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Rock relaunched

Jeff Robbins is something of a rock star — just not the kind who plays Super Bowl halftime shows or collects Grammys.
Orbit resume their aborted mission
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 02, 2008
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He loves the ’80s

“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Pied-pipers lead innocent teens to emo cult Valhalla!

As a connoisseur and frequent purveyor of shitty journalism, I have to applaud the Mail for its tremendous gusto.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 28, 2008
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A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Other peas in the pod


In addition to the Brown Bird and Dead End Armory albums here are two recent Peapod releases
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008


Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008
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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

Hot and cold

Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 07, 2008

Scoring points

A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
Tiger Saw show some animation
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 06, 2008

David Dondero

David Dondero might be one of indie-rock’s unsung heroes.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 12, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  April 16, 2008


Portland scene report: April 11, 2008

There’s a new supergroup in town and they’re wasting zero time in releasing their debut disc.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 09, 2008
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Further + Further

Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008

Cult Maze

Early on in Cult Maze’s all-too-brief tenure as Portland’s best indie-rock band — probably when they were still called The Funeral — I offered to buy Joshua Loring a beer before his set.
Music seen at Geno’s + SPACE Gallery, April 4 + April 6, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2008
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Bonus rounds

How long before this year’s This Year’s Model becomes last year’s This Year’s Model ?
Elvis Costello, the Lemonheads, and Whiskeytown get the deluxe treatment
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008
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Spring cleaning

Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008


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Always a bridesmaid

Asking for Flowers is the slickest album yet from Kathleen Edwards — the Canadian alt-country songwriter frequently heralded as the next Lucinda Williams — and her most raw.
But Kathleen Edwards steps forward on her third album
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 19, 2008

Wilderness + Micah Blue Smaldone

Wilderness returned to SPACE Gallery on Wednesday, after two years of skipping town on us.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, March 12, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  March 19, 2008
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Rock-and-roll heart

Stephen Malkmus: expert Scrabble player, The Wire enthusiast, husband, father, indie-rock demigod.
Stephen Malkmus gets Jicky with it
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 18, 2008
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Coverings

If the title teen of Juno can dismiss Sonic Youth as “just noise,” what would a representative of a generation for whom quiet is the new loud make of the even harsher sonic barrages of first-wave punk?
Jeffrey Lewis’s Crass, and Dirty Projectors’ Black Flag
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  March 10, 2008
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Déjà vu

Prepare yourselves: R.E.M. have decided to become a rock band again.
Spring Arts Preview: R.E.M., B-52’s, Counting Crows, Breeders: what year is it again?
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2008


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Buzzkill

In a self-affirming cover story on “the new speed of hype,” Spin magazine’s March issue profiles Vampire Weekend.
The fickle state of the hype machine
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2008
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Voices carry

Stephen Malkmus never sounds like anyone other than Stephen Malkmus.
Stephen Malkmus, plus Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 05, 2008
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Restless songsmith

He wasn’t quite happy, and throughout Dirty Vegas’s two-disc career, he continued writing introspective, confessional songs on his acoustic guitar.
Steve Smith finds a home for his rock in Boston
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 27, 2008
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Yesterday once more

Sometimes listening to a record is more than just listening to a record.
Digging into Big Dipper’s Supercluster
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2008
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Older, wiser, faster, louder

When, 13 years ago, Dave Grohl strapped on a guitar and stepped into the spotlight as the frontman of Foo Fighters, the young band at once became members of the old guard.
Foo Fighters at the DCU Center, February 18, 2008
By VICTORIA WELCH  |  February 26, 2008


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Bob Mould

No surprise when you consider that Mould, along with Sonic Youth and the Pixies, was among the genre’s most influential architects as the leader of Hüsker Dü.
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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2008
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O, Canada!

You’d be forgiven for assuming that nothing’s been going on in Canada for the last few years beyond the interconnected shenanigans of that country’s indie-rock elite.
Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, and Kathleen Edwards are not hockey pucks
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2008
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Mining the past

John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008
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Keeping it Clean

David Kilgour likes to claim he’s not a very driven fellow. At least not anymore.
David Kilgour looks to the future
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  February 05, 2008