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The Big Hurt: Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks

Who charted?
What a lovely concept is mainstream rock : all that subversive stuff was fun for a while, but isn't rock much lovelier now that it's straightened up and joined the hegemony?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 02, 2009

The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

Music news in brief
I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

Off the couch: October 24, 2008

Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
Tim Taylor Band, Young Neil & the Vipers, and more
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 24, 2008

Hotter than ever

A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008

The kids are all right

Teenage kicks courtesy of Mindwalk Blvd
There is an outstanding possibility that your high-school band sucked.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 26, 2008

A winning combination

Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008

Boston, beer, and Bobby Brown

The 20th-Anniversary BMAs
Last weekend at the Orpheum, Bobby Brown was not indicted but inducted.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007

Boston music news: November 30, 2007

Notes on Casey Desmond and the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes
The Milky Way Lounge & Lanes lives.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 27, 2007

A tribute to Brad Delp

Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, Bank of America Pavillion, August 19, 2007
Brad Delp, singer for Boston and Beatles cover band Beatlejuice, was a rock-and-roll suicide.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2007

Boston music news: June 15, 2007

Notes on Jim's Big Ego, Campaign for Real-Time, and, um, Mayor Menino
Jim Infantino of Jim's Big Ego is describing The Ego & the Oracle , a show he’s been staging Sundays at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2007

Boston music news: May 4, 2007

Notes on Chris Mascara and Berklee's new internet radio presence
Chris Mascara has been thinking about musical genres and labeling.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2007

Son of Lawrence

Sully Erna gets the key to his city
Sully Erna, Lawrence-born singer for Godsmack, is feeling reflective as he approaches February 7, the date of his 38th birthday and the release of his memoir, The Paths We Choose .
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 23, 2007

Motley crews

A short history of Boston rock
The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

End of a great run

State of Corruption go out on top
Back in 1994, post-Nirvana alt-rock bands, thankful for the welcome musical climate, were figuring out new directions to take loud power chords.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 24, 2006

Top Ten Boston CDs: week of September 10, 2006

As reported by Newbury Comics
Seemless, Dane Cook, Godsmack, and more.
By TOP 10 BOSTON CDS  |  September 12, 2006

Top 10 local CDs: week of September 3

As reported by Newbury Comics
Dane Cook, Unearth, Catie Curtis, and more
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  September 05, 2006

The New New Age

The movement pulls away from the mainstream and gets apocalyptic
“In the United States,” wrote novelist and poet Jim Harrison in 1976, “it is a curious habit of ours to wait for the future when it has happened already.”| Daniel Pinchbeck discusses 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (mp3)
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 17, 2006

War stories

Antler don’t want your crack
The men of Antler are no longer chasing the big time, balls crushed in leather pants. What are they hoping for from this project? Antler, "The Gentle Butcher   (mp3)
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 14, 2006

Going on sale: June 16

Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
Snow Patrol, Muse, Godsmack, Santana, Raconteurs, and the Download Festival
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 13, 2006

Top Ten Boston CDs: Week of June 4, 2006

As reported by Newbury Comics
Damone takes over the Mission
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2006

Growing pains

The Dresden Dolls try to balance life and art
So much has happened for the Dresden Dolls over the past year that it’s no surprise the duo fared so well in this year’s Best Music Poll.
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

Alchemical ascendancy

Into the heart of Tool’s darkness
Maynard James Keenan, to borrow an observation made about the young William Burroughs, has the face of a sheep-killing dog — taut, starved, bleakly symmetrical, with an underhang of menace.
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 17, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs: May 14, 2006

As reported by Newbury Comics
Same as it ever was: Godsmack, Cook, Dolls reign supreme
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs, week of May 7, 2006

As reported by Newbury Comics
Godsmack, Dresden Dolls on top again
By EDITORIAL  |  May 09, 2006

Redemption rock

Godsmack look to the metal greats for guidance
The idea of fall and redemption is thousands of years old, and it’s laced into the new Godsmack album, where singer Sully Erna’s lyrics spin a tale of rock-and-roll excess, its emotional strain, and if not outright salvation, at least the promise of it.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 04, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs, week of April 30

As reported by Newbury Comics
No, Virginia, the Dresden Dolls did not top the charts this week
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2006

Big business

The majors gear up for a promising spring
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006

Last days of New Alliance

The nerve center of Boston’s rock scene for the past 19 years is packing up and moving across the river  
Wandering around the Fenway’s soon-to-be-demolished RFT building feels like spelunking through the bowels of Boston’s hard-rock scene.
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 19, 2006

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