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The mysterious ways of Sonnymoon

The ways of musical success are many.
Cellars by Starlight
By PERRY EATON  |  February 01, 2013

What's F'n Next? | The Field Effect

By now it's cliché to write about music having a "driving" force, or describing it taking you to a certain place where mundane daily occurrences could not.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 14, 2012

Cellars by Starlight: Human Sexual Response

CDs might now be an outdated medium, but there was a time when everything on the format was available — except for one of the great rock records of the early '80s: 1981's In a Roman Mood by legendary Boston punk/new wave/whatever band Human Sexual Resp

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 09, 2012

Creaturos spin in the center of a creative orbit

Boston is a city built on pride. Our music, our sports, our accents: whatever it is, good or bad, it is ours .
Sum of their Parts
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  February 03, 2012

Karmin: Still crashing the industry's party

Well, wouldn't you know it, KARMIN aren't wasting their time over there in Hollywoodland: not long after arrival, their first music video debuted on VEVO...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 07, 2011

The timely pop return of Emergency Music

"I would agree that Emergency Music started at a rough time to be in a band if you're comparing it to starting up a band in 2011," frontman Jesse Duquette offers via email.  
So long to the subtle
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 23, 2011


Out: If a hook falls in a forest, does it make a melody?

With scratchy, bratty vocals plastered over stinging dual guitarwork, Camden delivers turbo-charged indie-pop, making otherwise pretty noises sound gritty and playfully hung over.
From Cambridge to Camden town
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 23, 2011

St. Vincent | Strange Mercy

The pretty/ugly dichotomy at the heart of Annie Clark's St. Vincent moniker is in full tug-of-war on her third and most challenging full-length.
4AD (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 16, 2011
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Pepper Rabbit | Red Velvet Snow Ball

Were Zach Braff still struggling to get Garden State made, there's no doubt one of these songs would have made the mix CD he was shopping around Hollywood with his script.
Kanine (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 05, 2011
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Out: On a hot summer night at the Middle East, Dream Hits surf a garage-pop lullaby

Following a lively opening set of Americana-infused indie rock from South Shore five-piece War Presidents, Dream Hits breezed through their show with the infectiously simple "Bummer" and the sweet melodrama of "Meat," a song that sounded so warm and fam
Wake up the buzz meter
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  July 29, 2011
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The In Out | The Venal Column

The In Out are one of Boston's true underground rock bands.
Sell You (2011)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 29, 2011

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The December Sound drop a sonic boom

Sonic mastermind Zack Sarzana (who returned from a sojourn to New York City a while back) and bandmates Jimmy Rossi Jr. and John McGuigan have always had a knack for finding the plot in a vast haze of feedback, occasionally shaping that cosmic stuff into
Grand scale
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 01, 2011
first-ever best music poll awards party at brighton music hall

Out: Good times a’Bruin

It was the first time the Boston Phoenix hosted an awards party for its 23-year-old Best Music Poll, but what erupted June 15 at Brighton Music Hall was a drunken shitshow that honored decades of Boston rock and roll, and was capped off by the Bruins' f
A celebratory night of Boston rock (and hockey) at the Best Music Poll awards
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 24, 2011
photos at Best Music Poll awards party with Peter Wolf, Amanda Palmer and more

Photos: 2011 Best Music Poll awards party

June 15, 2011 | Brighton Music Hall, Allston
The first-ever Best Music Poll awards party came to life at Brighton Music Hall emceed by DJ Paul Foley with Bodega Girls as the house band and an all-start cast of Boston music heroes including Bill Janovitz, Peter Wolf and Amanda Palmer.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 17, 2011
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Damon & Naomi mature in a separate galaxy

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang are somewhere in the UK, en route to a gig in Cornwall.
Outer rim
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After a decade on the grind, Trap Them find their stride

Hardcore cribbing from metal is hardly new territory. At least, according to Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney.  
Reshaping their core
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  May 20, 2011

Chris North Dream Quartet at the Haven in Jamaica Plain

Out: The Chris North Dream Quartet help christen the Haven in Jamaica Plain

With the Chris North Dream Quartet, singer/guitarist Chris North Alspach retains the sincere Celt-folk vocal inflection and distinctly New England–influenced lyrics of his other, Best Music Poll–nominated band, the Points North.
Scottish piper
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011
Rumble winners John Powhida International Airport

Out: John Powhida International Airport wins the 2011 Rock And Roll Rumble

The de-facto demise of WBCN might have been the best thing that could've happened to the Rock And Roll Rumble, if the finals Friday at T.T. the Bear's – capped off by a curtain call/group hug decreeing John Powhida International Airport the 2011 champs
We have liftoff
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 29, 2011
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Haunting 'hoods new and old with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!

It's natural to freak out a little when inanimate objects autonomously zoom around the room, the walls bleed, and the phrase "GET OUT" mysteriously appears on your bathroom mirror. But most of the time, finding out that your house is haunted is no reason
Psychobilly freakout
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 08, 2011
Jenny Dee

Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Rumble preliminary night #1: The Blizzard of 78, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Old Jack, McAlister Drive

Concert photos at the first night of Rock 'n' Roll Rumble preliminaries at TT The Bear's
Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents win the first night of the Rumble
By KEN MARCOU  |  April 08, 2011
Bodega Girls

Screw the Ides of March — beware Bodega Girls

When music writers start playing the futures game, it's usually a good idea to take our prognostications with a grain of salt. That said, if there's one wager you can bet the house on this year, it's that Boston's Bodega Girls will spend 2011 on a giant
Et Tu Bootay–licious
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 18, 2011

The Bynars

Spring's starting line-up of new Boston rock

In the spirit of the fast-approaching baseball season, let's take a look at nine local rock shows that might offer the city more hits than Carl Crawford in April.  
Nine volts
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 18, 2011

Photos: Yellowbirds CD Release Party at Lily Pad

Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine) and his cohorts in Yelllowbirds celebrated the release of debut full-length album The Color at Lily Pad on February 26, 2011.  
Yellowbirds | Lilly Pad | February 26, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  March 04, 2011