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Welcome to Chateau Rex

A new day rising for Coma Coma
75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 26, 2010

Fresh heirs

Dr. Dog have no Shame in their game
A tip for bands out there trying to impress people with blogs: when choosing the decade you’d like to be mistaken for hailing from, choose wisely.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 04, 2010

Happy returns

Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 20, 2010

Untied States | Instant Everything, Constant Nothing

Distile (2010)
Atlanta’s Untied States have arguably the most un-Google-able name in contemporary rock.  
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 07, 2010

From deli to concert hall

Crossing, and expanding, boundaries with Brooklyn Rider
If you're a young (or youngish) music fan looking to become a little bit more engaged with classical music, there is truly no better time than right now, particularly if you'll find yourself in Portland this weekend.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 24, 2010

The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 16, 2010

The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

Warning: Scorpions content
The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2010

Spose, radio star

Apparently, smoking it all can be beneficial
Who knew? The era of the radio hit isn't completely over. Maybe five times recently, someone's asked, "Dude, have you heard that Spose song?"
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 03, 2010

Woe be gone

Moshe and Brzowski revel in the sacred and profane
Moshe and Brzowski revel in the sacred and profane
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 27, 2010

Tight but loose

Jangly + angular = Glowkid
I had never come across the adjective "jangular" until I visited the Glowkid website.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 20, 2010

Rockin’ all over

Off the Couch
Greenville to Westerly to the capital city

The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2010

Best in their field

An early 2010 harvest
The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 2009

The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch

The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play it, then wait by your radio for an hour in the hope that he'd answer your plea.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 15, 2009

WFNX's top 101 songs in 2009

WFNX's most popular songs in 2009
Videos of the 101 most requested songs on WFNX in 2009
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 22, 2009

Bring the trauma

Fanfarlo adjust to the road
Even with the new order completely renovating the rock biz, some things have to be done the old-fashioned way. And after having their asses duly kicked by the old-fashioned way this past month, the five-piece London orchestral-pop combo known as Fanfarlo are eager to be done with this, their first US tour (which comes to T.T. the Bear's this Thursday). It's been a doozy.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 15, 2009

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade

The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
Video of WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 06, 2010

Graduate studies

The learning curve of Lissy Trullie
I'm not a big fan of the "you are what you eat" theory of musical influence. I've experienced enough defective Radiohead knockoffs in my day to know that a group's favorite bands often have nil to do with how their music will sound. I also think that our systems of influence are a bit more porous and a bit less under our control than any eating metaphor might suggest.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 16, 2009

Plugging in

Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2009

Fantastic damage

Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 28, 2009

Crossword: ''Remember the date''

We'll make it three times as easy for you.
We'll make it three times as easy for you.
By MATT JONES  |  September 23, 2009

The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

Music news in brief
Slow news week.
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 15, 2009

Up and autumn!

New local rock to shake the leaves from the trees
Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
By MATT PARISH  |  September 15, 2009

Off the record?

Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
Pity the album. After a half-century of embarrassingly public body issues, our essential rock unit has not entered the new millennium looking very healthy. EPs are way more in vogue, MP3s have intangibility on their side, and 12-inches just sound impressive.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 14, 2009

The Big Hurt: Strung Out

Vitamin Records classes up the joint — kinda
A friend of mine is getting married soon, and she's been looking around for some classy wedding music.
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 29, 2009

Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.

Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

An interview with Steve Swallow
DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2009
dilly list

In doubt? 'Doo Write'

Dilly dilly sings Of Art and Intention
Dilly dilly was lamenting to me the other day that there's no blueprint for making a living as a musician anymore.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2009

Bat girl

Kapow! Bat for Lashes conquers darkness with Two Suns
The strange world of Bat for Lashes is a lot like ours
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2009

Bat for Lashes | Two Suns

Astralwerks (2009)
Natasha Khan became a sort of viral video sensation a couple of years ago with her inventive video for "What's a Girl To Do."
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 06, 2009

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