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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.
Where’s Freddie?
By  |  May 22, 2012
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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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010
Unitards survive the ages

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...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 04, 2010
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Prep rally

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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010
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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?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 24, 2009


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The end of everything

The Cambiata are never satisfied.
The more the Cambiata change, the more they improve
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 07, 2009
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008
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Rock and rote


Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 05, 2008
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Lady Gaga | The Fame

GaGa ups the ante in terms of catchy songwriting and sheer high-in-the-club-banging-to-the-beat abandon.  
Interscope (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 22, 2008

Crossword: ''I'm surrounded by idiots''


To the left and right, as shown
By MATT JONES  |  September 03, 2008


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The new girl

“I am the pink in a sea of darkness.”
Katy Perry storms the boys’ club
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 15, 2008
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Diminishing returns

For a while, Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn wrote terrific stories.
The Hold Steady make it hard to Stay Positive
By RICHARD BECK  |  June 24, 2008

Crossword: ''Hag in there''


Sounds like you've got a cold
By MATT JONES  |  June 04, 2008
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Sexual Halen

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
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 23, 2007
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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
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 10, 2007


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Endless rhapsody

If Queen had not existed, it would by no means have been necessary to invent them.
How Queen trumped the punks
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 07, 2007
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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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’
By BOB GULLA  |  December 05, 2006
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Freedom songs

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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 26, 2006
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The Ark

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
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  June 29, 2006


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Politically impassioned?

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
By AUDREY GRAYSON  |  June 26, 2006
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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
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 20, 2006