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Blown up

Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  October 08, 2008


Sweet release

The Urinals can’t hold it in any longer
I don’t want to waste your time waxing philosophical about the problematic logic behind qualifying music “good” or “bad,” much less pontificating on whether “sophisticated punk” is an oxymoron.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2008



Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008


Bubble and scrape

Chocolate Monk at P.A.’s, Preliminary Saturation at the Piano Factory
Chocolate Monk at P.A.’s, Preliminary Saturation at the Piano Factory
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 09, 2008


Men from Mars(eille)

Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2009


The rote stuff

The meticulous mayhem of USAISAMONSTER
A USAISAMONSTER show is all third-eye perception and muscle memory.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  October 01, 2008


Rate expectations

The Big Hurt: World-class criticism priced to move!
Grim economic news makes me pretty nervous.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2008


Groop therapy

Stereolab do it again for the first time
I can say without fear of clogging next week’s Letters section that Chemical Chords (the new Stereolab album, and their first on 4AD) is right up there in the top three Stereolab albums evah.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 01, 2008



47 releases in, Wire can still get it up
In the annals of rock-and-roll-origin stories, Colin Newman, singer/guitarist for the pinned-down cynical conceptualist rock band Wire, has one of the odder ones.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 02, 2008


Here comes the Whambulance

Mass Art hosts the Baltimore Round Robin Tour
The Baltimore loft once known as Wham City is long dead, its inhabitants evicted in 2007, but the twisted DIY art movement it housed has flourished nonetheless.  
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008


Booked solid

A week of deconstruction, dubstep, and drones
A week of deconstruction, dubstep, and drones
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 03, 2008


Interview: Amanda Palmer

At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 25, 2008


A real cut-up

An interview with Robert Pollard on the occasion of the landing of Boston Spaceships
Robert Pollard is a Renaissance man.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 23, 2008


Mix nuts

An interview with breakout roots-music production stars the Tremolo Twins
Pop music has a history of great production teams.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 23, 2008


Hangin' Tough

New Kids 4-evah!
This article appeared in the September 9, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By: JASON GAY  |  September 26, 2008


Baby fights the blues

Juliana Hatfield is still standing. How a hometown guitar hero dodged the bullet, and then wrote a book about it
Evening slants in over the spires of Harvard, and Juliana Hatfield is watching me across the table.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  September 17, 2008



In her new memoir, When I Grow Up , Boston icon Juliana Hatfield comes clean about her depression, and why Wal-Mart would have been blamed for her suicide
In the weeks leading up to the start of the college tour, I fell into one of my depressions, and with it some strange and disconcerting new sensations presented themselves.
By: JULIANA HATFIELD  |  September 17, 2008


A place of pure love

Jesse Sykes and her Sweet Hereafter
Far from being morose, Sykes is witty, sharp, and charmingly self-depreciating after each of her lengthy musings on life, energy, and the universe.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 16, 2008


Sex on wheels

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult just never get old
Subcultures all need their touchstones: entities that over time assume the stature of full-fledged institutions.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 16, 2008


Didn’t they blow our minds this time

The Big Hurt: Just how rad is the new NKOTB album?
Last week, I offered my fragile body up for a heinous act of self-abuse in the name of science.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  September 16, 2008


Dirt merchants

Farm Aid crops up in Massachusetts
In the hegemony of mid-’80s mega-rock-star benefits, Farm Aid stands as the American blue-collar uncle to Live Aid’s international whiz kid.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008

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