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Photos: Van Halen at TD Garden

Van Halen played TD Garden on Sunday, March 11, 2012.
Van Halen | TD Garden | Sunday, March 11, 2012
By TIM BUGBEE  |  March 16, 2012

Exclusive: Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone on the new Van Halen record

Last month, after Van Halen dropped A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope) — the rock legends' first album of all new material with original singer David Lee Roth in almost three decades—fans and detractors alike took to the Internet to vote yea or nay
Inconvenient Truth
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 09, 2012

Van Halen | A Different Kind of Truth

Who would've thought Eddie Van Halen would still be innovative in his late 50s?
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 10, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Van Halen show off "A Different Kind Of Truth" in a NYC club, announce Garden gig March 11

EXCLUSIVE: Van Halen show off "A Different Kind Of Truth" in a NYC club, announce Garden gig March 11

PHOTO BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER Comedian Dennis Miller once quipped that VAN HALEN was a band that “officially survived its own rock and roll version of...
By Michael Christopher  |  January 06, 2012

Screaming Females at SPACE Gallery, September 27

Screaming Females have played Portland regularly as their blog-fueled star has risen; the buzz behind them is of a time-honored punk tradition (their albums are fine, but they are essential live viewing), but their punk itself is not.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 08, 2010

Metal Elvis is not alone: a trip down live-metal-mashup memory lane

Metal Elvis is not alone: a trip down live-metal-mashup memory lane

Tonight, something called Metal Elvis makes its Boston debut at the Hard Rock Cafe -- and if you couldn't already tell from the high-concept title,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 03, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010

Goldfrapp | Head First

The case can be made that artists like Goldfrapp function like pop music’s doormat, showing artists the way to commercial success while not necessarily passing the threshold themselves.
Mute (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010
FREE DOWNLOAD: D-Tension Remixes Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" Using All Van Halen Samples. Really.

FREE DOWNLOAD: D-Tension Remixes Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" Using All Van Halen Samples. Really.

 Though D-Tension is a WFNX DJ, and Akrobatik is the most recent Best Music Poll winner for Best Local Rap Act, this fusion was not...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 04, 2009

One day at a time

Covered in Bees have never taken themselves too seriously, have a ton of talent and experience, play a style of music that's not known for its complexity, and are therefore well suited to taking a whack at this 24-hour album concept.
Covered in Bees' 24 Hour Album
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 05, 2008


Another Nail in the coffin

Big Coffin Hunters are no big fans of McCain/Palin, the Bushies, or neo-cons, either, and their new album, Drive Another Nail , manages toss in a little political commentary amongst fun macabre metal tunes.
A driving new album for Halloween and Election Day
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2008

The Big Hurt: Hagar the horrible

I was reading a fascinating article about Sammy’s new record deal, and an epiphany struck: every year, Sammy looks more and more like the Dude.
Plus award-winning awards and buggering Beatles
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 24, 2008

The Big Hurt: Deepest sympathies

One writer to another, I offer Mr. Portnow some freebies he can use to wrap up his next few releases.
Our heartfelt condolences to Usher, Sammy Hagar, Courtney Love, and the Verve
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 08, 2008

Devil at the Gate

The ensemble has spent the better part of a decade composing and performing soundtracks for silent films, creating their own brand of musical alchemy.
Giving voice to Red Heroine
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 02, 2008

Wait, who is this?

Earles and Jensen’s calls, primarily perpetrated on unsuspecting denizens of Memphis and New York, are strange and wonderful specimens of telephonic performance art.
Andrew Earles and Jeffrey Jensen shine the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008


The Big Hurt: This week in free stuff

In yet another blow to the traditional record industry, the Charlatans UK have released their new album, You Cross My Path , as a free download.
A sharp decline in the value of music?
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 21, 2008

Indoor block party

I’m white and from rural Connecticut, so I think Saturday night was the closest I’ve ever come to anything resembling a block party.
Diplo at Great Scott, February 23, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 26, 2008


I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008

Ky-Mani Marley

It’s a little jarring to hear him dropping f-bombs and rapping about packing heat all over his fourth album
Radio | Vox/AAO
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 26, 2007

Sweet reads

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
Books: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007


Pleasure me

How much red-blooded American entertainment can one town take?
Van Halen, TD Banknorth Garden, October 30, 2007
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 05, 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

Get Ready, Here Come... The '70s

Okay, so they missed a few things, but Get Ready manages to be a whole lot of fun by ignoring the music that mattered.
Shout Factory!
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 12, 2007

I scream, you scream

Kids still stream toward the siren song and that holy grail — frozen treats in paper packaging, paradise in the guise of a push-up pop.
A salute to ice cream trucks
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007

Animal husbandry

Les Murray and Ted Hughes, though they dwelled in each other’s antipodes, had plenty in common.
Ted Hughes and Les Murray
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 15, 2007


Living large

The Hard Rock was donating all bar proceeds to the Boston anti-violence charity Peace Games.
Boston’s Hard Rock expands its reach
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007

Drums and wires

“You should write about my friend Nate,” says a fellow at the counter of Harvard Square clothier Proletariat. DJ Etan, "Civil Disobedience 2" (mp3)
DJ Etan reps the new sound, plus rap from Radix
By DAVID DAY  |  May 01, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 80-71

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Worst in breed: Music

Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007