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Pop’s fairer image

Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2007


Rock and roles

Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007


Group dynamics

The gamelan gathering of Galak Tika and I Made Bandem
Boston has its own homegrown Balinese-style gamelan orchestra.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 05, 2007


Staying alive

Little Brother fight for independence
More than KRS-One, more than Jay-Z, and more than Talib Kweli, Little Brother have become the embodiment of everything hip-hop purists think the genre should be.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 27, 2007


Nirvana versus Foo Fighters

Has the sideman surpassed his hero?
Are Foo Fighters more important than Nirvana? Such a thought might have been considered heresy even five years ago.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 27, 2007


Environmental issues

The Sound Works of Jed Speare
For the better part of the last 15 years, local artist, organizer, and composer Jed Speare has been an integral member of Boston’s artistic community.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 27, 2007


Staying true

Ted Leo holds out
With his roots in the popular ’90s band Chisel and his passion for punk-influenced, politically minded music, Ted Leo is a man with all types of fans.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 27, 2007


Carrie’s gift

From American Idol to Music Row
The process was well under way, but YouTube provided a caught-on-camera bright-red underline.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  November 27, 2007


Not quite eternal

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
When what’s arguably the world’s best symphony orchestra expectations run high.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 26, 2007


Agent Zimmerman

Bob Dylan? A CIA spy? Wait . . . now it all makes sense. (Or as much sense as his lyrics make, anyway.)
I had just removed his hand — gently, I hope — from my knee when the man in the off-white linen suit told me that he was the one who recruited Bob Dylan into the CIA.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  November 20, 2007


Carb unloading

Thanksgiving treats in clubland
After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007


Middle man

Youssou N’Dour bridges the gap
As Senegal’s pre-eminent pop singer, Youssou N’Dour has mastered the art of pleasing diverse audiences.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  November 19, 2007


Maximum volume

Major Stars turn it up on their Drag City debut
With their triple-guitar heroics, lavish use of feedback, rock-hard rhythm section, and charismatic lead singer, Cambridge’s Major Stars are an explosive rock band.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007


Covering Dylan

From Newport to I’m Not There
Dylan is his own cover band.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007


Never poor in spirit

Homeless, not rootless
The prospect of New England gospel-soul singer Mighty Sam McClain recording a duet with Jon Bon Jovi or performing onstage with Natalie Merchant seems improbable.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 14, 2007


Dropkick Husseins

Step dancing on Saddam’s grave
It’s been a good year for Dropkick Murphys.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2007


Voice of authority

Thomas Quasthoff holds forth
German baritone Thomas Quasthoff has overcome adversity (his mother took Thalidomide) to become the outstanding German lieder singer of his generation.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2007


Riddim science

DJ C and Area C
For more than a decade, Jake Trussell (a/k/a DJ C) was a central figure in Boston’s electronic-music underground.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 14, 2007


The tone collector

Ian Nagoski’s The Black Mirror
At 32, Baltimore musician, writer, and record-store owner Ian Nagoski doesn’t fit the stereotype of the obsessive, weather-worn collector of vintage 78s.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 14, 2007


The band time forgot

The shocking truth about the Outlets
The Outlets’ Rock 1980 really wasn’t recorded 27 years ago. It only should have been.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  November 14, 2007


Selling points

Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 14, 2007

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