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Between rock and a hard place with Das Muerte

The Facebook page for Boston outfit Das Muerte lists under genre "Rock/Funk/Avant Garde."  
Broken barriers
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012

Shows at two museums combine for a real lesson

The connections between Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and the Portland Art Society are pretty straightforward.
Three Maine masters
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 17, 2012

An unorthodox Church in Wellfleet

Take your gaze from your navel and place your eyes on the prize!
Revival tactics
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012
Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

The Figgs | The Day Gravity Stopped

These days Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly, and Pete Hayes are involved in enough extracurricular activities (Graham Parker, NRBQ, countless side/session-men gigs) that you could hardly blame them if they closed their two decades-plus Figgs chapter.
Stomper (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 18, 2012

Sleepy Sun | Spine Hits

San Francisco's Sleepy Sun have been recognized in recent years for their hand in the resurgence of West Coast psychedelia.
The End (2012)
By PERRY EATON  |  April 13, 2012


Photos: Boston Facial Hair Fiasco at Church

Facial fuzz afficianados gathered at Church for the Boston Facial Hair Fiasco's beard and mustache competition on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
Church | Saturday, February 18, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: Joyful Noise

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2012
Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011
[tonight in the fens] Tan Vampires + Moe Pope + Grey Sky Appeal @ Church

[tonight in the fens] Tan Vampires + Moe Pope + Grey Sky Appeal @ Church

We’ve been hip to New Hampshire indie sextet TAN VAMPIRES for a while now, recently adding the frolicking pop of standout single "Digital Rot" into...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 02, 2011
Church reverts to 21-plus policy for all events

Church reverts to 21-plus policy for all events

Fenway rock club CHURCH is shifting to a 21-plus format for all of its shows until a dispute with the city is settled. The Kilmarnock...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 03, 2011

[live recap] Helicopria rises @ Church

[live recap] Helicopria rises @ Church

Three vibrant Boston bands emerged Thursday night at Church during the release party for the HELICOPRIA, a developing prog-rock band formed at Berklee that last...
By Kaya B.  |  September 20, 2011
September 23-24 | Crash Safely at Church

September 23-24 | Crash Safely at Church

Fundraising bike rides can be incredibly worthwhile efforts, but the less athletically inclined among us just don’t have the leg strength to ride anything other...
By Meghan Kavanaugh  |  September 19, 2011

Boston rock bands together for Crash Safely

If music can be a refuge for the open-minded, it should also be able to take the lead in changing entrenched attitudes.
Landing spot
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 16, 2011

Tommy Keene | Behind the Parade

For nearly 30 years Tommy Keene has been a go-to guy for fans of guitar-driven pop rock.
Second Motion Records (2011)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Brighton Rock

For Graham Greene, the Catholic Church served more as a scourge than a comfort, but in Rowan Joffe's dreary, incoherent adaptation of Greene's 1939 novel, it merely offers an excuse to add choirs to the soundtrack.
Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's 1939 novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011

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Newton's New Art Center exposes heavy metal from within

Named for a Candlemass song, staged in a former church, and curated by a pair of noise-loving MassArt grads, the upcoming group show "We Still See the Black" brings a thunderous charge of wrathful, subtle, beguiling, and teeming contemporary art to Newto
The black art
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 26, 2011

Kool Keith had a purple keyboard and green synth

Keith's ubiquitous props are often trumpeted on rap sites and comment boards, where he's cited as the chief influence behind everyone from Tech N9ne to Tyler, the Creator.
Odd past
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 05, 2011
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Acaro find empowerment through aggressive metal

Acaro are arguably the hungriest metal band in Boston.
Crafting a legacy
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  July 22, 2011
[q&a] Ben Deily on the early days of the Lemonheads (and reunion?), the formation of Varsity Drag and remembering Billy Ruane

[q&a] Ben Deily on the early days of the Lemonheads (and reunion?), the formation of Varsity Drag and remembering Billy Ruane

The following 6,000-plus words are the unedited transcript of my interview conducted with BEN DEILY of VARSITY DRAG and his wife and bassist, LISA. While...
By Nolan Gawron  |  July 19, 2011
Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011

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Varsity Drag's Ben Deily carves his own path to happiness

Even after 25 years, Deily's voice and style remain remarkably similar to that of his teenage years with the Lemonheads: his hybrid of anxious punk delivery and sentimental pop prowess are as earnest and honest now as they were then.
School of rock
By NOLAN GAWRON  |  July 15, 2011

Review: Doubt at Roger Williams University

To say that John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is an essay in action is misleading, since we're more aware of watching the human dilemmas unfold than we are of learning from the play.
The Accused
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 15, 2011

[tonight @ church] People At Parties (ex-Von Iva, Boyskout), Vanity Theft, Andre Obin

  People at parties — we love ’em, we hate ’em, our Facebook walls are littered with annoying photos of ’em. But from the shores...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 08, 2011
Inching along

Inching along

We don't usually think of rock clubs as venues for live theater. Unless, of course, you count all the times we played spectator while a...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 30, 2011
5 Courses with Laura Henry-Zoubir of Dramshop Hospitality

5 Courses with Laura Henry-Zoubir of Dramshop Hospitality

Laura Henry-Zoubir conquered live Dungeness crab, bone marrow, and three other Food Network-selected chefs to win $10,000 on a January episode of Chopped. Now the...
By Renee Trilivas  |  May 02, 2011

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Death Ray Vision emerge from scrap metal

Metal, being a musical genre based on extremes, embodies an ongoing war between conservative and radical forces.  
Veteran thrashers
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Vary Lumar "Hysteriatype"

 There’s a hypnotic, almost dream-like quality to the sounds coming out of VARY LUMAR’s collective dome: equal bits alt-rock and electronics, all intertwined in creating...
By Michael Marotta  |  April 21, 2011

Friday: Evacuation Day party @ Church

True story: Several years ago, I lived in a tiny shithole studio apartment on Brighton Avenue in Allston Rock City, sort-of above where old Herrel's...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 15, 2011

MP3 of the Week: Herra Terra "Lost In Labyrinth"

When HERRA TERRA were nominated for a Boston Music Award last year, they were cast in the Metal/Hardcore category. But the Worcester quartet carry more...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 10, 2011