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Ian Svenonius conjures the spirit world in reviving rock and roll history

These days, the road toward a successful music career seems very brightly lit.
Are you a believer?
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 25, 2013
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Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012
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David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]

Bowie's greatest album? Depends on the day. Canonically, however, this is and will always be a BFD: an archetype of alternative commercial rock, the primo platter of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interp
Virgin/EMI (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 08, 2012
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011
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Blasting away the blues with Bass Drum of Death

Bass Drum of Death, the cranium-clobbering garage duo-turned-trio chosen to rep the Hospitality State this year, will join Japandroids tonight (Thursday) to metaphorically Eiffel Tower a sold-out Middle East.  
Sound the charge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Higher Ground

True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011


Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011
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Life still sounds good for GNR's Tommy Stinson

Stinson's legacy isn't entirely based on playing back-up. He's also chiseled out a side career as a guitarist and singer, creating a repertoire of hooky alt-rock songs in side projects Bash & Pop and Perfect and, most recently, in work released under
Modern-day replacement
By REYAN ALI  |  February 18, 2011
Thin Lizzy

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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
Mercury (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011
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Slideshow: Doomstar gives out amateur tattoos

Punk trio Doomstar administer ink to Phoenix music writer P. Nick Curran; read his story about his experience and watch the video  here .
The Phoenix 's P. Nick Curran gets ink from Doomstar
By SYLVIA KIM  |  February 11, 2011
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Theatre that ran the emotional gamut in 2010

We laugh, we cry, we stifle annoyance and look at our watches. Theater performances vary widely in what they attempt and how well they accomplish it.
The human condition
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010


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Review: Mike's

Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in
Rock music as soul food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 26, 2010
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John Lennon | Signature Box

Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
Capitol (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 08, 2010
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Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms

Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask.
Rock and love
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 24, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010
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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


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Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA

The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender
Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 21, 2009
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Post-masters

In the annals of rock-and-roll-origin stories, Colin Newman, singer/guitarist for the pinned-down cynical conceptualist rock band Wire, has one of the odder ones.  
47 releases in, Wire can still get it up
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 01, 2008