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Nirvana versus Foo Fighters

Has the sideman surpassed his hero?
Are Foo Fighters more important than Nirvana? Such a thought might have been considered heresy even five years ago.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 27, 2007


Acoustic mainline

Spiritualized at the Museum of Fine Arts, November 19, 2007
Jason Pierce has made a clear connection between the addict’s desire to reach a higher plane and the blues/gospel singer’s quest for the very same.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 09, 2007

Technical difficulties

Busdriver walks out on Harpers Ferry
LA-rapper Busdriver was a bit “frazzled” from weeks of travel when he arrived at Harper's Ferry, but nothing had prepared him for the treatment he received from club’s soundman.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 20, 2007


Coheed and Cambria

Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow | Columbia
Sanchez uses his fictional backdrop to offer the sort of advice you might get from Al Gore — or maybe on Kid Nation.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 19, 2007


Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Well-done revelations
Temple captures the chaos of Strummer’s early years, with overlays of interviews with him and footage from the era.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 07, 2007


Temple talk

Julien on Joe
Julien Temple was one of the first filmmakers on the scene when punk erupted in the UK.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 08, 2007


Double visionary

The two sides of Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer was the embodiment of punk, up till his final day, December 22, 2002.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007


Electric Six

I Shall Exterminate Everything around Me that Restricts Me from Being the Master | Metropolis
ITunes has Detroit’s Electric Six filed under “blues,” and the acoustic-guitar riff that kicks off the band’s new disc is bloozy in a LedZep/White Stripes sorta way.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007


Illegal Art

On the cutting edge of mash-up culture
Shrouded in mystery and allied with those subversive, copyright-infringing folks in Negativland, the Illegal Art label has been flaunting its liberal interpretation of “fair use” since 1998.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 30, 2007


Jimmy Eat World

Chase the Light | Interscope
Jimmy Eat World go to great lengths to recapture the anthemic thrills of Clarity — and give or take a few bouts of brooding cynicism, they’ve succeeded.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 30, 2007


Freak scene

The ongoing saga of Dinosaur Jr.
It’s been more than a year since Dinosaur Jr. announced they’d be re-forming for the first time since Mascis kicked Barlow out of the band in 1989.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 23, 2007


In characters

Tori Amos, Orpheum Theatre, October 19, 2007
On Friday, the second of a two-night stand at the Orpheum, Tori Amos showed up as “Clyde."
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 23, 2007


Price points

Getting into Radiohead’s In Rainbows
The growing gap between the shabby, brick-and-mortar world we all inhabit and the sleek, digital one we’ve all been promised widened just a bit.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 16, 2007


In the living room

Damon + Naomi's house party
Not that Damon & Naomi have ever been particularly loud.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 01, 2007


''Alternative Label of the Year''

Dangerbird Records' free nominated downloads
Dangerbird is offering rare remixes, demos, and Darker My Love’s homonymous debut in its entirety.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 01, 2007


The Donnas

Bitchin' | Purple Feather
The Donnas do what the Donnas do, and, hard as it may be to believe, they’ve been doing it for more than a decade.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 01, 2007


Off the field

The personal side of Tedy Bruschi
The New England Patriots may be the most tight-lipped organization in all of sports.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 25, 2007



Freezepop just wanna rock
In the hands of almost any band, “Just give us more rock” would be, at best, a wry throw-away, at worst a lazy cliché.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 24, 2007


Three out of four ain't good

Animal Collective, Avalon, September 5, 2007
But that wasn’t enough to offset the incessant, atonal rave-like loops that just kept coming in wave after abrasive wave.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 10, 2007


Happy endings

Bad news begets good tunes
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007


Bill Callahan

Woke on a Whaleheart | Drag City
When Lou Reed left the lo-fi proto-punk of the Velvet Underground behind for the polished, poetic pop of his solo albums, devotees were devastated.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2007

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