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Devil Music Ensemble heads to China

"Red Heroine" chic
When Boston's Devil Music Ensemble began their quest to write a live soundtrack to the 1929 Chinese silent film Red Heroine , they never would have guessed that they would end up in Beijing.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 07, 2012

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Still an angry mob, Kaiser Chiefs get creative

Rock rebellion
Last summer, British pop veterans Kaiser Chiefs came up with a novel way to self-release their fourth full-length, The Future Is Medieval .
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  February 28, 2012

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Deflecting feedback with the Dirty Dishes

Structurally sound
As we're all well aware by now, the window of musical-temporal referencing has sped up at an alarming rate.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 28, 2012

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The Black Keys rise to the arenas

Key bumps
When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 28, 2012

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Getting glitchy with Mindless Self Indulgence

Horror business
I once thought all music that wasn't performed by three-to-five angry dudes with guitars and a drum kit was stupid.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 28, 2012

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8 new records that will give Boston rock a charge

High voltage
Boston's going through an identity crisis; never has the city's music scene been so diverse, its sonic landscape so eclectic.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 07, 2012



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A Far Cry rocks harder than your favorite band. But can they save classical music from itself?

A young person's guide to the orchestra
Night falls in Jamaica Plain. The drunks are flicking cigarettes on the sidewalk outside the Jeanie Johnston pub; on the corner, Santería devotees are buying candles at the Botanica San Miguel. And in between, in a leased storefront, 17 classical musicians are losing their fucking minds to Haydn.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 23, 2012

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George Clinton takes a victory lap through Boston

Dr. Funkenstein, PhD
We are all George Clinton's babies.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 23, 2012

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Deciphering beauty in the Life and Times

Into the vast beyond
You're standing at the edge of a vast canyon.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 21, 2012

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Boston experiences an indie-label resurgence

DIY or die
Jonah Livingston was a student at Northeastern's Music Industry program when his next-door neighbor told him that his band, Raise the Curtain, had a record but didn't know what to do with it.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  February 21, 2012

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Exploring staged improvisation with Javelin

Ping-pong sounds
In the spicy euphoria following a Valentine's Day dinner date last week (real-deal bibimbap), Javelin's Tom Van Buskirk and his date tried to hold their own in a Los Angeles Korean table-tennis club.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 21, 2012



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Identifying with the sonic haze of Crocodiles

Psychic reaction
There are loads of bands out there that defy, don't want, and often downright despise categorization.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 15, 2012

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Moving on with Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians

Turning the page
When Stephie Coplan was 14 years old, the empty pages in her first songwriting book were as much an escape as they were a creative outlet.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 15, 2012

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In Flames craft an evolving breed of metal

Still spreading
Face it: metal bands are just brands, and to the headbanging hordes, you are only as good as your last breakdown — unless you can concoct a memorable musical identity to stand above the competition.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 15, 2012

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The Overdub Tampering Committee

How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This is a story about how my pop-music infatuation led me to fabricating a web of lies I called the Overdub Tampering Committee.
By: RYAN WALSH  |  February 15, 2012

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At home with Sharon Van Etten

Lady and her Tramp
Sharon Van Etten is peeling an orange in her South Brooklyn apartment.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 15, 2012



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[in memoriam] Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

"The biggest devil is me," is how Houston famously summed up her life's dilemma
Whitney Houston, who passed away this weekend of still-to-be-determined causes at the too-young age of 48, made an art out of depicting heroic triumph over adversity in her music
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 13, 2012

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The Top 100 Emo Songs of All Time

A bummer ... but in an awesome way
Emo is a lot like pornography ...
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 09, 2012

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A punk phenomenon grows up

Punk is dead, right?
It's time we faced it: the vanguards of rock have gotten really old.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 08, 2012

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All emo is local

Five scenes that grew organically
Remember the years before blog-rock, when scenes and sounds developed geographically?
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 08, 2012

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Emo: it might as well be a four-letter word

De-evolution
Back in 2001, when Bleed American was exploding all over modern-rock radio, I sat down with Jimmy Eat World guitarist Tom Linton and frontman Jim Adkins and asked about the emo label with which their group had been saddled.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 08, 2012


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