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Career opportunities

Boys Like Girls
Martin Johnson isn’t quite sure where he is.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2007


Fabulous fakes

Charmed by the Traveling Wilburys
If “The Basement Tapes” had been conceived for the Top 40, it might have sounded much like the Traveling Wilburys.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 10, 2007


Village folk

Suzanne Vega gets into the sounds of the city
Suzanne Vega’s Beauty and Crime is a sleek collection of New York City stories, all pop-song trim, but bubbling with an undercurrent of experimentation.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007


Explicitly yours

R. Kelly after the sex jokes
The easiest way out with R. Kelly — as with Bill Clinton or Paris Hilton — is sex jokes.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  August 07, 2007


Endless rhapsody

How Queen trumped the punks
If Queen had not existed, it would by no means have been necessary to invent them.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  August 07, 2007


Basic black

Bobby Rush digs his roots
Bluesman Bobby Rush is notorious for stage shows full of double entendres and hoochie dancers that have made him king of the chitlin circuit.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007


Three for all

The contradictory catchiness of Three
The music is equally adept at provoking headbangs, lighter flicks, or slightly arthritic hippie wiggles.
By: BEN RICHARDSON  |  August 03, 2007


Planetary rock

The celestial sounds of the Receiving End of Sirens
In 1619, Johannes Kepler — the famous astronomer dude — published his Harmonices Mundi, or “Harmony of the Worlds.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 01, 2007


They love the ’80s

Booka Shade bring the synths
“We are musicians, we are not DJs,” says Arno Kammermeier, one half of the electronic music duo Booka Shade.
By: DAVID DAY  |  July 30, 2007



Joseph Arthur’s abstract expressions
Joseph Arthur rounds the corner of a wall displaying his artwork, squinting into the soft, perfect light of the main gallery space.
By: SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  July 30, 2007


Sister act

The unconventional rise of Tegan and Sara
There’s nothing conventional about Tegan and Sara.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007


40 Years of the Police

Complete Police coverage for the show at Fenway Park
Complete Police coverage for the show at Fenway Park
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 27, 2007


Midsummer muses

Smashing Pumpkins redux and Velvet Revolver
It’s been almost 20 years since Corgan first bared his barren soul to the world and not a whole lot has changed.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007


Hooks, harmony, and heartbreak

Squeeze and Crowded House reunite
Squeeze and Crowded House weren’t just two of the finer pop bands on the charts during the mid ’80s — they were virtually the only bands.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007


Girl Talk

Amy Lee opens up about Evanescence
The mostly metal and male-dominated line-up has undergone a gender makeover with the addition of the Amy Lee–fronted Evanescence at the top of the bill.
By: DOMINIQUE HENDLEMAN  |  July 24, 2007


So wrong they're Righteous

These brothers make their own rules
Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007


Locally grown

The return of DJ/rupture
When Jace Clayton (a/k/a DJ /rupture) steps behind the decks at Great Scott this Saturday, it will be a homecoming of sorts.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 23, 2007


Party and prayer

Andy Palacio rescues the sound of the Garifuna
For Palacio, the road from a rural Garifuna childhood to the recording studio was not an easy one.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  July 24, 2007


Police force

Many little things they did were magic
Along came the Police, packing cold, steely hits with flashes of heat.
By: SALLY CRAGIN  |  July 25, 2007


Police profile

They never were your average punks
One of these days, in a British crime movie, there will appear a gangland boss with a fetish for the Police.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 27, 2007


Loop dynamics

The ambient experiments of Area C
The warm, multi-layered drones of Area C are so lush and richly detailed, you could be forgiven for thinking they must be the work of multiple musicians.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 18, 2007

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