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Bill Callahan

Woke on a Whaleheart | Drag City
When Lou Reed left the lo-fi proto-punk of the Velvet Underground behind for the polished, poetic pop of his solo albums, devotees were devastated.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2007


The big apple

iTunes is still the answer
With his big, bearish presence and Buddha-like air of reflective certitude, Rick Rubin has been christened savior of the music industry.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007


Let's just call it emo

Scary Kids Scaring Kids + Dear Hunter, Axis, August 30, 2007
The scariest thing about Scary Kids Scaring Kids is keyboardist Pouyan Afkary.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007


Cooking with Joe

Aerosmith’s lead guitarist has grill, will travel
Some rock stars travel with personal chefs. Joe Perry brings a grill — a Weber.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007


Is it in the stars?

The rise of Casey Crescenzo’s the Dear Hunter
When Casey Crescenzo, frontman of the Dear Hunter, was a kid, he gave Nirvana a shot. It didn’t take.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 29, 2007


Editors: An End Has a Start

Like Ian McCulloch in the early ’80s, Editors singer Tom Smith sounds old before his time, preoccupied as he is with our precarious mortal coil.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 28, 2007


The Legends of Summer

Hot Stove, Cool Music, Fenway Park, August 24, 2007
Never mind that no one in Legend’s band wore a Sox cap and that Legend himself may, gasp, be a Yankee fan for all anyone knows.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 27, 2007


Career opportunities

Boys Like Girls
Martin Johnson isn’t quite sure where he is.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2007


Maxed-out minimalists

The White Stripes, Agganis Arena, July 23, 2007
One busty female drummer, one spitfire guitarist, and a deep fondness for raw Motor City rawk reduced to its grittiest garage-punk essence.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 30, 2007


Planetary rock

The celestial sounds of the Receiving End of Sirens
In 1619, Johannes Kepler — the famous astronomer dude — published his Harmonices Mundi, or “Harmony of the Worlds.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 01, 2007


Midsummer muses

Smashing Pumpkins redux and Velvet Revolver
It’s been almost 20 years since Corgan first bared his barren soul to the world and not a whole lot has changed.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007


Amerindie Echoes

Deerhunter, Institute of Contemporary Art, July 12, 2007
There were no frocks or fits of self-abuse on stage.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007


Meatless magic

Morrissey returns, Bank of America Pavillion, July 7, 2007
“No Meat,” read the signs posted at the entrance of Bank of America Pavilion.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 09, 2007



The Album | Warner Bros.
If Transformers the film is a feature-length GM commercial with a sci-fi narrative, then Transformers: The Album is equally shameless.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 03, 2007


June tunes

From Beastie Boys to the White Stripes and more
Mark Twain once observed that it’s “better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 25, 2007


The National

Boxer | Beggars Banquet
The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 19, 2007


Slouching toward irrelevance

Albert Hammond Jr., Paradise Rock Club, June 14, 2007
Albert Hammond Jr. may come from money, but he also comes from music.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 18, 2007


True believer

Dispatch reunite for a good cause
Dispatch aren’t even supposed to be a band anymore.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 04, 2007


Working girl

Amanda Palmer reflects on the Dresden Dolls’ breakthrough year
It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2007


’Round the outside

The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008


The Boston hit list

Ten local bands you need to see
It’s hard to believe Black Helicopter were playing out for a good five years before they hit most people’s radar. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 28, 2010

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