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How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
Ryan, Rush, & Rand
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012

[live review] Rush at the TD Garden 09.14.10

Rush, live at TD Garden. (Photos by Brad Mindich.) “Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone” sang Rush mouthpiece Geddy Lee in the...
By Daniel Brockman  |  September 16, 2010

Review: Bran Nue Dae

The music does range from gospel to filmi to country — but there isn't a hook anywhere.
It's not just the spelling that's problematic
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 10, 2010

Beauty in the beast

My Zen moment with Mastodon hit at about the point where the maelstrom of "The Czar, pt. I: Usurper" receded only to be replaced with the falling-down-stairs drum battery and faux Southern-rock riff twang and intentional pick squeals of "The Czar, pt.
Mastodon, live at the Boston House of Blues, May 7, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009

Interview: Paul Rudd

"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
His bromantic side
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2009
Nu-Metal Battle, Pop Trash, WTF and The Finisher!

Nu-Metal Battle, Pop Trash, WTF and The Finisher!

Nu-Metal behemoths battle to the death! Etta James shows up in Pop Trash! Bryan Ferry ruin...
By Charlie  |  February 06, 2009


Rush survive 40 years on rock’s very edge

“When we started out, we were just kids playing the kind of music that we liked,” says bassist/singer Geddy Lee.
‘Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone’
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 09, 2008

Why ‘fairness’ fails

Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007

The essence of Rush

As Frank Zappa once said, you can’t do that on stage anymore.
Rush, Tweeter Center, June 27, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 29, 2007