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Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012

Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010

The gang's all here

It's coming up on 20 years since Calvin Johnson met Ian Svenonius. It was at a Hazmat show in DC, and Svenonius was fronting his Nation of Ulysses. Johnson was blown away.
Chain and the Gang and the Hive Dwellers do it all again
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 17, 2009

Condo Fucks | Fuckbook

In the unlikely event that you haven't already discovered this on the Internet: the Condo Fucks are not the "legendary New London, CT trio" they're described as on Matador's Web site.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2009

Words, words, words

Who would do such a thing?
Ammon Shea reads them all for you
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 11, 2008

Luminous sadness

“Part of my goal is to just fucking force Americans to listen to Russian rock.”
Alina Simone sings Yanka Dyagileva
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 05, 2008


The Individuals

It won't rock the worlds of less-than-obsessive fans of American post-punk, but it’s something we need more of: enterprising indie rock sprung from minds that are smart enough to keep it simple.
Fields/Aquamarine | Bar/None
By SAM UBL  |  July 15, 2008

Redstone’s red-carpet revelry

Boston University is rolling out the red carpet again . . . literally.
Comm Ave Walk of Fame
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  February 06, 2008

The Bongos

Twenty-five years after its initial release, this cornerstone of American ’80s post-punk/new-wave sounds both innovative and quaint.
Drums along the Hudson | Cooking Vinyl
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 20, 2007

Village folk

Suzanne Vega’s Beauty and Crime is a sleek collection of New York City stories, all pop-song trim, but bubbling with an undercurrent of experimentation.
Suzanne Vega gets into the sounds of the city
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007

Yo La Tengo

As silly as the title sounds, it’s an accurate reflection of the we’re-not-afraid-to-take-on-anything attitude that’s propelled Yo La through the past dozen years. Yo La Tengo, “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”  
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass | Matador
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 18, 2006


Six of one, 16 of another

OK, we sometimes beat up on our pals at Fountain Street, but we also tip the beret and sombrero when warranted.
When it comes to useless medical studies, let’s call the whole thing off
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 21, 2006

Flaming out

Elvis Costello’s My Flame Burns Blue (Deutsche Grammophon) disappoints me. I don’t mean critically as much as personally.
Has Elvis Costello become Yes?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 21, 2006