• MP3 OF THE WEEK December 02, 2009
    By Michael Brodeur


    OK, so we're a little late with this November installment of Homework -- but give our guest pupil Audrey Ryan extra credit: She's been touring her passport off, and upon return, had only days to pull her assignment together. Then turkey happened. You know how it goes. In any case, Ms.

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  • MP3 OF THE WEEK November 25, 2009
    By Carly Carioli

    Among punk rock insiders, Mike Ciprari is best known for his Massachusetts-based boutique company SPJ Custom Drums, whose sick, blinged-out kits appear onstage with bands ranging from Gym Class Heroes and Every Time I Die to Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Now Ciprari’s moving from hardware into what the suits refer to as the content business: he’s playing drums in THRASH UNREAL, a pop-punk band whose hooks are as brazen and glammy as the infamous light-up kit Ciprari created for Panic! at the Disco.

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  • MP3 OF THE WEEK November 18, 2009
    By Carly Carioli

    Cave In, "Juggernaut (Live at Great Scott, 2009)"

    When Cave In signed off at the tail end of 2006, we feared one of Boston’s greatest post-metal bands had perished before its prime. So when a couple of years later they snuck back into the studio and then unveiled a blistering new EP with a one-off show at Great Scott, we grabbed our cameras — just in case it turned out to be a last hurrah.

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  • MP3 OF THE WEEK November 05, 2009
    By Carly Carioli

    Stacy Jones spent the first 15 years of his rock life, much of it in Boston, grinding out power-pop in the years before emo made it a staple of Top 40 radio. He got his start as the drummer in Letters to Cleo, left that band to join grunge-era stars Veruca Salt, then pulled a Dave Grohl and traded his kit for a guitar as the frontman of his own band, AMERICAN HI-FI, scoring a debut hit with their pop-metal homage “Flavor of the Weak.

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