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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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Electro-folk

Finding sounds with Patrick McGinley’s Murmer
Patrick McGinley is an inveterate traveler.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 31, 2007

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Guitar leaders

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl
Boston is known for the ’60s folk boom, the garage-y “Bosstown sound,” and as one of the birthplaces of alternative rock.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 31, 2007

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Too legit to quit

Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

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Start with some Spice

A recipe for a tuneful 2008
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007

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Show and tell

A whole new year of live music
After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008



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Local rock plows ahead

Winter offerings you won’t have to shovel
Not every local rocker is hibernating or joining Bang Camaro this winter.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 26, 2007

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Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007

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Star teamz

Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  December 18, 2007

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Throwing down with Dicky

Barrett and the Bosstones are back
For years — nine to be exact — Dicky Barrett celebrated every Christmas with his band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 18, 2007

Not another top 10

A few of Rare Frequency’s favorite things
What follows is by nature a hodgepodge, a not-quite-10 list of some RF favorites from 2007.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 19, 2007



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The year the music thrived

National pop: 2007 in review
Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

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From ’Ye to mixtapes

Hip-hop: 2007 in review
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007

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Repackaged treasures

The ongoing survival of the box set
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  December 11, 2007

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Baritone bliss?

Дмитрий Хворостовский at Symphony Hall
Ну, что, как вы — oops, sorry, that’s what happens when the conversation around you is all-Russian-all-the-time.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 11, 2007

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Future rap

Saul Williams teams up with Trent Reznor
“Sometimes I find it very hard to be me,” Saul Williams raps on The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of NiggyTardust! ’s first track, “Black History Month.”
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 10, 2007



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Space cases

Astronaut and Ernst Karel
Perhaps it’s something in the air, but in the last year or so it seems that Boston’s experimental outer limits has seen an analog-synthesizer renaissance.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 14, 2007

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Dynamic duo

Steven Vallarelli and Tim Griffiths forge their own Antiques
As Sting once famously suggested, being in a band is like marriage without sex. And joining a band is often a lot like entering into a romantic relationship.
By: IAN SANDS  |  December 11, 2007

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Yule appeal

Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
By: COLE HADDON  |  December 10, 2007

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Born again

The return of Scarce
When fondly remembered bands get back together, they usually say they’re just playing a couple of shows and not thinking about the future.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  December 11, 2007

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Pop’s fairer image

Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2007


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