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Steel, blowtorches, and a little trash talk

Metal Works
At the Steel Yard, arts center and business incubator for the metal-minded, a molten hot contest this past weekend. It was the second annual Iron Chef Competition -- a game pitting artist against artist, blowtorches in hand, in a breakneck race to produce the snazziest sculpture.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 23, 2009
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In the blood

VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to think differently than before, and that’s proven to be a breathe of fresh air.  
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 10, 2009

Conversation piece

Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 29, 2009

The ignorami

Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Factory Records: Communications 1978-92

Rhino (2009)
The whole Factory Records stereotype of thin, earnest men in long raincoats complaining about the cold and the damp to absolutely no chicks whatsoever over frenetic machine-made beats is with us for a reason.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 06, 2009

Feel the music

We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2008

The Cinematics

A Strange Education | TVT
Despite the title of their debut album, it’s unlikely that there was anything particularly strange about the Cinematics’ education.  
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 27, 2008

A team effort

Everyone’s gonna find out about Hello Mahalo
Yes, the name sounds familiar and no, they don’t play Hawaiian music.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 23, 2008

Intimacy issues

Perennials et al. at P.A.'s, July 10, 2008
Singer John Flax’s stage presence could have worked an audience 10 times as big; it was a shame to think their wick has only three weeks to burn.
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 15, 2008


Fancy Footwork | Vice
It’s no surprise that their sweet sophomore-sleeper-turned-instant-classic is being reissued with extras.
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 01, 2008

War of independents

The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Cult Maze

Music seen at Geno’s + SPACE Gallery, April 4 + April 6, 2008
Early on in Cult Maze’s all-too-brief tenure as Portland’s best indie-rock band — probably when they were still called The Funeral — I offered to buy Joshua Loring a beer before his set.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2008

Real to reel

The exquisite artifice and lasting weirdoid-ness of Roxy Music
Even now, after Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , the rock-star-as-vector-of-ideas is still something of a challenge for us.
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008


Greetings from the dark side
It was a dark and stormy night . . . which made for a veritable holiday in the sun for the folks attending “Gotharama — New England’s Dark Music Festival.”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 10, 2008

Less is best

The spare science of José González
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008

Boston music news: February 15, 2008

Notes on the Motion Sick and Warren Zanes
Notes on the Motion Sick and Warren Zanes
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 11, 2008

Crossword: ''For the bards''

Fry, fry my pretties!
Fry, fry my pretties!
By MATT JONES  |  January 02, 2008

18 big hits

Providence local music: 2007 in review
This year, the number of great albums increased twofold across all genres, from hip-hop to metal, from swing to punk.
By BOB GULLA  |  December 18, 2007

The year the music thrived

National pop: 2007 in review
Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

Repackaged treasures

The ongoing survival of the box set
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 11, 2007

The Killers

Sawdust | Island
In spite of its self-depreciating title, this odds-and-sods collection of the usual B-sides lives up to some of the best material the Las Vegas foursome have delivered.
By LAUREN CARTER  |  November 27, 2007

Joyful pursuit of excellence

Letters to the Boston editor, November 16, 2007
I was as captivated by  James Parker’s article on Joy Division  as I was disappointed by  Peter Keough’s review of Anton Corbijn’s fantastic film Control .
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2007

Tricks and treats

A rock-and-roll dress-up party
Halloween has become a pleasant excuse for local rockers to don alter egos, transforming themselves in order to rock out as other bands.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 30, 2007

Chronicle of a death foretold

Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
What a difference a death makes.
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 24, 2007

Pleasures still unknown

Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

Disc by disc

The new Joy Division catalogue
The new Joy Division catalogue
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2007


Rudder |
This New York City instrumental quartet hold their ground somewhere in among Morphine, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and Bitches Brew–era Miles.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 01, 2007

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Portland scene report: August 24, 2007

Sibilance starts now
Harrington, who also publishes the local uber-zine Kapital Ink, is nothing if not elbow-deep in rock.

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

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