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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012
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Photos: Bon Jovi at the TD Garden

Bon Jovi performs live at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 1, 2011.
Bon Jovi | TD Garden | March 1, 2011  
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 11, 2011
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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
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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

Crossword: ''Battle of the Bands''

Who would win?
Who would win?
By MATT JONES  |  April 30, 2010
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Naked Boston

Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010


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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 30, 2009
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Long way to the top

"I wanted longevity, even if it meant obscurity."
The belated glory of Anvil
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2009
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Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

In 1984, the cocky Canadian rockers shared stages with Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, only to fade into total obscurity as other up-and-coming metal acts copped their chops and steamrolled past.
The most satisfying film ending I've seen all year
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009
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Here they come a-wassailing

There's not a whole lot of Yuletide-themed activity on Boston's musical fringes this year, and that makes the holiday rock show at the Milky Way this Sunday all the more welcome.
Rock bands, throat singer, and a partridge in a pear tree
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 16, 2008
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Fun Funeral Rite

Now it can be revealed: Amanda Palmer has a stage mom.
Amanda Palmer at the Paradise, November 24, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008


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Nine-step program

The history of rock, as a technical story, is a mix of skilled craftsmen and total doofuses sticking their fingers in wall sockets over and over.
The best pedals ever to happen to rock music
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008
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Teen scenes

The show fills this summer’s void of outdoor theater with a light and gleeful touch.
Giving love a bad name in the park
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 05, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Tragic kingdom

The whole Hard Rock enterprise — which started as a café and has since branched out into hotels, casinos, and a vast nationwide network of lame T-shirts — has built great success on the idea of “rock.”
Hard Rock Park about as awesome as it sounds
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 2008
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Carolina Liar

Highly recommended to those unafraid of late-period Bon Jovi.
Coming to Terms | Atlantic
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 20, 2008
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Lavigne squeaks; Winehouse freaks; Oasis leaks

Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne both have laryngitis this week. Explain that, Richard Dawkins.
The Big Hurt: music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 12, 2008


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Never poor in spirit

The prospect of New England gospel-soul singer Mighty Sam McClain recording a duet with Jon Bon Jovi or performing onstage with Natalie Merchant seems improbable.
Homeless, not rootless
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 14, 2007
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Urban bards

“You’ll find us. We’ll sound like Kenny G on acid.”
The summer sidewalk subculture that enlivens the city all year round
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2007
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Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007

Hiss and Chambers

The band are an unlikely but ultimately logical choice for local popularity.
Music seen at Space Gallery, June 15, 2007
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Got game?


A guide to the city's best sports bars
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  May 21, 2007


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Devilish details

From the Kinks’ “Lola” to Henry Gross’s “Shannon” (about a dog, remember?), pop music has a noble tradition of songs with secret meanings. The Sterns, "Supreme Girl" (mp3)
The Sterns polish their rhymes
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 23, 2007

Flashbacks, April 21, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006
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MP3 Alert

From Spanish teen pop to mopey Scottish indie rock to Bleu’s Bon Joviest tune yet, there’s a little something for everyone in this week’s downloadable picks.
Free downloads from Belle and Sebastian, the Spinto Band, and more
By BRIAN KING  |  January 20, 2006
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Bands to watch out for

Winter in Boston is like being grounded. Too many housebound nights, and we’re bored, stir-crazy, and filled with the overwhelming sense of injustice at being stuck in here while the whole world goes on out there.
Promising local releases in ’06
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  December 29, 2005