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Brian Jonestown Massacre carry onward

Life of Anton
Bring up Anton Newcombe to anyone familiar with the mid- to late-'90s Bomp! Records roster and you'll hear about the unheralded genius of one of the most talented musicians of the last two decades.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012


Out: The Rationales hit the Middle East

Going over big
Following a strong showing in this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Rationales would go over big at the Middle East upstairs last Friday.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 07, 2012


Redd Kross | Researching the Blues

Merge (2012)
It's difficult to imagine that Redd Kross once boasted a sound so hard-charging that punkers were crestfallen when the band traded it in for the poppier style that made up 1987's Neurotica, an LP time has let slip through cracks filled by Sonic Youth and the Pixies.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 07, 2012


Phil Anselmo pulls no punches on Pantera, American Idol, and the reputation of metal

Cowboy from hell
Who better than Philip Hansen Anselmo to discuss the current state of metal?
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 02, 2012


Lemmy and Motörhead are still raising hell

An Ace, in Spades
At 66 years old, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister is still at it, playing the game and loving every minute, having fun while so many of his contemporaries act dour and aloof.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 03, 2012


Attika 7 | Blood of My Enemies

Rocket Science Ventures
There's two ways to look at former Biohazard singer/bassist and wannabe pornstar Evan Seinfeld.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 31, 2012


Letting it rip with Grey Valley Ghost

Rock heavy
Rarely does the subject go into an interview with their own set of notes, but that's exactly what Grey Valley Ghost frontman/guitarist Madison Taylor did when he checked in from his hometown of Atlanta last weekend.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 10, 2012


Holograms | Holograms

Captured Tracks
Remember back in the day when Hot Fuss came out and everyone thought the Killers had built the definitive aural bridge between Joy Division and New Order?
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 03, 2012


The Soundtrack of Our Lives | Throw It To the Universe

Telegram (2012)
While many Britpop fans spent the late 90s onward hoping with that Oasis would pull something out of the cabinet that came close to Definitely Maybe or (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, they should've been expanding their sonic range farther west to Sweden, where the Soundtrack of Our Lives have been rolling out some of the genre's finest compositions.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 19, 2012


Metric | Synthetica

MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 05, 2012


Shirley Manson dishes on Garbage's return

The Vow
Lots of folks are calling this outing by Garbage a reunion, but according to frontwoman Shirley Manson, it's nothing of the sort; it was just the right moment for the alt-rockers to rev it up again after a seven-year chill period.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 23, 2012


Shadows Fall | Fire From The Sky

Razor & Tie
Are Shadows Fall still feeling the fan backlash from two albums ago?
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 23, 2012


The Cult | Choice Of Weapon

Cooking Vinyl
Second acts are hard enough to deliver successfully in the pantheon of hard rock, so it's surprising then that the Cult, now well into their third go-round, still give their audience exactly what they crave.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 15, 2012


Pantera | Vulgar Display Of Power [20th Anniversary Reissue]

Rhino (2012)
By 1992, metal fans were in desperate need of fresh bombast. Metallica had gone mainstream with radio-friendly singles like "Nothing Else Matters," Rob Halford left Judas Priest the year prior, and Iron Maiden had long ago stopped delivering vital material.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 08, 2012


Eleven Boston rock bands go for a Ride

Nowhere, Mass.
Out of all the bands that toed the line between shoegaze and Britpop at the dawn of the '90s, perhaps none have been more overlooked than Ride.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 03, 2012


Silversun Pickups | Neck Of The Woods

Dangerbird Records (2012)
Following a somewhat disappointing sophomore release, it appeared as if the jig was up for these alt-rock throwbacks that made a name by nicking the best of the Smashing Pumpkins.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 01, 2012


Dry The River | Shallow Bed

RCA (2012)
Just what the world needed: Mumford & Sons put into a blender with Fleet Foxes, served with an Arcade Fire garnish— it's like a late-aughts hipstercocktail.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 17, 2012


Lords Of Acid | Deep Chills

Metropolis (2012)  
It's been more than a decade since Praga Khan dropped a proper Lords of Acid release, and in that time the Belgian electro-industrial mastermind has learned some new tricks on how to deliver his message of fuck.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 10, 2012


Beak | Eyrie

Someoddpilot (2012)
One word describes this debut EP by Chicago foursome Beak: brutal.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 03, 2012


Spiritualized | Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Fat Possum (2012)
Whenever an artist looks back to a high point in his or her catalogue for inspiration in building a new work, it's typically "uh-oh" time.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 28, 2012


Gotye finds himself riding a YouTube smash

Somebody that you know
Wouter De Backer has heard it all.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 20, 2012

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