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Happy endings

Bad news begets good tunes
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007



The Aliens and Mystery Jets
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007


The best of times

More than a decade into their career, Dropkick Murphys accept success — and pay tribute to the people and the city who helped them earn it
On Boston Harbor’s Long Island, two miles out in Quincy Bay, the Curley Building stands hulking and decrepit.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 07, 2007


The Finnish line

Circle bring their metal and minimalism to the US
With the Finnish band Circle, you learn to expect the unexpected.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 04, 2007


Cooking with Joe

Aerosmith’s lead guitarist has grill, will travel
Some rock stars travel with personal chefs. Joe Perry brings a grill — a Weber.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007


Culture clash

M.I.A. confronts American pop protocol
If there were two golden rules worth following for this reviewer gig, they’d be never conflate an artist’s backstory with her product, and never read other people’s reviews.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  September 05, 2007


Hollywood hit

Grace Potter makes a major-label smash
Grace Potter is going to be a star.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 04, 2007


Punks find their inner Americana

The altered aesthetic of punks playing folk
Punk might have been swept along, cleaned up, dirtied again, then separated into a million different subgenres created to simplify things when really it only complicated everything.
By: JON MEYER  |  August 31, 2007


The dark side of the rainbow

The new medium of the YouTube mash-up
Does the simple fusion of audio to video count as high-quality entertainment?
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 29, 2007


Is it in the stars?

The rise of Casey Crescenzo’s the Dear Hunter
When Casey Crescenzo, frontman of the Dear Hunter, was a kid, he gave Nirvana a shot. It didn’t take.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 29, 2007


Gabel, Gabel, hey!

Against Me!’s new wave of political punk
New Wave ’s opening title track makes as much of its referential moniker as the Clash did of the phrase “London Calling.”
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 31, 2007


Punk folk?

Bread and Roses do the regular-joe thing
What comes to mind when you think of roots music? Neatly trimmed facial hair?
By: IAN SANDS  |  August 29, 2007


Pet Projekt

Gerard Way talks about the Projekt Revolution tour
What Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance, had to say about the upcoming rock/hip-hop tour, pyrotechnics, and anti-ambition.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 27, 2007


Innocents abroad?

The BSO prepares to go on tour
Great symphony orchestras don’t just play at home.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 22, 2007


Owning it

Matt Sharp learns to take the Rentals seriously
When Matt Sharp reassembled the Rentals last year after a half-decade hiatus, he didn’t do it out desperation.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 21, 2007


Pop secrets

The New Pornographers explore the quiet zone
This confounding of rock orthodoxy simply happened.
By: SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  August 21, 2007


House at home

Jon Viera’s local Escuro label
If you’re a producer of house music and you’re looking for a label, you might well submit your tracks to Escuro Records.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 21, 2007


Working girls

Northern State keep their raps real
Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
By: IAN SANDS  |  August 14, 2007


Yin Yang

Rhino resurrects the Doors’ Live in Boston 1970
They wanted to see his cock. But as shit-faced drunk as he was, Jim Morrison had learned his lesson.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  August 14, 2007


Magic numbers

The mysterious allure of 27
“I like that Stone Roses song,” one of them noted. “You know the one I mean — ‘I Wanna Be a Door.’ ”
By: BRETT MILANO  |  August 14, 2007


Career opportunities

Boys Like Girls
Martin Johnson isn’t quite sure where he is.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2007

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