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The Big Hurt: True or false?

Rather than the usual "News in Brief," maybe I'll make things a little more interesting this week.
A music 'News in Brief' quiz
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 22, 2010

Teenage Fanclub are back on the scene

Teenage Fanclub singer/guitarist Norman Blake has finally left the unlikely European pop-music center of Glasgow that he helped build.
Beyond the shadows of Glasgow
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 24, 2010

Winning ticket: Celtic ‘beat’ Sporting, 1-1, at Fenway

Green was the order of the evening last night when football -- the world version -- returned to Fenway Park for the first time in...
By Jeffrey Gantz  |  July 22, 2010

Dream on

A field guide to latter-day chill wave
A field guide to latter-day chill wave
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

Mixed emotions

When at the end of the title track of her band's new My Maudlin Career (4AD) Camera Obscura vocalist/songwriter Tracyanne Campbell coos "I don't want to be sad again" over a bed of ethereally jaunty chamber pop, you'd be wise to take that with a grain o
The beautiful mood swings of Camera Obscura
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 19, 2009
found list

Uncovering the imagination

More than meaningless scraps of paper, discarded objects, or misplaced keepsakes, Found items are stories in themselves.
Finding human truths in Found items
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 08, 2009


Asobi Seksu | Hush

Polyvinyl (2009)
Polyvinyl (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 18, 2009

A flair for the drama

"There's not enough hype in the world for Glasvegas," old reliable hypemonger NME recently proclaimed. But that doesn't mean the magazine and the rest of the British music press aren't trying.
Great Scott, January 4, 2009
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 06, 2009

Momus | Joemus

Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 11, 2008

The Cinematics

Despite the title of their debut album, it’s unlikely that there was anything particularly strange about the Cinematics’ education.  
A Strange Education | TVT
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 27, 2008


You get all the shimmering, over-processed guitars, all the feather-light vocals, and all the intense volume without the unsightly Doc Martens or ugly Beetlejuice tights.

Mahogany comes to town

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 22, 2008


The big hurt: Music news in brief

Those of us still chuckling over DMX's “your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack” diatribe are in for another dose of ill-informed rapper cuteness.

Wal-Mart wanes, Satan wins, Weiland whines

By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2008

The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom

“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2008

The best of times

On Boston Harbor’s Long Island, two miles out in Quincy Bay, the Curley Building stands hulking and decrepit.
More than a decade into their career, Dropkick Murphys accept success — and pay tribute to the people and the city who helped them earn it
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 07, 2007

Up-and-coming Warped-types

I almost fell asleep looking at the lineup (Bad Religion and New Found Glory again? Really?).
Previewing the "Lucky 13th"
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 07, 2007

Crossword: ''What Happened?''

Like it or not, it's worthy of debate.
By MATT JONES  |  July 16, 2007


Packin' 'em in on Lansdowne Street

Whoever told you that the post-punk revival is on the wane was wrong.
Best Music Poll Party, Lansdowne Street, June 6, 2007
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 12, 2007

Nowhere man

The buzz about Jandek is . . . is . . . Well, let’s try again.
The mysterious Jandek apparently exists — and he’s coming to Boston
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 23, 2007

The eyes have it

We’ve come a long way from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Red , in which a retired judge falls into disgrace for listening in on his neighbors.
Surveillance thriller Red Road experiences peek activity
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2007

Road rules

Dogme is out, done for, as are Lars von Trier’s sly strictures on making Dogme films: only natural lighting, the actors must wear their real clothes, etc.
Andrea Arnold takes on Lars von Trier
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 08, 2007



“I’m not much on rear-window ethics,” quips Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece.
Rear Window is model for Hollywood’s latest trend, a fear-inspired peep-a-palooza
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 02, 2007

Gay abandon?

Has gay cinema become a mere ghetto nowadays, of interest to its sexual demographic and no one else?
The edge has gone from the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 01, 2007

Cinematic trends

If it seems there’s a glut of good shows around town this week, that’s because hundreds of bands have converged on the Northeast for New York’s answer to South by Southwest, the CMJ Music Marathon, which wraps up this weekend.
CMJ Music Marathon bands  
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 30, 2006

Pop-up shops lose their cool with corporate push

By the time Rem Koolhaas’s hyper-designed Prada flagship store opened in the reeling, blighted SoHo of December 2001, its moment had already passed.
By CHRISTINA BEVILACQUA  |  September 27, 2006

Camera Obscura

Oh Tracyanne, why do you torture us so? Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of This Country" (mp3)
Let’s Get Out of the Country | Merge
By BILL JENSEN  |  June 28, 2006



Who will the British gush machine fawn over next? “Sexy In Latin,” Little Man Tate (mp3) | “Bang Bang You’re Dead,” Dirty Pretty Things  (mp3) | “Breathe,” The Cinematics  (mp3)
Next big things from across the pond?
By IAN SANDS  |  June 14, 2006

Beast masters

“I think that what we do very naturally as a band is quite predictable,” says Mogwai guitarist and de facto leader Stuart Braithwaite.
Mogwai celebrate 10 years of loudness

I'll be watching you

When Conrad Chase, director of Barcelona’s Baja Beach Club, asked his VIP customers if they wanted a microchip implanted in their arms, many of them didn’t think twice.
A new tracking technology could make today’s debates about warrantless spying seem quaint  
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  May 04, 2006

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

There’s always been a threat of Hello Kitty overkill in music by former Belle and Sebastian chanteuse Isobel Campbell — that’s the price of a voice as light and wispy as Campbell’s, and of material so consciously designed to evoke the lost innocence of c
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 06, 2006