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3 Inches of Blood party on

Hitting up the Metal Alliance Tour
In a culture obsessed with decoding the lyrics and attitudes of modern popular music, nothing gets more closely scrutinized than heavy metal.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 21, 2012


SXSW 2012 marks the end of the superstars

Twilight of the gods
In his keynote speech, informally anointed King of Music, Sir Bruce Springsteen, gave some uncle-ly advice to all the young'uns with their deathmetals and their trollgazes who made up the complicated and chaotic mass that was this year's SXSW talent pool/conference of musical commodity farmers: he pointed out that a ticket to a show is "a handshake between the artist and the fan."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 21, 2012


Claire Boucher makes Grimes her thing

If you want to make music — I mean, if you really want to make music — there are several steps.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 20, 2012


Lamb Of God | Resolution

Epic/Roadrunner (2012)
Lamb of God, like the actual lamb of God, have existed seemingly for the purpose of expiating sins — in this case, the sins of baggy-pants late-'90s groove metal.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 21, 2012


Interview: Oderus Urungus and GWAR hit the Wilbur

Death threat
It makes a certain amount of sense that Boston's Theater District will be visited upon by one of rock's most theatrical groups, GWAR.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 14, 2012

Justice music

Justice blaze new trails for dance music

For all
Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium where mathematics and pure emotion are intertwined?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 14, 2012

Black Bananas Rad Times Xpress

Black Bananas | Rad Times Xpress IV

Drag City (2012)
It's a rare thing when you listen to a record and can actually hear drugs spewing from the speakers, but such is the gift of Rad Times Xpress IV , the latest from Jennifer Herrema, the exRoyal Trux chanteuse now doing business as Black Bananas.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 06, 2012


††† | EP 2

Deftones/Far (2012)
Don't be fooled by †††, a/k/a Crosses.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 28, 2012


In Flames craft an evolving breed of metal

Still spreading
Face it: metal bands are just brands, and to the headbanging hordes, you are only as good as your last breakdown — unless you can concoct a memorable musical identity to stand above the competition.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 15, 2012


[in memoriam] Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

"The biggest devil is me," is how Houston famously summed up her life's dilemma
Whitney Houston, who passed away this weekend of still-to-be-determined causes at the too-young age of 48, made an art out of depicting heroic triumph over adversity in her music
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 13, 2012


A punk phenomenon grows up

Punk is dead, right?
It's time we faced it: the vanguards of rock have gotten really old.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 08, 2012


Thurston Moore moves on

Demolition man
When Thurston Moore takes the stage at Somerville Theatre on Tuesday, he will no doubt stroll through the wispy cloud-spires of last summer's Beck-produced solo effort, Demolished Thoughts (Matador).  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 25, 2012


Spreading blasphemous rumors with Ghost

Ghouls' night out
Can rock still be subversive?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 17, 2012

MW3 - Paradise Lost

Closing the book on the West Memphis Three

Between heaven and hell
The Paradise Lost story began in 1993 with the discovery of the bodies of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children in a watery ditch, hogtied and mutilated. A confession led police to the arrest of three teenagers: Damon Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 05, 2012


Madonna, Sleigh Bells, Rick Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Grimes highlight early 2012 releases

There's nothing particularly apocalyptic about the releases thus far slated for 2012: perhaps this is the way that the music world melts down, with a whimper rather than a bang, right?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 05, 2012


2011 goes pop

The music climate is as frigid as the business
The Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" alludes to eras of upheaval and tumult. But what if that tumult happens too slowly to seem interesting?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 20, 2011


Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Box-set match
Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011


Neil Diamond | The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings

Columbia/Legacy (2011)
Neil Diamond is a pretty upbeat guy — or at least as upbeat as can be expected from a man who made his claim to fame writing "Solitary Man."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 06, 2011


Mastodon simplify the heavy subject matter

Positive gains
Viewed from the outside, heavy metal has always appeared unnecessarily negative, obsessed with morbid imagery and anti-social attitudes.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2011


Anthony Gonzalez of M83 elevates his game

Plus, the revenge of the double album
Music occupies time but not space, meaning that a musician's musical indulgences tend to stretch out in time to make up for the fact that, once emitted, the signals disappear in the aether like wisps of nothing disappearing into more nothing.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2011
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