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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


Children at play

Who Shot Hollywood get off to an early start
If you happened into the Middle East for the Fleshtones show two weekends ago, you might have wondered what those kids were doing there.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  June 19, 2007


Holding out Hope

Mandy Moore does it her way
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a bar having a quiet late-afternoon cocktail when I became aware of an insistent, irritating noise.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 19, 2007


Good vibrations

Dinosaur Jr. play nice and loud together
J Mascis hates Lou Barlow. And the feeling is mutual. Dinosaur Jr, "Almost Read" (mp3)
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 19, 2007


Folk heroics

Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


Not better off dead

Art Brut find their way in the post-punk world
Three years ago, London’s Art Brut debuted with a punk-rock song called “Formed a Band.”
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 12, 2007


Before and after the Riot

Sly Stone’s lost utopia
When Sly Stone sang “Listen to the voices,” who could have known that, in just three years, voices of an entirely different sort would take him over?
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 12, 2007


Mr. Lonely

Marilyn Manson goes deep
Marilyn Manson’s Eat Me, Drink Me is the first record in that’s made me want to hang out with the guy rather than gawk at him from afar.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 12, 2007


Heaven and hell

Paul toodles off to Starbucks while Ozzy goes to war
Feel, feel for Sir Paul McCartney.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007


Best Music Poll 2007

Results from the Boston Phoenix/WFNX readers' poll
Results from the Boston Phoenix/WFNX readers' poll
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2007


True believer

Dispatch reunite for a good cause
Dispatch aren’t even supposed to be a band anymore.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 04, 2007


She really likes them!

Juliana Hatfield records with Frank Smith
Juliana Hatfield just compared herself with Bob Dylan. Juliana Hatfield and Frank Smith, "Beer and a Shot" (mp3)
By: WILL SPITZ  |  June 04, 2007


A pleasant Reminder

Feist comes into her own
Canadian singer Feist’s third solo album is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 04, 2007


Swede stuff

Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  June 04, 2007


Sonic couth

Deerhunter and Seefeel bring the right noise
Music is more or less a mess of tensions. Deerhunter, "Wash Off" (mp3)
By: NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 04, 2007


The wagonmaster

Country legend Porter Wagoner delivers a gem
“Eleven Cent Cotton” is a great country song, a wry, catchy, energetic, swinging two-step that creates a tableau of the bygone rural South.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 04, 2007


Working girl

Amanda Palmer reflects on the Dresden Dolls’ breakthrough year
It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2007


All dolled up

Yes, Virginia, but there’s more to the local scene than Amanda and Brian
We have seen the face of Boston rock and roll, and it’s got painted-on eyebrows.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  June 06, 2007


’Round the outside

The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008


Bombs away

Cam’ron takes aim at the King of New York
But will Jay-Z revoke the Killer's diplomatic immunity?
By: LEON NEYFAKH  |  November 21, 2008
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