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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

Salinger’s eternal cone of silence

With the death of J.D. Salinger, nearly every obituary featured some quote or reference to his American masterpiece, The Catcher In the Rye , and rightly so. If you don't know the name Holden Caulfield, you don't know ding about literature.
The death of a genius; rocking for Nicole; the General Assembly goes transparent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 05, 2010
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Interview: Ray Davies

In 1964, the scorching five-chord chorus of “You Really Got Me” changed rock music forever.
On singing in the choir, his American experience, and who’ll play Dave  
By ELIZABETH GEHRMAN  |  November 06, 2009
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I Monster | A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars

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By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 29, 2009
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Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook

Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 10, 2009
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Battle of the banned

It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
Authorities kick out the jams
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 02, 2009


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Laugh at the end of the world

The two guys who make up Clawjob have an unnerving tendency to describe something as funny when it’s anything but.
The grim punch lines of Clawjob
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 11, 2008
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Kink appeal

We’d go through a lot of ups and downs, and I’d think sometimes we could have achieved less and been just as happy.
Ray Davies hits the road
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 01, 2008
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Going on sale: March 7, 2008

Die! Die! Die!, Foals, KT Tunstall, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  March 04, 2008
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Britt pop

It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
The spare magic of Spoon
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007
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Post-punk redux

Hyperactive. That’s the best way to describe Maximo Park singer Paul Smith.
Maximo Park, Paradise Rock Club, July 11, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 16, 2007


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Nice guys

John Vanderslice — indie-rock artist, producer, and all-around nice guy — has had a tough year.
New cuts from John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, the Cave Singers, and the Tenderhooks
By BRUCE COHEN  |  July 09, 2007
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True believers

Luke Pritchard may look a bit like a shaggy dog with his lips curled in a mock Jagger pout. But it’s no pose.
The Kooks keep it classic
By KEN MICALLEF  |  May 08, 2007
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London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007
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Pulp free

During the heyday of the Kinks, Ray Davies wrote with compassion about people in small towns clinging to a faded way of life.
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By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  January 29, 2007

Flashbacks: October 6, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
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By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  October 04, 2006


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Sex, clubs and rock ’n’ roll

The first thing you’d have noticed about the Dresden Dolls’ CD-release show at the Orpheum April 21 was how different it felt to be seated in a theater while the duo played.
The Dresden Dolls shift into harder-rockin’ mode
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 02, 2006

Ray Davies

Sometime in the ’80s, Ray Davies told me that the Kinks were the only band who could leave an audience “over the moon with enjoyment and still . . . disappointed.”
Unkinked at the Orpheum
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 04, 2006
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Survival skills

Back when his ’60s contemporaries John Lennon and Pete Townshend were making careers out of revealing their innermost thoughts, Ray Davies moved in a different direction, observing everyday life and the quietly fraught people who live it.
The respectable return of Ray Davies
By ELIOT WILDER  |  February 21, 2006
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Going on sale: February 10

Franz Ferdinand & Death Cab, Thursday, Alkaline Trio, Neko Case, and more.
  Breaking news in the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 09, 2006
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Third impressions

"With new bands I always listen to the third album," the Kinks’ Ray Davies has said. "That’s the real key to know what’s going to happen."
Do the Strokes have anything left to say?
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 14, 2006