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Old souls

The Bouncing Souls stay relevant
“The very first Bouncing Souls show was a battle of the bands in high school. We took third place out of four bands. We sucked, though — we were terrible. Horrible ."
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  July 15, 2008


Musical melee

Update: Dylan vs. Prince
An old, grizzled white guy, once considered a maverick but now an entrenched member of the establishment, is challenged by a younger, popular African-American upstart.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 09, 2008


Fringe benefits

The soft, experimental sounds of summer
There’s all kinds of ways to chill out at the beach. Herewith, something different for the dog days.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 08, 2008


Fortunate one

Chris Brokaw is booked solid
It was no surprise to find Chris Brokaw in Hawaii last week, just two Saturdays before he’s due back in Cambridge to pull a double shift upstairs at the Middle East.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  July 07, 2008


Folk trails

Peter Walker’s sound circles the world
A former student of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, Walker is a legendary figure best known for his intoxicating fusion of Indian raga and American folk.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 07, 2008


Gabba gabba hayride

Tommy Ramone’s roots show in Uncle Monk
Punks in the know will tell you that the club where the music started, CBGB, is an acronym for “country, bluegrass, and blues.”
By: STEVEN BEEBER  |  July 08, 2008


Two for the road

The Watson Twins escape the shadows
Most music fans discovered the Watson Twins — 31-year-old identical sisters Leigh and Chandra — via their backing vocal appearance on Rabbit Fur Coat , the 2006 solo debut from Jenny Lewis.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  July 07, 2008



Boris are completely out of control
Although Boris might seem just another Japanese drone-happy drop-tuned stoner-rock outfit, close inspection reveals instead a 16-year investigation of the meaning of sound and music itself.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2008


Playing the body electric

James Coleman brings his Theremin to the Piano Factory
Chances are, even if you’ve never seen one played, you know what a theremin sounds like.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 02, 2008


Here comes the neighborhood

The Midway Café stretches its legs
The Midway Café occupies what could be the most remote location of any club in Boston.
By: MATT PARISH  |  July 01, 2008


Slideshow: 50 Bands, 50 States

Posters, records, and other memorabilia trace the history of our nation's most important bands
In honor of this week's 50 Bands, 50 States feature, we scoured Boston Phoenix archivist David Bieber's treasure trove of rare musical paraphernalia, in search of the best stuff from the best bands. Here's a taste of what we dug up.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2008


50 Bands, 50 States

We pick the best new artist from every state
The Phoenix declares the best new artist from each of the 50 states. Plus: We declare the best all-time band and solo artist from each state (and the District of Columbia) — 153 winners in all! Click on any state in the map to get started.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 08, 2008


Future classic

Here, sit down and check out Moe Pope
No problem — your crib was on the way to the racetrack anyway. We’ll be able to meet Erik at the Hot Dog Safari in 20 minutes if the traffic holds up.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 01, 2008


License this!

There’s some Feist album left if anyone wants it
The living, breathing Holy Grail of contemporary music success stories has impeccably styled Birkin bangs and a floaty angel voice.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  July 01, 2008


The play’s the thing

The audial oddities of Blevin Blectum
“I like rhythmic structure,” Bevin Kelley says on the phone from Providence, where she lives.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  June 30, 2008


World War III

The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 30, 2008


One of our drummers is missing

The Somerville-based Latin-jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra has gigs scheduled this weekend in London and Glastonbury, but their long-time percussionist won’t be along for the trip.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2008


Sweet and lo-

Your cynicism is no match for Times New Viking
“You know, sometimes capturing the cleanness of how everything sounds is a futile attempt,” says Times New Viking vocalist and keyboard slapper Beth Murphy.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 24, 2008


Spontaneous celebrations

Oxford Collapse get friendly
Last week, after dinner with Oxford Collapse, we walk back over to Chicago’s Empty Bottle to watch the openers.
By: DEVIN KING  |  June 26, 2008


Geography lessons

Street Dogs remain Boston to the core
"You could put us in Anchorage or Alaska or Antarctica or even somewhere in the Himalayas, and at heart we’d still be from Boston.”
By: MATT ASHARE  |  June 24, 2008


Please release me

The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2008

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