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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


‘Bring us your worst . . . ’

The ‘Anti-Slam’ poets wax erotic
Mike brought his creation to a climax with high-pitched keening — part orgasm, part death knell — before swooning onto the stage.
By: JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  August 22, 2007


Modest Mouse, buzzing bees

The Download Festival, Tweeter Center, August 18, 2007
“I think this festival is sponsored by large, stinging insects . . . made by Volkswagen,” quipped Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 20, 2007


Foolproof punk

The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, The Ergs!, Roxy, August 16, 2007
Let us take a moment to appreciate New Jersey. Pure sweaty Americana: diners, freeways, and the Boss.
By: JON MEYER  |  August 20, 2007


Okay. Period.

Portugal. The Man, Middle East upstairs, August 12, 2007
Portugal. The Man. As if this Alaska-via-Oregon band’s moniker weren’t confusing enough.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007


Black lights

Cold War Kids + Muse, Agganis Arena, August 11, 2007
Grids pulsed behind them on three screens, and Matthew Bellamy keened softly, “You will burn in Hell.”
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007


The band's the thing

Jenny Scheinman, Regattabar, August 6, 2007
Jenny Scheinman has become the go-to gal for mixed-genre violin.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 13, 2007


Living large

Boston’s Hard Rock expands its reach
The Hard Rock was donating all bar proceeds to the Boston anti-violence charity Peace Games.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007


Hardcore high jinks

Beastie Boys, Opera House, August 5, 2007
The instrumentals offered pleasant-enough grooves, dirty fuzz bass from Yauch, and wah-wah guitar from Horovitz.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 07, 2007


Back to the future

Chuck Love, Rise Club, August 3, 2007
Love’s dancers looked just as discofied as his music sounded.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 07, 2007


Head trip

Negativland, Middle East Downstairs, August 1, 2007
Negativland preach “headism” and want to put a “righteous emphasis on common sense.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 07, 2007


Acting up

 KT Tunstall at First Act
The slight, dark-haired 32-year-old took the stage smiling and went right into the big hit.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 07, 2007


Reaching climax

Daft Punk, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA, July 29, 2007
Ten years after the release of their classic debut, Homework , Daft Punk embark on a long-awaited tour across America with only seven dates on its roster.
By: VICKI SIOLOS  |  August 03, 2007


Son of a Sting

Fiction Plane, Paradise, July 27, 2007
Fiction Plane had worked through angst and anger, alluded to the Police, and darted away.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 30, 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


Square dancing

From ArtBeast to Hogwarts Square
Somerville’s annual ArtBeat festival operates under the idealistic philosophy that kids and adults can have fun together.
By: IAN SANDS  |  July 30, 2007


Recapturing the magic

The Police, Fenway Park, July 28, 2007
Watch a slideshow of the Police at Fenway Park.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  July 30, 2007


Church of the riff

Pelican, Clouds, and Priestbird, Middle East Downstairs, July 23, 2007
Monday night at the Middle East Downstairs, and a crowd of about 200 gathered for worship.
By: BEN RICHARDSON  |  July 24, 2007


Country hero

Marty Stuart, Johnny D's, July 18, 2007
Stuart is the non-showbiz face of country music.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 24, 2007


Road warrior

Erik Friedlander, Lily Pad, July 18, 2007
Plucked cello and the open road may suggest overly earnest guitar folk, but Friedlander’s music is as tough-minded and original as it is elegiac.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2007


Techno purity

Central Square leaves techno to the purists
“I have to run to Dunkin’ Donuts,” says Eric McLaughlin (a/k/a DJ Eric Grey) late on a Wednesday night.
By: DAVID DAY  |  July 24, 2007

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