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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 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

Is 2010 the Year of the Girl?

Many have argued that the descriptor "indie music" means nothing more or less than "bands Pitchfork reviews" these days, and the claim was never more true than last year
Music of the Future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 08, 2010

The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch

It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play
The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 18, 2009

New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

Crossword: ''You want fries with that?''

Some people do
Some people do
By MATT JONES  |  November 20, 2009


The Bigmouth strikes again

Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2009
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How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the t
Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 17, 2009

Folk my brains out

Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
Wild and weird
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 22, 2009

Review: Obsessed

As a troubled husband and wife, Idris Elba and Beyoncé Knowles don't lack for chemistry and credibility. You can't say as much for the film in which they play these roles.
Makes Fatal Attraction look like a masterpiece
By TOM MEEK  |  May 01, 2009

Hope springs infernal

Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2009


Dance, Monkey!: Rob Crean

Rob Crean has secret talents
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 10, 2009

Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008

Beyoncé | I Am . . . Sasha Fierce

What I love about the chorus to B's current smash single, "Single Ladies" ("If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it"), are its blurry pronouns — quick, what does "it" refer to?
Columbia (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 02, 2008

Naming convention

Gwyneth had Apple. Posh had Brooklyn. And moose-killing miracle mom Sarah Palin beat them all with Trig Paxson Van Palin, a name so cool that it rhymes with “Eddie Van Halen.”
We asked, you answered: our readers text in votes for Sarah Palin's next baby name
By LANCE GOULD  |  September 23, 2008

Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


Facebook phobia

It’s safe to say that Facebook is now an omniscient, all-powerful tool that, in some way, traffics in dirt on nearly everyone you know.
Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 16, 2008


Kanye’s music more than lived up to his visual and conceptual audacity.
Kanye West and Rihanna at Tweeter Center, May 15, 2008
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2008

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Crank that, techie

In the summer of 2006, DeAndre Way, then 16, combated summer boredom in Batesville, Mississippi, by writing songs with Fruity Loops digital-audio software.
Cool jerks
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 12, 2007

Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007


Going on sale: June 8, 2007

St. Vincent + Scout Niblett, Beyoncé + Robin Thicke, Suzanne Vega, Ozzfest, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 04, 2007

Good vibrations

In honor of dancing dirty, as well as Patrick Swayze’s open-shirt-pelvic-thrusting summer camp fantasy, we offer this list of the dirtiest dancing music videos we could find.
The 15 dirtiest dancing music videos  
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 24, 2007

Lil Wayne’s world

On his mixtapes, Wayne is the most playful, experimental artist in mainstream hip-hop
A rapper thrives in the world of the mixtape
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 21, 2007

Ne-Yo: Because of You

If Ne-Yo wants to make a real mark, he’ll have to toss that hat.
Def Jam
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  May 21, 2007

Portland scene report: April 20, 2007

Sidecar Radio have plans for a big CD-release weekend at the Big Easy.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 18, 2007



The chorus has been singing for months now: Bill Condon’s can’t-miss adaptation of Tom Eyen & Henry Krieger’s 25-year-old Broadway musical is roaring into theaters to save a lackluster fall. Watch the trailer for Dreamgirls (QuickTime)
No-town Motown
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007

Everybody dance now

Girl Talk is a party architect. Slideshow: Girl Talk at the Middle East Downstairs, January 21, 2007
 Girl Talk, the Middle East Downstairs, January 20, 2007
By MAC CARROLL  |  January 22, 2007

You and your tech-chic

You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
 As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 20, 2006

Strippers, cursing, and free music

Students have been back in town only a few weeks, but already there’s noise about curtailing their bad habits. Here’s a list of what those pesky kids have been up to.
Campus notes
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  September 20, 2006