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Ho down

Remembering the glory days of hip-hop misogyny
Hip-hop has always had a bad rap ( duh-hyuk! ) for misogyny, but when I think back on the long history of articles criticizing the lyrical treatment of women, I have to chuckle.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 02, 2008


Soul men

Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 03, 2008


Two great tastes

Coralcola at Great Scott; Damian at Elements
In March of this year, a series of MP3s by an unknown techno producer named Coralcola began circulating among a few DJs and bloggers around town and beyond.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 04, 2008


He loves the ’80s

M83 recaptures your youth
“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008


Sisto act 2

Love During Wartime — a last splash and a fresh start
LDW is a party, but also a massive love letter to the city’s bare-bones arts scene.
By: MATT PARISH  |  May 28, 2008


Quitting time

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


Drear as folk

The bleak interiors of Damien Jurado and Jeremy Enigk
It’s that feeling of overwhelming sorrow tempered by the faintest sliver of hope that’s evoked by the music of two veteran Pacific Northwest songwriters and long-time friends who share a bill at Great Scott this Saturday night.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 28, 2008


Bowed well

The Metal & Glass Ensemble rings out
Over the past decade, musicians Matt Samolis and Peter Warren have created intense, mesmerizing drones as Bowed Metal.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  May 28, 2008


Another fine mess?

Real Life Time Machines clean up . . .
Real Life Time Machines are not insane morons.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 19, 2008


The accidental gangsta

Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2008


Soul purpose

The BellRays get us all kinds of worked up
The BellRays — whose married core is singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist/bassist Bob Vennum — have been making music since 1990.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 19, 2008


Spring releases II: The quickening

Andr é Obin, Zer0 G, Dutty Artz, and DJ C
Last week I discussed a trio of new drone and improv releases by local artists, but there’s a bounty of homegrown beat-based recordings due out this spring as well.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  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


Meow mix

Katt and some other cats
Spring showers have yielded not only vibrant daffodils and vexing pollen but also a variety of recordings by local experimental musicians.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  May 13, 2008


New moon

Everybody stop saying the Milky Way is closing
They blew down our Deli Haus, plucked our Lily’s, changed our Channel, exterminated our Rat, death-rayed our Man Ray, and (uh . . . ) union-busted our Local 186.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 13, 2008


Calling for back-up

Slick Rick gets fly with a little help from his friends
Of all the tumult and talent swinging through town in 2006, I cherish most my memories of Audible Mainframe backing Slick Rick at Harpers Ferry.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2008


Lavigne squeaks; Winehouse freaks; Oasis leaks

The Big Hurt: music news in brief
Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne both have laryngitis this week. Explain that, Richard Dawkins.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 22, 2008


Throwing dice, taking names

The Sword is +20 awesome
Let’s say your band are named the Sword, your albums have titles like Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth , and your latest single is “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians.” Would these count as hazardous levels of irony?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 12, 2008


Awesome mistakes

Thunderhole write what’s wrong
Jaunt across the astral overpass between experimelectronic noise and garage rock and about halfway in you’ll find Thunderhole’s tastefully cacophonous onslaught.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 12, 2008


Eastern promises

Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 12, 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

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