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Let it all hang out

Underbear at the Alley
It’s hard to feel too threatened by an IT administrator in SpongeBob boxers sipping a Long Island iced tea through a stir straw.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Noise in the hood

Big Digits and Chinese Stars at Middle East Upstairs, July 5, 2008
A knowing sense of humor emerged between songs, legitimizing the chicanery as mere friendly artistic expression.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  July 07, 2008


Future perfect

Ladytron at the Paradise, June 30, 2008
If you stood close to the stage, your torso bones rattled along with the backbeat.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 07, 2008


Slideshow: Beth Orton at the MFA

Beth Orton at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 2, 2008
Beth Orton at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 2, 2008
By: CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  July 09, 2008


Slideshow: Black Angels and Warsaw

The Black Angels and Warsaw at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
The Black Angels and Warsaw at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
By: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 16, 2010


Disbelief: suspended

Dethklok lay waste to Worcester, diss Cambridge
Where does “common sense” get off telling me that I’ll never meet, interview, or see William Murderface perform, just because he happens to be a cartoon?
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 01, 2008


C Change

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic at Outpost 186, June 24, 2008
In the back room at the Outpost 186 Gallery, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic put on a delicate, salon-scale performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist monolith, In C .
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 01, 2008


Psyched Up

The Black Angels + The Warlocks at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
The music of these bands are rooted in the psychedelic movements that erupted 40 years ago, but we were spared extended druggy superjams.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 01, 2008


Slideshow: Iron Maiden in Boston (2008)

June 20, 2008 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
Rev. Aaron photographs Iron Maiden, live at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, on June 20, 2008.
By: REV. AARON  |  July 25, 2008


Walk ’n’ roll

Ambling bands go on a field trip
You know how in those Disney movies all the woodland creatures suddenly come out to sing along? It was like that.
By: MATT PARISH  |  June 24, 2008



Only Living Witness at the Middle East Downstairs, June 21, 2008
Thirteen years is a long time in heavy metal, but as the eerie distended melody of Only Living Witness filled the Middle East downstairs on Saturday, time flickered and then collapsed.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2008


The numbers of the beast

Iron Maiden at Comcast Center, June 20, 2008
As a million fingers air-guitared frantically, Maiden put on a fireballing motherfucker of a show.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 26, 2008


All Dolled up

Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops, Symphony Hall, June 19, 2008
Last night, Amanda Palmer kicked off this season of the Boston Pops EdgeFest.
By: RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH  |  June 20, 2008


What's that smell?

Musk turns three at the Midway
There are booty-dancing cuts from the ’80s, white girls hitting body-lock poses, and a sign slung on the taps that reads “$2.50 Cans of Mystery Beer.”
By: MATT PARISH  |  June 17, 2008


Monsters unleashed

7L + Esoteric at the Middle East Downstairs, June 13, 2008
The best moments came when Eso ran down his action-figure collection — from Silver Surfer to Storm Shadow — while wearing an X-Wing commander helmet.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  June 19, 2008


Distinguished flannel

Mudhoney at the Middle East Downstairs, June 6, 2008
The world-weariness of the whole thing made it clear why this is the wrong band to look to if you’re trolling for Day-Glo flannel nostalgia.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 16, 2008


Feign and fortune

The US Air Guitar Championships
McNallica shredded upon nothingness like an unholy hybrid of Mick Mars and a feral burlesque dancer.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 10, 2008


Raw deals

The Breeders at the Paradise, June 5, 2008
How could I ever think that Kim and Kelley would let me down?
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  June 10, 2008


Teenage kicks

M83 at the Middle East Downstairs, June 2
Gonzalez and Kibby humped their machines in unison as if the devices were all that stood between them and some serious Dionysian revelry.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 10, 2008


White out

Raconteurs, Bank of America Pavilion, June 3, 2008
When the band walked onstage, the audience cheered; when Jack sang his first line, it roared.
By: RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH  |  June 04, 2008


Gay bash

True Colors Tour at Bank Of America Pavilion, May 31 2008
I had that same feeling I always get at the end of big gay happenings: how far we’ve come. How good that is. And how did I spend $90?
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 03, 2008

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