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The Big Hurt: Pete Wentz, celebrity-judge addict
I was always amused by the Pete Wentz phenomenon: here was a vainglorious loudmouth who came up in the Chicago hardcore punk scene, scored some moderate hits with his nü-emo group Fall Out Boy, and then rocketed down the slope of artistic corruption wit
| June 15, 2012
CLICK TRACKS: Ashlee Simpson worms back into the Great White Way, Courtney Love re-mounts Hole, and more
Thought Macbeth was the most cursed play in history? Think again. Former pop starlet/defensive hoedown expert Ashlee Simpson has been tapped to reprise her...
| November 14, 2009
The Big Hurt: Parse and labor
I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
| June 19, 2009
I know I can’t be the only person whose ears perked up earlier this year on hearing the chorus of the then-new Ashlee Simpson single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya).”
Santogold finds her own way
| July 29, 2008
Dance, Monkey: Kelly MacFarland
"Robots are hot and are incredibly strong."
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| June 03, 2008
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
| May 07, 2008
“Damn, humans in the year 2008 were way obsessed with cartoonish depictions of ‘the ’80s, what with all these shameless Oingo Boingo and Soft Cell ripoffs.”
Bittersweet World | Geffen
| April 15, 2008
Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus
It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes
JAMES PARKER AND SHARON STEEL
| March 19, 2008
Defending the universally loathed
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
| January 14, 2008
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
New kids on the rock
Back on June 20, three tour buses were lined up like impregnable traveling fortresses behind the House of Blues in Cleveland.
The Click Five struggle with the new world disorder
| June 29, 2007
When you describe the actual gameplay of Elite Beat Agents , the new rhythm-based game for the Nintendo DS, it doesn’t sound like much.
Agents is . . . GO!
| November 28, 2006
Love second-wave emo but can’t make it to New York this weekend for either of Texas Is the Reason’s sold-out reunion shows at Irving Plaza? Saosin, "Seven Years" (mp3)
| November 20, 2006
Anytime Halloween falls on, say, a Tuesday, you can be sure the costume parties will begin the previous Friday, if not earlier.
The holiday that keeps on giving
| November 08, 2006
Boston music news: November 3, 2006
Drop a 10-spot, walk into the Opera House this Wednesday at 7:30 pm, and you’ll find almost the entire line-up of headliners that played Bank of America Pavilion last summer.
Notes on the Rock and Art Auction
| October 31, 2006
America’s next musical genius
Can Paris the album win over the haters who wrote off Paris the person ages ago? Paris Hilton, "Stars Are Blind" (YouTube) Hate club: Ten celebs more objectionable than Paris
Paris Hilton serves up a sonic bitchslap
| August 22, 2006
Coming off break-up life support has rendered me incapable of common sense, which is why I volunteer to participate in foolish “single girl” activities that I will likely look back on for a chuckle when I’m craggier than Mick Jagger and sporting orthoped
Striking out at ‘Rock and Roll Dating’
| August 11, 2006
Going on sale: May 12, 2006
Bruce Springsteen, DJ Shadow, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, Ashlee Simpson, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
| May 09, 2006
New to DVD for the week of December 27, 2005
New DVD releases for the week of December 27, 2005
| January 17, 2006
Tween and clean
Followers of the increasingly crowded tween-rock scene had much to look forward to when Lindsay Lohan issued Speak (Casablanca), her debut album, 13 months ago.
Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Foxx find their grooves
| January 13, 2006
Doin’ it live
The winter concert scene’s got something for everybody, from Averi to Zakir Hussain. Okay, I couldn’t resist that bit of alphabetical hackery, but it’s true.
| January 09, 2006
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