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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 28, 2010
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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.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 19, 2010
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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
By DAVID BOFFA  |  December 25, 2009

Sound words

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
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 13, 2009
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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2009

Magnificent machines

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
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  August 07, 2009


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Giant's steps

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)
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 07, 2009
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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
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 08, 2009
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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
XL (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 08, 2008
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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.
Acrobat (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 18, 2008


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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.”
Domino (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 11, 2008
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 01, 2008
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Road worriers

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?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 03, 2008


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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
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008
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Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2008
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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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008
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Steam dream

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
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 14, 2008


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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2008
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Alan Jackson

“But I still like bologna on white bread now and then” is the rallying cry on Good Time .
Good Time | Arista
By WRNER TRIESCHMANN  |  March 25, 2008
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008
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Reverend Organdrum

Reverend Organdrum come by their name honestly.
Hi-Fi Stereo | Yep Roc
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 07, 2008
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Carb unloading

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
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  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


By PRISONER "X"  |  November 19, 2007

The Blob + Glue + Hangar 18

Local MCs Altruistic and Bread are “The Blob.”
Music seen at the Asylum, November 2, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 07, 2007
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Back to ‘Bassic’

Dubstep is one of those genres that’s more often talked about than heard.
Dubstep comes to Boston
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 23, 2007
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On-line bins

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
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 17, 2007