• March 21, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Bring 'em Home Now: a concert to benefit Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War
    March 20 at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
    Michael Stipe
    Rufus Wainwright
    Devendra Banhart
    All photos (c) Christopher Kontoes

    [Our friend, photographer Christopher Kontoes, filed this report from NYC last night; his friend, Springfield native and former Miracle Legion dude Mark Mulcahy, was one of several folks -- Rain Phoenix, sister of River, was another -- who joined Michael Stipe onstage for an epic anti-war concert at Hammerstein Ballroom.

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  • March 20, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Dropkick Murphys
    At Avalon
    Sunday, March 19
    Photos by Dave Tree
    except Rick Barton photos, by Nicole Tammaro

    Well, he did for a night anyway. Rick Barton was the Dropkicks' link to an earlier era of Boston punk: he'd been in the Outlets, he was a songwriter as well as a guitarist, and over the long haul, he's been the guy we've missed most from the original lineup.

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  • March 09, 2006
    By Will Spitz

    It's been awhile since we've gone to a show knowing next to nothing of a band's music and walking out feeling like we might've just seen something important. On the basis of a couple of tunes and some Internet chatter, we went to T.T.'s last night to see Norway's Serena Maneesh and holy cow. Noisy and loud as fuck, the band – a five-piece led by a guitar-playing maniac manchild of a frontman – tore through what seemed like a 25-minute set that turned out to be closer to an hour.

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  • March 08, 2006
    By webteam

    The recently reunited Smoking Popes absolutely, uh, smoked last night downstairs at the Middle East at their first show in town in “like eight years,” according to frontman Josh Caterer. As one of the best and most under-appreciated power pop bands of the ’90s, Caterer, his brothers — guitarist Eli and bassist Matt — and drummer Mike Felumlee deftly married big power chords and big hooks with Josh’s distinctive Kermit-the-Frog-meets-Morrissey croon.

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  • March 05, 2006
    By webteam

    Anyone who's ever cadged a photo pass knows the rules of taking
    pictures from the designated photographer's pit in front of the stage:
    (1) you get to shoot only the first three songs, and (2) no flash
    allowed. Then the bouncers hustle you back out with the masses, the
    idea being to limit the amount of time any one band can make asses of

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