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The measured success of Metric
Two years ago, Metric dropped their fourth effort, Fantasies , with catchy-as-fuck compositions "Sick Muse," "Help I'm Alive," and "Gold Guns Girls."
| September 18, 2012
Deep Dive at the ICA
Fine craftsmanship and finesse are nothing new at the Institute of Contemporary Art, though usually they're contained within the Seaport District's monolithic museum.
| August 31, 2012
Bruce Springsteen at Fenway Park
A monster effort from The Boss
"I'm driving thru the Fenway area on the way home and getting a good look at the Bruce crowd," a friend texted me late last Tuesday afternoon.
| August 21, 2012
Alanis Morissette | Havoc and Bright Lights
Alanis Morissette is one of those artists whose works can't be judged on anything but a case-by-case basis, due to the fact that she puts the entirety of her emotions, personal triumphs and failures into each one.
| August 23, 2012
Between rock and a hard place with Das Muerte
The Facebook page for Boston outfit Das Muerte lists under genre "Rock/Funk/Avant Garde."
| August 15, 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.
| August 17, 2012
Out: The Rationales hit the Middle East
Going over big
Following a strong showing in this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Rationales would go over big at the Middle East upstairs last Friday.
| August 07, 2012
Redd Kross | Researching the Blues
It's difficult to imagine that Redd Kross once boasted a sound so hard-charging that punkers were crestfallen when the band traded it in for the poppier style that made up 1987's Neurotica, an LP time has let slip through cracks filled by Sonic Youth and the Pixies.
| August 07, 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?
| August 02, 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.
| August 03, 2012
Attika 7 | Blood of My Enemies
Rocket Science Ventures
There's two ways to look at former Biohazard singer/bassist and wannabe pornstar Evan Seinfeld.
| July 31, 2012
Letting it rip with Grey Valley Ghost
Rarely does the subject go into an interview with their own set of notes, but that's exactly what Grey Valley Ghost frontman/guitarist Madison Taylor did when he checked in from his hometown of Atlanta last weekend.
| July 10, 2012
Holograms | Holograms
Remember back in the day when Hot Fuss came out and everyone thought the Killers had built the definitive aural bridge between Joy Division and New Order?
| July 03, 2012
The Soundtrack of Our Lives | Throw It To the Universe
While many Britpop fans spent the late 90s onward hoping with that Oasis would pull something out of the cabinet that came close to Definitely Maybe or (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, they should've been expanding their sonic range farther west to Sweden, where the Soundtrack of Our Lives have been rolling out some of the genre's finest compositions.
| June 19, 2012
Metric | Synthetica
Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
| June 05, 2012
Shirley Manson dishes on Garbage's return
Lots of folks are calling this outing by Garbage a reunion, but according to frontwoman Shirley Manson, it's nothing of the sort; it was just the right moment for the alt-rockers to rev it up again after a seven-year chill period.
| May 23, 2012
Shadows Fall | Fire From The Sky
Razor & Tie
Are Shadows Fall still feeling the fan backlash from two albums ago?
| May 23, 2012
The Cult | Choice Of Weapon
Second acts are hard enough to deliver successfully in the pantheon of hard rock, so it's surprising then that the Cult, now well into their third go-round, still give their audience exactly what they crave.
| May 15, 2012
Pantera | Vulgar Display Of Power [20th Anniversary Reissue]
By 1992, metal fans were in desperate need of fresh bombast. Metallica had gone mainstream with radio-friendly singles like "Nothing Else Matters," Rob Halford left Judas Priest the year prior, and Iron Maiden had long ago stopped delivering vital material.
| May 08, 2012
Eleven Boston rock bands go for a Ride
Out of all the bands that toed the line between shoegaze and Britpop at the dawn of the '90s, perhaps none have been more overlooked than Ride.
| May 03, 2012
Silversun Pickups | Neck Of The Woods
Dangerbird Records (2012)
Following a somewhat disappointing sophomore release, it appeared as if the jig was up for these alt-rock throwbacks that made a name by nicking the best of the Smashing Pumpkins.
| May 01, 2012
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
BLOG POSTS BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
[live review] Afghan Whigs 05.23 @ Bowery Ballroom NYC, first show in 13 years
[rumble recap: semis night 1] A boozy night finds Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck headed to next week's finals
[rumble night 5 recap] Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck slide into the semis
RIP Davy Jones of the Monkees, 1945-2012
RIP Etta James: a legendary voice silenced
'American Idiot' director confirms Colin Meloy collaboration on Broadway
EXCLUSIVE: Van Halen show off "A Different Kind Of Truth" in a NYC club, announce Garden gig March 11
[going uptown again] Afghan Whigs reunite, to play All Tomorrow's Parties in 2012
[first listen] New Metallica track "Hate Train," unreleased from the Death Magnetic sessions
Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011: reflecting on a death that comes as no surprise
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