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Solid gold

Atmosphere’s Slug grows up. . . . sort of
One of the biggest names in indie rap for the better part of a decade, Minneapolis duo Atmosphere have just released their latest album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  April 22, 2008


Political dispatches

State Radio approach punk on Year of the Crow
Last summer, Chad Stokes (né Urmston) had the ultimate New England jam-band experience.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 15, 2008


The rest is noise

WHRB presents Record Hospital Fest 2008
If, heading home from Chet’s Last Call one night in 1984, you happened to tune into The Record Hospital , you might have caught a Swell Maps track, followed by some F.U.’s or the Contortions.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


Paradis found

The chanteuse is loose
Must we still make the case for French pop?
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 15, 2008


No clock ticking

Jay Reatard channels his inner problem child
Rock and roll is a 15-year-old. Its makers may succumb to prudence and time but the music remains hormonal, idealistic, kinetic, and furious at anything you can think of to be pissed off about.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 15, 2008


Mope springs eternal

Ad Frank commiserates with Mark Eitzel
Since the late ’80s, Mark Eitzel has written some of America’s most bitter and plaintive pop songs.
By: AD FRANK  |  April 15, 2008



Autechre loosen up
It’s been three years since Autechre’s Untilted , and it feels longer.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 08, 2008


Bonus rounds

Elvis Costello, the Lemonheads, and Whiskeytown get the deluxe treatment
How long before this year’s This Year’s Model becomes last year’s This Year’s Model ?
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008


New bottle

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s vintage sounds
“A lot of today’s music is a little bit ironic," says Reed, and I don’t have any of that. It’s not about irony.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 07, 2008



Tim Haslett’s legacy
A week ago Monday night at Enormous Room, local DJs, friends, and family celebrated the memory of Boston music luminary Tim Haslett.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 02, 2008


Light show

Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
By: MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008


Carrying on

Andy Palacio’s gang regroup
Last year was an important one for the Garifuna musicians of Central America.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  April 01, 2008


Kink appeal

Ray Davies hits the road
We’d go through a lot of ups and downs, and I’d think sometimes we could have achieved less and been just as happy.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 01, 2008


Lost and found

Silicon gems from the analog ’80s
There’s scant digital evidence that one Tona Omaha exists or ever existed: he has one on-line mastering credit on a 1996 disc of guitar instrumentals.
By: FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  April 01, 2008


Punk rock redux

Blood on the Wall pump out the nostalgia
Try reimagining early punk as some physically intense and massively popular athletic contest.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 01, 2008


Drone calls

Brendan Murray’s attention to the little things
For Brendan Murray, heaven often lies in the smallest of details.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 01, 2008


Real to reel

The exquisite artifice and lasting weirdoid-ness of Roxy Music
Even now, after Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , the rock-star-as-vector-of-ideas is still something of a challenge for us.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008


Rough power

Bill Gage has Down syndrome. And his band rocks
Watching Bill Gage perform with his band, BILL, is an eye-opening experience.
By: IAN SANDS  |  March 27, 2008


Noise boys

Wolf Eyes take their show on the road
For the better part of the past decade, Michigan’s Wolf Eyes have made some of the most feral, ear-stinging, metal-machine-gone-mad music this side of anywhere.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 25, 2008


Solo shot

Gary Louris leaves the Jayhawks behind
Gary Louris had no grand designs for the beginning of his solo career.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 25, 2008


Boston boy

Brian Sullivan is Dylan in the Movies
For a brief moment recently, Brian Sullivan’s musical career came full circle.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 24, 2008

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