Brendan O'Brien

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Gaslight Anthem -- Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012

Mastodon | Crack in the Skye

"Mastodon are a full-on metal band for people who think they're too cool to like metal," writes Will Hermes in his four-star Rolling Stone review of the latest from these veteran Atlanta bone crushers.
Reprise (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 30, 2009

Mixed nuts

Ballet Rox's Urban Nutcracker , the ultimate multicultural Christmas celebration, has become so inclusive, it's almost a blur.
Ballet Rox's Urban Nutcracker
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 16, 2008

Celebratory angst

What with song titles like “Split Me Wide Open,” “Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear,” and “Tragedy Bound,” it’s clear that Bravery frontman Sam Endicott is working out some angst.
The Bravery at the Paradise, February 19, 2008
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 26, 2008

Do you believe in Magic?

On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 01, 2007

Midsummer muses

It’s been almost 20 years since Corgan first bared his barren soul to the world and not a whole lot has changed.
Smashing Pumpkins redux and Velvet Revolver
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007


Ima Robot

With the Killers gone arena-roots and the Bravery recording with Pearl Jam/Springsteen producer Brendan O’Brien, somebody’s gotta keep the dance-rock-circa-2004 flame alive.
Monument To The Masses | Virgin
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 17, 2006