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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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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