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Heathen Shame’s unrelenting onslaught
Wednesday, the mighty Heathen Shame, one of Boston’s most ferocious bands, unleash their high-decibel mayhem at the Piano Factory in the South End.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 10, 2008


New day rising

Mr. Mould goes to Washington
As a member of alternative punk band Hüsker Dü and crunch-pop outfit Sugar, Bob Mould became legendary for blissful guitar melodies and personal lyrics that explored his inner angst.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 04, 2008


Less is best

The spare science of José González
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008


Restless songsmith

Steve Smith finds a home for his rock in Boston
He wasn’t quite happy, and throughout Dirty Vegas’s two-disc career, he continued writing introspective, confessional songs on his acoustic guitar.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  February 27, 2008



Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008


The low end

The bassline house invasion
The British rave revolution of the late ’80s/early ’90s is accurately viewed as the source of the ever increasing number of dance genres in the UK.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  February 26, 2008


When Jacko was king

The 25th anniversary of Thriller
Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008


Strings ’n’ bass

Helmut Lachenmann comes to town, plus DJ G Notorious’s Dubwise monthly
This week we’re hitting the sonic extremes.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 26, 2008


Real folks

Dust-to-Digital’s Art of Field Recording, Volume 1
With the release in late 2003 of the six-disc Goodbye, Babylon box set of gospel music from the era of 78s, the Dust-to-Digital label set the standard for reissue collections of American folk and roots music.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 20, 2008


Basstown throwdown

Diplo, Electroma , Morgan Louis, and more
Although we’re still shivering in the icy depths of winter, things are heating up for Basstown Productions.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 19, 2008


Adolescent funks

Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox takes a solo shot
Bradford Cox reminds me of my man Polyphemus — not just the one Odysseus conned in the cave but the one posted up in the countryside and pining in song for the sea nymph Galatea.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  February 19, 2008


Tazer rock

The rapid rise of Pretty & Nice
There’s a lot about Pretty & Nice that’s surprising.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  September 04, 2008


O, Canada!

Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, and Kathleen Edwards are not hockey pucks
You’d be forgiven for assuming that nothing’s been going on in Canada for the last few years beyond the interconnected shenanigans of that country’s indie-rock elite.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2008


Hot for teacher

Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes joins the School of Rock
Jack Black may have popularized the notion of a fantasy school of rock, but for 3200 students at 40 schools around the country, the School of Rock is very real.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 12, 2008


Mining the past

The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008


Life lines

Getting to the hard core of Big Bear
Scaring people away isn’t Big Bear’s primary objective.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 12, 2008


Sonic sculptors

Neptune’s metal machine music
For more than a decade, local noise-rockers Neptune have cultivated a loyal fan base on the fringes of the Boston rock scene.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 12, 2008


Twee time

The warm and fuzzy pop of the Smittens
In the cold climes of maple country, the Smittens are sentimental saps and proud of it. Militant, even.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 04, 2008


Keeping it Clean

David Kilgour looks to the future
David Kilgour likes to claim he’s not a very driven fellow. At least not anymore.
By: JONATHAN PERRY  |  February 05, 2008


Cover girls

Cat Power and Shelby Lynne
On Cat Power’s second album of covers, she might be traveling the same territory Elvis did in “Kentucky Rain” — a country road with low clouds on a chill, gray afternoon.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 04, 2008


Death Cab’s Chris Walla aims for the heart and the mind

Solo shots
Chris Walla knows he’s never going to make a Steely Dan album.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008

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