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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010

The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010

Must Flee TV?

If Jersey Shore and Last Comic Standing had a threesome with Curb Your Enthusiasm in the men’s room of Great Scott, the bastard issue might look a little something like Quiet Desperation .
With his new ‘reality sitcom,’ the artist formerly known as Robbie Roadsteamer tries to stop the Allston hipster brain drain
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Bad, bad decade: 20 Worst Alternative Rock Albums of the 2000s

Last month, WFNX invited its listeners to pick the Top 101 Alternative Albums of the Decade. The methodology: throw 400 albums into a random-generating web...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 30, 2009

The Big Hurt: Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks

What a lovely concept is mainstream rock : all that subversive stuff was fun for a while, but isn't rock much lovelier now that it's straightened up and joined the hegemony?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 05, 2009

The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

Nu-Metal, Greg Behrendt and WTF

Nu-Metal, Greg Behrendt and WTF

The Best Worst Nu-Metal Song returns with the Battle for New England! Greg Behrendt stops ...
By Charlie  |  February 13, 2009

Off the couch: October 24, 2008

Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008

Hotter than ever

The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008

The kids are all right

There is an outstanding possibility that your high-school band sucked.
Teenage kicks courtesy of Mindwalk Blvd
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 26, 2008

A winning combination

Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008


Boston, beer, and Bobby Brown

Last weekend at the Orpheum, Bobby Brown was not indicted but inducted.
The 20th-Anniversary BMAs
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007

Boston music news: November 30, 2007

The Milky Way Lounge & Lanes lives.
Notes on Casey Desmond and the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 27, 2007

A tribute to Brad Delp

Brad Delp, singer for Boston and Beatles cover band Beatlejuice, was a rock-and-roll suicide.
Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, Bank of America Pavillion, August 19, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2007

Boston music news: June 15, 2007

Jim Infantino of Jim's Big Ego is describing The Ego & the Oracle , a show he’s been staging Sundays at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway.
Notes on Jim's Big Ego, Campaign for Real-Time, and, um, Mayor Menino
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2007

Boston music news: May 4, 2007

Chris Mascara has been thinking about musical genres and labeling.
Notes on Chris Mascara and Berklee's new internet radio presence
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2007


Son of Lawrence

Sully Erna, Lawrence-born singer for Godsmack, is feeling reflective as he approaches February 7, the date of his 38th birthday and the release of his memoir, The Paths We Choose .
Sully Erna gets the key to his city
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 23, 2007

Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

End of a great run

Back in 1994, post-Nirvana alt-rock bands, thankful for the welcome musical climate, were figuring out new directions to take loud power chords.
State of Corruption go out on top
By BOB GULLA  |  October 24, 2006

Top Ten Boston CDs: week of September 10, 2006

Seemless, Dane Cook, Godsmack, and more.
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 BOSTON CDS  |  September 12, 2006

Top 10 local CDs: week of September 3

Dane Cook, Unearth, Catie Curtis, and more
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  September 05, 2006


The New New Age

“In the United States,” wrote novelist and poet Jim Harrison in 1976, “it is a curious habit of ours to wait for the future when it has happened already.”| Daniel Pinchbeck discusses 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (mp3)
The movement pulls away from the mainstream and gets apocalyptic
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 17, 2006

War stories

The men of Antler are no longer chasing the big time, balls crushed in leather pants. What are they hoping for from this project? Antler, "The Gentle Butcher   (mp3)
Antler don’t want your crack
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 14, 2006

Going on sale: June 16

Snow Patrol, Muse, Godsmack, Santana, Raconteurs, and the Download Festival
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 13, 2006

Top Ten Boston CDs: Week of June 4, 2006

Damone takes over the Mission
As reported by Newbury Comics
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2006

Growing pains

So much has happened for the Dresden Dolls over the past year that it’s no surprise the duo fared so well in this year’s Best Music Poll.
The Dresden Dolls try to balance life and art
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006


Alchemical ascendancy

Maynard James Keenan, to borrow an observation made about the young William Burroughs, has the face of a sheep-killing dog — taut, starved, bleakly symmetrical, with an underhang of menace.
Into the heart of Tool’s darkness
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 17, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs: May 14, 2006

Same as it ever was: Godsmack, Cook, Dolls reign supreme
As reported by Newbury Comics
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs, week of May 7, 2006

Godsmack, Dresden Dolls on top again
As reported by Newbury Comics
By EDITORIAL  |  May 09, 2006

Redemption rock

The idea of fall and redemption is thousands of years old, and it’s laced into the new Godsmack album, where singer Sully Erna’s lyrics spin a tale of rock-and-roll excess, its emotional strain, and if not outright salvation, at least the promise of it.
Godsmack look to the metal greats for guidance
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 04, 2006