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Out: Boston loses a musical ace

As the book says, it is best to follow the example set by Jesus Christ himself — live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse.
Ketman a go-go bye-bye
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 16, 2011

Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010

Pouring it on

Like most of us around here, 75orLess Records founder and Six Star General frontman Mark "Slick" MacDougall would like to put 2009 to bed.
Six Star General’s raucous Take Your Teeth Out
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 18, 2009

Rude awakening

Coma Coma singer/bassist Eric Sampson brushes off the notion that Rhode Island's music community currently lacks quality acts.
The rousing sounds of Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 24, 2009

Found farce

Simon Pegg is funny.
Spaced makes it to DVD
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2008
Photos: Iggy and the Stooges' gear stolen

Photos: Iggy and the Stooges' gear stolen

The good news is: if anyone tries to sell you Mike Watt's bass rig or Ron Asheton's guitar in the next few days, it's probably real. The bad news: it's also hot. Watt has posted the gear list on his website. More pix and details after the jump.

By Carly Carioli  |  August 05, 2008

Punk House: Interiors In Anarchy Photography by Abby Banks

Edited by Thurston Moore | Abrams Image | 289 pages | $27.50
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 03, 2007

Sexual Halen

Good news from the literary delivery room: the ignoble genre of rock biography has just given birth to its first genuine comedy.
The little Dutch boys who could
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 23, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Tween troubles

Poor Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly Clarkson’s fall from grace
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 09, 2007

Fun house

A full house of cave dwellers and recidivists welcomed the Stooges to the Orpheum on Saturday.
The Stooges, Orpheum Theatre, April 7, 2007
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 09, 2007


Boston in Austin

There were 26 bands from Massachusetts in Austin last week to play the South by Southwest music conference Black Helicopter, "Buick Electra" (mp3)
Black Helicopter’s trip to South by Southwest
By JEFF BREEZE  |  March 20, 2007

Prometheus’s fire

One year younger than Dolly Parton, Iggy is an indestructible trouper whose communion with his audience is vulgar, essential, perennial.
Iggy and the Stooges bring it again
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 06, 2007

Frighteningly good

Charlestown comedy team the Walsh Bros. are ready for prime time.
The Walsh Bros., Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway, February 9, 2007
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 13, 2007

Indie springs forward

For years we waited. And then we started making jokes about it. And then the jokes got old. So we waited some more. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Love Song No. 7" (mp3)
Clap your hands and say Axl
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 02, 2007

Who is that girl?

Petra Haden is making a career out of covering the un-coverable.
Petra Haden, Museum of Fine Arts, October 25, 2006
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 26, 2006


Punked out

Fast and semi-coherent, like the music it documents, Paul Rachman’s American Hardcore , from the book by Steven Blush, uses an efficient equation: band members talking + flyer graphics + grainy clips from live shows. Watch the trailer for American Ha
The lost generation of American Hardcore
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 13, 2006

Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006

Hollywood holidaze

Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006