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Review: A Somewhat Gentle Man

Stellan Skarsgård and director Hans Petter Moland previously teamed on the terrific dramas Zero Kelvin and Aberdeen .
Deadpan Scandinavian comedy, anyone?
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 25, 2011

Diminishing returns

For a while, Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn wrote terrific stories.
The Hold Steady make it hard to Stay Positive
By RICHARD BECK  |  June 24, 2008

Crossword: ''Take a bow''

Four known for it
By MATT JONES  |  February 20, 2008

Boston music news: August 10, 2007

The Dresden Dolls played Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” tour this summer.
Notes on the Dresden Dolls-Aberdeen City connection
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 07, 2007

Going on sale: July 13, 2007

Michael Franti, Interpol, Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 09, 2007

Summertime techno

With Sun Season upon us, sounds get a little brighter, parties a little sweatier, and asses a little looser. The Roots of Soulclap podcast (mp3)
Soulclap!, plus Wednesdays return and Boy in Static’s “Skull”
By DAVID DAY  |  June 12, 2007

State of Nirvana

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A conversation with Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic
By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  March 28, 2007

Crossword: 'Don't say it'

I hate the starred entries, and so should you!
By MATT JONES  |  January 10, 2007

Cabin fever

Local-music aficionados were downright spoiled in 2006. Hallelujah the Hills, "Hallelujah the Hills" (mp3) SnowLeopards, "Stuck in the Middle" (mp3)   Tulsa, "Whissper" (mp3)
Local bands that will get you through the winter
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  January 02, 2007

Life is a cabaret

The Dresden Dolls have been crazy busy since the release, earlier this year, of Yes, Virginia (Roadrunner), and their autumn itinerary ensures they’ll be applying the pancake make-up well into winter.
The Dolls, the Rudds, d’Elf, and more shake it up this fall
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  September 13, 2006

Rock therapy

'Some people have songs about ex-girlfriends. We don’t have songs like that.’ Aberdeen City, "God is Going to Get Sick of Me" (mp3)
Aberdeen City prepare for a national breakthrough
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 12, 2006


Top 10 local CDs: week of September 3

Dane Cook, Unearth, Catie Curtis, and more
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  September 05, 2006

The Boston hit list

It’s hard to believe Black Helicopter were playing out for a good five years before they hit most people’s radar. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare
Ten local bands you need to see
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006

Top 10 local CDs: week of August 27

Dane Cook, Harmful If Swallowed [Comedy Central]
As reported by Newbury Comics  
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  August 29, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs: week of August 20, 2006

III: In The Eyes of Fire
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 BOSTON CDS  |  August 22, 2006

Top ten Boston CDs: August 13, 2006

Coming in IIIs.
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 BOSTON CDS  |  August 15, 2006


Top 10 local CDs: August 6

Dane Cook, Harmful If Swallowed [Comedy Central]
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  August 08, 2006

Boston music news: August 11, 2006

Greg “Skeggy” Kendall is best known in town for his music, both playing it and promoting it. Bullseye, "Duck Taped Shut" (mp3) Aberdeen City, "God Is Going to Get Sick of Me" (mp3)
Notes on Bullseye and Aberdeen City
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 08, 2006

If it ain’t broke . . .

For the past three years, the only real suspense in the local end of the Best Music Poll has been whether the Dresden Dolls or the Dropkick Murphys would win more categories.
The local ballot reflects a stable, vital scene
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 26, 2006

Going on sale: May 26, 2006

Carlos Mencia, Jello Biafra, The Wrens, The Bronx, and Phil Lesh sharing a bill with Trey Anastasio
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 23, 2006

Pop power

Guitar-driven pop music is alive and well in the city of Boston, and anyone that tells you otherwise wasn’t on Lansdowne Street last night for the Phoenix /FNX Best Music Poll party.
The big winner at the 2006 Best Music Poll party? Boston rock.
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 19, 2006



Thanks largely to a massive revival in everything post-punk, the neo-new-wave resurgence, and the timely appearance of Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , anything from the ’80s is fair game for vault diggers — even Scottish pop.
Something to Believe In | Young American
By RYAN FOLEY  |  May 01, 2006


With all the hype surrounding Arctic Monkeys, Editors, and even Hard-Fi, it’s become apparent that the UK is swimming in musical talent while suffering from a paucity of A&R scouts.
STARS OF CCTV | Atlantic
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 28, 2006