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Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing

In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
The state of metal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 26, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Lep, Squire, Cee-Lo, and Sufjan duke it out

There's no end of lameness in music news this week, but here are a few of the highlights.
Lamewatch!
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 2011
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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
Mercury (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 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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AC-DC | Backtracks

How easy is it to admire AC/DC?
Columbia (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 13, 2009
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Weather reports

One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009


Rock of the ages

The year 1983 was a heady time for metal. Many a successful career got jump-started with a prominent release: Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil , Def Leppard's Pyromania , Dio's Holy Diver , Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind .
Dark horses of the '83 metal frenzy
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2009

Keeping the dream alive: Why Seven People Got Arrested at the Def Leppard/Poison show in rural New York


Following a Def Leppard/Poison show at an amusement park in upstate NY, a local community blog poste...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 28, 2009
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TUESDAY 30 POUR SOME SUGAR ON THEM Never mind "never say die." Def Leppard is not only wowing old zealots, they're wooing new devotees. Did...
By webteam  |  June 24, 2009
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Modern love

Hickey brought measured grace and a mellifluous voice to everything she touched.
The Last Town Chorus at Lizard Lounge, February 1, 2008
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2008

Lucky 13


Our producers Hall of Fame
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2007


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Balls of Fury

Credit in part Christopher Walken’s evil Feng, a screwy triad boss sponsoring a death-match ping-pong tourney in South America.
A comic mish-mash
By TOM MEEK  |  August 29, 2007

Dick for a day

I don't consider myself very girlie.
Arcades, sports bars, cigar bars, and strip clubs: for two intrepid female reporters, it’s all in the name of research  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 17, 2007
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Guitar heroes

It's hard to keep three people, much less 20, on the same page. Bang Camaro, "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" (mp3) Bang Camaro, "Rock of Mages" (mp3)
Bang Camaro unveil their debut CD
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 21, 2007
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Rock school

Pete Wentz wanted the kids to curse along with the chorus.
Fall Out Boy, Avalon, January 13, 2007
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 22, 2007

Bodies: Coeli Marsh



By TAMARA WIEDER  |  January 16, 2007


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Boston music news: November 17

“We expected people to just hate us,” says guitarist Bryn Bennett of BANG CAMARO ’s early days, nearly a year ago. Bang Camaro, "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" (mp3)
Notes on Bang Camaro and O'Brien's
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2006
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Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006
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Going on sale: October 6, 2006

Beirut, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade  
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 02, 2006
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D-Tension and Effect

Los Wünder Twins Del Rap are like the Tenacious D of old-school rhyme-spitting: supposed brothers, goofball raconteurs, big eaters, crass sex-talkers. Los Wünder Twins Del Rap, "Myspace Bitches"  (mp3)
W?nder twins: Activate!
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  June 15, 2006
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On the Racks: May 23, 2006

Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 23, 2006


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Going on sale, May 19, 2006

Pink, Foo Fighters, Mission of Burma, Roger Waters, Newport Folk Festival, and Newport Jazz Festival, plus Def Leppard shares a bill with Journey
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 15, 2006
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ID Check: Paul Foley

Maybe I should have taken Paul Foley up on his suggestion to meet in his Malden bathroom (“the only place I can really hang”) or “in a tub of oatmeal.”
Privately sweating DJ
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 02, 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