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The circular splendor of My Morning Jacket

Spontaneous routes
It all began with TheTennessee Fire of 1999 — just a tiny spark ignited by the fiery vision and devastating voice of Jim James.
By: NOLAN GAWRON  |  August 09, 2011


Full Body Anchor rebuild their own alt-rock nation

Open to interpretation
The whole Full Body Anchor gang either used to, or continue to, play in keystone Boston punk and/or hardcore and/or rockabilly operations like Drago, the Marvels, the Dents, and the Raging Teens.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 03, 2011

I wrestled a bear once

The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

Metal hedge
The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 03, 2011


Kool Keith had a purple keyboard and green synth

Odd past
Keith's ubiquitous props are often trumpeted on rap sites and comment boards, where he's cited as the chief influence behind everyone from Tech N9ne to Tyler, the Creator.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 04, 2011

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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

Temple of gloom
There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 28, 2011

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Viva Brother connect Britpop to gritpop

Uncommon people
"When we started this band, it was the result of looking back and finding the last great era of music — and that was Britpop," says cool and confident singer/guitarist Leonard "Lee" Newell on the phone from the UK.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 27, 2011

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Rediscovering Bobb Trimble's long-lost legacy

Tape delay
With the help of Los Angeles re-issue label Yoga Records, Trimble is celebrating the re-release of his third full-length, the long-lost The Crippled Dog Band at Great Scott on Thursday, July 28.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  July 27, 2011

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Newport Folk Festival expands its scope

Plugged into 2011
Indeed much has changed since the historic and genre-defining Newport Folk Festival resumed in 1986 after a 15-year hiatus.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 01, 2011

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Acaro find empowerment through aggressive metal

Crafting a legacy
Acaro are arguably the hungriest metal band in Boston.
By: JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  July 19, 2011

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Allston DIY Fest is a collective affair

Artistic freedoms
"There's no need to confirm with us," said Allston resident Clay Adamczyk, a member of the group that has collectively organized the fest. "You don't need to be pre-approved. As long as you are free of any corporate relations, you can do your own thing."
By: LIZ PELLY  |  July 25, 2011

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Ellie Goulding traces a route to pop royalty

Starry eyed
It's a tale as old as the ages: the artist who breaks big in England but never quite cracks the charts or the hearts of but a select few in the States.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 25, 2011


Cool noise

Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?
By: LIZ PELLY  |  July 25, 2011


Nikki Sixx faces his doppelgangers

Still shouting
Nikki Sixx remains a live wire when onstage with LA dirtbags Mötley Crüe.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 18, 2011

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The tasty return of Cibo Matto

Back on the menu
There's been a lot of talk recently about how the '90s are back, much of it by me.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 13, 2011

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EMA finds herself in pop's gritty depths

Bottom's up
It's a paradoxical yet undeniable truth: sometimes in order to rise above, you need to bottom out. Erika M. Anderson, now doing business as EMA, could be a poster child for the phenomenon.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2011

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Taking Back Sunday are back on the scene

Pride of strong island
For a lot of people, just mentioning Tell All Your Friends reignites a bunch of old motifs and memories. For me, nostalgia accounts for half of my affection, whereas the album's raw, naïve tenacity justifies the remainder.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 13, 2011

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Varsity Drag's Ben Deily carves his own path to happiness

School of rock
Even after 25 years, Deily's voice and style remain remarkably similar to that of his teenage years with the Lemonheads: his hybrid of anxious punk delivery and sentimental pop prowess are as earnest and honest now as they were then.
By: NOLAN GAWRON  |  July 13, 2011

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Gang Gang Dance trip the light fantastic

Everything time
Some musicians craft songs meant to elicit an emotion, and some fashion sonic mazes for the listener to get lost in. Over the course of a decade-plus career in shape-shifting psych, Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance have found a way to do both.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2011


The 50 best new bands in America

Our annual state-by-state search for your new favorite summer jamz
Our annual state-by-state search for your new favorite summer jamz
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 12, 2011

Kurt Vile plays it straight as he is

As he is

Kurt Vile plays it straight
For all the defiant, anguished fists we shake in the general direction of New York and Los Angeles whenever a musician becomes way more famous after they leave Boston, perhaps this city's gypsy-attracting disposition has advantages.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 05, 2011

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