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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's documentary details Fishbone's quarter-century journey from musically-diverse South Central middle school classmates to becoming one of the most influential Los Angeles bands of the '80s.
Fishbone's quarter-century journey
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  November 18, 2011

Shearer and "The Big Uneasy" at the Brattle

If for no other reason, Harry Shearer will be immortalized for "This is Spinal Tap!," which he made with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Rob...
By Peter Keough  |  July 25, 2011

None More Black | Icons

Icons demonstrates just how little None More Black have changed over 10 years.
Fat Wreck Chords (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 22, 2010

The legendary Mr. Microphone

I have a co-worker who is making weird growls ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  February 05, 2010

Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunn
The belles lettrist tells all
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010

Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009


Future of the Left | Travels With Myself and Another

There's a fine line between stupid and clever, as Spinal Tap once quipped, and don't these Future of the Left guys just know it.
4D (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 03, 2009
“Unwigged and Unplugged”

“Unwigged and Unplugged”

 “Unwigged and Unplugged” — a night of stripped-down troubadourism with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer — has been sold out for weeks now....
By Shaula Clark  |  May 20, 2009

He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

In 1984, the cocky Canadian rockers shared stages with Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, only to fade into total obscurity as other up-and-coming metal acts copped their chops and steamrolled past.
The most satisfying film ending I've seen all year
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009

Counting backwards

When we listen to a song, whether it's an old favorite or a new sound, we rarely consider the circuitous path that the tune has taken to reach our ears.
Throwing Muses blow minds even as they push 30
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 09, 2009


Interview: Crooked X

Before I climb onto the enormo tour bus of Oklahoma modern rockers Crooked X, I meet up with them at a Dunkin' Donuts, and witness their drummer, Boomer, ask his road manager, with a straight face, if they have Egg McMuffins here.
Your New Favorite Teenage Rock N Roll High School Metal Music Machine
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 07, 2009

Class of the Titans

Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
By DAN CLARK  |  December 23, 2008

Heart and soul

The Cranston-based quartet Penrose continues to impress, delivering a fervent set at Lupo’s last Friday. The crew has been busy since they swept two categories in this year’s Best Music Poll.
Penrose and friends bring the heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 20, 2008

Rock of ages

What a difference four decades make.
The Stones find satisfaction in Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2008

Scene and heard

Entertainment companies are pumping out music DVD titles by the hundreds, and 2008 will see a deluge of releases across all genres.
The year ahead in DVDs
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007


Tap into Berklee

“This,” said Christopher Guest from the Berklee Performance Center stage, “is really difficult to believe. Until an hour ago, I thought it was a practical joke.”
Christopher Guest at Berklee Performance Center, November 30, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 04, 2007

Cinematic blunders

Led Zeppelin have rarely missed a promotional opportunity, and the occasion of their current reunion is no exception
Getting through The Song Remains the Same
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 04, 2007

Boston music news, November 23, 2007

Sting has an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. David Bowie has one.
Notes on Berklee's Spinal Tap event with Christopher Guest
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 19, 2007

Stage worthies

The roar of the greasepaint precedes that of the autumn wind this year.
Fall on the Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007

Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007


Surf's Up

Is it coincidence or homage that a fat, sullen penguin in this animated dud resembles Michael Moore?
Surf's Up wipes out
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 06, 2007

Boston music news: June 1, 2007

Not only have the reunited J. Mascis/Lou Barlow Dinosaur Jr. just released a new album, they’re coming to town.
Notes on Dinosaur Jr.'s gig at Urban Outfitters
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 29, 2007

F*** The Commitments?

Glen Hansard has a number of dedicated fans.
Glen Hansard and John Carney hold forth
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 23, 2007

Lords of acid rock

At both shows Earl Greyhound have played in the Boston area to date — upstairs at the Middle East (to which they return this Tuesday) in early October and outdoors in Harvard Square for Oktoberfest a week later — people laughed. Earl Greyhound, "All Be
Earl Greyhound open the floodgates
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 10, 2007

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


Different Strokes?

I feel bad for Julian Casablancas, as strange as that may sound. Slideshow: The Strokes at Bank of America Pavillion Slideshow: The Mess Hall and Wolfmother at Bank of America Pavillion
The Strokes and Wolfmother at the Bank of America Pavilion, September 13, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 18, 2006

Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Flashbacks: September 1, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands and Paul Babin.
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The Cartoon Network goes heavy metal

Metal remains fertile ground for satire on all fronts, but what sets the Cartoon Network’s new animated series Metalocalypse apart is the reverence that precedes the ridicule. Brendon Small, "Dethklok Detheme" (mp3) Watch the trailer for Metal
Brendon Small’s Metalocalypse adventure
By LARISSA GLASSER  |  August 08, 2006