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Love's life

Courtney and Hole stake their claim
Courtney and Hole stake their claim
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 02, 2010
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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010
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Against Me! | White Crosses

For a while, Against Me! were the most impassioned band on the planet.
Sire (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010
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Gravity and grace

Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
By REYAN ALI  |  May 28, 2010
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Photos: Pearl Jam live at the TD Garden

Pearl Jam's Boston stop on their 2010 tour
Pearl Jam, live at the TD Garden, May 17, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 21, 2010
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Living in the Now

There’s no denying the ongoing presence of what we’ll call melodic pop acts here in Rhode Island, bands comprised of guys in their mid-20s with a serious knack for penning sugary-sweet hooks and harmonies.
Shryne’s ‘honest but polished’ pop-rock
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 14, 2010

Review: Against Me! at Port City Music Hall

My sophomore year in college I met a girl named Erin. She had bleached blonde spiky hair, tattoos, and a lip ring. She had spent the previous year hitchhiking around the country and while I was attending outdoor arena concerts, she was at basement punk s
Against Me!, live at Port City Music Hall, April 28
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  May 07, 2010


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Codeine Velvet Club | Codeine Velvet Club

Like a Glaswegian version of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets , the Codeine Velvet Club project finds Jon Lawler of the Fratellis making retro-’60s supper-club pop with sweeping orchestral arrangements where the fuzzy guitars us
Dangerbird (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 16, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Of the 45 headlines on mtv.com’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 02, 2010
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Red Sparowes | The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer

Post-rock bands are like silent-film actors — bereft of words, they tend to use broad gestures to ensure that you get the point.
Sargent House (2010)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 02, 2010
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Nervous guy

In his better solo songs and the majority of the material he’s made with the alt-country band Old 97’s, Rhett Miller is a big-mouthed wannabe playboy on the verge of collapse.
Rhett Miller’s anxious and irresistible pop songs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 26, 2010
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Tuneful throwdown

"The WBRU Rock Hunt is not designed to find the best 'alternative rock' act — we're out to find the best live act looking to earn more exposure along with some pretty cool prizes."
The 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 19, 2010


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Bands of brothers

I'm living the most local life I've ever lived right now in Dorchester," says Chris Hislop, bespectacled guitarist in the long-running Boston band Piles.
'Hislopalooza' is a family affair
By MATT PARISH  |  March 12, 2010
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The other side of heavy

Loving heavy rock is a two-step process. Step one is easy: you hear something heavier than you've ever heard before, and you realize, "This is my thing." Step two is a little trickier: you wonder, "What is 'heavy'?" If you can accept the idea that a ce
Harvey Milk scramble your metal detector
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Rogue Wave at the Paradise

On the first stop on their first tour in almost two years, Rogue Wave bounded onstage with what can only be called sheer delight, greeting the crowd like old friends they were pleasantly surprised to run into.
 Rogue Wave, live at the Paradise Rock Club, March 1, 2010
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 05, 2010
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Ride that wave

Like a killer wave or a lousy metaphor, success can really sneak up on you.
Are Surfer Blood the only band from Florida?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Dispatches from Splitsville

Ladies and gentlemen, the unthinkable has happened: Fall Out Boy have split up.
FOB fall out; Scorpions subsist; Tyler frightens shoppers
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 12, 2010

Candles + caring

Former Best Music Poll nominee Mike Gendron and uncle Pete Gendron team up and unplug at the Greenwich Hotel on THURSDAY (the 4th), rocking the lounge free of charge til 12:30 am.
Bob Marley’s b-day + downcity benefits
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 05, 2010
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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Lightning strikes

When Hank Williams sang a song like "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" he could sell it because he'd been down low: born with spina bifida, father with a paralyzed face thanks to a stroke, brother he never knew because he was already dead.
Weather the storm with Roy Davis's third LP
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 22, 2010


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Tight but loose

I had never come across the adjective "jangular" until I visited the Glowkid website.
Jangly + angular = Glowkid
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 22, 2010

In your ear

On THURSDAY (the 21st), FAR OFF PLACE stay close to home with a free gig at the Knickerbocker Cafe.
Minky + Shannon + Bogus + more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 22, 2010
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Review: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise

Casablancas's solo debut, Phrazes for the Young (RCA), is a bizarre and twisted romp through sophisticated musical stylings that, especially in a live setting, sound light years away from the compact garage minimalism of early Strokes. This was evident
Julian Casablancas, live at the Paradise Rock Club, January 8, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 15, 2010
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Stroke of genius

Julian Casablancas is in control, for better or worse. Better, in the sense that he is finally seeing the release of his debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young (RCA), in which he steps out of the stripped-down style of the Strokes — his blockbuster un
Julian Casablancas goes it alone
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010