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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
| 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
| 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...
| July 22, 2010
A field guide to latter-day chill wave
A field guide to latter-day chill wave
| March 05, 2010
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
| June 19, 2009
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
| May 08, 2009
Asobi Seksu | Hush
| 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
| 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)
| November 11, 2008
Despite the title of their debut album, it’s unlikely that there was anything particularly strange about the Cinematics’ education.
A Strange Education | TVT
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| September 07, 2007
I almost fell asleep looking at the lineup (Bad Religion and New Found Glory again? Really?).
Previewing the "Lucky 13th"
| August 07, 2007
Crossword: ''What Happened?''
Like it or not, it's worthy of debate.
| 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
| June 12, 2007
The buzz about Jandek is . . . is . . . Well, let’s try again.
The mysterious Jandek apparently exists — and he’s coming to Boston
| May 25, 2007
May 25, 2007
| 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
| May 08, 2007
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
| 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
| May 02, 2007
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
| May 01, 2007
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
| 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.
| September 27, 2006
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
| 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?
| June 14, 2006
“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
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| May 10, 2006
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
| 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
BALLAD OF THE BROKEN SEAS | V2
| March 06, 2006
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