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Death Cab’s Chris Walla aims for the heart and the mind

Solo shots
Chris Walla knows he’s never going to make a Steely Dan album.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008


Feedback and forth

Red Horse ride again
Red Horse have played just a handful of shows, but they’ve made the most of them, establishing a reputation as a ferociously original live act.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 05, 2008


Sideshow and tell

The strange and wonderful world of Baby Dee
She goes by the name Baby Dee, even though she was born in Cleveland in 1953.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  January 28, 2008


Boston hits Detroit

Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008


Measure by measure

The many facets of Asher Thal-nir
The last couple of years have been busy ones for Asher Thal-nir.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 29, 2008


Artificial flavor of the month

The Spice Girls test their shelf life
There is a part of me that sympathizes with Victoria Beckham.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 22, 2008


Northeast newgrass

The rootsy routes of Hot Day at the Zoo
Lowell is known for Kerouac, its historic canal system, and the Industrial Revolution, not the “high and lonesome” sound of bluegrass.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008


Doherty dos and don’ts

From the Libertines to Babyshambles
Not even Pete Doherty’s regular absences were enough to hold back the Libertines.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 22, 2008


Somber shadows

The blue side of Six Organs of Admittance
Ben Chasny, the creative force behind Six Organs of Admittance, has been tarred as “avant-folk,” but this guitarist is not so easily pigeonholed.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 22, 2008


Let Kravitz rule

Interview: A love-in with Lenny
International retro heartthrob Lenny Kravitz returns to the fold this year with a new album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution .
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  January 22, 2008


Second job

Interview: Tyler Ramsey splits the difference with Band of Horses
Tyler Ramsey is currently touring the country pulling double duty as both a solo singer-songwriter and a recent-addition guitarist in Band of Horses.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 16, 2008


Drone machine

Howard Stelzer celebrates 10 years in Boston
In 2008, local experimental musician, promoter, and head of the Intransitive Recordings label Howard Stelzer celebrates a decade in Boston.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 14, 2008


Twang and burn

Sarah Borges lights a roots-rock fire
When Sarah Borges performs in roots-music hot spots like Nashville and Austin, they don’t ask about her country credentials or her alt-rock background.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  January 14, 2008


Peace meal

His Name Is Alive are alive and well
Open-eared rockers often pay lip service to outré jazz figures, but this HNIA exploration is deeper and more selfless than the usual soundboy dabbling.
By: FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  January 14, 2008


Flower power

The return of Jeanne Mas
As I write this, I’m listening to the newest Jeanne Mas CD, The Missing Flowers .
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  January 14, 2008


Talking trash

The loopy world of Lupe Fiasco
For a smart guy, Lupe Fiasco has an unusual propensity for spewing verbal garbage.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  January 14, 2008


Cold remedies

Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008


Hall of justice

Opeth live at the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse in North London is a legendary chameleon of a venue.
By: PATRICK CATES  |  January 07, 2008


Suburban house

DJ Deka’s sweet ride
At Rise the Saturday before Christmas, DJ Deka played a four-and-a-half-hour set.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  January 07, 2008


Pop in a hard place

Black Dice’s Load Blown
The norms Black Dice resist are significant and strong and worth resisting.
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 16, 2008


Salty dogs

The wide wake of Victory at Sea
Reflect on a band like Victory at Sea and the ocean metaphors roll in.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 03, 2008

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