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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.
Galaxy defenders
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 24, 2012
Photos: Live from the Fillmore, Metallica wraps up 30th birthday stand with Ozzy, Geezer, Mustaine, tribute to Burton

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...
By Carly Carioli  |  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 --...
By Michael Christopher  |  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)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  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...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 27, 2011
Loutallica: The case for what will surely be the most derided album of the year

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...
By Daniel Brockman  |  October 25, 2011

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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
Tragic hero
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
more big 4

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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 20, 2011
The Big 4 hits Yankee Stadium

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...
By Michael Marotta  |  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.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  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...
By Michael Marotta  |  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...
By Michael Marotta  |  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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 27, 2010
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

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
By REYAN ALI  |  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.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  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
By REYAN ALI  |  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.
E1 (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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...
By Carly Carioli  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2009


Plugging in

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
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  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
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 28, 2009

Long way to the top

"I wanted longevity, even if it meant obscurity."
The belated glory of Anvil
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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...
By Carly Carioli  |  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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009