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Pissed Jeans at Oxfam Café + Middle East Upstairs, April 12, 2008
“I hate hardcore,” sighs another girl with a swollen eye. “I was in there watching the show, and I punched myself in the face. By accident, of course.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


Who brought the cool kid?

Ian MacKaye visits Tufts
“For me, punk is the new idea, always the new idea, forever the new idea. That’s why punk can never die. Because as long as there are people, there will be new ideas.”
By: WILL SPITZ  |  April 15, 2008


Czech, please

The Valerie Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, April 5, 2008
Faced with the task of supplying a live score for a film, an ensemble can proceed one of two ways.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 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


Flashy mob

Guerrilla Queer Bar takes over
Boston’s gay nightlife is usually balkanized into segregated enclaves for twinks, bears, lesbians, and drag queens.
By: JULIA REISCHEL  |  April 08, 2008


All-ages for all

Opening Café 939
Berklee College of Music continues with its DIY curriculum, one that could pay dividends to the music community at large.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 02, 2008


Excuse them while they kiss the sky

The Boredoms at the Paradise Rock Club, March 29, 2008
A friend of mine has a six-year-old son who has named each of his testicles. He calls one “Earth” and the other “Space.”
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008



Caribou at the Paradise Rock Club, March 26, 2008
Depending on your outlook, Dan Snaith is either a genius auteur or a misguided, egomaniacal control freak.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  April 01, 2008


Sober as judges

Dropkick Murphys at Paradise Rock Club, March 17, 2008
He doesn’t chant, “Yankees suck.” Why should we?
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  March 24, 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


Low and slow

Van Morrison at the Wang Theatre, March 14, 2008
Van Morrison has joined the ranks of ridiculously expensive artists.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  March 17, 2008


Minimal man

José González at the Paradise Rock Club, March 13, 2008
The notes José González coaxes out of his nylon-stringed guitar are bright and dry.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 21, 2008


Alloy Orchestra

The Alloy does the Underworld at the Somerville
If it weren’t for Alloy Orchestra, it’s doubtful Boston would ever get to see silents like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2008


Rapping in the dark

Joe Budden at the Middle East Downstairs, March 6, 2008
Spotlights are for flashy rappers. Joe Budden prefers to spit in the dark.
By: LAUREN CARTER  |  March 10, 2008


Memory play

Brave Old World at the Levanthal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, March 8, 2008
Created by BOW’s music director, Alan Bern, the piece draws on songs written in the Nazi-created Polish ghetto during the war.
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008



Greetings from the dark side
It was a dark and stormy night . . . which made for a veritable holiday in the sun for the folks attending “Gotharama — New England’s Dark Music Festival.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 10, 2008


Talent shows

St. Vincent at Middle East Downstairs, March 1, 2008
Does Annie Clark have to be perfect?
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  March 04, 2008


Faulty ignition

Oneida at T.T. the Bear's Place, March 1, 2008
Since forming in the late ’90s, Oneida have been one of the most compelling and adventurous bands to emerge out of Brooklyn.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 05, 2008


Dance marathon

Victor Calderone at Therapy, March 1, 2008
A full brigade of House Nation citizens turned out for Victor Calderone’s marathon spin session at Therapy last Saturday.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  March 04, 2008


A Violetta to die for

Teatro Lirico I at the Majestic Theatre, March 2, 2008
Ukrainian soprano Marina Viskvorkina gave an extraordinary performance as the consumptive courtesan Violetta Valéry.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 04, 2008


A not-so-merry Widow

Teatro Lirico II at Cutler Majestic Theatre, March 1, 2008
It’s never a good sign when a company can’t get the name of the work it’s performing right.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2008

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