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The Big Hurt: Brand new Dio; same old Yoko; auguries of Creed

Music news in brief
In the process of writing last week's column about hidden Satanic messages in pop music, I listened to a bunch of shit backward and discovered that the track "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga is much, much better that way.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 12, 2009

Slideshow: The Thermals at the Middle East downstairs

The Thermals, live at the Middle East downstairs on May 7, 2009
Portland's The Thermals at the Middle East downstairs
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  May 21, 2009

Something for everyone

Hands and Knees' vintage-to-Fraggle rock
In the last three years Hands and Knees have been signed to the Beatings' Midriff Records and racked up ample gold stars from critics; late last month they also dropped their splendid sophomore record, Et tu, Fluffy?
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 12, 2009

Slideshow: The Hush Now, You Could Be a Wesley at T.T. Bear's

The Hush Now and You Could Be a Wesley, live at T.T. Bear's, May 1, 2009
Busy Friday at T.T.'s
By MATT TEUTEN  |  May 07, 2009

Slideshow: The Faint + Ladytron at House of Blues

The Faint + Ladytron live at House of Blues, April 8, 2009
The Faint + Ladytron live at the Boston House of Blues
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  April 13, 2009

Girl gone wild

Lady Gaga, live at the House of Blues, March 30, 2009
"My hair may be blond, but my heart is brunette," announced Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — a/k/a Lady Gaga.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 02, 2009

That's how people grow up

Morrissey, live at House of Blues, March 29, 2009
Morrissey specializes in decadent enlargements of contrary emotions: he's got despair on lock, he's an excellent sculptor of ennui.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 31, 2009

Action Jackson

Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009

Slideshow: Metallica live at the Garden

TD Banknorth Garden, January 18, 2009
By JOE HARRINGTON  |  January 20, 2009

Keepin' it realtor

Rock and rolling all night is tough with an unforgiving day job. That’s why the shredding set love real estate.
There’s an old Saturday Night Live sketch — not, truth be told, one of the show’s funniest moments — called “Rock & Roll Real-estate Agent.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 01, 2007

Matter of characters

In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
Two men are on the phone.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007

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