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Pepper Rabbit | Red Velvet Snow Ball
Were Zach Braff still struggling to get Garden State made, there's no doubt one of these songs would have made the mix CD he was shopping around Hollywood with his script.
| August 03, 2011
Golden State | Division
State Champ (2011)
A California-themed moniker isn't the only thing frontman James Grundler has carried over from his past.
| July 26, 2011
Ellie Goulding traces a route to pop royalty
It's a tale as old as the ages: the artist who breaks big in England but never quite cracks the charts or the hearts of but a select few in the States.
| July 25, 2011
The Horrors | Skying
Skying is an epic swash of shoegaze, Britpop, and succulent reverb rock.
| July 19, 2011
Nikki Sixx faces his doppelgangers
Nikki Sixx remains a live wire when onstage with LA dirtbags Mötley Crüe.
| July 18, 2011
Out: Matt Nathanson at City Hall Plaza's BBQ Beach Party
If you take a gig for something called "BBQ Beach Party," you'd think there would be some pretty decent grub on hand. But that wasn't exactly the case for Lexington native Matt Nathanson last Friday.
| June 29, 2011
Peter Murphy | Ninth
It used to be that casual music fans knew Peter Murphy only as the singer of Bauhaus's archetypal goth piece "Bela Lugosi's Dead." Times change, even for the undead, and since Murphy appeared in last year's Twilight Saga: Eclipse as the Cold One (a vampire, natch), horny pre- and post-pubescents now associate him with that dreadfully goth-lite world.
| June 29, 2011
The Go-Go's resurrect their new-wave Beat
Returning to the valley
It's common knowledge that the '80s were a wild time full of big hair, good drugs, and bad clothes.
| June 01, 2011
Eddie Vedder | Ukulele Songs
Unless your name is Tiny Tim or you perform with Michael J. Epstein, you shouldn't be putting out an entire album of ukulele songs; something just feels weird about it.
| May 27, 2011
Damon & Naomi mature in a separate galaxy
Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang are somewhere in the UK, en route to a gig in Cornwall.
| May 23, 2011
Moby | Destroyed
This was supposed to be some sort of acoustic jaunt, but Moby reverted to what he does best: sounding like Moby.
| May 12, 2011
Greg Dulli keeps his peace in the Twilight Singers
One of the most widely circulated Afghan Whigs bootlegs, from our own Paradise in May 1994, has the iconic alt-rock foursome busting out a loose and rollicking version of New Order's "Regret."
| May 09, 2011
Foo Fighters | Wasting Light
After Nirvana, Dave Grohl could easily have spent the rest of his career hiding behind a drum kit somewhere, but instead he risked undeserved scrutiny by jumping to the mic in front of his own creation.
| April 13, 2011
The Sounds | Something To Die For
The recent news that British electronic act Faithless have called it a day no doubt left dejected ravers reaching for extra MDMA to stave off the tears.
| March 31, 2011
The Gallagher brother talks about Noel, Oasis, and Beady Eye
"It's not about getting beaten and 'See you later.' It's about getting beat, getting up, dusting yourself off, and smashing the fuck out of the next person you see in front of you." Liam Gallagher is talking about the possible return to the ring of his good friend the boxer Ricky Hatton, but he might as well be referring to his own reaction to the spate of backhanded compliments for his first post-Oasis record.
| March 18, 2011
DevilDriver | Beast
Would it be blasphemous to compare DevilDriver with the almighty Pantera? Sure, perhaps. But the only reference for the bludgeoning brutality of Beast is the latter days of the Texas-based metal militants and their pushing of the envelope into breakneck energy, aggression, and power
| March 09, 2011
Occult Detective Club | Crimes
It's tough coming up with anything new in punk rock that isn't going to sound as if you were trying too hard to reinvent something that's as basic as it gets
| March 03, 2011
Girl Talk's success is no longer sample sized
Letting it rip
When the free download of All Day dropped unexpectedly in the middle of November, it exploded across the internet, leaving the mainstream media to explain what exactly Girl Talk is to those same people who don't know who Arcade Fire are.
| February 22, 2011
Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak
For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.
| February 16, 2011
Spokes | Everyone I Ever Met
This Manchester five-piece couldn't have picked a worse time to release their stateside debut.
| February 09, 2011
Review: George Michael | Faith: Remastered
Long before he was driving into storefronts and gladhanding undercover police officers in public restrooms, George Michael was in the closet and struggling to break free from having been in the short-shorts-wearing duo Wham! Faith did the trick, despite the ready-to-pin-up cover art.
| January 27, 2011
The Current Issue
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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
BLOG POSTS BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
[live review] Afghan Whigs 05.23 @ Bowery Ballroom NYC, first show in 13 years
[rumble recap: semis night 1] A boozy night finds Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck headed to next week's finals
[rumble night 5 recap] Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck slide into the semis
RIP Davy Jones of the Monkees, 1945-2012
RIP Etta James: a legendary voice silenced
'American Idiot' director confirms Colin Meloy collaboration on Broadway
EXCLUSIVE: Van Halen show off "A Different Kind Of Truth" in a NYC club, announce Garden gig March 11
[going uptown again] Afghan Whigs reunite, to play All Tomorrow's Parties in 2012
[first listen] New Metallica track "Hate Train," unreleased from the Death Magnetic sessions
Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011: reflecting on a death that comes as no surprise
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