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Chris Cornell | Songbook

Chris Cornell's reaction to the critical lynching his Timbaland-produced debacle Scream took in 2009 was to grow his hair back out, reunite with Soundgarden (currently in the studio), and embark on a solo tour stripped down to just an acoustic guitar.
Universal (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 09, 2011
short take Machine Gun Preacher

Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
White-savior storyline
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 30, 2011

Soundgarden | Telephantasm

Aside from an unfortunate crop of John Graham art making the cover look like one of those three-wolf-moon T-shirts, Telephantasm is a solid retrospective for a Seattle metal band who got wrapped up in flannel.
A&M Records (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 08, 2010

The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans

Platinum shenanigans
Plus more music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2010

Slideshow: Chris Cornell at House of Blues

Chris Cornell live at the Boston House of Blues, April 10, 2009.
Chris Cornell live at the House of Blues, April 10, 2009
By CONNOR GLEASON  |  April 17, 2009

The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009


Action Jackson

Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009

Sick leave

Because of an unforeseen medical emergency and resultant procedure, “Big Hurt” columnist David Thorpe was unable to furnish his regularly scheduled column to the Phoenix this week.
David Thorpe: The early writings
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2008

The Big Hurt: Here come the summer fests

Look alive, alt-metal fans. Time to polish the wallet chain, spray some Febreze on the ol’ cargo shorts, and dye your goatee purple for maximum extremeness: festival season is nearly upon us!
‘Excellent entertainment-value propositions’ for all!
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 06, 2008

Going on sale: April 25, 2008

Feist, Rooney, the Black Angels, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade

By GOING ON SALE  |  April 24, 2008

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


Revolution rock

It’s an incongruous sight at first: Tom Morello strumming an acoustic guitar emblazoned with the words “Whatever It Takes.”
Tom Morello rages quietly against the machine
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 17, 2007

Going on sale: March 16, 2007

Arctic Monkeys, Manu Chao, Motherboar, Mastodon, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  March 13, 2007

Do you remember alt-rock radio?

For the first half-hour of their set last night at Avalon, Gomez failed to bring a song in under the five-minute mark. Which wasn’t such a bad thing.
Gomez, Avalon, March 6, 2007
By ANDREW FIRESTONE  |  March 09, 2007

The Zutons

The Zutons’ second outing features more straightforward rock than their Talking-Heads-meet-Madness debut, but where’s the fun in that?
Tired of Hanging Around | Epic
By BRIAN E. KING  |  September 18, 2006

On the racks: September 5, 2006 Grizzly Bear, Bob Mould, and more.
Beyoncé, the Rapture, Audioslave...
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006


Playing with poetry

Chris Mascara played Jesus to Gary Cherone's Judas. His band's new mini-album is a harrowing tale of personality meltdown and recovery.
Mascara find inspiration in the classics
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 19, 2006