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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

First annual We Push Buttons Festival

The successful first-annual WE PUSH BUTTONS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped up on Saturday night.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 30, 2009

Beauty in the beast

Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 30, 2009

Review: Fame

A PG-rated, post- High School Musical remake: why, exactly?
Oh, MGM: I realize you're staving off bankruptcy, but is remaking past hits the answer?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 30, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's bleatings

Plus unholy names and office shredders
One of the great things about being in the music industry is that you get to change your name. So why are we hearing records from a guy named Landon Pigg?
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 28, 2009

Classical inheritance

Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 30, 2009

Music Seen: Book Of The Dead, Apocryphonic, Surreal Vision

At Geno’s | September 24
With as many talented musicians as there are in Portland, the occasional "super-group" is inevitable.
By DAN CLARK  |  September 30, 2009

Brother Ali | Us

Rhymesayers (2009)
Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2009

On the town with ProTown

Hip-hop heads fill the Bucket
Last Friday, a hip-hop showcase courtesy of upstart label ProTown Records, founded by Provy rap vets Romen Rok and DJ Al Bums (among others), invaded the Grant Building in Pawtucket, and the showcase was a rousing success.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 29, 2009

The roar of the crowd

‘Opening Night at Symphony,’ Russell Sherman, the Discovery Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Bostonians
I wasn’t there, but the opening-night dissatisfaction with the Met’s new Tosca was widely reported.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 29, 2009

Me, myself, and I

Three ill-fated trios
I have a theory that musical trios are as cursed as any non-musical threesome. Alliances of two against one and ego imbalances are inevitable. Dinosaur Jr. were able to reconcile, but here are three archetypical power trios who just couldn't keep it together.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 29, 2009

Photos: Sunny Day Real Estate at House of Blues

Sunny Day Real Estate and the Jealous Sound , live at HoB on September 28, 2009
Photos of Sunny Day Real Estate plus Jealous Sound at the House of Blues in Boston
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  September 30, 2009

Soul training

Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 22, 2009

Music Seen: Ogre's farewell show

At Geno's, September 12
It's never easy saying goodbye to a friend.
By DAN CLARK  |  September 23, 2009

Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat

Bureau B (2009)
Krautrock pioneers proved much more simpático musical partners than either the fractious Roxy Music or the British classical avant-garde milieu that thought of Eno as an untrained fanboy.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 22, 2009

Review: Tom Russell | Blood and Candle Smoke

Shout! Factory (2009)
This LA-born troubadour with a Dustbowl voice works voodoo on his 24th studio album, conjuring ghosts of the ’60s and ’70s along with apocalyptic visions as he relates tales of gun-toting madmen and dark rifts of the heart.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 22, 2009

Photos: U2

U2, live at Gillette Stadium, September 20, 2009
U2, live at Gillette Stadium, September 20, 2009
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  September 21, 2009

Doing what comes naturally

Tallahassee make timeless old town music on Wolfe Moon
Tallahassee make timeless old town music on Wolfe Moon
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 22, 2009

Young love

Marie Moreshead proves she's the permanent kind
For a girl with such a professed affinity for monogamy, Marie Moreshead is a bit of a tease.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 23, 2009

Review: Muse | The Resistance

Warner Bros. (2009)
English rock trio Muse here attempt a rock opera.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  September 22, 2009

Review: Bebel Gilberto | All In One

Verve (2009)
There couldn’t be a more apropos title than the one Bebel Gilberto has given her fourth album.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 24, 2009

Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

No new age

Earthsound is for real
Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

The Bigmouth strikes again

Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 22, 2009

Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 22, 2009

Smaller, bigger, better

Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 22, 2009

Well, cello there

Kieran McManus flies to the moon (and the Far East)
It can be a bad sign when your story threatens to be more interesting than your album, but Kieran McManus is probably safe.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 23, 2009

How it feels to be something (back) on

The return of Sunny Day Real Estate
Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman still sounds amazed by the band he saw at Seattle’s Crocodile Café back in 1993.
By LEOR GALIL  |  September 22, 2009

Beating HPV

Letters to the Boston editor, September 25, 2009
When I was an undergrad student in Boston, I was diagnosed with HPV and went through all the same medical procedures Lisa Spinelli experienced, and the LEEP procedure, too.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 23, 2009

No new age

Earthsound is for real
Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

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