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The Big Hurt: Nickelback backlash backlash; plus, Kurt Cobain and X-Factor, Korn's dubstep moment, and Billy Corgan's wrestling moves
Music news in brief
| December 09, 2011
Smashing Pumpkins | Gish/Siamese Dream
Billy Corgan's zeitgeist whine, so omnipresent via high-charting Siamese Dream tracks "Today" and "Disarm," was the true sound of the alterna-'90s.
| December 02, 2011
Billy Corgan dishes on the 20th anniversary of Gish — one smashing debut record
The saturation of album anniversary celebrations has gotten out of hand in recent years.
Tales from the Pumpkin patch
| October 21, 2011
The Big Hurt: Corgan vs. Malkmus: 15-year grudge
As a child of the '90s, I sure find it heartwarming to see a classic feud of my youth re-form for a big festival appearance.
| November 26, 2010
Interview: Melissa Auf der Maur
Melissa Auf der Maur describes herself as "a good Boston Irish girl," born on St. Patrick's Day in 1972.
On her new CD and movie — and Billy, Courtney, and Danzig
| October 15, 2010
The Big Hurt: Now hiring
If you're a musician looking to break into the big leagues, now's your chance.
Music news in brief
| March 19, 2010
New Smashing Pumpkins Song
There's a new Smashing Pumpkins song. It's 6 minutes long and kind of odd. Download it free here.
| December 08, 2009
The Big Hurt: Liam alone
Everyone figured that Noel Gallagher would go solo — it’s been hinted at for years — but the break-up of Oasis has made it a grim inevitability.
Can an Oasis spinoff help but suck?
| November 06, 2009
The Big Hurt: ''Losing'' news in brief
AEROSMITH ’s disastrous summer of canceled tours and geriatric folly has taken its toll on guitarist Joe Perry, who recently told MTV that the band were on “indefinite hiatus” — which is music-industry slang for “I hate Steven Tyler.”
Aerosmith lose Joe; A-Ha lose everybody; Diddy loses bling; Corgan just loses it
| October 30, 2009
Burrito, Dick, Internets, MRTPQ, Boondock Saints, Pop Trash and WTF
The Info Burrito, Dick Clark, What's On The Internets, MRTPQ, the cast of The Boondock Saints II, Pop Trash and both WTF Lines are in...
| October 28, 2009
Pop Trash, Maura Johnston and WTF
There's Pop Trash, Maura Johnston, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query, the WTF Line and Bill Corgan in today's The Sandbox Podcast! Listen...
| July 16, 2009
Burrito, Maura, Ed, bodies, Hardwick and WTF?
The Info Burrito, Maura Johnston of Idolator (with Billy Corgan!), Special Ed singing,...
| June 11, 2009
Recap 6.11.09 by Intern The Big Mistake
Bah Weep Granah Weep Ninny Bong People! Listen for the sound of the Kraken for the cue to call ...
| June 11, 2009
Billy Corgan's TNA Wrestling Promo
| April 24, 2009
The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins
I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
| April 17, 2009
Morning news: March 31, 2009
Bomb scare in the Square: Police appear ready to blow up Kenmore dummy; bicycle commuters forced int...
| March 31, 2009
25. Billy Corgan
The snarl-toothed, light-bulb-headed Corgan has always been one of rock music's uglier characters. So now that he pouted through the roundly-panned Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour and came out in inexplicable favor of the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger,
The snarl-toothed, light-bulb-headed Corgan has always been one of rock music's uglier characters. So now that he pouted through the roundly-panned Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour and came out in inexplicable favor of the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, we couldn't avoid putting him high up.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
Fletcher, MRTPQ, Billy, Miley and WTF?
Fletcher reviews movies and DVDs he's neither seen nor heard, we talk about smoking Smarti...
| March 24, 2009
The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories
I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
Music news in brief
| March 03, 2009
Y'all come back now . . .
I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
| December 30, 2008
Billy, Don't Be a Hero
The second of a two-night stand in Boston, with no overlap from the previous night, the Saturday show started off with a few of Corgan's better-known tunes only to drift off into la-la land at around the halfway point.
Smashing Pumpkins at the Wang Theatre, November 15, 2008
| November 18, 2008
Fletcher's Pop Trash, WTF Line and The Finisher!
Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, we check the WTF Line and play back The Finisher! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
| September 25, 2008
Oddballs and noisemakers
Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
| May 07, 2008
From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.
Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go
| April 29, 2008
Punk rock redux
Try reimagining early punk as some physically intense and massively popular athletic contest.
Blood on the Wall pump out the nostalgia
| April 01, 2008
The ratio of falsehood to truth in the universe has not, of course, altered one jot since the world began.
Fakeries and the faking fakers who fake them
| March 13, 2008
Would more Britpop be too much to ask?
Supplementing Harmonix's 58-song set list
| February 12, 2008
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
| November 13, 2007
I scream, you scream
Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
A salute to ice cream trucks
| August 27, 2007
Virginia Beach–based Mae play catchy, pretty pop-rock perfect for kids whose parents won’t let them wear their Death Cab for Cutie T-shirts to Sunday school.
Singularity | Capitol
| August 07, 2007
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