The Operators never leave home without these URLs handy.
OUR MUSICAL COLLECTIVES
Fellow Handstand Command Members
The musical collective to which we belong.
The label what puts out our records.
Our "brother" band, also hailing from Somerville, MA. We like to have the occasional "mixer" with the boys, and affectionately refer to their means of transport to these events as the "Meat Wagon."
Paul and Jen's other band based on Paul's vast home-recording oeuvre--sweetly ramshackle electro-pop.
As porny as they wanna be.
PLUNGE INTO DEATH
Fake-art-goth-dance band with giant boom box, remote-controlled godzilla.
Steph was in a rockin guitar/drum duo with Jef Czekaj. See also: Jef's "endearingly primitive" solo project.
NICE AND EASY
Steph also drummed for this girl group outta JP--now with the incomparable Keira of Mary Reillys!
ASIAN BABE ALERT
Garage rock duo with Leslie and Tom of the Anchormen--sometimes aka The White Flags.
Fellow Compound 440R Members
OUR FAVE LOCAL ACTS
These bands rock our Greater Somerville Area world
MR. AIRPLANE MAN
Guitar-and-drum duo ladies deliver hard rockin' blues-punk.
Guitar-and-drum duo gents sing sensitive songs about driving.
CHOO CHOO LA ROUGE
Superb indie rock; sometimes they sound like Railroad Jerk, always they sound like awesomeness.
THE PEE WEE FIST
Killer band with eclectic instrumentation.
Fab Phair-esque songwriting.
THE IN OUT
Superb Fall-like rock. See also: The Arrangement.
THE COUNT ME OUTS
Amazing garage band with members of Fuzzy.
Mission of Burma's Clint Conley + Winston Fuzzy + Chris Browkaw
NAUGHTY SHIRLEY, PELVIC CIRCUS, and PORNBELT
3 kick-ass bands with Slamber as a member.
TUNNEL OF LOVE
Nasty garage rock you can feel in your fallopian tubes. Yowza.
Pop Rocks mixed with Pepsi.
Jingly-jangly indie rock with a former member of Prickly.
THE BLIND KING
Think: Go-Betweens meets Galaxie 500 meets Wilco meets Yo La Tengo. With mems of Swizzle.
Awesome half girl/half boy rock with hints of Superchunk and Rainer Mariaesque vocals.
MARY TIMONY and GREEN 4
The Lady of the Fire.
SWIRLIES and SEANA CARMODY
Lovely, dreamy, swirly rock.
Dirge-y, complex trio.
Beautiful melodic slow pop.
Flin Flon, Air Miami, Unrest, and solo artist
Totally rad lo-fi rock.
Pop songwriter extraordinaire.
Vintage cello trio with Edwardian-Goth outfits!
Lovely, Luna-esque trio.
Amazing indie power trio.
Sadly defunct, but Sara Cooper's been known to play round Boston...
Extensive local band portal.
BOSTON ROCK STORYBOOK
Know yr history!
JUST ANOTHER SCENE?
Near-exhaustive listing of shows, bands, clubs, labels, zines, radio and more for New England.
NEWCONCERTS EMAIL LIST
Great resource for finding out about indie music in New England.
OUR NYC NEIGHBORS AND BEYOND
OUR FAVE COLLEGE RADIO
The best of the airwaves
Boston College's station is consistently great--the most interesting game in town.
The MIT station is also fantastic. We esp. like Breakfast of Champions and Pipeline.
Home of Record Hospital and various music Orgies.
WXYC, CHAPEL HILL
WFMU, JERSEY CITY
Perhaps hipper-than-thou, but these stations are so good, we'll keep listening to them online no matter how far away we move from the origin of their signals.
The excellent local music show on WBCN, hosted by Shred.
This freeform station is refreshingly eclectic; sometimes inconsistent, but rarely dull.
3 out of 4 Operators were music directors at this longtime freeform station.
SOME OTHER GREAT NEARBY INSTITUTIONS
Run by or otherwise involving friends of the Ops
Local punk rock crafts fair we help organize.
The vintage, art, and craft store that Emily co-owns with 5 other Bazaar Bizarre organizers.
Cookin up cute things for you and your home!
Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors!
Darling crafts by the lovely Simone.
PUNK ROCK AEROBICS
How do you think Iggy Pop got those abs?
MILLION YEAR PICNIC
The best comic book store ever. Tons of minis, indies.
Twink! Biscuit Theatre! Evil Elf Heads!
Indie comix publisher extraordinaire. Comix by Megan Kelso, Ron Rege, James Kochalka, Brian Ralph, Greg Cook etc. Founder Tom Devlin is our poster artiste.
Amazing comix (Non, The Last Lonely Saturday, etc.) by Jordan Crane.
Author of comix Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters and R2-D2 is an Indie Rocker.
Brilliant, semi-fictional rock rants, novels, and essays.
Hi-larious essays and articles.
OFF MY JAMMY
Excellent zine outta Cambridge. Recurring themes include rock, food, and Brazil.
Recording engineer, web designer, geek, rocker!
LOW SELF NOISE
Paul's recording studio.
SKYLARK CAFE & CLUB
New restaurant/bar/rock club in West Seattle!
DARK BELOVED CLOUD
Lovely indie record label in NY.
Most excellent queercore label.
Non-profit east-coast women's arts and activism festival.
For chicks who rock and the people who love them.
SUGAR TOWN and PLAIN PARADE
Awesome regular events with bands and DJs in Philly. ST is lady oriented, PP is all-encompassing.
THE CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
Stacie books a lovely, arty music series.
Local impressario Aliza puts together great musical, queer, and/or multimedia events.
BANDS AGAINST BUSH
Fight the Power with Music.
WASHINGTON ST ART CENTER
Somerville arts collective with exhibitions, peformances, etc.
SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL
One of the coolest and most active local cultural councils around. Emily just joined the board.
SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY ACCESS TV
Teevee by, for, and about the People!
A non-profit lookin to open an arts center in our hometown.