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R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction: 25th Anniversary Edition

From the first three notes that make up the odd riff on "Feeling Gravity's Pull," Fables of the Reconstruction is probably R.E.M.'s weirdest, darkest, and most challenging album.
IRS/Capitol (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 30, 2010

Odd men in

When Beyoncé, in a recent Guardian interview, pegged Georgia art weirdos Of Montreal as a group with whom she'd love to collaborate, the real weirdness was in how sensible it all seemed — as pop music has gotten skronkier and more fuzzed-out, indie ro
Of Montreal might be weird enough for the mainstream
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 22, 2010

Dane Cook is funny

There are two things that non-comedians feel the need to tell me when discussing comedy. One is "Bob Saget is filthy." The other is "Dane Cook is not funny."
In defense of the local comedian, who plays TD Garden on New Year's Eve
By STEVE MACONE  |  January 01, 2010

Nothing is shocking

Time again for our semi-regular look at law enforcement’s current go-to gadget: the Taser.
A Louisville Cardinal gets winged. Plus, wrong-way scootering in Georgia.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 23, 2009

Crossword: ''Four in a row''

Somewhere in there, there's a sequence
Somewhere in there, there's a sequence
By MATT JONES  |  October 09, 2009

The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009


Review: Choo Choo La Rouge | Black Clouds

Choo Choo La Rouge have an affiliation with Boston, but their plaid-shirt-and-jeans rock reaches across the map to warmer climes, maybe to laid-back spots like Athens or Austin.
Kiam (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  August 14, 2009

Review: Choo Choo La Rouge | Black Clouds

Choo Choo La Rouge have an affiliation with Boston, but their plaid-shirt-and-jeans rock reaches across the map to warmer climes, maybe to laid-back spots like Athens or Austin.
Kiam (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  August 14, 2009

The society of the spectacle

Of Montreal live at the Paradise, April 21
Of Montreal live at the Paradise, April 21
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 01, 2009

National anthems

Since 1956, participating European nations have duked it out annually for cheese-pop supremacy.
A short history of Eurovision hullabaloos
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2009

European Café

At this time of year, when the weather is messing with us and we don't know whether we're going to romp sand or shovel snow, a restaurant like this can be a lifesaver.
A tasty little getaway
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 22, 2008

Crossword: ''Wear some protection''

Heavy, man
By MATT JONES  |  September 10, 2008

Lemon laws

The University of Georgia Bulldogs football team has a fun fall to look forward to.
Sports blotter: "Go Dawgs" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 09, 2008

Fair game

There is a big difference between games that are consciously edgy or controversial, such as Postal or Super Columbine Massacre, and games that are intended as nothing but exploitive pornography, such as Custer’s Revenge.
Boston Phoenix Letters: May 9, 2008

Identity crisis

Black Kids lead singer Reggie Youngblood is relaxed and focused, articulate and unpretentious, polite with a sharp sense of humor.
Black Kids know who they are, even if you don’t
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  May 06, 2008

Farm Grill & Rotisserie

I once risked life and limb for a good gyro.
A gyro worthy of Odysseus
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 19, 2008


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

The Whigs: Mission Control

The Whigs began life as a guitar/bass/drums college band toiling away in Athens.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  March 05, 2008

Of Montreal: Reissue

Remember back when Of Montreal couldn’t be heard in commercials for Outback Steakhouse?
If He Is Protecting Our Nation, Then Who Will Protect Big Oil, Our Children | Polyvinyl
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 07, 2008

Pot stickler

If Spooner floated back to Earth today, he’d likely be amazed at how little things have changed.
Letters to the Boston editor, December 14, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 12, 2007

Balloon moon

Sometimes less is more when imagination rules.
A Midsummer Night's Dream on Boston Common, plus Hunter Gatherers in Wellfleet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 31, 2007


Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

L’Animaux collective

Each release from L’Animaux Tryst (Field) Recordings is a tiny, elaborate hand-made gift, packaged like a mix-tape you’d make for your all-time biggest crush.
Meet Portland’s newest, craftiest record label
By  |  May 18, 2007

Howling in Boston

A city is small geography — even the City on the Hill, the Athens of America — to merit a poet laureate.
This old towne
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  April 04, 2007


Greek epic

It was obvious that Kratos’s happiness couldn’t last.
God of War II is one last classic for the PlayStation 2
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 20, 2007


There’s a new breed of smart, song-oriented Southern rockers, and Tishamingo, along with Mofro, are at the head of the pack.
The Point | Magnatude
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 12, 2007

Nick Warren

As a jet-setting resident DJ simultaneously in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Athens, and with a recording career already in place, Nick Warren has proved himself worthy of this two-disc DJ mix.
Paris | Global Underground
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  February 13, 2007

Crossword: 'Dude!'

You're getting a crossword
By MATT JONES  |  February 07, 2007