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The Beach Boys forget the past in order to embrace it

For the past 50 years, the Beach Boys have been selling myths, and we've been buying them.
In harmony
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 22, 2012

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Gruff Rhys has gone into extracurricular overdrive. In the past five years, he's released more solo albums and side projects than he has discs with his long-time band Super Furry Animals.
OVNI/Turnstile (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 11, 2011

Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
Disney Pearl Series (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby | Two-Way Family Favorites

This is a sweet tearjerker of an album disguised as a lowly covers set.
Southern Domestic (2010)
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 25, 2010

Spose: It's all a joke

It’s every band’s dream, really: DEAD SEASON have secured a JAGERMEISTER sponsorship.
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The two or three times I've caught Brian Wilson since he got his act together with his acclaimed SMiLE project have been joyous affairs indeed....
By webteam  |  October 27, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
leftovers list

Please please me

For pure output, not many local bands can top the Leftovers, who next week drop their fourth full-length album, Eager to Please , with Oglio/Crappy Records, since 2005's debut, Stop Drop Rock & Roll (and they had an EP before that). And we won't
The Leftovers are ready and eager
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 15, 2009

Guilty pleasure

A.C. Newman is on fire. One of indie rock's most prolific songwriters and performers, Newman has six albums to his credit this decade...
A.C. [Carl] Newman talks pop and the making of his new album
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  March 10, 2009

All a-Twitter

Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

Going on sale: September 19, 2008

Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Straitjackets and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  September 17, 2008


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Brian Wilson and his karaoke-smooth backing band the Wondermints have instead given us something on par with 1970s Beach Boys.
That Lucky Old Sun | Capitol/EMI
By DEVIN KING  |  September 02, 2008


It’s the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (a track Nobody has covered) expanded into a full-blown stoner opera.
Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II | Ubiquity
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 03, 2008


Unbusted. If that name rings a bell, chances are you were around Boston three years ago.

The Billionaires escape from the island

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 22, 2008

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

Celebration of sound

Despite living in a world that is seemingly rotating off its axis and just plain miserable, there are, believe it or not, many reasons to give thanks.
Kris Hansen’s Left Hand Band; plus, New Year’s Eve options
By BOB GULLA  |  December 26, 2007


Rock and roles

A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007


Heart are fast becoming the world’s best classic-rock cover band.
Dreamboat Annie Live | Shout! Factory
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2007

The erstwhile Beach Boy

Brian Wilson may have spent a few years in bed, but he’s been up and about for the last few years.
A download tribute to Brian Wilson
By BRIAN E. KING  |  September 18, 2007

Pop secrets

This confounding of rock orthodoxy simply happened.
The New Pornographers explore the quiet zone
By SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  August 21, 2007

Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007


Bad mothers

It’s often been said that inside every punk-rocker is a hippie scratching to get out.
Angeline kick out the folk-rock jams
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 29, 2007

Jeff Murphy

From Zion, Illinois, the Shoes were an odd combination of romantics and gearheads, combining classic-model pop songwriting with pristine sonics.
Cantilever | Black Vinyl
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 26, 2007

The Apples in Stereo

Interviewing Robert Schneider is one of the toughest gigs in music journalism, and not because the guy’s anything but a perfect gentleman.
New Magnetic Wonder | Simian/Yep Roc
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 13, 2007

Portland scene report: February 2, 2007

Sara Cox is near to setting a date for the release of her much-anticipated follow-up to 2003’s Arrive.
Sibilance starts now

Hanging ten or hanging on?

This article originally appeared in the April 26, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Brian Wilson: Dead on survival
By GREIL MARCUS  |  November 14, 2006


Tales of the Rat Fink

Pop-culture chronicler Ron Mann’s animated documentary is a playful tribute to the late Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (voiced by John Goodman), whose eccentric automobiles and monster caricatures helped shape Southern Cal’s “Kustom Kulture” craze in the ’60s. Wa
A tale sure to satisfy Big Daddy
By IAN SANDS  |  October 11, 2006

Flashbacks: October 6, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix  has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  October 04, 2006

Do what they mean

When 2006 wraps up, it’ll be hard to think of another show as fun as the Big Easy’s stage for the Best Music Poll Festival back in May, with Cosades and Loverless opening for Rock Kills Kid.
Loverless are a lean Fighter machine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 20, 2006

Going on sale: September 22

Alice Cooper, G. Love, Brian Wilson, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By  |  September 18, 2006