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Phil Anselmo pulls no punches on Pantera, American Idol, and the reputation of metal
Who better than Philip Hansen Anselmo to discuss the current state of metal?
Cowboy from hell
| August 03, 2012
Review: Step Up Revolution
The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN
| July 27, 2012
Review: God Bless America
The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture ( i.e. , Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and American Idol ) and the indignity of being an office drone.
Bobcat Goldthwait tackles vapid celebrity culture
| May 18, 2012
The feel-good prog rock of By Blood Alone
If there's one thing for certain, it's that no one will feel cheated by By Blood Alone.
| April 22, 2011
Review: Rock of Ages
At the start of the hair-metal musical Rock of Ages (at the Colonial Theatre through October 17), narrator Lonny (Patrick Lewallen) promises a night of sexy decadence and general kick-assery.
Strip Mauled: Rock of Ages doesn't rock
| October 15, 2010
Interview: Constantine Maroulis
There once was a time when the anthemic earnestness of '80s hard rock was considered giggle-worthy, and keeping a straight face while listening to self-helpy bombast ballads like "Don't Stop Believin' " and "Here I Go Again" was possible only with severa
On cracking Rock of Ages
| October 01, 2010
The American Idol Party
SARAH PALIN AND CHRISTINE O'DONNELL MIGHT NOT TURN OUT TO BE GOOD CANDIDATES, BUT THEY MAKE GREAT TELEVISION
Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell might not turn out to be good candidates, but they make great television
| September 24, 2010
Looking for a better idea
P+J aren’t sure how many Vo Dilunduhs caught Matt Bai’s story on Linc Chafee in last week’s New York Times , but BeloJo political columnist Edward Fitzpatrick certainly did and, in his Tuesday column, he decided to do a little follow-up with the other g
Lauding Linc; Pining for Jersey Shore ; the new First Couple; fighting for students' rights
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| July 23, 2010
Ellen Degeneres, pop mogul? Launches new label named after Come album, signs 12-year-old Grayson Chance
Well, no, we don't actually know whether ELLEN DEGENERES consciously named her new record label after Come's 1992 breakthrough Eleven: Eleven, but it would be...
| May 26, 2010
John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
| April 23, 2010
Thinking outside the Woodbox
As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
| March 19, 2010
From deli to concert hall
If you're a young (or youngish) music fan looking to become a little bit more engaged with classical music, there is truly no better time than right now, particularly if you'll find yourself in Portland this weekend.
Crossing, and expanding, boundaries with Brooklyn Rider
| February 26, 2010
The Big Hurt: Falling down the rabbit hole
Lee, Hoppus, Wentz, Avril, and 3OH!3 fall down the rabbit hole
Music news in brief
| January 22, 2010
The resistible rise of Andrew Fenlon
By the time I get Andrew Fenlon on the phone — two days after the airing of his now-notoriously contentious American Idol audition — the world around us has already split into three factions: those who loathe him, those who love him, and those who need
Idol Threat Dept.
| January 22, 2010
Podcast: Andrew Fenlon from Allston Rock City... and American Idol
For better or for worse, American Idol came back this week. The season premiere on Tuesday was 2 hours of Boston, kid. While it was...
| January 15, 2010
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground...[VIDEO]
If you missed Idol last night, you missed 62 year old "General" Larry Platt with his original song "Pants on the Ground." Unbelievably awesome. ...
| January 14, 2010
Podcast: Music Blogger Maura Johnston
Maura Johnston can be found online at maura.com. Today we talked "Pants on the Ground" and Vampire Weekend! Part One Part Two
| January 14, 2010
Andrew Fenlon speaks! Former Eli Reed trombonist on what you didn't see in his American Idol performance
For those of us who braved the rain at Foxboro to mingle with several thousand AMERICAN IDOL wannabes last summer, the Boston auditions show was...
| January 13, 2010
The Ayla Brown effect
Ayla Brown's appearance yesterday on behalf of her father, would-be US Senator Scott Brown, is big news: the Herald gives it the cover treatment, and...
| January 13, 2010
50 ways to leave 2009
We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
| January 01, 2010
I am always flummoxed over what to buy a new girlfriend for Christmas ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
| December 04, 2009
The Big Hurt: Faces refaced
Faces refaced, Spears speared, Hook hacked
Also Spears speared, Hook hacked
| November 27, 2009
10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
| November 27, 2009
The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
| September 18, 2009
Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You
It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she
| September 11, 2009
What of the Beatles?
Spouting off during downtime in an interview with jazz drummer/composer Steve Grover, I once put forward my ill-researched idea that the third song is almost universally the best song on a great album.
Jazz, pop, and circumstance
| September 04, 2009
Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars
Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
Plumb and Dumber Dept.
| August 21, 2009
Review: Afghan Star
The Russians couldn't conquer Afghanistan, and to this point neither have the Americans, but it seems a televised singing-competition has.
| July 31, 2009
The Big Hurt: MJ murder mystery, Aerosmith injuries
Much as I hate to bring up Michael Jackson again, I was intrigued by sister La Toya's allegations that he was knocked off for his publishing assets.
Music News in Brief
| July 24, 2009
Living beyond their means?
I'm at Bond on a Thursday night, and it's simmering with testosterone and possibility. Spaghetti-legged cocktail waitresses coo at businessmen. Tables spill forth with bejeweled women speaking too loudly and young couples sipping Champagne.
The go-go '80s have receded into the oh-no aughties, but not everyone has gotten the memo.
| June 19, 2009
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