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The Big Hurt: The week in booze

Let's get blind shitfaced on semi-poisonous bathtub newsshine.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2012

Bon Mots

During a late-night car ride, three friends from Boulder, Colorado, began regaling each other with stories, as people trapped in a car for hours are wont to do.
A little salt of the earth with a whole lot of sexy
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  May 18, 2012

Photos: Bon Iver at the House of Blues

Bon Iver performs at the House of Blues on August 5, 2011.
House of Blues | August 5, 2011
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  August 12, 2011
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Bon Iver | Bon Iver

The deliberation and complexity of this record announces how ludicrously full of ideas Vernon is.
Jagjaguwar (2011)
By DEVON MALONEY  |  June 24, 2011

How the Decemberists ruined indie rock

If you're a regular reader of the Phoenix's music section, you'll have noticed a decided uptick in the space devoted to electronic music here lately: electro, laptop lo-fi, chillwave, superstar DJs, and whatever other bullshit genre we're about to hype n
Colin Meloy's crew have much to answer for
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Aleric Nez needs no accompaniment

For any songwriter, the urge can be great to add in that string section, that trumpet piece, that bit of backing vocal that’s so easy to hear right at the edge of consciousness.
Ramblin' man
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2010

MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 30, 2010
It's true: Justin Vernon did, in fact, record several songs with Kanye West

It's true: Justin Vernon did, in fact, record several songs with Kanye West

 Supposedly the rumors were all over the place at Lollapalooza last weekend, but we didn't hear about it until Stereogum said something: would Kanye's new...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 13, 2010

Review: Middle East and Laura Marling at SPACE

At SPACE Gallery, May 11
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2010

Person and persona

Folksie newcomer John Shade says that his songs are focused on identity and anonymity, but there’s also what sounds like an unraveling personal economy lurking beneath: characters steal purses, check classifieds, go it alone with “no safety net,” and gen
For John Shade, it’s all in the text
By MATT PARISH  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Jakob Battick and Friends

Jakob Battick and Friends at Slainte on April 9, 2010
At Slainte on April 9, 2010
By BRYAN BRUCHMAN  |  April 16, 2010


Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010

Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009

Covering the bottom end - and the bottom line

The biggest news made by the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals the past two weekends was that they happened at all.
Newport Jazz comes back with a bang
By JON GARELICK  |  August 14, 2009

Best Music Poll 2009: Anything goes

The underground: saved, salvaged, or savaged?
The underground: saved, salvaged, or savaged?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 31, 2009
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In doubt? 'Doo Write'

Dilly dilly was lamenting to me the other day that there's no blueprint for making a living as a musician anymore.
Dilly dilly sings Of Art and Intention
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2009


Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

VIDEO: Sharon Jones leads a Seeger superjam at Radio City Music Hall

Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David By...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 04, 2009

Portland Music News: February 27, 2009

Bettencourt, Choate, Moshe all in town
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2009

What's love got to do with it

"Happy Valentine's Day. That was a saint, right? St. Valentine?" mumbled Lewis & Clarke's (wasted?) frontman/sonic adventurer, Lou Rogai.
Audrey Ryan + Strand of Oaks + Lewis & Clarke, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, February 14, 2009
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 18, 2009

The Countdown / First Contact [WEDNESDAY – 1/21]

  [# 5] Paramore - Decode [# 4] Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody [# 3] Franz Ferdinand - Ulyss...
By Paul Driscoll  |  January 21, 2009

Music News And Notes: Or, the Phuzz

Depressing cover albums, entertaining Kanye commentary, British alter-egos and iTunes-related woes abound as we at The Phoenix ease ourselves into the new year, one day at...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 14, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


10 pop and jazz discs you need
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 23, 2008

Smooth operators

The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008


The Big Chill

The crowd coming in from the cold was young, excited, and wrapped in flannel — as though the Wilbur Theatre had been given over to a village of wimpy lumberjacks.
A feast of heartbreak and isolated introspection
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 16, 2008

Slideshow: Bon Iver

Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 15, 2008