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Kitty Pryde takes her chances

Flak catcher
Can one artist ruin a genre?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 15, 2012


Between rock and a hard place with Das Muerte

Broken barriers
The Facebook page for Boston outfit Das Muerte lists under genre "Rock/Funk/Avant Garde."
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 15, 2012


Dance around town before the students come back

Phoenix Shakedown
The W Hotel's Electric Summer Music Series goes underground with the party crew DJ team of M|O|D.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 17, 2012


Brian Jonestown Massacre carry onward

Life of Anton
Bring up Anton Newcombe to anyone familiar with the mid- to late-'90s Bomp! Records roster and you'll hear about the unheralded genius of one of the most talented musicians of the last two decades.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012


Going off-off-road with MV & EE

Rural rock
As fans recently remembered what would have been the 70th birthday of Jerry Garcia, less sympathetic bystanders might have experienced the lingering taste left by the Grateful Dead.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 15, 2012


mewithoutYou delve deeper into storytelling

A new voice
During the last few years, each member of mewithoutYou returned to college in between musical pursuits.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  August 07, 2012


Scratching beneath Cuffs’ indie-pop surface

Living splendor
On a Friday night in Central Square, the guys from Cuffs are hanging around before a show they're playing with some local friends' bands.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  August 07, 2012


Recalling ghosts of emo past with Braid

In a twist
With all of the attention being paid to the fashionable genre absurdities of EDM of late, it's been easy to overlook resurgence in the previous generation's youth music culture of choice: post-hardcore/emo.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 07, 2012


A weekend of wonder at Newport Folk

All for Woody  
Everyone was talking about Woody Guthrie at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  August 02, 2012


MP3 of the Week: ''Phoenix Born of Fire, Vol. 2''

17-track Massachusetts metal comp
This week for our Metal Issue, Born of Fire and the Boston Phoenix once again raised their swords together and compiled this killer 17-track homegrown metal compilation. Get it now!
By: BOSTON PHOENIX  |  August 01, 2012


Inside the crushing sounds of Castevet

Beyond black metal
Castevet's jaggedly angular extreme metal, defined by taut, insistent buildups, abrupt changes, deft use of dynamics, unsettling melodies, and energetic, intricate drum fills, has spellbound listeners since late 2006.
By: IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 01, 2012


Phil Anselmo pulls no punches on Pantera, American Idol, and the reputation of metal

Cowboy from hell
Who better than Philip Hansen Anselmo to discuss the current state of metal?
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 02, 2012

Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Showing no mercy
Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012


Staying up late with Nachzehrer and 212

Night music
The physical 212: an Allston room where two drum kits sit opposite each other in malign aspect, occult graffiti covers the walls, empties of every variety of shit beer cover the floor, and a stench of rot permeates everything.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 02, 2012

What is Babymetal?

Seriously, what is Babymetal?

Japanese animated
Given that they're all alumni of the J-pop "idol" group Sakura Gakuin, it's extremely unlikely that these girls (whose ages fall between 12 and 15) formed Babymetal on their own.
By: REYAN ALI  |  August 01, 2012


Lemmy and Motörhead are still raising hell

An Ace, in Spades
At 66 years old, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister is still at it, playing the game and loving every minute, having fun while so many of his contemporaries act dour and aloof.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012


Throw a heavy metal party in your house

Guest Column
From the frigid coasts of Scandinavia to the bathwater-warm beaches of Florida, all metal tribes share a common bond.
By: JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  July 31, 2012


Rule return to their heavy-metal roots

Headbanger's gall
It's a Wednesday afternoon in Boston, and what feels like the most brutal thunderstorm of the summer is rolling into town.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 31, 2012


Tracing the sound of the Head and the Heart

Vital organs
With the twist of classic pop that they bring to the dourness of the current indie-folk sound, the Head and the Heart were one of the breakout acts of last year’s Newport Folk Festival.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 25, 2012


The musical mysticism of Little War Twins

Folk explosion
Now that the phrase “folk” has been shopworn to shit by rock writers and publicists — slapped onto the barely related styles of so many myriad almost-rustics that saying a band plays “folk” is about as useful as saying they play “punk”— let’s just stop talking about “folk.”
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 24, 2012


Charli XCX is ready for her close-up

No angel
If 2011 was a year of the general populace getting bombarded with new female solo artists coming out of nowhere to blow up our Interwebs and destroy our notions of the pay-your-dues career track, then 2012 is shaping up to be the year of reckoning.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2012

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