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Musical literary stocking stuffers

The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 07, 2012

Lemon goes to Neverland

Three years in the making, Lemon #5, "King of Pop," pays homage to the memory of Michael Jackson with mind-boggling flair.

By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 30, 2012

The Weeknd | Trilogy

Modern R&B is, no doubt, in the midst of an experimental renaissance — artists like Frank Ocean, Drake, the-Dream, and even Usher are expanding the genre's sonic playbook by going darker and weirder, incorporating elements of dance-pop, trip-hop, and
Universal Republic (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012
company one does 1001

Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, de
American Nights
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 29, 2011
florida psychic speaks to michael jackson

The Big Hurt: MJ's ghost speaks!

In case you've been bummed by the dearth of posthumous Michael Jackson tracks, I've got some good news.
A Florida psychic gets the message from Michael
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2011

Atomik at Bayside Bowl, March 15

Having a DJ (or, in this case, two) play your bowling night is a luxury, but damned if it doesn't seem like an obligatory one on occasion.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2011


The Big Hurt: Pretender to the throne?

On December 14 — just in time for the holidays, if you hadn't noticed — Sony will release Michael , a posthumous collection of unreleased songs from the King of Pop's later years.
Will the 'real' Michael Jackson please stand up . . .
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 19, 2010
Caption contest!: Michael Jackson's back, just in time for Halloween

Caption contest!: Michael Jackson's back, just in time for Halloween

Photo: DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN It being the magical time of year that it is -- when the dead rise -- we've been lying in wait for...
By Michael Goetzman  |  October 29, 2010

Zacchilli + Kent's 'Night For Day,' Test, and Planka at AS220

Mickey Zacchilli and Natalja Kent's installation "Night for Day" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through October 30) is like a manic, feral, black-and-white, punk, strobe light, spook house — just in time for Halloween.
On the dark side
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2010
Chris Brown alive = Michael Jackson dead? Brown's mom tweets "Yes!, wait, No!"

Chris Brown alive = Michael Jackson dead? Brown's mom tweets "Yes!, wait, No!"

Chris Brown's mom is not doing a dang thing to help her baby boy's already tarnished reputation. On Tuesday she "accidentally" tweeted something very incriminating...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 10, 2010

Ill Vibe and Ordeal | Michael Jackson's Milk

I'll probably get crucified for saying this, but I like the deep underground more now than when I was pretending to dig Fantastic Damage . (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010

From the Failbag: Is this the most unfortunate Michael Jackson tribute ever devised?

From the Failbag: Is this the most unfortunate Michael Jackson tribute ever devised?

... or the most ingenious? You decide. Below, a screenshot of a press release emailed to us this week:
By webteam  |  June 21, 2010

Head games

One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010

High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2010

The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Of the 45 headlines on’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 02, 2010

High stepping

The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
Dancing with the stars
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 12, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar: Day #5 - "And visions of Thriller ghouls danced in their heads ... "

Travel back to 1984, when instead of nagging their parents for iPhones and Webkinz and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the children of the...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 18, 2009

2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's beatings

Taking advantage of your seasonal obligation to buy stuff for people, the music industry unleashes its annual torrent of giftable crap: holiday albums, greatest-hits packages, high-profile releases, deluxe reissues.
The Big Hurt holiday shopper
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 04, 2009

Three on the floor

Their homonymous debut album in tow, Friendly Fires made news last July when they were shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize, the English-music-industry accolade that brings with it £20,000 to one native artist or group.
Friendly Fires find life after hardcore
By REYAN ALI  |  December 04, 2009


Jackson 5 | I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

If you’ve ever wondered how great it might be to hear a slowed-down version of “ABC” that lacks all the youthful charm of the original, this set of previously unreleased Jackson 5 recordings is for you.
Motown/Universal (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2009

Review: Michael Jackson's This Is It

The Star Wars –style titles that begin Kenny Ortega’s hastily assembled Michael Jackson tribute documentary explain that the film has been whittled down from 100 hours of behind-the-scenes video shot between last April and June during rehearsals for the
Is this it?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 06, 2009

Halloween Weekend Overdose

Halloween is in six days and you still have no idea what party you're going to. You simultaneously feel as though you have everything to do and nothing to do. You haven't even got a costume anymore, because your lazy stoner friend stole your zombie  Bill
34 Sugar-Fueled Hours of Halloween

PODCAST: Happy Thriller Day, from John Landis [MP3]

Another Thriller Day's Eve is upon us once again -- and while you're feverishly boning up on how to dance like one of the zombies...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 23, 2009

The Big Hurt: Release yo’ delf

Every slow pop week has a silver lining: it’s a great chance to catch up on the thrilling world of useless press releases.
The week in horrendous press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 23, 2009


The Big Hurt: A healthy death

A member of the recently reunited BACKSTREET BOYS — the really Christian one who looks like the Beast from that 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV show — has swine flu. That doesn't even come close to being sufficient punishment for his many aesthetic at
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 16, 2009

Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009

Hop to!

Somewhere in Allston, there’s an over-caffeinated barista/drummer bitching about Bad Rabbits.
What was the Eclectic Collective is now Bad Rabbits
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 18, 2009
MJ Tribute at Austrian Castle Cancelled

MJ Tribute at Austrian Castle Cancelled

Jermaine Jackson's concert tribute honoring his late brother Michael was cancelled last Friday after press inquiries revealed the confused headlining acts didn't know they were...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 16, 2009