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Review: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
There's no sex or drugs, just a lot of professionalism.
| March 04, 2013
Walter Sickert leads a band of musical misfits
A Broken Toy story
When Walter Sickert and his Army of Broken Toys played an official First Night show at the Hynes Auditorium on New Year's Eve, they ran overtime and the soundman pulled the plug — which isn't quite the smartest way of shutting down an acoustic band.
| February 05, 2011
Guided by Voices return with self-inflicted nostalgia
The club is open, once again
When Guided by Voices announced their reunion tour this year, it marked a milestone of sorts for the Dayton band. This is arguably the first conventional career move they've ever made.
| November 07, 2010
Dando and Hatfield rekindle a musical courtship
Waiting for heaven
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield were never a serious couple, and they never played music together for very long.
| November 01, 2010
Review: Rock of Ages
Strip Mauled: Rock of Ages doesn't rock
At the start of the hair-metal musical Rock of Ages (at the Colonial Theatre through October 17), narrator Lonny (Patrick Lewallen) promises a night of sexy decadence and general kick-assery.
| October 12, 2010
Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn revives a classic
At the end of 1983, I was writing for Boston Rock magazine, and in one issue, we predicted the defining releases of the year to come.
| October 12, 2010
Squeeze | Spot the Difference
Squeeze are a great pop band who've made some lousy career moves, and this may be the lousiest.
| August 10, 2010
Jackie Greene comes alive
Guitarist breaks from the Dead
It doesn't take much to prove that modern-day Americana owes more to the Grateful Dead than it ever wanted to admit — one listen to Wilco's two most recent albums ought to do the trick.
| August 03, 2010
A reborn Alejandro Escovedo hits the Streets
As a songwriter, Alejandro Escovedo is steeped in deep, brooding, film-noir Americana. But he's also a devout fan of cheap-thrill glitter rock, especially the fast and flashy singles that T. Rex and Mott the Hoople made in the '70s.
| July 19, 2010
Tommy Keene | Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983 - 2009
Second Motion (2010)
If you've heard one Tommy Keene song, it's probably "Places That Are Gone," a certified power-pop classic released in 1984.
| July 16, 2010
Review: Carole King and James Taylor
Live at TD Garden | June 19-20, 2010
From the name of the tour to the all-oldies setlist to the inevitable set-closer "You've Got a Friend," Carole King and James Taylor's "Troubadour Reunion" tour promises musical nostalgia of the warmest, fuzziest kind.
| June 22, 2010
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby | Two-Way Family Favorites
Southern Domestic (2010)
This is a sweet tearjerker of an album disguised as a lowly covers set.
| June 24, 2010
Mary Chapin Carpenter | The Age of Miracles
Mary Chapin Carpenter made her best albums when she was breaking from Nashville and testing what country radio would let her get away with.
| June 16, 2010
Review: Michael Jackson | Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
Personally, I'm fascinated by Michael Jackson, who may be the only truly deviant artist in modern pop: who would you really find scarier in a dark alley, him or Marilyn Manson?
| July 01, 2009
The Dresden Dolls
No, Virginia | Roadrunner
No, Virginia ranks with Elvis Costello’s Taking Liberties as a B-sides/leftovers album that turns out to be more fun and more revealing than a thought-out official release.
| May 27, 2008
Herb Alpert at Scullers
There was nothing campy or kitschy about Herb Alpert’s local appearance this week, and in a way that’s a shame.
| May 19, 2008
Muck and the Mires
Dorren EP | Dirty Water
If Phil Spector could produce the Ramones, then Kim Fowley can produce Muck and the Mires, local faves whose sound has always been two parts Ramones to five parts British Invasion.
| April 15, 2008
Rain | Rykodisc
Joe Jackson always sounds best when at least some of his original quartet are on board.
| April 01, 2008
Here and now
R.E.M.’s ‘back-to-basics’ disguise
No band ever made a late-career statement of purpose just by quoting “Louie Louie” — but it never hurts.
| March 24, 2008
Low and slow
Van Morrison at the Wang Theatre, March 14, 2008
Van Morrison has joined the ranks of ridiculously expensive artists.
| March 17, 2008
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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