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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


Still nasty

How 2 Live Crew blew up from hip-hop comedy act to multi-platinum provocateurs
“I think a lot of our music got overshadowed by the girls,” says legendary DJ Mr. Mixx of 2 Live Crew.
By: BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 18, 2007


Skill ride

Pharoahe Monch’s timely return
All it took was a Godzilla sample and a simple, forceful “Simon says get the fuck up” for Pharoahe Monch to leave his mark on hip-hop history.
By: MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  July 17, 2007


Post-punk pantheon

Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
They were, by definition, misfits.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007


Present tensions

Battles look to the future, not the past
If it weren’t for the Middle East — the Cambridge club, not the region — NYC’s latest musical cause célèbre might not exist.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  July 10, 2007



Francophone acts bring it home on Bastille Day
For the 32nd consecutive summer, the French Library’s Bastille Day Street Dance promises to be a world-music highlight.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  July 10, 2007


The rites of Robby

Roadsteamer’s new message of unity
“At first he was a douchebag,” says Roadsteamer (a/k/a Rob Potylo) of the character he created.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2007



Glenn Danzig reveals his Lost Tracks
There’s an interesting moment in the new memoir by former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, when the author finds himself on tour with Danzig and Marilyn Manson.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2007


Tween troubles

Kelly Clarkson’s fall from grace
Poor Kelly Clarkson.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  July 09, 2007


Junior miss

Malin’s third solo CD goes over the top
Former glam-rocker Jesse Malin’s 2003 solo debut not only offered proof that he could make it as a singer-songwriter — it was the best thing he’d put out.
By: IAN SANDS  |  July 09, 2007


Double or nothing

Mark Morris revives Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Tanglewood; Cosí fan tutte on Beacon Hill
The American premiere of Dido took place here in Boston, at the Majestic Theatre in June 1989.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 03, 2007


Tried and true

Buffalo Tom find their comfort zone
In a year when every outfit from Smashing Pumpkins to the Police is reuniting, it can be hard to convince people that you never broke up.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  July 03, 2007


Citadel of sound

Nashville’s RCA Studio B celebrates its 50th
Before the digital universe expanded, serious home recording was just a dream.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 03, 2007


New kids on the rock

The Click Five struggle with the new world disorder
Back on June 20, three tour buses were lined up like impregnable traveling fortresses behind the House of Blues in Cleveland.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  June 29, 2007


June tunes

From Beastie Boys to the White Stripes and more
Mark Twain once observed that it’s “better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 25, 2007


Noise ploys

Rediscovering the joys of Japan’s Boredoms
Vision Creation Newsun  was a fitting finale for the Japanese noise-rock band Boredoms.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  June 25, 2007


Tangled up in Bob

Bryan Ferry delivers a full album of Dylan tunes
“Dylanesque” isn’t what comes to mind when you think of the suave, new-romantic, once-and-future frontman of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 25, 2007


Potty mouth

Louis C.K. has a filthy good time
Shamelessness has finally paid off for Louis C.K.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007


The men machine

Motor get to the brutal heart of industrial minimalism
Electronic music always seems to get a bad rap for being inhuman.
By: DAVID DAY  |  June 29, 2007


Blues plus

Ryan Montbleau finds a home in the jam scene
Boston’s Ryan Montbleau doesn’t mind if you call his quintet a jam outfit. Ryan Montbleau Band, "Inspired By No One" (mp3)
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007


Send in the clowns

Chorus pro Musica’s verismo duo; the Boston Early Music Festival; and Carousel at the Pops
Boston newcomers proved that even without scenery or traditional costumes, these operas can pack a wallop.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 19, 2007

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