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PJ Harvey wants your fucking ass

PJ Harvey + John Parish | House of Blues, Boston | June 6, 2009
PJ Harvey's two albums with John Parish are not her best work. (Go ahead and argue it, if you like.) The first, Dance Hall At Louse Point , was a surprise departure from her game-changing To Bring You My Love , an album that sold far less than Madonna records but packed as much cultural impact -- back when rock albums and cultural impact were still on speaking terms.
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 08, 2009

Slideshow: Leonard Cohen at the Wang Theatre

Leonard Cohen live at the Wang Theatre, May 29, 2009
Leonard Cohen stops at the Wang on his World Tour 
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  June 01, 2009

Leonard Cohen at the Wang Theatre

No way to say goodbye
Leonard Cohen at the Wang Theatre
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 01, 2009

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band | Outer South

Merge (2009)
"That's the thing about charisma," sings Conor Oberst in a song on his new, non–Bright Eyes release, Outer South. "It makes everyone believe."
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 12, 2009

Westward ho!

The Phoenix survives Coachella
Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 29, 2009

Interview: Zack Snyder of Watchmen

Zack Snyder is a cheerful dude who's mounting one of the most perilous assaults on pop culture.
"Every movie I've made, starting with Dawn of the Dead, has been, like, death threats."
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 04, 2009

Madeleine Peyroux | Bare Bones

Rounder (2009)
You could say that Peyroux's third album for Rounder in five years is just more of the same.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 03, 2009

The Big Hurt: Cohen back on stage, Dee back in Heaven, Kelly back on the market

Music news in brief
Rascal Flatts are coming out with a sixth album, and I still haven't caught up with the previous five!
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2009

The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 02, 2008

Hoot and challah

Silver Jews, Middle East Downstairs, September 5, 2008
Watching Berman on stage, you couldn’t be sure. Is he into it? Does he like this?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 10, 2008

I think I’m gonna throw down

The Motion Sick make us feel all woozy
Wanna get in on the music-licensing boom? Be smart like the Motion Sick.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 20, 2008

Over and out for Opie

Newsman takes a walk rather than embrace tabloid lexicon
Jim "Opie" Hummel has been among the handful of local wild and crazy reporters who consistently come up with solid, aggressively pursued, and flashy stories.
By PHILIPPE + JORGE  |  August 06, 2008

Smart women, tough choices

All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008

Walk ’n’ roll

Ambling bands go on a field trip
You know how in those Disney movies all the woodland creatures suddenly come out to sing along? It was like that.
By MATT PARISH  |  June 24, 2008

Zedek’s æsthetic

Thalia continues to move beyond Come
Thalia Zedek is hunched over a pint at the Cambridge Brewing Company, looking a bit like a grizzled veteran of some sort of mythical rock-and-roll war.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008

April 4, 2008

Weekly forecast
Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  April 02, 2008

Northeast newgrass

The rootsy routes of Hot Day at the Zoo
Lowell is known for Kerouac, its historic canal system, and the Industrial Revolution, not the “high and lonesome” sound of bluegrass.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008

Herbie Hancock

River: The Joni Letters | Verve
Herbie isn’t fooling around — the guest stars are here, yes, but Hancock is stretching out, with languid, meditative takes on the Mitchell songbook.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007

A Peapod press

Ron Harrity launches a new label with discs from Blakeslee and Hughes
Really, you’d have to be crazy to launch a record label in these troubled musical times.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 05, 2007

Wall of shame

A definitive life of Phil Spector
In a moment of weakness, he licensed the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” for an ad for the erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis.
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 22, 2007

Three for the road

Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 21, 2007

Casco Bay Cabaret

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, July 27, 2007
Pissed off my dates, but I managed to catch some highlights.

Anat, Elvis, and Jenny

Looking ahead to Newport Jazz and Folk, and to Jenny Scheinman
In the wake of a single solo album on her own label in 2005, Anat Cohen is suddenly everywhere.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 30, 2007

Zombie sheep?

Plus Donkey Kong, the Super Amigos, and ‘the greatest film of all time’ at the IFFB
After a top-notch first two days, the Fifth  Independent Film Festival of Boston weathers some ups and downs through the remainder of its schedule.
By PHOENIX FILM STAFF  |  April 29, 2007

Revolution rock

Tom Morello rages quietly against the machine
It’s an incongruous sight at first: Tom Morello strumming an acoustic guitar emblazoned with the words “Whatever It Takes.”
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 17, 2007

From her to eternity

The real Nico emerges on The Frozen Borderline
As a consort of the elite, Nico ruled them all.
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 10, 2007

Learning experience

The predictable curve of Starter for Ten and Islander
“You’re not going to turn into a wanker?” It’s 1985, and homie Spencer is worried that his pal Brian is going to put on airs when off at university.
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 07, 2007

Faith and fury

Robert Fisher and his Willard Grant Conspiracy  
‘If you’re depressed and listen to the blues, it doesn’t make you more depressed: it illuminates you, it lightens your load, it takes you places.’ Willard Grant Conspiracy, "Crush" (mp3)
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 05, 2007

How Jewish is it?

Rockin’ out with Matisyahu, the LeeVees, and other mensches
In addition to the usual fare of Messiah and Nutcracker performances and bands dressed up in Santa suits this past holiday season, Boston got an unusually large dose of Jewish culture — far more than the electric menorah in Kenmore Square or the klezmer rendition of “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” on the Holiday Pops program.
By ADAM GOLD  |  January 17, 2007

Bad-news bearers

The Drones’ fatal shore
There are echoes all across Gala Mill (ATP), the new album by the Australian band the Drones. The Drones, "I Don't Ever Want to Change" (mp3)
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  January 09, 2007

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