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Madonna, Sleigh Bells, Rick Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Grimes highlight early 2012 releases; plus, a concert sampler

There's nothing particularly apocalyptic about the releases thus far slated for 2012: perhaps this is the way that the music world melts down, with a whimper rather than a bang, right?
Winter forecast
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 30, 2011
[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

Despite the inevitable drop in temperatures, this week's Fall Preview includes a concert schedule that promises to keep things hot n' heavy all season long....
By Patrick McDermott  |  September 16, 2011
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Gang Gang Dance trip the light fantastic

Some musicians craft songs meant to elicit an emotion, and some fashion sonic mazes for the listener to get lost in. Over the course of a decade-plus career in shape-shifting psych, Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance have found a way to do both.
Everything time
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 08, 2011
photos of Fucked Up in Boston at royale

PHOTOS: Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood and Iceage at Royale

Royale | June 24, 2011
Royale | June 24, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 01, 2011
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The December Sound drop a sonic boom

Sonic mastermind Zack Sarzana (who returned from a sojourn to New York City a while back) and bandmates Jimmy Rossi Jr. and John McGuigan have always had a knack for finding the plot in a vast haze of feedback, occasionally shaping that cosmic stuff into
Grand scale
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 01, 2011
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Out: Matt Nathanson at City Hall Plaza's BBQ Beach Party

If you take a gig for something called "BBQ Beach Party," you'd think there would be some pretty decent grub on hand. But that wasn't exactly the case for Lexington native Matt Nathanson last Friday.  
Homecoming king
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 01, 2011

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Getting a sonic high with Ringo Deathstarr

The songs from Austin noise-pop trio Ringo Deathstarr — in particular, the devastating dopamine rush of "So High," which features a string of effects pedals marked "MBV" and "J+MC" and twitchy, whorling waves of feedback and call-and-response male/female
Fully operational
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 01, 2011
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Urge Overkill return to settle the rock score

For Chicago hook-heavy crew Urge Overkill, who come to T.T. the Bear's on July 9, years spent assuming the posture of rock gods were scant preparation for the real thing.  
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 01, 2011
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Fucked Up scale new concept heights, eye closure

Fucked Up have always relished the idea of screwing with people's heads.
Fucked Up scale new concept heights, eye closure
By REYAN ALI  |  June 24, 2011
OldJack perform at American Red Cross benefit concert

Photos: OldJack, The Wandas and Larcenist at Great Scott

May 10, 2011 | Great Scott | Allston, MA
 Boston music benefit for the southern communities ravaged by tornados
By KEN MARCOU  |  May 20, 2011
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After a decade on the grind, Trap Them find their stride

Hardcore cribbing from metal is hardly new territory. At least, according to Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney.  
Reshaping their core
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  May 20, 2011

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Dancing to life's desire lines with Lykke Li

You already love Lykke Li. You may not know that you do, exactly.  
Love & poison
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 20, 2011
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Owl City | All Things Bright and Beautiful

Odds are, if you're reading this review, you're not looking for an Owl City purchase recommendation.
Universal Republic (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  May 13, 2011
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The metallic pop sheen of the Cinnamon Fuzz

On World Coming Down, Type O Negative's 1999 musical exercise in morbidity, the New York doom-metal band closed with a cover of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," again showing off late frontman Peter Steele's obsession with darkening up some of music's more-po
Wave of mutilation
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 29, 2011
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The twee glide of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Kip Berman has obviously listened to enough pop music to know damn well his band totally kick ass, even if he won't admit it.  
A lack of friction
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 29, 2011
Mellow Bravo at Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

Out: Rock And Roll Rumble preliminary week

Midnight was fast approaching late last Thursday, April 7, when Keith Pierce of Mellow Bravo extended perhaps the standout set of this year's Rock And Roll Rumble preliminary week.
Don't call it a Battle of the Bands, k-thx
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 15, 2011

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Cut Copy elevate the cycle of rock and dance

Talking about rock and dance music as if they were entirely separate entities is weird, because in the early years, they were essentially the same thing.
Heights & music
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  April 01, 2011
The Bynars

Spring's starting line-up of new Boston rock

In the spirit of the fast-approaching baseball season, let's take a look at nine local rock shows that might offer the city more hits than Carl Crawford in April.  
Nine volts
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 18, 2011

Against Me! survive the major labels ... barely

Against Me! played the best rock show I've ever seen. This was almost seven years ago at Jackson Mann K-8 School in Allston, for a capacity crowd of about 300 people. Or maybe closer to 600. Or maybe fewer. I didn't take a head count.  
Achieving clarity
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 11, 2011
Rooney at the Middle East Downstairs

Photos: Rooney and Eisley at Middle East Downstairs

Rooney and Eisley | Middle East Downstairs | February 16, 2011
Rooney and Eisley | Middle East Downstairs | February 16, 2011
By CHRISSY BULAKITES  |  February 25, 2011

Exploring the frosty electronic pleasures of Brahms

Naming your band after a mighty musical figure whose work has preceded your group's by almost a couple of centuries takes some moxie, but don't mistake this choice for hubris. It's not quite a tribute, says Brahms's Cale Parks, but rather a way to chann
Digital symphony
By REYAN ALI  |  February 25, 2011

Girl Talk

Girl Talk's success is no longer sample sized

When the free download of All Day dropped unexpectedly in the middle of November, it exploded across the internet, leaving the mainstream media to explain what exactly Girl Talk is to those same people who don't know who Arcade Fire are.
Letting it rip
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 25, 2011
Tommy Stinson

Life still sounds good for GNR's Tommy Stinson

Stinson's legacy isn't entirely based on playing back-up. He's also chiseled out a side career as a guitarist and singer, creating a repertoire of hooky alt-rock songs in side projects Bash & Pop and Perfect and, most recently, in work released under
Modern-day replacement
By REYAN ALI  |  February 18, 2011

Mitch Easter brings his old-school Pro-Tools

Could some of rock's greatest albums possibly be produced in somebody's home studio, a by-product of the Garage Band generation? Underground-rock producer/nerd Mitch Easter doesn't think so.  
Studio affects
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 18, 2011

The re-formed Humanoids remain hell bent for leather

In the vortex of impossibility that is Coolidge Corner, it's not surprising that few residents realize there is a local rock demigod working at the neighborhood post office. "Strangely, there have been times when people knew who the Humanoids were, and i
Re-creating that metal edge
By NICK BLAKEY  |  February 11, 2011

Slideshow: Easy Star All-Stars at the Middle East downstairs

Easy Star All-Stars at the Middle East downstairs
Easy Star All-Stars, live at the Middle East downstairs, May 15, 2009
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  May 22, 2009


Slideshow: Britney Spears at the Garden

Photos of Britney Spears, live at the Garden, March 16, 2009
Britney Spears, live at TD Banknorth Garden, March 16, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  March 17, 2009