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State Radio approach punk on Year of the Crow
Last summer, Chad Stokes (né Urmston) had the ultimate New England jam-band experience.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 15, 2008


Canon ball

Carbon/Silicon at T.T. the Bear's Place, April 5, 2008
Britpunk enthusiasts got a taste of what might have been Saturday night as two legends of ’77 — Mick Jones and Tony James — brought their new band Carbon/Silicon to a packed T.T.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008


Bonus rounds

Elvis Costello, the Lemonheads, and Whiskeytown get the deluxe treatment
How long before this year’s This Year’s Model becomes last year’s This Year’s Model ?
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008


Rock readings

Dean Wareham Lizard Lounge, March 21, 2008
When he dropped a kazoo he’d pulled out of his pocket for a solo, he simply apologized for the gaffe and then, with the crowd’s encouragement, continued with the song.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  March 24, 2008


Déjà vu

Spring Arts Preview: R.E.M., B-52’s, Counting Crows, Breeders: what year is it again?
Prepare yourselves: R.E.M. have decided to become a rock band again.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2008


Voices carry

Stephen Malkmus, plus Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins
Stephen Malkmus never sounds like anyone other than Stephen Malkmus.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  March 05, 2008


Restless songsmith

Steve Smith finds a home for his rock in Boston
He wasn’t quite happy, and throughout Dirty Vegas’s two-disc career, he continued writing introspective, confessional songs on his acoustic guitar.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  February 27, 2008


Melancholy holiday

Downloadable Valentines from Mobius Band
Given their predilection for moody, textural, electro-organic soundscapes and songs that resonate with melancholy disillusionment, Mobius Band don’t seem the type to buy into a Hallmark holiday.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  February 19, 2008


Boston hits Detroit

Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008


Doherty dos and don’ts

From the Libertines to Babyshambles
Not even Pete Doherty’s regular absences were enough to hold back the Libertines.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 22, 2008



Angels of Destruction! | Yep Roc
Marah often seem on the verge of overdoing it on their sixth album.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 14, 2008


A winning combination

Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008


Cold remedies

Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008



The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary | Island
It was with The Joshua Tree that they became stadium-ready international superstars and solidified their relationship with producer Brian Eno.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 31, 2007


Start with some Spice

A recipe for a tuneful 2008
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007


Throwing down with Dicky

Barrett and the Bosstones are back
For years — nine to be exact — Dicky Barrett celebrated every Christmas with his band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 18, 2007


The year the music thrived

National pop: 2007 in review
Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007


Repackaged treasures

The ongoing survival of the box set
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 11, 2007


Perfectly strange

Neil Young at the Orpheum Theatre, December 2, 2007
He still likes to mix it up between tours with his trusty Crazy Horse.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 09, 2007


Cinematic blunders

Getting through The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin have rarely missed a promotional opportunity, and the occasion of their current reunion is no exception
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 04, 2007


Nirvana versus Foo Fighters

Has the sideman surpassed his hero?
Are Foo Fighters more important than Nirvana? Such a thought might have been considered heresy even five years ago.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 27, 2007

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