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Winning losers

Stand up for your write(-ins)
Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008


Let’s undo the movies

Chantal Akerman plays with your mind at MIT’s List Center
If those collective behaviors inspired and demanded by the cinema of its witnesses are, in essence, its very boundaries, Belgian-born filmmaker and video artist Chantal Akerman could be considered a smuggler.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2008


''Nude'' remix

Fans redo Radiohead — astonishingly — well
Last month, Radiohead thrilled the big black glasses off thousands of hundreds when they posted stems for the public to download, remix, and upload to the band’s Web site to compete for listeners’ votes.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008


The Breeders

 Mountain Battles | 4AD
A big part of maintaining a lasting, fruitful relationship with the Breeders is acceptance.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008


They're number one

Pissed Jeans at Oxfam Café + Middle East Upstairs, April 12, 2008
“I hate hardcore,” sighs another girl with a swollen eye. “I was in there watching the show, and I punched myself in the face. By accident, of course.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


The rest is noise

WHRB presents Record Hospital Fest 2008
If, heading home from Chet’s Last Call one night in 1984, you happened to tune into The Record Hospital , you might have caught a Swell Maps track, followed by some F.U.’s or the Contortions.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008



Mahogany comes to town
You get all the shimmering, over-processed guitars, all the feather-light vocals, and all the intense volume without the unsightly Doc Martens or ugly Beetlejuice tights.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 22, 2008


Barry Adamson

Back to the Cat | Central Control
It’s easy to imagine this eighth solo outing from Barry Adamson as a problematic prospect for listeners new to his evocative style.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 15, 2008


Czech, please

The Valerie Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, April 5, 2008
Faced with the task of supplying a live score for a film, an ensemble can proceed one of two ways.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 2008



Supreme Balloon | Matador
If past outings have given all the attention to your brain, this one is a special dedication to your ears.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 2008



Robots have a MySpace page
Picture it: Sicily, 1914 . . . no, no, wait, sorry, make that Cape Cod, 1994.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 08, 2008


A very loud empire

Death by Audio's DIY artists
Work those connections, because the Holy Fuck show at the Middle East upstairs this Friday is already sold out.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 18, 2008


Wired for sound

Spring Arts Preview: The Boston scene gets ready to bust out
Spring may bring with it a surplus of sneezing fits, muddy puddles, and questionable tank-top choices, but it also packs a bevy of new releases.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 10, 2008


Mad lulling

Mia Doi Todd's dark folk
Attendees of this week’s José González show on March 13 at the Paradise will be treated to an opening set from LA’s Mia Doi Todd.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008


Strange fruit

Peter Chapman examines the rise of the banana
Consider the banana: that ambassador of potassium, patron saint of portable snacks, fundamental unit of slapstick, euphemiser of dementia.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008


Life lines

Getting to the hard core of Big Bear
Scaring people away isn’t Big Bear’s primary objective.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 12, 2008


Subliminal cruelty

DJ Spooky at the Institute of Contemporary Art, January 26, 2008
In any experiment, failure isn’t the greatest risk — cruelty is.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2008


Classical shebang

Stephen Drury's modernity
Ain’t nothing’s free — but leave it to the troublemakers at New England Conservatory to kick that idea into last century.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2008


Salty dogs

The wide wake of Victory at Sea
Reflect on a band like Victory at Sea and the ocean metaphors roll in.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 03, 2008


Remembering Cast King

A downloadable discography
At 81, J.D. “Cast” King had attained rock-star notoriety — which doesn’t make much sense.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 26, 2007
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