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Don't waste your energy

Draft Dodgers
If 2009 is shaping up to be anything, it's the year that everything and its aunt are "going green" — or at least that's the meme that's being driven into our skulls for doing whatever we'd do anyway, but with green-colored packaging.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 14, 2009


RIP: Ron Asheton (1948-2009)

Death trip
Ron Asheton's off-and-on relationship with James "Iggy Pop" Osterberg Jr. was both a blessing and a curse.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 19, 2009


Interview: Crooked X

Your New Favorite Teenage Rock N Roll High School Metal Music Machine
Before I climb onto the enormo tour bus of Oklahoma modern rockers Crooked X, I meet up with them at a Dunkin' Donuts, and witness their drummer, Boomer, ask his road manager, with a straight face, if they have Egg McMuffins here.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 09, 2009

Factory Records: Communications 1978-92

Rhino (2009)
The whole Factory Records stereotype of thin, earnest men in long raincoats complaining about the cold and the damp to absolutely no chicks whatsoever over frenetic machine-made beats is with us for a reason.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2009


Kicking the habits

The Raveonettes change (for a change)
Anyone familiar with Wagner's œuvre with the Raveonettes (who come to the Paradise next Thursday) should be surprised by the idea that, having created something awesome, he's ready to move on to something different.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 09, 2009


Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
Are we fated to pretend?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008


Voice of regeneration

Richie Havens rages on 40 years after Woodstock
Havens, who comes to the MFA this Sunday, has been following his muse since he was a child.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 16, 2008


Made in the dark

Beach House, live at the Museum of Fine Arts, December 10, 2008
A few songs into their set at the MFA's Remis Auditorium Friday, Beach House's Victoria Legrand gave a second, graver plea for less light.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 19, 2008


Review: RTX - JJ Got Live RaTX

Drag City
Drag City
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2008


Review: Letters to Cleo live

Paradise Rock Club, December 8, 2008
Was everything still the same? And were we?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 12, 2008


Feel the music

We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2008


Fun Funeral Rite

Amanda Palmer at the Paradise, November 24, 2008
Now it can be revealed: Amanda Palmer has a stage mom.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008


Beyoncé | I Am . . . Sasha Fierce

Columbia (2008)
What I love about the chorus to B's current smash single, "Single Ladies" ("If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it"), are its blurry pronouns — quick, what does "it" refer to?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008


A different Empire

The many sounds of upstate
I grew up in central New York, and I can confirm that anyone who grows up in upstate who wants to do something interesting or awesome usually winds up doing it somewhere else
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008


Upstate of mind

Mercury Rev dig out of Buffalo
Mercury Rev dig out of Buffalo
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 03, 2008


Guitar heroine

The shreducation of Marnie Stern
The shreducation of Marnie Stern
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 28, 2008


About that style . . .

Great moments in two-handed finger tapping
Marnie Stern's guitar style is notable for the two ways she breaks from the indie-rock-guitar rulebook.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 24, 2008


Billy, Don't Be a Hero

Smashing Pumpkins at the Wang Theatre, November 15, 2008
The second of a two-night stand in Boston, with no overlap from the previous night, the Saturday show started off with a few of Corgan's better-known tunes only to drift off into la-la land at around the halfway point.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 19, 2008


The Cure | 4:13 Dream

Geffen (2008)
Even with a dozen records behind him, Smith, when he puts his mind to it, remains a master at crafting concise masterpieces of bouncy pop majesty.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 13, 2008


Top grade Angus

AC/DC at TD Banknorth Garden, November 9 , 2008
At 53, Young probably has a lock right now on the title of most successful stripper in America. He spared us the full moon, but he and his band delivered an absolute powerhouse set.
By: Daniel Brockman  |  November 13, 2008


Rock and rote

Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 10, 2008

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