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Bad Brains refuse to compromise

Most bands tend to take credit for their successes while chalking up their failures and struggles to a cruel and unforgiving musical environment — but hardcore punk legends Bad Brains aren't most bands.
Still sailin’
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 13, 2012

Punk fucking rock: Bad Brains, Trash Talk, and Trap Them at SXSW [video]

No account of punk rock at SXSW would be complete without at least something from Off! -- not to mention Bodega Girls covering Off!, if...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 23, 2011

[sxsw phlipcam] Bad Brains @ Emo's

Not even gonna babble ragtime over this one, we'll just let HR and the BAD BRAINS crew do the talking. Sickest show I've seen yet...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 18, 2011
[sxsw] Day 1 recap: Bad Brains, Class Actress, Girlfriends, DOM and the First Contact wrap-up

[sxsw] Day 1 recap: Bad Brains, Class Actress, Girlfriends, DOM and the First Contact wrap-up

It’s early this morning, and I’m standing outside the congested Pure Volume VIP entrance when two things catch my fading attention. The text messages from...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 17, 2011

Up and autumn!

Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
New local rock to shake the leaves from the trees
By MATT PARISH  |  September 18, 2009
Things you can't get at Zappos: Bad Brains flip flops!

Things you can't get at Zappos: Bad Brains flip flops!

Apparently the only way you can get these -- unless you live in Japan -- is to win them from ROIR. Even so, these have...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 08, 2009


Hotter than ever

The Hot Club Waterfront Festival returns this weekend with a lineup as diverse as the melting pot of 21-plus partygoers who will fill South Water Street throughout the weekend.
A rich lineup at the Hot Club Waterfront Festival
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 03, 2008

Get-along gang

Ill Bill’s got friends in fly places
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2008

Mike Ladd

“Fuck it, it’s a mind set,” Mike Ladd notes amid a dense verbal and aural barrage titled “Trouble Shot.”
Nostalgialator | Definitive Jux
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  January 28, 2008

Playlist: October 12, 2007

"The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts," Pay to Cum," "Gary's Got a Boner," and more
Pet Genius: “Top 5 Songs Alluding to Bodily Functions”
By PET GENIUS  |  October 09, 2007

The Finnish line

With the Finnish band Circle, you learn to expect the unexpected.
Circle bring their metal and minimalism to the US
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 04, 2007


Three for all

The music is equally adept at provoking headbangs, lighter flicks, or slightly arthritic hippie wiggles.
The contradictory catchiness of Three
By BEN RICHARDSON  |  August 03, 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

Decontrolling the price of punk

This article originally appeared in the October 13, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By DOUG SIMMONS  |  November 14, 2006

Anarchy in Medford

Sitting in on Tufts lecturer Michael T. Fournier’s course “History of Punk Rock,” offered via the university’s Experimental College, one can’t help but think of Johnny Rotten’s famous final words: “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
History of punk rock
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 18, 2006

Punked out

Fast and semi-coherent, like the music it documents, Paul Rachman’s American Hardcore , from the book by Steven Blush, uses an efficient equation: band members talking + flyer graphics + grainy clips from live shows. Watch the trailer for American Ha
The lost generation of American Hardcore
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 13, 2006


Taking flight

“It’s that classic New England heavy thinking man’s rock,” is how Sonic Youth guitarist and Northampton resident Thurston Moore puts it. The Boston hit list: Ten local bands you need to see. By Matt Ashare More Thurston Moore: What a Sonic Youth gu
Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006

Blasting off

You might not buy this, given the band’s propensity for reunion gigs, but the Neutral Nation show at the Living Room on Saturday will most likely be their last.
Neutral Nation goes south
By BOB GULLA  |  June 06, 2006