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Pondering the Southworth Planetarium’s laser shows
Every year as spring approaches, the Southworth Planetarium hosts its weekly Laser Fest, a 3-D bonanza of about a dozen programs that light up the dome theater with retro-futurist animation.
| February 24, 2012
Photos: Live from the Fillmore, Metallica wraps up 30th birthday stand with Ozzy, Geezer, Mustaine, tribute to Burton
Our fearless leader Brad Mindich is out in San Francisco with Metallica as the band celebrates its 30th anniversary with a string of once-in-a-lifetime gigs...
| December 11, 2011
[first listen] New Metallica track "Hate Train," unreleased from the Death Magnetic sessions
Last night kicked off the first of four METALLICA shows -- open only to members of the band's fan club selected in a lottery --...
| December 06, 2011
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
Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing
In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
The state of metal
| August 26, 2011
Rediscovering Metallica with a new bio
That the biggest metal band in metal history should be called METALLICA — it's just so frigging metal .
Write the lightning
| August 20, 2011
The Big 4 hits Yankee Stadium
Meh, no big deal, right? I mean, who needs METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX when we here in Boston have BACKSTREET BOYS and the effing...
| April 30, 2011
J. Biddy at RiRa, March 30
J. Biddy has been a weekly staple at RiRa for quite some time. He's a human acoustic jukebox and takes requests from a printed list of his repertoire.
| April 08, 2011
The Big 4 comes to America: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax
That mid-winter bitchslap you felt this morning when walking out the door? That wasn't the sub-zero temperature -- that was news that the Big 4...
| January 24, 2011
Kick 'Em All: Metallica's Kirk Hammett takes down a little kid on stage
Getting kicked in the face at a Metallica concert is probably nothing new. In fact, I'd probably yearn for a good ol' boot-snog had I...
| November 16, 2010
Getting into the mix
Raw Power is viewed by many as one of the all-time great rock albums — but its hyper-trebly, David Bowie–mixed brittleness has been almost as infamous as the musical mayhem on the wax.
Three more that fans want raw
| August 27, 2010
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,...
| July 03, 2010
Dare to be filthy
After a few tours, any rock act worth its decibels should be able to name a couple of its wilder shows with little effort, but Justin Tranter’s pick for most memorable Semi Precious Weapons concert sounds especially libertine.
Semi Precious Weapons celebrate partying and poverty
| June 25, 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.
| June 25, 2010
Gravity and grace
Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
| May 28, 2010
High On Fire | Snakes For The Divine
Joining a metal band as a young 'un is a bit like getting hired as a burger flipper: you may dream of one day becoming Ray Kroc, but after years of toil, grease, and ridicule, you'll probably settle for store manager.
| February 19, 2010
Super Bowl commercial of the year: NFL Networks charity team-up with Arcade Fire
Even if you knew in advance about the deal that ARCADE FIRE cut with the NFL Network, it was still really odd -- during a...
| February 07, 2010
When I reach John Hollenbeck by phone, he's on a sojourn typical of the modern itinerant composer — a week-long teaching residency.
John Hollenbeck plays New Year's Eve! Plus, the Rempis/Rosaly duo
| December 18, 2009
For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
| November 20, 2009
He is a real composer
Joshua Newton wants you to know he doesn't write classical music.
And don't you try to tell Joshua Newton otherwise
| October 09, 2009
Take the fifth
Among the issues you'll see tackled at the Camden International Film Festival this year are poverty, overfishing, peak oil, and the plight (and/or) ambition of children who grow up too quickly.
The Camden International Film Festival hits a half-decade, with momentum building
| September 25, 2009
Pain makes you beautiful
With all the success Dead Season have had, perhaps their greatest talent lies in their unflappable honesty, their unwavering self-confidence. At times, their songs, full of introspection and naked emotion, are like being forced to stare at the sun. The i
Dead Season find the middle ground between life and death
| September 11, 2009
3 Inches of Blood | Here Waits Thy Doom
An outsider would peer into the ridiculous world of 3 Inches of Blood — which is inhabited by orcs and advancing scimitar-wielding hordes — and giggle.
Rough Trade (2009)
| September 04, 2009
Morgan Knockers | Loss of Reality
I thought Waltham mega-punks Morgan Knockers had neglected to send me Loss of Reality when it came out last month.
Second Rock (2009)
| August 28, 2009
Long way to the top
"I wanted longevity, even if it meant obscurity."
The belated glory of Anvil
| July 24, 2009
Rachel Maddow goes ultra-fangirl on Metallica's Lars Ulrich, mis-pronounces his name
IN a monologue the length of which is usually reserved on MSNBC for Keith Olberman kidney-punching K...
| April 28, 2009
Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
In 1984, the cocky Canadian rockers shared stages with Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, only to fade into total obscurity as other up-and-coming metal acts copped their chops and steamrolled past.
The most satisfying film ending I've seen all year
| April 17, 2009
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