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The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs

More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 28, 2010

Review: Fanfarlo at T.T. the Bear's

I wasn't expecting much from London indie-pop band Fanfarlo at T.T.the Bear's last Thursday evening. For the passed month, I had a live performance of theirs bouncing around my iPod, which I downloaded only because I thought their name was cool.
Fanfarlo, live at T.T. the Bear's Place, December 17, 2009
By DAVID BOFFA  |  December 25, 2009

Magnificent machines

A machine that can make everything. It's been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But now, it's a reality. In fact, there's one in Providence.
Inside AS220's Fab Lab
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  August 07, 2009
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Giant's steps

Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans
Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 07, 2009

Eat it, High School Musical!

It's a Thursday afternoon at Lexington High, and 20 or so students have congregated in a music room surrounded by racks of folding chairs and sporting a sleek black Steinway baby grand.
Amanda Palmer and Lexington High take on Neutral Milk Hotel
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 08, 2009

Elvis Perkins | Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Elvis Perkins is the third Elvis on my iPod, and he's also the least controversial of the lot: he doesn't shake his pelvis or appropriate the unsung musical styles of others, and he certainly hasn't engaged in an epithet-laced bar fight at a Holiday In
XL (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 03, 2009

High-tech high jinx

Like being visited by the Grinch instead of Santa, it looks as if Barack Obama is going to have to give up his beloved BlackBerry not long after this holiday season draws to a close.
Anybody can give electronics that do something useful, it takes imagination to air-condition a dog
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 08, 2008

Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You

It begins with a MIDI organ and Tundra singing like Little Orphan Annie: “I landed in somebody’s lap, between the iPod and yellow trucker cap.”
Domino (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 11, 2008

The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008

Road worriers

Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 03, 2008

Me and my tattoos

I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008


Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008

Please release me

If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2008

A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008

Steam dream

The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 14, 2008

Calling for back-up

Of all the tumult and talent swinging through town in 2006, I cherish most my memories of Audible Mainframe backing Slick Rick at Harpers Ferry.
Slick Rick gets fly with a little help from his friends
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2008


The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

On-line bins

In the age of the iPod and the impersonal digital download, the death knell of the traditional record store, piled high with vinyl and CDs, gets sounded with monotonous regularity.
Mimaroglu Music Sales and Weirdo Records
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 17, 2007

Sound Session 07’s musical melting pot

King and his crew’s “genre-defying” tag is real, and at no time is it more real than in the coming week.
Giant steps
By BOB GULLA  |  July 10, 2007

Straight talk

You can call Patty Griffin a singer-songwriter if you must, but don’t expect her to tell you exactly what that means.
Patty Griffin modestly hits a new peak
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  April 17, 2007

Oh ... uh, wow ... thanks?

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, holiday shopping was a fairly straightforward enterprise.
The Internet is a vast trove of very strange gifts
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 07, 2006


Don't call it clawhammer

Of the 3877 songs currently on my iPod (generation two, 20 gigs) none had “unclassifiable” in the genre description until I loaded the Toughcats’ debut full-length into my iTunes.
The Tough cats hit the mainland with Piñata
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 29, 2006

Etymological snowdrift

Snowboarders have a particular flair for christening their tricks.
This year’s ski gear — b y any other name
By JESS MCCONNELL  |  November 09, 2006

Dear iPod listener

I can hear you all the way over here.
A few things for the next five years
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 30, 2006

Hot rod your iPod

Next month, Microsoft will release its sort-of-anticipated Zune portable media player, finally offering a product some think could go head-to-head with Apple’s iPod.
Freedom of Choice
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 04, 2006

Siren song

When the Receiving End of Sirens took the stage, coming out to the “Cheers” theme (“Sometimes you want to go….”) and the screams of a packed Avalon, it was clear that it was good to be back.
Keating, Portugal. The Man, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Circa Survive at Avalon, August 14, 2006
By SAM MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 15, 2006


Geek in the woods

For city dwellers accustomed to living with iPods, cell phones, and steady wi-fi, a weekend spent camping can send well-adapted urbanites into temporary panic.
Roughing it for urban gadget fiends
By KATE COHEN  |  July 25, 2006

Phones remix

Cell phone manufacturers are slowly coming around to the notion that a little bulk isn’t bad, especially if it means there’s fewer things in your pockets.
Is that a bigger Verizon in your pocket or are you happy to see me?
By MICHAEL JOHNSON  |  June 05, 2006

'Urge' overkill

Windows Media files may be the 8-track-tapes of the digital-music universe, but Urge figures 13-year-olds will suck it up to get their mitts on exclusive TRL outtakes and AFI playlists.
Microsoft and MTV deliver too much of a bad thing
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 31, 2006

Mission statements

You can tell a lot by a man’s record collection, and even more by his DJ set. And if not? Well, you still got to hear the new Burma record The Obliterati at the Enormous Room.
Brazilian funk, Missy Elliott, and other things you wouldn’t expect to find in Mission of Burma’s record crates
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 24, 2006