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Diplo dishes a Major Lazer

After years of putting his sonic touches on other people's tunes, Diplo is hoping to finally step out into the light on his own.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012


How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

Ryan, Rush, & Rand
If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012


Milligram back for another strike

The history of rock and roll is endlessly cyclical, with each generation hitting "reset" and trimming the fat of a previous generation's indulgences, getting back to what is essential and absolutely needed.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012


Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 10, 2012


Adam Ant tries to climb back on top

"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012


Ten national pop acts that will dominate fall charts

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012


Getting loud with Lightning Bolt

What is noise?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012


Minimalists and maximalists

The xx | Coexist
When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012


Peter Gabriel reflects on So, his pop oddity

Progressive by nature
In the annals of rock/pop history, 1986 is often an underappreciated year.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 11, 2012


Dragonette step into the limelight

Say hello
Do you think you could make it in the music world? If you answered "yes," then ask yourself this follow-up: how game are you?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 07, 2012


Kitty Pryde takes her chances

Flak catcher
Can one artist ruin a genre?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 15, 2012

Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Showing no mercy
Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012


Baroness | Yellow & Green

Relapse (2012)
Saying that Baroness have strayed from metal orthodoxy with this, their third long-player, is to betray an ignorance of the sound and evolution of this Savannah foursome, who since 2003 have been wringing out more and more sheer beauty from a bedrock of sonic sludge.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 31, 2012


Charli XCX is ready for her close-up

No angel
If 2011 was a year of the general populace getting bombarded with new female solo artists coming out of nowhere to blow up our Interwebs and destroy our notions of the pay-your-dues career track, then 2012 is shaping up to be the year of reckoning.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2012


Refused reunite: should we care?

Old noise
Songs may exist for our entertainment, but bands often thrive not just as music makers but as exemplars of behavior.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 17, 2012


Slicing up metal genres with Black Breath

Power of the riffage
Anyone with even a passing interest in heavy metal knows by now that the musical style has become subsumed in an obsession with subgenres, warring factions under metal's big black hate-filled umbrella.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 03, 2012


Mapping Iron Maiden’s legacy in metal

Eddie with Mickey ears
Music is a universal force — able to foment revolution, sell culture, and communicate ideas both specific and diffuse.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 22, 2012


Panic! at the Palladium

Prepare to get wrecked?
This past week, rumors flew that the Palladium, the stately concert hall in downtown Worcester, was due for imminent demolition.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 13, 2012


Santigold remains just out of pop's reach

We, as music listeners, tend to think of the business of music creation as one of inspiration, perspiration, meditation, and perhaps inebriation.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 15, 2012


Sleep | Dopesmoker [re-issue]

Southern Lord (2012)
In the early-'90s metal drought, a strange strain developed through the cracks in the pavement, as downtuned strings, sluggish tempos, and vintage amplification led to the blossoming of stoner rock.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 05, 2012


The Cult survives rock's highs and lows

Sturdy temple
There is a difference between an unknown musical artist and a superstar, and that difference isn't necessarily musical — it's mythological.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 31, 2012

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