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Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

Ten Boston tech companies to watch in 2011

Breakout start-ups
By BOSTINNOVATION.COM STAFF  |  December 31, 2010

The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

The most frustrating thing about being a gamer is trying to keep up with the hype train.
Heavy reign
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 24, 2010

Review: Dance Central

These are trying times for Harmonix.
Harmonix busts a move
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 26, 2010

Bang Camaro fight the business of rock

It was January 6, 2009, on the set of The Late Show down in New York City, and Conan O'Brien just couldn't shut up about Bang Camaro. Even the normally stoic Max Weinberg admitted to being a fan.
Skidding out of control
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 12, 2010

Review: Rock Band 3

Adding a keyboard to Rock Band 3 was the most logical move for Harmonix.
Keys open doors
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 12, 2010

[updated] Viacom selling Harmonix

Well, here's some news. Kotaku is reporting that Viacom, parent company of MTV and a host of other media outlets, is planning to sell off Harmonix,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010
The Rock Band Network is up and running

The Rock Band Network is up and running

That's right: KMFDMLast summer, Harmonix announced a bold new strategy to enable artists, labels, management, or other authorized hangers-on to upload music to something called...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 05, 2010

Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010

Harmonix lays off 39 people

Harmonix let go of 13% of its staff today in a surprising turn, given the success of The Beatles: Rock Band and that fact that...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 10, 2009


Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 11, 2009

Burrito, Fletcher's reviews, Disorientation announcement, Sean Baptiste and WTF?

  The Info Burrito, Fletcher Music and DVD review, Disorientation 2009 announcement, Sean Baptiste of Harmonix and both WTF Lines all make todays The Sandbox...
By Charlie  |  September 08, 2009

The Bon Savants blog their Rock Band Network experience

About a month and a half ago, our friends at Harmonix took a break from their ceaseless promotion of The Beatles: Rock Band (our review...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 04, 2009

Players only

Jessica Smith has spent years booking death-metal shows around Boston. On top of loads of meat-and-potatoes nights at O'Brien's in Allston and Dee Dee's in Quincy, one brutal Sin of Angels show of hers actually sold out the Middle East downstairs. You li
A peek inside the world of Harmonix
By MATT PARISH  |  August 21, 2009
Tonight: Harmonix's Oxytocin crew spins at Beat Research

Tonight: Harmonix's Oxytocin crew spins at Beat Research

If you missed their live debut back in June, OXYTOCIN returns to take over Beat Research tonight at Enormous Room. That would be a few...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 17, 2009

Harmonix announces its track uploading program for Rock Band

From Billboard comes the news:Later this year, MTV plans to launch a groundbreaking initiative called the Rock Band Network that will enable any artist-unsigned emerging...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 17, 2009

Review: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

When evaluating a new Guitar Hero — or any music-related game — it helps to picture a Venh Diagram consisting of three circles: "Good Songs," "Challenging Songs," and "Songs that are fun to play on plastic instruments."
Guitar Hero does its greatest hits
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 17, 2009
Harmonix presents Oxytocin

Harmonix presents Oxytocin

Oxytocin is the chemical cocktail that theoretically acts as a love drug when drizzled on our synapses. Current research suggests that it’s responsible, in part,...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 02, 2009

Guitar Hero: Metallica

At long last, it seems that Guitar Hero has reached a state of equilibrium.
A triumphant return to form
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 17, 2009

Girl's guide to 10 hottest videogame studs

Video game developers have finally begun to give us ladies some eye candy.
Bishonen and beefcakes
By Maddy Myers  |  December 09, 2008


Band apart

No need to double-check your calendar — Rock Band 2 really is available only 10 months after the release of the original.  
Rock Band 2 keeps it rolling
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 01, 2008

Our video year:'s Best of 2007

Queens of the Stone Age does "In the Fade" at First Act Guitar Studio, proving they are just as awesome acoustically as they are plugged...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 20, 2007

In a bit of a jam

To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 2007

VIDEO: The Phoenix gets a sneak preview of Rock Band

As previously mentioned, here is video of our visit to Harmonix's Central Square offices, where a few of us got a chance to play around...
By Ryan Stewart  |  October 25, 2007

Talking Rock Band with Harmonix's Sean Baptiste

Last Friday, the Phoenix visited the Central Square offices of Harmonix, the video game development house behind the first two Guitar Hero products, and, with...
By Ryan Stewart  |  October 19, 2007

UPDATE: Nirvana's Nevermind to be a full-album download in Harmonix's Rock Band

We keep thinking we couldn't possibly be more excited about Harmonix's Rock Band (see previous entries here and here), but each time we learn more...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 30, 2007