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Send in the clowns

The wacky worlds of Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne
The New York Post got to resurrect its priceless "Wacko Jacko" headline. Barbara Walters scored Super Bowl-level ratings without having to lift a pretty little finger. And Michael Jackson, well, no matter how you slice it, he got screwed royally.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 02, 2009


Arresting developments

Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008


Rock therapies

Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti work it out
A little over four years ago, the Boston music scene lost one of its cuter couples when singer-songwriter Blake Hazard and guitarist/producer John Dragonetti left town for LA.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 22, 2008


Fortunate one

Chris Brokaw is booked solid
It was no surprise to find Chris Brokaw in Hawaii last week, just two Saturdays before he’s due back in Cambridge to pull a double shift upstairs at the Middle East.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 07, 2008


Boston music news: July 11, 2008

Notes on the New Year
The New Year, a band the Kadanes started with Chris Brokaw on drums a decade ago, are still a going concern.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 08, 2008


Geography lessons

Street Dogs remain Boston to the core
"You could put us in Anchorage or Alaska or Antarctica or even somewhere in the Himalayas, and at heart we’d still be from Boston.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 24, 2008


Remasters of the universe

The ‘definitive’ Mission of Burma
The adage “All things come to those who wait” tends not to find too many useful applications in rock and roll.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 09, 2008


Boston music news: June 13, 2008

Notes on Ketman and more
After three EPs, Ketman are ready to release a full-length album.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 11, 2008


Rock relaunched

Orbit resume their aborted mission
Jeff Robbins is something of a rock star — just not the kind who plays Super Bowl halftime shows or collects Grammys.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 02, 2008


Boston music news: June 6, 2008

Notes on 7L & Esoteric, Travels, and Mission of Burma
The local rap duo 7L & Esoteric head east on their new full-length.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 02, 2008


Quitting time

Lock and Key close up shop
Sometimes you just gotta eat shit.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 28, 2008


Boston music news: May 23, 2008

Notes on the Submarines and two great local benefits
There are two worthwhile benefits coming up this week.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008


Jazz hands

Geoff Farina’s new Glorytellers
There was a time when it was easy to hate Geoff Farina. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008

Scoring points

Tiger Saw show some animation
A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2008



Chris Ballew’s POTUSA
Seattle’s Presidents of the United States of America were the right band from the right place at the right time when their homonymous debut flew up the charts back in 1995.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 06, 2008

Hot and cold

A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 07, 2008


Zedek’s æsthetic

Thalia continues to move beyond Come
Thalia Zedek is hunched over a pint at the Cambridge Brewing Company, looking a bit like a grizzled veteran of some sort of mythical rock-and-roll war.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008


Dead Child

Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go
From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008


Indie gets the blues

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills
White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008



The Billionaires escape from the island
Unbusted. If that name rings a bell, chances are you were around Boston three years ago.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 22, 2008
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