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Now I'm Feeling Gothified

100 Greatest Goth Songs: The Spotify playlist
Plus, the WFNX goth special.
By: PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  October 27, 2011


Andrew Jackson Jihad's sincere sarcasm

Punks, frequently eager to shove a stick of self-important vainglory up their own asses, have been some of the worst offenders. But, as is usually the case with sweeping generalizations, the exceptions to this one make it look ridiculous.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 26, 2011


Unmasking the sinister beats of GL▲SS †33†H

Dark haus
When I met Xavier Gath in an alleyway on a dark rainy night in Cambridge a few Fridays ago, I didn't know what to expect.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 26, 2011

Young London pops Boston's rock bubble

Dance to the underground
It's a sentiment as old as the faded memories of the glory days at clubs like the Rat, Bunratty's, and the Channel: Boston is a rock-and-roll town.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 19, 2011


The liberation beat rolls on for CSS

That cheer brigade
Struggling young bands toil to discover something novel, to uncover a musical concept that no one has encountered before, only to find, if they succeed, that this initial toiling is just step one — and that step two involves finding a way to progress so that your novel band doesn't become a novelty.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2011


Inside the dual Japanese rock of Boris

Double bubble
Double releases, double-necked guitars, double mirrors, and double rainbows. When it comes to interviewing the unclassifiable Japanese group Boris, nothing can be single-minded.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 24, 2011


Billy Corgan dishes on the 20th anniversary of Gish — one smashing debut record

Tales from the Pumpkin patch
The saturation of album anniversary celebrations has gotten out of hand in recent years.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 19, 2011


Doomriders continue their forward march

On the grind
It's hard to begrudge Doomriders' front man Nate Newton when he stops in the midst of rattling off the band's tours with the likes of Red Sparowes, Clutch, and Disfear, among others, in the two years since the release of Darkness Come Alive off Salem-based Deathwish Inc.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 13, 2011


The evolving conceptual sounds of Neon Indian

Heightened Era
Chillwave, a genre that blends bedroom-level production values with glowing synth-based atmospherics and vocals focused more on disconnected drizzle than tangible emotion, is the embodiment of how to disappear completely. At the forefront is Neon Indian's Alan Palomo: an Afro'd, baby-faced 23-year-old with two acclaimed LPs under his belt, including last month's excellent Era Extrana (Mom + Pop).
By: RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2011


The Strokes a decade after the debut

That was it
Let's face it: popular music is a lie. But it's the lie we crave: that the Beatles taught us how to love, that the Pistols taught us to be fierce, and that the Strokes — with their debut long-player released 10 years ago this week — delivered us from a nu-metal and boy-band purgatory into a sleek and sexy modern age.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2011


George Lewis Jr. conquers as Twin Shadow

Post-Mad Man
"Boston, I'm starting to love you again," says George Lewis Jr. via cell phone in a seemingly sarcastic yet sincere shout-out to his old stomping grounds.  
By: NOLAN GAWRON  |  October 05, 2011

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Prince Rama rise from Boston's underground

Spiritual guidance
Before Animal Collective's Avey Tare discovered their bouncy, Bollywood-inspired psychedelia at SXSW 2010, the group Prince Rama channeled "Now Age" chants and sang Sanskrit in Jamaica Plain houses and DIY art spaces.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  October 05, 2011


The Vandelles ride a different kind of wave

Technicolor noir
If you were listening to the audio version of this interview, you might find yourself sifting through lots of reverb and the rumble of a passing motorcycle.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 05, 2011


Ten years in, Ladytron grounded by Gravity

More than a decade into their career as trusted electro-pop veterans, Ladytron's place in the world of pop music seems as precarious as when they started.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 05, 2011


Boston's Rap Class of 2011

A slice of area hip-hop's diverse scene — from hardcore boom-bap to frat rap
The announcement of  last year's Rap Class  rang so loudly that we had to step back in the arena and cause more noise.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 29, 2011


Boston Rap Class of 2011's Video Directors

Behind the lens
We matched 10 of Boston's young badass video directors — some trained, some straight guerilla — with each member of our 10 Rap Class of 2011 and asked them to produce an original video.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 29, 2011


The Swaggerin' Growlers just don't give a folk

Content within brutality
Perhaps sped-up three-chord angst anthems and ugly haircuts fell out of relevance long before the kid from A Walk To Remember started singing for the Germs.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2011


The glowing musical carnival of Dark Dark Dark

Chamber made
Back when we had barely begun the long and terrible journey towards self awareness, most of us thought of darkness as something menacing and unsafe. Many of us still do.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2011

Interview: James Blake's dub soft-shoe

High steppin'
Poised in a distinctive middle ground between leftfield electronica and soulful R&B, 23-year-old Londoner James Blake has been making a name for himself of late.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  September 28, 2011


The Horrors change more than their hair

Near the end of my conversation with Rhys Webb, bassist for Southend-on-Sea quintet the Horrors, I begin to sense the exasperation in his voice.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 28, 2011


The night before Nevermind

Bullet LaVolta's drummer on opening for Nirvana in Boston on September 23, 1991
It was no accident that, the night before Nevermind came out -- September 23, 1991 -- Nirvana chose to play Boston.
By: TODD A. PHILIPS  |  September 22, 2011

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