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Sugar: Copper Blue + Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Sugar | Copper Blue/Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Two live shows, mucho B-sides, and the ferocious Beaster EP now all compressed into one gulp could leave even the biggest power-pop fan gasping for air.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: That's My Boy

Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
'90s pop culture
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 22, 2012
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Sleep | Dopesmoker [re-issue]

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.
Southern Lord (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: 21 Jump Street

Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
More than just a rehash
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012
Give Up the Ghost - American Nightmare

Photos: Give Up the Ghost at the Wonderland Ballroom

Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare reunite for two gigs after almost eight years -- with their first show ravaging a hearty crowd at Revere's Wonderland Ballroom on December 29.
Give Up the Ghost | Wonderland Ballroom | December 29, 2011
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  December 30, 2011
From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011


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When God Walked Through the Projects

Boston's crack era effectively began in late 1986, when Darryl Whiting stepped into Roxbury's Orchard Park projects.
Twenty years after he became the first man in the state to get life in prison for dealing crack, Darryl Whiting's twisted legacy lives on
By GEORGE P. HASSETT  |  October 07, 2011
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Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing

In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
The state of metal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 26, 2011
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Britpop timeline

AUGUST 1995 • Blur vs. Oasis — battling bands release singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsells Oasis's "Roll With It" 274k to 216k; they finish Nos. 1 and 2 on UK chart.
From Suede crashing the party to a 2000 wake-up call
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 19, 2011
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Beady Eye's Liam Gallagher talks new music, the Oasis breakup, and 'shithole' Glastonbury

Back in March, I caught up with Liam post-soundcheck in Paris, when he called to talk about his new gig, Noel taking credit for the success of Oasis, and how he is scaling back the partying -- but not to Chris Martin of Coldplay levels.
Feeling supersonic
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011
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The tasty return of Cibo Matto

There's been a lot of talk recently about how the '90s are back, much of it by me.
Back on the menu
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 15, 2011


New album from Little Dragon called Ritual Union

Little Dragon | Ritual Union

On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 15, 2011
'Black Up' by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces | Black Up

The musical reincarnation of Ishmael Butler, the elusive Seattle rapper who makes up one-third of the semi-popular '90s jazz-rap act Digable Planets under the name Butterfly, is a lot to unpack.
Sub Pop (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 10, 2011
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Gang of Four roar back with post-punk fury

The history of popular music is littered with musical questioning, from "Why must I be a teenager in love?" to "Who put the bomp in the bomp buh-bomp buh-bomp?" But when pop turned to rock and artists began to attempt to wield their popular might in orde
Still in uniform
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 04, 2011
The Return (Revenge?) of the 90's: A Round-Up

The Return (Revenge?) of the 90's: A Round-Up


We stumbled across three items today that could read as alarming or awesome (or both) depending on how you want to take em'. It seems...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 15, 2010