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Seeing Stars

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By Todd Lavoie

Breaking up, breaking down, pulling yourself together, and plunging back into the dating scene to start all over again - sound familiar? Most of us have trod down that road before - the avenue leading us through the entire tumultuous cycle of doomed romance. Oh, the drama! Read more »

The Dan Wilson peppermint latte, or how it feels to be free

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By Benedict Sinclair

Sometimes there’s a mood. One where dessert must coat the human drama. You need a pleasure, perhaps a guilty one. The kind of sublimity you’ll find in the songwriting of Dan Wilson, Grammy Award-winning craftsman behind the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” and frontperson for alt-rockers Semisonic. Wilson once penned the Grammy-nominated radio classic “Closing Time” with the band. Read more »

Can I get a diva? Roisin Murphy to the rescue

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By Todd Lavoie

Looking for something sass-alicious to wrap your ears around? Something deep and soulful and dripping with attitude? Former Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy has just released her second solo disc, Overpowered (EMI), and it's a floor-burner. What a way to spend an hour and work off some cold-weather calories - looks like Murphy is several steps further into divahood.

I'm picky about my divas. Read more »

Postal Service > Rolling Stones > Fallout Boy

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The Washington Post’s website has good news for hipsters everywhere. After all these years of crying “sell out!” everytime a band – particularly an obscure, culty, indie band – lends a song to a TV commercial, music purists can now quantify exactly how much their act of choice has strayed from the path of righteousness. Read more »

In the grand tradition of Metal SpongeBob and Metal Cookie Monster

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Cannibal Corpse really does cross all boundaries.

Feeling one's bones with Ghostface Killah and co.

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By Chris DeMento

One can't help heaping expectations upon a show like this - the Nov. 2 appearance by Brother Ali, Ghostface, Rakim, and the Rhythm Roots Allstars at Mezzanine: three big-name emcees, a 10-piece backband, a sold-out venue. Read more »

Porter Wagoner RIP: Death of a country showman

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By Erik Morse

Grand Ole Opry mainstay and sartorial icon Porter Wagoner, one half of the great duet Porter and Dolly team, died of lung cancer in Nashville on Oct. 28 just days before Halloween.

The country musician was the epitome of the “hard workin’ man,” whose declining health in recent years failed to sideline a career that continued to entertain young and old through 50 years at the Opry. Read more »

Coheed and Cambria heed the "Alien" call

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By Ben Richardson

November is upon us, and cult prog-emo masterminds Coheed and Cambria (Coheed for short) play the Warfield this week, touring behind their new album, Good Apollo, I’m a Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow (take that, Fiona Apple). Read more »

The Plant 'n' Krauss Show: Makes good listening!

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By Todd Lavoie

Bet you didn't see this one coming. I sure as hell didn't, not even in my wildest music-nerd tag-team reveries. Read more »

Teddy Thompson: Americana by way of England

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By Anna Mantzaris

Teddy Thompson (that’s Thompson as in spawn of Richard and Linda) may be an English boy by birth, but the 31-year-old's rock-folk-country sound will make you think he’s spent years fine-tuning his sound deep in the land of the American south.

Taking on t Read more »