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Once jilted, Halle Petro abandons Broadway

Rock audition
As an actor-turned-songwriter trying to find success fronting a band, Halle Petro knows that jumping into the new world of music, with its über-knowledgeable geeks and coarsely seasoned players, makes her feel a little "uncool."
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 16, 2011


Anthony Gonzalez of M83 elevates his game

Plus, the revenge of the double album
Music occupies time but not space, meaning that a musician's musical indulgences tend to stretch out in time to make up for the fact that, once emitted, the signals disappear in the aether like wisps of nothing disappearing into more nothing.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2011

Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Career in rock
Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nirvana), after all.
By: BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 16, 2011


Rob Halford gives Judas Priest one last spin

Metal god
When you talk to a living legend like Rob Halford, it should come as no surprise that you are dealing with a pro; after all, the man not only invented almost all the tropes and conventions of modern heavy metal, but he's been doing it all — show after show, album after album, tour after tour — nonstop for almost 40 years.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 15, 2011


The Musical Box revives a lost Genesis record

Like a Lamb to the theater
"And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway."
By: IRA KANTOR  |  November 09, 2011


The rise and fall of the Columbia House record club — and how we learned to steal music

Send no money
On June 29, 2011, the last remnant of what was once Columbia House — the mightiest mail-order record club company that ever existed — quietly shuttered for good.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN AND JASON W. SMITH  |  November 18, 2011


Catching up with a shape-shifting Viva Viva

Band on the run
With creative assists from Bud, Jack, and Marlboro Reds — call it a musician's late-night BLT — Viva Viva's Chris Warren grabs his acoustic guitar and launches into an impromptu "Sweet Jane."
By: NOLAN GAWRON  |  November 09, 2011


Black Sabbath are back — in print and on film

Masters of reality
The literature on Black Sabbath — already extensive — will continue to grow, as we try, try, try again to wrap our poor noggins around the irreducibly cosmic fact of this band.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2011


Noel Gallagher takes center stage

Fookin' birds
Oasis fans have long wondered what the Manchester band's records would have sounded like without Liam Gallagher in the mix.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 09, 2011


The enduring evolution of Lovers

  Full-fledged fling
Lovers, the chamber-folk-turned-synth-pop project helmed by Boston-born Carolyn Berk, has seen plenty of critical acclaim since its first release, 2002's Starlit Sunken Ship (Orange Twin).
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  November 09, 2011


The Big Hurt: Bieber's balls, Weiland and She & Him's Xmas albums, Nicki Minaj's trash, and more

Music news in brief
While his upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, may sound like a surefire hit, it was nearly scuppered by a pair of glistening ornaments.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 09, 2011


The Big Hurt: Backsliding once more into the Billboard Christian Songs chart

Who charted?
Of all the Billboard offerings I've covered in Who Charted — which is most of them, excluding major eccentrics like the Hot Norwegian Skiffle 100 — there are none I'm more excited to revisit than the Christian Songs chart
By: DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2011


The restless Nashville pop of Caitlin Rose

Stone pony
It's late Sunday afternoon and singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose is folding laundry and watching a movie on BET in her Nashville home.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 03, 2011


Interview: Lil B speaks

The face of based
A word to describe Lil B? Enigmatic comes close, but doesn't really suffice.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 03, 2011


Quilt stitch sonic gold

Dream weavers
The first track on Quilt's homonymous debut — out this week via Brooklyn label Mexican Summer — is "Young Gold," a three-minute cinematic jam stitched with the band's signature swirling group vocals, temperate drumming, and a sophisticated patchwork of '60s-twangs and Eastern-inspired tones.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  November 03, 2011


Crystal Antlers sharpen their psych-punk fireworks

Once more with feeling
At this point in Crystal Antlers' young career, their most powerful song is still the turbulent, desperate "Andrew."
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 03, 2011


Scratch Acid reignite a compact snap

Economy hardware
In general, people who care about music make too big a deal about the notion of talent.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 03, 2011


The '90s spawn of gothic rock

Mall bats
In recent years, the long arm of goth has rested on many a musical shoulder.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2011


Where goth rock came from

Under cover of night
Beneath pop's facade lurks a dark undergrowth, always present and forever providing its own counterpoint — a bleakness that makes your feet move even as it subsumes you in gloom .
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 26, 2011


Beyond Bauhaus, Peter Murphy builds his own aural architecture

Forever undead
Peter Murphy's ninth solo record, artfully titled Ninth, is worth talking about, since it's his first in seven years and third straight to garner almost across-the-board praise from critics and fans alike.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2011


Now I'm Feeling Gothified

100 Greatest Goth Songs: The Spotify playlist
Plus, the WFNX goth special.
By: PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  October 27, 2011

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