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He's their rock

Superdrag redeem themselves
The pantheon of Where Are They Nows is populated with fallen and faded demigods, yes, but could've-beens, almost-weres, and also-rans crowd the wings.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 02, 2009

Fast-breaking music

You heard it here first
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 03, 2008

Retro, active

The return of Von Doom
It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008

Polvo give it another go

After a decade-long hiatus, the progenitors of math rock find their chemistry still exists
The North Carolina quartet’s noisy sound was music to a select group of ears.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 17, 2008

Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll 2008

Passion Pit, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Bob Mould, Amanda Palmer, the Presidents of the United States of America, and Death Cab for Cutie at Bank of America Pavilion, May 10
The chill of victory.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 14, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008

New day rising

Mr. Mould goes to Washington
As a member of alternative punk band Hüsker Dü and crunch-pop outfit Sugar, Bob Mould became legendary for blissful guitar melodies and personal lyrics that explored his inner angst.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 04, 2008

Yesterday once more

Digging into Big Dipper’s Supercluster
Sometimes listening to a record is more than just listening to a record.
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2008

Bob Mould

District Line | Anti-
No surprise when you consider that Mould, along with Sonic Youth and the Pixies, was among the genre’s most influential architects as the leader of Hüsker Dü.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2008

Shots in the dark

Joe Carducci recalls the real price of punk
Naomi Petersen was not famous. Neither was she semi-famous, almost famous, post-famous, or notorious.
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 29, 2008

Show and tell

A whole new year of live music
After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Holding steady

Craig Finn returns to BC
When you think about it, the Hold Steady are the perfect Boston band.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 19, 2007

Fallout joys

When the Nirvana explosion rocked Boston
In his newly published The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock & Roll , Phoenix contributor Brett Milano explores the evolution of the local music scene.
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007

Bad Religion

New Maps of Hell | Epitaph
But if determination = quality, then Bad Religion are one of the best punk bands in the world.
By BRETT SINGER  |  August 20, 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


Anytown Graffiti | Great Society
If more bands wrote music that sounded like fiction, they might deliver results as pleasurable as this.
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 05, 2007

Motley crews

A short history of Boston rock
The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 20

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros | the Roxy | November 22, 1999
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros | the Roxy | November 22, 1999
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 21

R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 22

PJ Harvey | T.T. the Bear’s Place | August 15, 1992
PJ Harvey | T.T. the Bear’s Place | August 15, 1992
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Remembering Randy Hien

A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006

The Rockers’ new groove

New indie-rock dance tracks
Indie- and alt-rockers have always had a difficult relationship with dancing.
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 11, 2006

On the racks: September 5, 2006

Beyoncé, the Rapture, Audioslave... Grizzly Bear, Bob Mould, and more.
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006

Raising Hell

Daughters’ hardcore mayhem; Eric Fontana; Coat of Arms
It could be that with the new Daughters album, Hell Songs , we’ve reached the end of the sonic line.
By BOB GULLA  |  August 08, 2006

Hollywood holidaze

The Minutemen and the LA they endured
Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006

Get it while you can

Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

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