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Dirt merchants

Farm Aid crops up in Massachusetts
In the hegemony of mid-’80s mega-rock-star benefits, Farm Aid stands as the American blue-collar uncle to Live Aid’s international whiz kid.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008


Arresting developments

Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008


Quite contrary

Thou shalt not so hastily dismiss Scroobius Pip  
When third-grade boys have crushes, they often irk and abuse the objects of their erections to mask their affection.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008


School daze

Sonorous studies at Oxfam
The shows that Tufts University’s Oxfam Café has hosted over the past year-plus are not your typical sweat-drenched college rock shows.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 17, 2008


The Abbey Lounge holds last-ditch benefit

Dear Abbey blues
Unl ess something good happens, it's getting close to closing time for Somerville’s Abbey Lounge.
By: STEVEN BEEBER  |  September 15, 2008


New England product, 2008

Vets and newbs vie for your vote
It’s hard enough for bands to get any attention from their local public without some pesky election coming in and hogging the spotlight.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 11, 2008


Satan's little helpers

Thrash legends Wargasm only 99 percent pure evil
Everyone knows that metal is the most evil of all music, what with all those references to the occult, destruction, drinking, the color black, and long hair.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 10, 2008


There's room to improv

Weasel Walter’s life after the Luttenbachers
My conversation with Weasel Walter is plagued by his crappy cellphone batteries.
By: MATT PARISH  |  September 09, 2008


Wasilla rock city

Alaskan indie rockers on Palin: WTF?!
The Republican National Convention hardly attracted as many glitterati as its Democratic counterpart did a week earlier.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2008


Nine-step program

The best pedals ever to happen to rock music
The history of rock, as a technical story, is a mix of skilled craftsmen and total doofuses sticking their fingers in wall sockets over and over.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008

Pedal pushers

A Place To Bury Strangers have it in for your earbones
The history of rock is littered with crazies who have craved nothing more than volume on top of volume, who have short-circuited themselves in the pursuit of the purity of noise.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


Decisions, decisions

Excited strings, Swiss sound art and utter mayhem
Sometimes even when your cup runneth over, life still isn’t fair.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 10, 2008


Interview: Courtney Taylor-Taylor

Mission: control freak
In the 2004 documentary DiG! , the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor reacts to the musical criticism of a Capitol Records executive by scoffing, “I sneeze and hits come out!”
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 08, 2008


Basic elements

The international and roots-music scene heats up
Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008


Mirror ball

Fables of deconstruction
The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


Photos: Extreme at the New York State Fair

Syracuse, NY, August 30, 2008
Syracuse, NY, August 30, 2008
By: STEPHEN DOCKERY  |  September 08, 2008


Pretty & Nice: A Tour Diary

On the road from Oregon to Boston with New England's newest Sub Pop signees  
On the road from Oregon to Boston with New England's newest Sub Pop signees  
By: JEREMY MENDICINO  |  September 04, 2008


Road worriers

Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 04, 2008


Part-time villain

Ill Bill gets nice
As much as Ill Bill eschews clichés, the Brooklyn rap goon is either a righteous friend or a torrential enemy.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2008


13 shots to the dome

The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
What to do with LL Cool J?
By: RICHARD BECK  |  September 03, 2008


Say what?!

East Coast Avengers wrong the right with ‘Kill Bill O’Reilly’
Rapper Esoteric has been getting lots of death threats via e-mail recently. But he’s not too worried about them, if only because of their elementary character.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  September 02, 2008

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