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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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Bands from the blogosphere

BMP 2012
There were nearly 100 bands, artists, or acts nominated in the Boston edition of this year's Best Music Poll, and yet there was still a healthy debate over omissions.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 14, 2012

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Best Boston Band of the 2012 Best Music Poll

Gentleman Hall takes top prize
Gentleman Hall takes top prize
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 14, 2012

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Santigold remains just out of pop's reach

Make-believer
We, as music listeners, tend to think of the business of music creation as one of inspiration, perspiration, meditation, and perhaps inebriation.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 15, 2012

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Surveying the scene at Primavera Sound

Reign in Spain
Visiting Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona felt like a sometimes-surreal glimpse into an indie rock myth: the breezy stages surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, dreamy pop bands playing at sunset, hip European music geeks speaking all different languages, late-night punk and electronic sets raging until 5 am.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  June 15, 2012

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Loudon Wainwright III ages appropriately

Grown man
The reason why Loudon Wainwright III drives us crazy is the same reason why we love him so much.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 05, 2012



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Chris North connects life's road maps

Collector items
The best folk albums are road albums. They're written on the road or for the road, they drop in names of states and interstates, they channel land and transience and distance.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  June 05, 2012

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Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

Sounds of summer
While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more ambitious this year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2012

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Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman at the Paradise

International sounds of love
I was hoping for cross-cultural pandemonium at the Paradise's double-bill of Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman, and the two-hour show left me mostly satisfied.
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 05, 2012

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Seer Group players share more than music

Organ beats
Seer Group's Jason Rozen has a history of working with — and helping out — his friends.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 29, 2012

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The preservation of Carolina Chocolate Drops

Living history
Seeing a Carolina Chocolate Drops concert is a transformative experience — and not just because of the old-time string band's immense talents and diverse instrumentation.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 29, 2012



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The Cult survives rock's highs and lows

Sturdy temple
There is a difference between an unknown musical artist and a superstar, and that difference isn't necessarily musical — it's mythological.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 31, 2012

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They ain't heavy, they're the Kirkwood Brothers

Finding out what makes the Meat Puppets tick with a new oral history
Finding out what makes the Meat Puppets tick with a new oral history
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 31, 2012

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WFNX dies before it gets old

Radio Silence
One of the greatest anti-establishment rallying cries of the 20th century was the notion that you can't trust anyone over the age of 30.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 23, 2012

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Blurring gender lines with Speedy Ortiz

Punk poetry
During a recent Allston basement show performance with her loud, grungy pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sarah Dupuis found herself surprised.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  May 23, 2012

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Homegrown trans rocker Evan Greer keeps her music political

Mother knows best
Last month, when Tommy Gabel of Against Me! announced via Rolling Stone that she's transgender (and will now go by Laura Jane Grace), I immediately wondered what Evan Greer might be thinking.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  May 23, 2012



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The Dandy Warhols don't care what you think

Dig safe
Courtney Taylor-Taylor may be the most pretentious band douche I've ever interviewed. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 24, 2012

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Queering the party with the DJs of Nu Life

Beyond Gay Night
Growing up gay on Long Island, Brian Friedberg went out dancing almost every night: at all-ages clubs, raves, dancehall nights, gay hip-hop nights, gay clubs, straight clubs, and late-night joints. But he couldn't find the party he was looking for.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 25, 2012

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012

In Memoriam
Donna Summer, Dorchester born and always Boston-loyal, died last week, reportedly of lung cancer.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  May 22, 2012

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Shirley Manson dishes on Garbage's return

The Vow
Lots of folks are calling this outing by Garbage a reunion, but according to frontwoman Shirley Manson, it's nothing of the sort; it was just the right moment for the alt-rockers to rev it up again after a seven-year chill period.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  May 23, 2012

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Porcelain Raft eases out of the shadows

Calming effect
Although Porcelain Raft released their debut full-length, Strange Weekend (Secretly Canadian), earlier this year, the project's mastermind, Mauro Remiddi, is no novice.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 22, 2012


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