traveling from Mansfield, Mass. and performing with Ed Sheeran, the guys of Rudimental got a chance to rest on their tour bus outside NAGA, a nightclub in Cambridge. The band was gearing up for a DJ set, their second performance of the night. Composed of four members from the UK—Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, Piers(…)

Gallery: The Gaslight Anthem plays Boston

Gallery: The Gaslight Anthem plays Boston 1

This past week, one of alternative-rock’s most popular acts The Gaslight Anthem brought their headlining tour in support of Get Hurt to Boston. The show was opened by Twopointeight, a punk/rock band from Sweden. The band has a similar sound to The Gaslight Anthem, which makes a bit of sense – Gaslight’s Brian Fallon produced(…)

So let’s talk about Destiny…

So let’s talk about Destiny… 0

Before you read this you should know that this is not a Destiny review; at least not in the sense you’d expect. Understand that I’m not even claiming to have come close to finishing what Destiny has to offer — and be wary of anyone who has. Instead, this is more of a commentary of(…)

Sarah Jaffe comes to Great Scott 9/11

Sarah Jaffe comes to Great Scott 9/11 0

Indie singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe will be continuing her national tour at Allston’s Great Scott on Sept. 11. The Texas native just released her third studio album, Don’t Disconnect, on Aug. 19 and has been touring since July with The Polyphonic Spree. The second leg of her tour will be with hip-hop artists Astronautalis, Stage, and Transit. Don’t Disconnect, Jaffe’s latest album, was produced(…)