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The Big Hurt: This week in offensive content

In her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world's most powerful institutions.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 08, 2013

Photos: Madonna at the TD Banknorth Garden

Madonna performs live at the TD Banknorth Garden on September 4, 2012.
September 4, 2012
By TIM BUGBEE  |  September 07, 2012

Rattle them Bones

For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
Reimagining the trio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 04, 2012

Madonna | MDNA

There was a time in the mid-'90s when it seemed that Madonna was finally acting her age: with the 1994 release of "I'll Remember" and the subsequent greatest-ballads collection Something To Remember, it seemed as if the Material Girl was resigned to a l
Interscope/Live Nation (2012)  
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 06, 2012

Review: W.E.

Nobody does vulgarity like Madonna, especially when she's being tasteful, as in her directorial debut of this grotesque biopic.
Madonna's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 10, 2012

The Big Hurt: Bush break-in, Barenaked Ladies at Bud Light, Madonna vs. Gaga, and Juliette Lewis vs. Lana Del Rey

We've all given serious thought to buying an expensive Tiffany ring, flying to the UK, and busting into KATE BUSH's house to propose marriage.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 27, 2012


Madonna, Sleigh Bells, Rick Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Grimes highlight early 2012 releases; plus, a concert sampler

There's nothing particularly apocalyptic about the releases thus far slated for 2012: perhaps this is the way that the music world melts down, with a whimper rather than a bang, right?
Winter forecast
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 30, 2011

The Big Hurt: Hot singles of August 23, 1986

I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Hot 100 as it stood exactly 25 years ago — mostly so I wouldn't have to listen to any fucking Katy Perry songs this week.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 26, 2011

The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell

Many of us have embarrassing moments in our past, but when one of the hippest jazz dudes around admits to donning a leisure suit and playing in a show band, you prepare for a wince on the seismic level.
Rolling with the changes
By JIM MACNIE  |  June 17, 2011

Manuel at Fajita Grill, December 8

It was a cold, blustery trip to Westbrook, and we were to be rewarded by hot Tex-Mex fare and margaritas. We arrived at Fajita Grill for a friend's birthday party and were immediately greeted by a six-foot Christmas tree and the warm sound of "Feliz Nav
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  December 17, 2010

Rachel Griffin's new single, New album from Steve Jones, and more

Portland ex-pat RACHEL GRIFFIN continues to make her way in NYC.

Metal Elvis is not alone: a trip down live-metal-mashup memory lane

Metal Elvis is not alone: a trip down live-metal-mashup memory lane

Tonight, something called Metal Elvis makes its Boston debut at the Hard Rock Cafe -- and if you couldn't already tell from the high-concept title,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 03, 2010

Smoothed out on the R&B tip

"Seeing Mary Bee interact and talk on a daily basis is totally different from hearing Mary Bee sing — it's like night and day," writes producer David Gonzalez.
Mary Bee and David Gonzalez’s Fiesole
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 05, 2010

Bob Blank | The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975 - 1985

These days, Bob Blank spends his time in his Connecticut studio, producing profitable music for ads and ringtones for the likes of Susan Boyle.
Strut (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 15, 2010

VIDEO: Amanda Palmer writes song defending Lady Gaga in the style of Neutral Milk Hotel

Someone's in love with Lady Gaga. We awoke this morning to new YouTube-age from Ms. Palmer entitled "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna" in which she sings a defense...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 18, 2009

Lady Gaga | The Fame Monster

With our world ready to melt into oblivion any day now, pop divas know that even their days are numbered.
Interscope (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 18, 2009

brown list

The Big Hurt: Pop eroticism, faux sincerity, and sperm motility

I am a man who loves a good corporate doofus, and this week's glistening-prize-hog-doofus quote goes to TOM WELCH , Wal-Mart's senior music buyer, who manages to make Foreigner sound even squarer than Foreigner.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 07, 2009

Review: Britney Spears at the Garden

"Oh my God, this is going to be so fucking crazy!" screams a teenage girl behind me.
Britney Spears' Circus Maximus at the Garden, March 16, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 19, 2009

Offa my couch, Larroquette

In a video posted to his Web site, former Rolling Stone Ringo Starr has lovingly warned his fans to stop sending him fan mail.  
Foos fight McCain, Madonna pans Palin, Heart hearts Barack
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2008
The Panel, WTF and The Finisher!

The Panel, WTF and The Finisher!

Our panel of experts (and Lance Gould) weigh in on A-Rod and Madonna in Cares or Who Cares, we check the WTF Line and hear...
By Charlie  |  October 24, 2008

She’s got legs

Far from mellowing with age, Madonna hit us with wonderfully mean-spirited aggression wrapped up in a misleading sexual come-on.  
Madonna at TD Banknorth Garden, October 15, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 21, 2008


Filth and Wisdom

As the lead character narrates his “filthy” story, and those of his London flatmates/neighbors, we hit upon boredom long before wisdom can arrive.  
An annoying mish-mash
By MARK BAZER  |  October 21, 2008

Photos: Madonna at the Garden

Madonna at TD Banknorth Garden, October 15, 2008
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  October 16, 2008

Tuesday Ticket Alert: Madonna, N.E.R.D., Death Cab, Hold Steady, Kings of Leon

As always, you can get first dibs on weekly ticket onsales straight to your mobile phone by texting ...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 19, 2008

All eyes on me

Lines upon learning of the recent stipulation, by the pop artist Madonna, that any journalist wishing to complete an interview with her must maintain eye contact at all times.
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 11, 2007

Dancing queens

Speaking as someone who's always wondered what would've happened if Madonna had stayed in crappy punk bands and never graduated to pop, I always cheer when she picks up a guitar. Slideshow: Madonna at TD Banknorth Garden, July 6, 2006  
Madonna at the Garden
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  July 13, 2006