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Stream Airborne Toxic Event's Best Music Poll set -- and watch their interview


DOWNLOAD: Airborne Toxic Event Best Music Poll interview [mp3] We apologize in advance: the reason you can only stream three songs of Airborne's set has...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 10, 2009

Stream the Bravery's Best Music Poll 2009 set; watch their interview, too


We're only going to say this once: no, those are not snakes, and no, this interview did not take place on a plane. It's just...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 10, 2009
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Photos: Best of BMP Concert 2009

The best shots from the Best Music Poll concert 2009, August 1, 2009.
Photos of Ra Ra Riot, Passion Pit, Gaslight Anthem, Metric, The Airborne Toxic Event, and The Bravery
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with Passion Pit

Passion Pit backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Backstage with Passion Pit at the Best Music Poll Concert 2009.
By MORGAN LAFORGE  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with The Bravery

The Bravery backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Backstage with The Bravery at Best Music Poll Concert 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with Gaslight Anthem

Gaslight Anthem backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Backstage with Gaslight Anthem at Best Music Poll 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN AND MORGAN LAFORGE  |  August 07, 2009


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Photos: Backstage with The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event backstage at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.
Backstage with Mikel Jollett, Steven Chen, and Daren Taylor from The Airborne Toxic Event
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Ra Ra Riot at Best Music Poll 2009

Photos of Ra Ra Riot at  the Boston Phoenix and WFNX's annual Best Music Poll Concert on August 1, 2009 at Boston's City Hall Plaza.
Ra Ra Riot, live at Boston City Hall Plaza| August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND LUCY SHERMAN  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Passion Pit at Best Music Poll 2009

Photos from Passion Pit's performance at the Boston Phoenix and WFNX's annual Best Music Poll Concert on August 1, 2009 at Boston's City Hall Plaza.
Passion Pit, live at City Hall Plaza, Boston | August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND LUCY SHERMAN  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Metric at Best Music Poll 2009

Metric performed a rare acoustic set at the Boston Phoenix/WFNX 2009 Best Music Poll Concert, August 1, 2009 on Boston's City Hall Plaza. For video of the performance, behind-the-scenes photos, and interview audio,  visit the online Best Music Poll Conce
Metric live at Boston City Hall Plaza | August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND LUCY SHERMAN  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Airborne Toxic Event at BMP 2009

The Airborne Toxic Event have become, for all intents and purposes, the WFNX house band. So how the hell did they still manage to surprise us with the pentultimate set at the 2009 Best Music Poll Concert? Might have been the new songs -- but it also migh
Airborne Toxic Event, live on Boston City Hall Plaza | August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA AND CHARLIE PADGETT  |  August 07, 2009


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Photos: Gaslight Anthem at Best Music Poll 2009

Biggest mosh pit of Best Music Poll 2009? That's easy: the Gaslight Anthem's set, which had worried punks milling around City Hall four hours before showtime, like they were gonna miss a parole hearing.
Gaslight Anthem at City Hall Plaza, Boston | August 1, 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: The Bravery at Best Music Poll 2009

The Bravery headlined the Boston Phoenix and WFNX's annual Best Music Poll Concert on August 1, 2009 on Boston's City Hall Plaza. Not pictured: WFNX DJ Paul Driscoll sitting in drums for a surprise Journey cover. 
The Bravery live at City Hall Plaza, Boston | August 1, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Backstage with Metric

In which Emily Hanes keeps her legs very, very crossed. Metric performed a rare acoustic set, as a duo, at WFNX and the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll Concert at City Hall Plaza in Boston on August 1, 2009.  
Backstage with Metric at Boston's Best Music Poll Concert 2009
By MORGAN LAFORGE  |  August 07, 2009
Gaslight Anthem: Stream their Best Music Poll set

