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The Big Hurt: This week in technical difficulties
As a freshly minted connoisseur of dead-guy holograms, I was thrilled when Brian May announced that deceased legend FREDDIE MERCURY would make a special appearance at the 10th anniversary show of Queen's musical, We Will Rock You.
| May 22, 2012
Dan Capaldi steps out from behind the kit
In addition to plenty of other projects, Dan Capaldi has played drums now for two of Portland's most important bands of the last five years: the brightly burning Cambiata and the still-on-the-rise Holy Boys Danger Club.
On the Level
| January 28, 2011
The Big Hurt: The week in death
Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
| April 30, 2010
Unitards survive the ages
Truthfully I've been looking for an excuse to do a blog post in which I could use this clip of Jean-Claude Van Damme dancing in...
| March 04, 2010
Much of the early backlash that followed the Strokes' meteoric rise had to do with the idea that a '00s punk revival couldn't be spearheaded by a band of moneyed prep-school twerps — as if boarding school and rock stars didn't go together like marmalade
Rock's rich history of boarding-school brats
| January 08, 2010
Review: Resident Evil 5
Is it racist? The question has been plaguing Resident Evil 5 since its infamous trailer debuted at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Bigoted, or just boring?
| March 24, 2009
The end of everything
The Cambiata are never satisfied.
The more the Cambiata change, the more they improve
| January 07, 2009
Party like it's 1999
Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
| December 30, 2008
Rock and rote
Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
| November 05, 2008
Lady Gaga | The Fame
GaGa ups the ante in terms of catchy songwriting and sheer high-in-the-club-banging-to-the-beat abandon.
| October 22, 2008
Crossword: ''I'm surrounded by idiots''
To the left and right, as shown
| September 03, 2008
The new girl
“I am the pink in a sea of darkness.”
Katy Perry storms the boys’ club
| July 15, 2008
For a while, Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn wrote terrific stories.
The Hold Steady make it hard to Stay Positive
| June 24, 2008
Crossword: ''Hag in there''
Sounds like you've got a cold
| June 04, 2008
Good news from the literary delivery room: the ignoble genre of rock biography has just given birth to its first genuine comedy.
The little Dutch boys who could
| October 23, 2007
The big show
There was plenty of flesh, exposed and otherwise, jiggling — most notably, four fat-bottomed girls who sang and danced in front of Gunpowder Gelatine.
Exploring the larger side of Burlesque at the Millky Way, September 5, 2007
| September 10, 2007
If Queen had not existed, it would by no means have been necessary to invent them.
How Queen trumped the punks
| August 07, 2007
They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
| July 16, 2007
Singin’ ’n’ swingin’
Since busting out of Providence on the heels of her educational stint at Brown, Erin McKeown has been in earnest pursuit of greatness.
Erin McKeown embraces lightness and ‘easy-ness’
| December 05, 2006
The Mars Volta’s new Amputechture (Universal) is the first album the Los Angeles–based prog-punk ensemble have made that doesn’t have a unifying story line.
The sonic growth of the Mars Volta
| September 26, 2006
The Ark are the Platonic ideal of what you’d want from a glam-rock band: wrapped in leather and lace, unabashedly queer, with ridiculous hooks and brashly sweet guitar riffs.
State of the Ark | Rebel Group
| June 29, 2006
The band performed with the over-rehearsed passion and intensity of a presidential State of the Union address. Slideshow: Keane's in-store performance at First Act Guitar Studio, June 24, 2006
Keane at First Act Guitar Studio
| June 26, 2006
Not bummed out
Allmusic.com refers to Josh Homme’s old band Kyuss as “a heavy metal Velvet Underground . . . pioneers of the booming underground ‘stoner rock’ scene of the 1990s.”
Eagles of Death Metal pursue Death by Sexy
| April 20, 2006
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