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The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
Warning: Scorpions content
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 05, 2010
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The resistible rise of Andrew Fenlon

By the time I get Andrew Fenlon on the phone — two days after the airing of his now-notoriously contentious American Idol audition — the world around us has already split into three factions: those who loathe him, those who love him, and those who need
Idol Threat Dept.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010

The Big Hurt: Falling down the rabbit hole

Lee, Hoppus, Wentz, Avril, and 3OH!3 fall down the rabbit hole
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 22, 2010
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Engine notes

The big question with Top Gear, the popular British consumer-car show (in perpetual reruns on BBC America), is this: will it succeed in denting my colossal lack of curiosity about cars?
Top Gear hits heavy traffic
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 08, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 01, 2009

June 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 30, 2008


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Revolution (age) 9

Brookline Music School Takes On “The White Album”
Brookline Music School at Northeastern's Blackman Theatre, May 11
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 14, 2008

May 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 01, 2008
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Dance, monkey: Margaret Cho

I am not sure about donkeys, but definitely asses. Doesn’t everyone love a nice ass?
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 02, 2008

April 2008

April's planetary themes are fire and earth and a touch of water, which basically amounts to the conditions needed for pottery.
Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  April 01, 2008
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Voices carry

Stephen Malkmus never sounds like anyone other than Stephen Malkmus.
Stephen Malkmus, plus Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 05, 2008


March 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  March 03, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Lisa Lampanelli

I love him. He smells like Stetson cologne and ass.
A comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 30, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007
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Paul’s got Kate?

Paul Potts! Paul Potts! And again — Paul Potts!
Maybe not, but Simon Cowell goes up in flames
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 19, 2007
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And proud of it

Boston's Pride Week is here, it's queer, and we're getting used to it.
Pride Week ’07 expands its audience and honors its traditions
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 30, 2007


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Youth or consequences

The Click Five are sequestered somewhere inside Q Division studio, and Girl Authority are seated in a circle in the lounge area, scheming a way to meet the lead singer. Girl Authority, "This Is My Day" (mp3)
Girl Authority wrestle with success
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 14, 2007
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That kind of pretty

I hop a curb, and — in the middle of Comm Ave — introduce myself to Elvis Perkins before his show.
Elvis Perkins, Great Scott, February 27, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  February 28, 2007
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Sweet delusion

Violence was in the air, and the promise of simmering humiliations.
On American Idol it’s fame or nothing
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 06, 2007
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How Taylor Hicks plans to get his groove back

It will be a great evening of blues at the Asylum in Portland on Thursday.
Resurgence
By JANE JENSEN  |  September 20, 2006
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Pie-eyed optimists

We’ve come a long way from Dr. Strangelove when softballs like Thank You for Smoking and V for Vendetta pose as political satire.
American Dreamz needs more nightmare
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2006