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Lou Reed & Metallica | Lulu
"I am the table!" growls James Hetfield during the de facto chorus of "The View."
Warner Bros. (2011)
| October 28, 2011
Report: Metallica already working on post-Lulu album, 3D film
The mega-polarizing Loutallica record isn't even out yet, and already that guy from Suicidal Tendencies is leaking plans for the "real" followup to Death Magnetic...
| October 27, 2011
Loutallica: The case for what will surely be the most derided album of the year
As Hallowe'en approaches, so does the impending release of Metallica's new album, Lulu, a double-CD collaboration with venerated legend Lou Reed. As if the pairing...
| October 25, 2011
Dave Mustaine's righteous path
Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
| August 26, 2011
Review: Hedwig and her Angry Inch visit SPACE
A captivating, flippant, and shockingly wigged chanteuse will be holding court at SPACE Gallery over the weekend.
| May 20, 2011
Thurston Moore's blog is a fun time
Belated recognition department: Thurston Moore has rejoined the blogosphere. (via The Fader)Highlights include wild youtubage of Northampton record-store noise gigs, wayback reminiscing about Sid Vicious,...
| February 22, 2011
It sounds like the set-up to a bad joke. When Man Forever take the stage at Great Scott in Allston this weekend, the band will run five or six drummers deep.
Man Forever's John Colpitts finds his rhythm
| August 13, 2010
Tommy Keene | If You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983 - 2009
If you've heard one Tommy Keene song, it's probably "Places That Are Gone," a certified power-pop classic released in 1984.
Second Motion (2010)
| July 16, 2010
The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age
By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
| June 25, 2010
The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs
More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
| May 28, 2010
By the Grace of Ralph
As debut records go, it's rare to find one as textured and fully realized as what Marion Grace have put together in the 10-song Lying Down Looking Up , an arty, smart, folk-rock affair that shows songwriting creativity with some genuinely great ideas.
A debut that is Lying Down Looking Up
| March 19, 2010
Gorillaz | Plastic Beach
Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
| March 19, 2010
Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids
The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
| March 05, 2010
Review: El Perro Del Mar at the Brattle
Sharing a bill, a backing band, and the cramped stage of the Brattle Theatre last Friday, two Swedish singer-songwriters turned it up to the world-music equivalent of 11 for an audience that, for the most part, refused to dance.
El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees, live at the Brattle Theatre, February 19, 2010
| February 26, 2010
Few contemporary singers achieve as perfect a confluence of sound and image as Sarah Assbring. It's deeply reassuring to hear mournful, stylized '60s pop coming out of a melancholic beanpole who resembles a recently bereaved Edie Sedgwick.
El Perro del Mar cheers up — a little
| February 19, 2010
Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
| February 05, 2010
Love among the ruins
To Will Ethridge, who runs the small Portland-based label Eternal Otter Records, any song or album is just one crucial piece of a larger puzzle.
Eternal Otter documents make-ups, breakups, and shake-ups
| January 22, 2010
Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust
Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
| December 11, 2009
Treat of Versailles
It's been a good year: their relentlessly catchy Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (V2) — whisked into the public ear this year atop Cadillacs via ad-ready singles like "1901" and "Lisztomania" — is about to cause some year-end listomania of its own. Since its
Phoenix please themselves — and you
| December 04, 2009
Review: Suzanne Vega at Sanders Theatre
At the request of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, folk/alt-rock legend Suzanne Vega performed in Prague on Saturday with the likes of Lou Reed and Joan Baez to honor the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Suzanne Vega, live at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, November 6, 2009
| November 20, 2009
Devendra Banhart | What Will We Be
With the title of his latest album, this lovably polyglot erstwhile (and unwitting) “freak” folkie turned gallery darling and global lounge lizard asks a valid question. Indeed, what will we be this time?
| November 13, 2009
Strapped into Erik Conrad’s electronic vest, I stood waiting for the personal digital assistant, attached by a wire to the outfit, to make a GPS connection.
‘Pixilerations’ plugs in Providence art
| October 02, 2009
Interview: Robert Siegel
As Robert Siegel explores the idea of what happens when reality curb-stomps overblown expectation, it's hard not to feel a visceral twinge of empathy.
On the shoulders of Giants fans
| September 22, 2009
The Big Hurt: Parse and labor
I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
| June 19, 2009
Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.
The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
| May 15, 2009
A voice from on high
On his new album The Crying Light, Antony Hegarty lifts his voice without raising it.
The second coming of Antony and the Johnsons
| February 18, 2009
On with the shows . . .
If freezing your ass off builds character, music fans should prepare to develop way too much character over the next few months.
Winter 2009's got plenty in store
MICHAEL BRODEUR AND CHRIS FARAONE
| December 30, 2008
Photos: 30 years of WFNX music
Notable photos from WFNX's 30-year history
BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF
| December 04, 2008
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
| December 01, 2008
Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
| September 16, 2008
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