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The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs
More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
| May 28, 2010
Thinking outside the Woodbox
As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
| March 19, 2010
Review: Fanfarlo at T.T. the Bear's
I wasn't expecting much from London indie-pop band Fanfarlo at T.T.the Bear's last Thursday evening. For the passed month, I had a live performance of theirs bouncing around my iPod, which I downloaded only because I thought their name was cool.
Fanfarlo, live at T.T. the Bear's Place, December 17, 2009
| December 25, 2009
I appreciate the positive review Jeffrey Gantz gave to Bad Boy Made Good , the documentary film I produced, which was shown this week at the MFA.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 13, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| November 13, 2009
Review: Pirate Radio
A rusty, red-painted trawler bobs in the waves of the North Atlantic. Inside is a claustrophobic warren of rooms: tiny, brine-smelling bunks, a well-stocked bar, and, crucially, a broadcast booth, its shelves crammed with the latest 45s and LPs, its turn
Richard Curtis’s boat rocks
| November 13, 2009
A machine that can make everything. It's been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But now, it's a reality. In fact, there's one in Providence.
Inside AS220's Fab Lab
| August 07, 2009
Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans
Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| August 07, 2009
Eat it, High School Musical!
It's a Thursday afternoon at Lexington High, and 20 or so students have congregated in a music room surrounded by racks of folding chairs and sporting a sleek black Steinway baby grand.
Amanda Palmer and Lexington High take on Neutral Milk Hotel
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| May 08, 2009
Elvis Perkins | Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Elvis Perkins is the third Elvis on my iPod, and he's also the least controversial of the lot: he doesn't shake his pelvis or appropriate the unsung musical styles of others, and he certainly hasn't engaged in an epithet-laced bar fight at a Holiday In
| March 03, 2009
High-tech high jinx
Like being visited by the Grinch instead of Santa, it looks as if Barack Obama is going to have to give up his beloved BlackBerry not long after this holiday season draws to a close.
Anybody can give electronics that do something useful, it takes imagination to air-condition a dog
| December 08, 2008
Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964
The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
| November 18, 2008
Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You
It begins with a MIDI organ and Tundra singing like Little Orphan Annie: “I landed in somebody’s lap, between the iPod and yellow trucker cap.”
| November 11, 2008
The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps
Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .
Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
| October 15, 2008
Men from Mars(eille)
“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
| October 02, 2008
The South shall rise . . .
The singing groups of the South of France draw on everything from mediæval pilgrimage chants and troubadour poetry to contemporary rap and ragga.
France's Occitan New Wave
| October 01, 2008
Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
| September 03, 2008
Me and my tattoos
I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
| July 23, 2008
Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
| July 15, 2008
Please release me
If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
| June 24, 2008
A night in Guantánamo
I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
| June 11, 2008
The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
| May 14, 2008
Calling for back-up
Of all the tumult and talent swinging through town in 2006, I cherish most my memories of Audible Mainframe backing Slick Rick at Harpers Ferry.
Slick Rick gets fly with a little help from his friends
| May 12, 2008
“But I still like bologna on white bread now and then” is the rallying cry on Good Time .
Good Time | Arista
| March 25, 2008
The medium is the movie
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
| March 05, 2008
Reverend Organdrum come by their name honestly.
Hi-Fi Stereo | Yep Roc
| January 07, 2008
After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
Thanksgiving treats in clubland
| November 19, 2007
A nightmare for prisoners
This article originally appeared in the November 21, 1972 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The riot at the Charles Street Jail
| November 19, 2007
The Blob + Glue + Hangar 18
Local MCs Altruistic and Bread are “The Blob.”
Music seen at the Asylum, November 2, 2007
| November 07, 2007
Back to ‘Bassic’
Dubstep is one of those genres that’s more often talked about than heard.
Dubstep comes to Boston
| October 23, 2007
In the age of the iPod and the impersonal digital download, the death knell of the traditional record store, piled high with vinyl and CDs, gets sounded with monotonous regularity.
Mimaroglu Music Sales and Weirdo Records
| October 17, 2007
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