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Unstoppable force

The sludgy juggernaut of the Melvins
“Basically it’s like, if you get what we’re doing, then no explanation is necessary, and if you don’t, then no explanation is possible.”
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 08, 2008


Risky business

Santogold finds her own way
I know I can’t be the only person whose ears perked up earlier this year on hearing the chorus of the then-new Ashlee Simpson single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya).”
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 29, 2008


The week in boners

Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008


Reks in effect

Lawtown MC bounces back
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2008


The call of the wild

Wolf Parade get instinctual
It’s not easy being in a band whose two primary songwriters have quite different ideas about how to write an indie-rock song.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 28, 2008

One last waltz

Goodbye Conversions; hello Hair Police
Even under the most amicable of circumstances, breaking up is hard to do.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 30, 2008


Out of Africa

Extra Golden swipe their visas
Writing about Extra Golden, you’re tempted to focus on the novelty: two indie-rock dudes taking off to Nairobi to jam with a pair of benga masters sounds like the premise for some awful Jack Black movie. (Please don’t please don’t.)
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008


Rock therapies

Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti work it out
A little over four years ago, the Boston music scene lost one of its cuter couples when singer-songwriter Blake Hazard and guitarist/producer John Dragonetti left town for LA.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 22, 2008


Accidents happen

Pole revisits a golden error
It all began by accident, when Stefan Betke’s Waldorf 4-Pole filter fell to the floor and began to malfunction, its broken circuitry producing strange, intricate patterns of snaps, crackles, pops, and hisses.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 22, 2008


Festival casualties ’08!

A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008


The silent rapper

What the hell has Rakim been up to?
One of the most influential hip-hop MCs of all time, Rakim brought rap from its sing-songy beginnings into its late-’80s golden era with his dense lyrics and virtuoso internal rhyme structures.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008


Here we go, yo

Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008


Green initiative

Hip-hop’s heads go on Wale watch
In an era when the major labels ignore just about everybody without a nickname that rhymes with “sleazy,” it was no small feat for Wale to land a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008


Vote the rock

Prince bows to King Dylan
The Republican and Democratic conventions are still more than a month away, but that doesn’t mean the summer has been an electoral wasteland.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 16, 2008


Tapes for the taking

All mixed up
Want to make your own compilation of overlooked ’60s female soul singers? Go for it.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 16, 2008


All action, no talk

Mouth Sewn Shut speak louder than words
At the end of civilization, there is Wonderland.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 15, 2008


Gimme swelter

The searing hot sounds of summer
Local composer, trumpeter, and electronic-musician Forbes Graham has been blazing in recent weeks.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 15, 2008


Vicious squircles

The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008


The new girl

Katy Perry storms the boys’ club
“I am the pink in a sea of darkness.”
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 15, 2008


For olde times’ sake

The return of the Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Zippers aren’t just a cult band — they’re practically a cult.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 15, 2008


Old souls

The Bouncing Souls stay relevant
“The very first Bouncing Souls show was a battle of the bands in high school. We took third place out of four bands. We sucked, though — we were terrible. Horrible ."
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  July 15, 2008

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