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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
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012
Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
Abstractly beautiful
By 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
By TOM MEEK  |  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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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
By BRETT MILANO  |  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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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
By STEVEN STARK  |  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
By 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...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 26, 2010

Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
Podcast: Andrew Fenlon from Allston Rock City... and American Idol

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...
By Fletcher  |  January 15, 2010
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground...[VIDEO]

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.   ...
By Fletcher  |  January 14, 2010

Podcast: Music Blogger Maura Johnston

Podcast: Music Blogger Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston can be found online at  Today we talked "Pants on the Ground" and Vampire Weekend! Part One Part Two
By Fletcher  |  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...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 13, 2010
The Ayla Brown effect

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...
By Adam Reilly  |  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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010

Not Nostradamus

I am always flummoxed over what to buy a new girlfriend for Christmas ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 04, 2009


The Big Hurt: Faces refaced

Faces refaced, Spears speared, Hook hacked
Also Spears speared, Hook hacked
By DAVID THORPE  |  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
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009

Stars aligned

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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
Arista (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009


Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars

Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
Plumb and Dumber Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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.
Moving, chilling
By LANCE GOULD  |  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
By DAVID THORPE  |  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.
By KARA BASKIN  |  June 19, 2009