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Ra Ra Riot | Beta Love

On their woefully underrated first two albums, Ra Ra Riot worked their trademark art-pop sweet spot.
Barsuk Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  January 25, 2013
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Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory

The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since t
Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 13, 2012
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Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
Box-set match
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011

Nothing Drab about it

We found ourselves happily trampled last weekend by DRAB PONY , JEREMY ROBINSON 's on/off improv project, as they whipped up a froth of excessive noise tantrums in the darklit rodeo of the Apohadion in Bayside.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 19, 2011
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Out of this world...

We were charmed to learn that THE KENYA HALL BAND , one of the finest and few of our local R&B groups, played a show at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village last weekend.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 12, 2011

New releases from Planets Around the Sun and Adam Kurtz

Psychedelia purveyors PLANETS AROUND THE SUN are ready to take off on a year-long tour of North America, having played a swan-song at the Oak and the Axe last week.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 13, 2011


New albums galore: Paranoid Social Club, Pete Kilpatrick, and others

• The long-awaited new album from PARANOID SOCIAL CLUB now has a release date: May 20.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 11, 2011
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WFNX's top 101 songs in 2010

WFNX listeners voted online at  wfnx.com  for six weeks to create this list of 2010's best songs.
WFNX's most popular songs in 2010
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 07, 2011
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The best local discs of '10

'Twas an incredible (and incredibly diverse) year for Rhody-based musical acts, and formulating a Top 10 of 2010 was no easy task as we plunged into the archives and dug up some of our favorite LPs from the past 12 months.
Mix it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who hel
White light, white heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 03, 2010
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Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
In the studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010


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A-Frame and Mike Clouds re-stake their claim

Why do musicians make the music they make? It's not a question we're going to answer here, but it's one that's constantly to the fore when listening to the brand-new From the Floor Up , the first record released by hip-hop duo A-Frame and Mike Clouds i
Call it a comeback
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010

Album awards and new releases

Congrats yet again to GATEWAY MASTERING 's ADAM AYAN . Last week he took home yet another LATIN GRAMMY , for his work on JUAN LUIS GUERRA 's Asondegerra . Dude's gonna have to build a bigger mantle.
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 19, 2010
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A debut from In the Audience

At the end of the album, I had the Gaslight Anthem's "American Slang" in my head.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 08, 2010
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Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
Sparking it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 24, 2010
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SPACE out

SPACE is the place next weekend, as two anticipated releases see the light of day for the first time on Friday and Saturday.
A double-release weekend with Kurt Baker and Dead Man's Clothes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 06, 2010


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Off the record?

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 imp
Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 18, 2009
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Fletcher, MRTPQ, Billy, Miley and WTF?


Fletcher reviews movies and DVDs he's neither seen nor heard, we talk about smoking Smarti...
By Charlie  |  March 24, 2009