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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



Lisa Loeb at Newbury Comics
I have a secret crush on Lisa Loeb. When I was 13, I sang every word to “Do You Sleep?” in solidarity with Loeb, alone in my bedroom.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 28, 2008


Three of a kind

Editors, Louis XIV, and Hot Hot Heat at Orpheum Theatre, January 19, 2008
Even with two good support acts, the British foursome weren’t quite able to fill the Orpheum.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  January 22, 2008


What's new is better

Blonde Redhead at Paradise Rock Club, January 20, 2008
Not many bands can say their seventh album is their best.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 22, 2008


Public-service announcements

Chris Marstall brings Tourfilter to life
How do you take a Web site and make it come alive?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 22, 2008


Get buggy with it

Mirah + Spectratone International at the MFA, January 11, 2008
Mirah wanted us to embrace nature in our daily lives, and she started by giving the creepy-crawlies a heart without stretching the truth.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  January 15, 2008



Lee Genesis at Johnny D's, January 9, 2008
Even among the greatest soul singers, there are probably few who can work a sermon about the evils of the sub-prime-mortgage fiasco into a song and make it hip.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2008


Under the weather

White Williams at the Middle East Upstairs, January 12, 2008
The young Brooklyn-based White Williams wears his influences on his sleeve, a proud love of chugging krautrock grooves and ’80s synth-pop.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 15, 2008


History rocks

Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008


A winning combination

Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008


A Jersey junket

Joe Harvard's rock-and-roll birthday
Joe Harvard, East Boston native, made his bones in these parts, primarily as a producer and founding co-owner of Fort Apache studio.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 08, 2008


Throwing Down Again

Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Middle East Downstairs, December 26, 2007
The air was thick with nostalgia and Boston pride, not to mention the more tangible sweat that was dripping from the pipes downstairs at the Middle East.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 31, 2007


Who are they?

Gary Cherone tackles the Who with Slipkid
As Beatle Juice was to the Beatles, so Slipkid are to the Who.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 31, 2007


An old lion roars

McCoy Tyner at the Regattabar, December 27, 2007
In recent years, McCoy Tyner has looked frail for his age — once robust and round-faced, he now appears gaunt.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 31, 2007


Friends of John

Ra Ra Riot head up a benefit for their fallen Drummer
Most people at the Middle East downstairs on December 15 probably didn’t know John Pike, the 23-year-old drummer of New York’s Ra Ra Riot who drowned on June 1.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 26, 2007


Live and kicking

Live reviews: 2007 in review
Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
By: BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2007


No latkes?

A crazy worldwide Hanukkah party
Four bands, seven countries, and a couple of sponsors: that’s what it took to stage the festival of spotlights known as “A Crazy Worldwide Hanukkah Party.”
By: STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  December 11, 2007


Rock the hard way

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Paradise Rock Club, December 6, 2007
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals know how to please a crowd.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  December 10, 2007


Glitter but no glam

Electric Warriors Glamstravaganza at Great Scott, Decemebr 8, 2007
Billing a show as a “Glamstravaganza” sets up some specific expectations: glitter, light shows, epic anthems, stylish sleaze, full-length knitted body stockings, more glitter.
By: LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 10, 2007


Hot and cold

More French music plus Osvaldo Golijov at the BSO; Sarasa’s warm tribute to Craig Smith
James Levine’s second French program this season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more compelling than the one with which he began the season.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2007



"Miracle on Tremont Street," Orpheum Theatre, December 4, 2007
“Miracle on Tremont Street" offered a reminder that modern rock isn’t completely dominated by watered-down emo-pop pap and heinous post-grunge mush.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 09, 2007

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