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Shakedown: The Phoenix 'Holiday EP'

A Very Phoenix Christmas
A Very Phoenix Christmas
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 14, 2011


Back with Bozmo, Moore takes off his Thinkers cap

Kid n' play
Bo Moore is "a little Thinker-ed out."  
By: RYAN REED  |  December 14, 2011


Layering pop with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Boy racers
First impressions are everything, whether you're looking for a job, a date, or coming across a band for the first time — particularly one with a goofy-ass name that's made you ignore them for months.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 14, 2011


MP3 of the Week: Letterday 'Don't Go' + Converse in-store Friday 12.16 @ 6pm

On the Download
On the Download
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 15, 2011


Getting rocked with Cocked N' Loaded

Plus, Mellow Bravo crashes the New Year’s Eve party
Two years ago, Cocked N' Loaded opened for the rabble-rousing Upper Crust at the now-defunct Harpers Ferry in Allston.  
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 14, 2011



Five must-hear tracks off Dan Shea's Boston Hassle compilation
Five must-hear tracks off Dan Shea's Boston Hassle compilation, released on a playable, wearable button Sunday at Great Scott.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA AND LIZ PELLY  |  December 07, 2011


Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Box-set match
Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011


From Cheers to China with Greg Luttrell

Custom fit
It's a Saturday afternoon in Jamaica Plain and Greg Luttrell is sipping a house special at Canary Square.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 06, 2011


Japan's Dir En Grey find hope in a dark place

Precious metals
Back in March, the Japanese band Dir En Grey had recorded about half of what became Dum Spiro Spero, their eighth album. Then the world ended, or at least came pretty close.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 06, 2011


Tristen brings candor and contradiction to folk

Old sound, modern means
Ordinarily, the end of days isn't a very enticing prospect, but after hearing Tristen Gaspadarek chant "Doomsday" repeatedly, you might welcome horsemen on the horizon.
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 07, 2011


Interview: John Waters shows you how to survive the holidays

Have yourself a fairy little Christmas
John Waters earned his lifetime 99-percenter cred the moment he had Divine eat dog shit in Pink Flamingos .
By: ROB TURBOVSKY  |  December 08, 2011


Taking an emotional shine to City And Colour

Bright lights
When Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire announced in August that they were disbanding, Dallas Green should have been relieved.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  November 29, 2011


Bunny's a Swine unveil new record, new label

Noise in the attic
Inside a foam-padded attic at the top of a two-family home down a narrow tree-lined street just outside of Northampton is the birthplace of a band.
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  November 30, 2011


John Doe and the thinking man's punk rock

Germination X
For a movement that was rooted in a deep hatred for everything that had become plastic and tame about youth culture, punk rock was supposed to be about the music before anything else.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 29, 2011


Frat rap is ready to graduate

It's been four years since "I Love College" -- now it's party time!
Despite whatever hip-hop's perceived "intended audience," it's never been a secret that rap music has long been adored by the Caucasian crowd.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2011


Click Animosity and the opposite of the frat rap game

Audacity of dope
In the epic hip-hop mockumentary CB4, Chris Rock's suburban MC wannabe character steals the name and image of a jailed thug rapper named Gusto.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 03, 2012


Digitalism dance to the harmony of song

Obviously there aren't meaningful lines between dance, pop, and indie-rock anymore, since more and more instrument-focused acts born as rock bands are leaning on the techniques of electronic music production to modernize their sound.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 22, 2011


Baths submerse electronics in dreamy detail

Kind of blue
Will Wiesenfeld believes in making purposeful choices.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 21, 2011


Visualizing the experimental sound of Leisure

Green Light go pop
A few days before Halloween, Cambridge pop trio Leisure released the YouTube video for "Green Light," their new 7-inch single off San Francisco indie label Crash Symbols.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2011


Mastodon simplify the heavy subject matter

Positive gains
Viewed from the outside, heavy metal has always appeared unnecessarily negative, obsessed with morbid imagery and anti-social attitudes.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2011


Once jilted, Halle Petro abandons Broadway

Rock audition
As an actor-turned-songwriter trying to find success fronting a band, Halle Petro knows that jumping into the new world of music, with its über-knowledgeable geeks and coarsely seasoned players, makes her feel a little "uncool."
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 16, 2011

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