Gaslight Anthem: Stream their Best Music Poll set


25 MORE PHOTOS: Gaslight Anthem at Best Music Poll 2009GASLIGHT ANTHEM played "The '59 Sound" (alas, sans Bruce Springsteen, who performed it with them at...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 04, 2009
Passion Pit at Best Music Poll 2009: Photos, audio, interview

Passion Pit at Best Music Poll 2009: Photos, audio, interview


22 MORE PHOTOS: Passion Pit at Best Music Poll 2009When we ran into PASSION PIT frontman Michael Angelakos a few hours before his Best Music...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 03, 2009


Photos, interview, and streaming audio: Ra Ra Riot at Best Music Poll 2009

Photos, interview, and streaming audio: Ra Ra Riot at Best Music Poll 2009


20 MORE PHOTOS: Ra Ra Riot at Best Music Poll 2009In case you weren't among the 40,000 people who braved the 85 degrees of clear...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 03, 2009
Photos and interview: Metric at Best Music Poll 2009

Photos and interview: Metric at Best Music Poll 2009


24 MORE PHOTOS: Metric performs at Best Music Poll 2009With their bassplayer off playing babydaddy, METRIC showed up to Best Music Poll as a guitar-and-piano...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 03, 2009
Best Music Poll: Your Photos and Video

Best Music Poll: Your Photos and Video


It's a wrap: BEST MUSIC POLL 2009 is in the can, and we may start believing in a higher power. Perfect weather? Crowd estimates ranging...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 02, 2009
Best Music Poll Concert 2009: 10 Things You Need To Know Whether You're Going Or Not

Best Music Poll Concert 2009: 10 Things You Need To Know Whether You're Going Or Not


Tomorrow, you may have heard, is our 2009 Best Music Poll Concert on City Hall Plaza, better known to Green Liners as the Government Center...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 31, 2009
BMP 2009: James Shaw of Metric on Canada's music scene and self-releasing Fantasies

BMP 2009: James Shaw of Metric on Canada's music scene and self-releasing Fantasies


After realizing they probably knew just as much - if not more - about our changing musical landscape as anyone, Metric released their latest album,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 29, 2009


BMP 2009: Mat from Ra Ra Riot on WFNX, touring, and his band's new album

BMP 2009: Mat from Ra Ra Riot on WFNX, touring, and his band's new album


 When I was reading up on Ra Ra Riot in anticipation of this interview, I was surprised to learn they've only been together since 2006....
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 28, 2009

VIDEO: Emily Haines of BMP performers Metric does "Anthems" with Broken Social Scene (and Feist) in Toronto


Hey, did you hear? We're putting on a free show with our friends at WFNX (that's 101.7 on your radio dial in Boston; 92.1 in...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 13, 2009
Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll Concert will be a FREE SHOW at City Hall Plaza with Passion Pit, Metric, Gaslight Anthem, Ra Ra Riot, The Bravery, and TATE

Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll Concert will be a FREE SHOW at City Hall Plaza with Passion Pit, Metric, Gaslight Anthem, Ra Ra Riot, The Bravery, and TATE


Re: Best Music Poll 2009 Concert

BOSTON PHOENIX/WFNX BEST MUSIC POLL 2009
August 1st | 4:30
City Hall Plaza in Boston
FREE

Ra Ra Riot
Passion Pit
Metric
Gaslight Anthem
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Bravery

Did we mention it was FREE.

Videos after the jump to get you pumped.


By Ryan Stewart  |  June 29, 2009
Jay-Z, Wyclef start on-record beef with Best Music Poll nominee Mr. Auto-Tune

Jay-Z, Wyclef start on-record beef with Best Music Poll nominee Mr. Auto-Tune


The elusive Mr. Auto-TuneWe know, we know -- it doesn't seem quite fair that we listed Auto-Tune as ...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 09, 2009
This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA

This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA


Go vote in our annual Best Music Poll. Seriously. (Seriously)In Giant Steps, Jon Garelick checks out...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 04, 2009