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Charli XCX is ready for her close-up

No angel
If 2011 was a year of the general populace getting bombarded with new female solo artists coming out of nowhere to blow up our Interwebs and destroy our notions of the pay-your-dues career track, then 2012 is shaping up to be the year of reckoning.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2012


Listening to WFNX 1983-2012

Celebrating the live and times of 101.7 FM, Boston's only true alternative radio station
WLYN-FM, a 3000-watt station in Lynn, develops a reputation for breaking new acts and playing New Wave — if you can hear it, though most listeners in Boston can't.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 24, 2012


What did 101.7 FM mean to listeners over the years? We asked, you answered

We are WFNX
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By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012


Allston DIY Fest continues to evolve, unite

Eclectic collective
This summer's festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, and could very well earn Allston some respect, even if only for the day.
By: PERRY EATON  |  July 20, 2012


'Let's Exile Pitbull to Alaska' a success -- and the rapper invites David Thorpe to join him!

We are pleased to announce that PITBULL is going to Kodiak, Alaska!
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 17, 2012


Grinding gears with Wheelchair Sports Camp

No filter
Unless you count Summer Jam and other shameless showcases of hack-rap sharecroppers, hip-hop never had a circus until B. Dolan stepped up to play ringmaster.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 25, 2012


The experimental fusion of Liars

Wishing well
When Liars first emerged a decade ago, their post-punk thrashing, no-wave abrasion, and feral howls felt dangerous — the sound of a zombie apocalypse before it was trendy.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  July 17, 2012


Refused reunite: should we care?

Old noise
Songs may exist for our entertainment, but bands often thrive not just as music makers but as exemplars of behavior.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 17, 2012


The emotional electronics of Hot Chip

Head music
"You don't always just feel one thing at one time," says Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip's nerd-genius frontman, referencing the grand ambiguity of pop music.
By: RYAN REED  |  July 10, 2012


Bethany Cosentino settles into a comfort zone

Still California dreaming
Best Coast have caught a lot of flack for not sounding like themselves on their new record, The Only Place (Mexican Summer).
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 10, 2012


Letting it rip with Grey Valley Ghost

Rock heavy
Rarely does the subject go into an interview with their own set of notes, but that's exactly what Grey Valley Ghost frontman/guitarist Madison Taylor did when he checked in from his hometown of Atlanta last weekend.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 10, 2012


Pitbull takes The Big Hurt north

Kodiak or Bust
Well, Pitbull invited me to go to Alaska with him.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 10, 2012


El-P keeps control of his alt-rap flow

End Game
When I interviewed El-P back in 2007, we had a meaty laugh over unfortunate scribes who'd pegged his sound "post-apocalyptic."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 03, 2012


Slicing up metal genres with Black Breath

Power of the riffage
Anyone with even a passing interest in heavy metal knows by now that the musical style has become subsumed in an obsession with subgenres, warring factions under metal's big black hate-filled umbrella.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 03, 2012


The pop wilderness of Beat Connection

Garden variety
Jordan Koplowitz's life — I'm disappointed to discover — was not forever changed by a momentous round of beer pong.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 06, 2012

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Debo Band deliver Boston to a world stage

Great expectations
It's no mystery that the the refreshing clarity, lightness, intricacy, and vibration of Debo Band's forthcoming homonymous debut album is worthy of all of the space dedicated to this article.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 03, 2012


Codeine’s careful rock returns to Boston

Slow burn
Bands named after drugs have a spotty history of making music that fits their substances.
By: REYAN ALI  |  June 26, 2012


The righteousness of Japandroids

House that rock built
The same week I first heard Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl), the new sophomore LP by Canadian rock duo Japandroids, I bought a plane ticket to Spain.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  June 22, 2012


Mapping Iron Maiden’s legacy in metal

Eddie with Mickey ears
Music is a universal force — able to foment revolution, sell culture, and communicate ideas both specific and diffuse.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 22, 2012


Ryan Montbleau comes home with an accent

Southern comforts
It's a sleepy Monday night in April, and Ryan Montbleau is taking advantage of a rare opportunity to get out and see some friends and hear some music.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 19, 2012


The Beach Boys forget the past in order to embrace it

In harmony
For the past 50 years, the Beach Boys have been selling myths, and we've been buying them.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 21, 2012

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