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A punk phenomenon grows up

It's time we faced it: the vanguards of rock have gotten really old.
Punk is dead, right?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 10, 2012
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Photos: Bright Eyes at the House of Blues

Bright Eyes and the Mynabirds perform live at the House of Blues on March 10, 2011.
Bright Eyes + Mynabirds | House of Blues | March 10, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  March 18, 2011
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50 shows to see before finals week

This is a message fromBostonFunShit, the Phoenix's authority on having a good time: Get out of your dorm. Here are 50 ways to have an unforgettable evening this semester.
Pulling an all-nighter
By @BOSTONFUNSHIT  |  January 28, 2011
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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010
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Lightspeed Champion | Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You!

Devonté Hynes first appeared as a member of the joky UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles.
Domino (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 05, 2010
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009


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Turn around . . .

Every now and then
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 22, 2009
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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band | Outer South

"That's the thing about charisma," sings Conor Oberst in a song on his new, non–Bright Eyes release, Outer South. "It makes everyone believe."
Merge (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 12, 2009
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Conor Oberst

It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
Conor Oberst | Merge
By DAVID BOFFA  |  August 26, 2008

Portland scene report: May 16, 2008

Pinksy, the new band that grew from the ashes of Local Nothing, were hoping to drop their first EP, Two for the Road , May 6.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 14, 2008

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008


David Dondero

David Dondero might be one of indie-rock’s unsung heroes.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 12, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  April 16, 2008
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Mind over mind

Loyal readers of this column know that when it comes to the local music scene, college is the best of times and the worst of times.
Jeff Beam’s solo debut passes Rock 101
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2007
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Two Gallants: Saddle Creek

Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have long been trying for a sound that’s both earthy and artsy, Bright Eyes folk rock delivered with an aw-shucks squint.
An unhappy marriage of sounds
By DAVID BRUSIE  |  October 03, 2007
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Shop talk

Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
By RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007
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Folk heroics

“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


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The man and the band

Just as Bright Eyes is a vehicle for Conor Oberst, Aqualung is the name under which Matt Hales records.
Aqualung, Paradise Rock Club, April 17, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2007
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Maria Taylor

Singing in harmony with Orenda Fink in the indie-folk duo Azure Ray, Maria Taylor sounded so at home that it seemed a waste when the two pursued solo careers.
Lynn Teeter Flower | Saddle Creek
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 12, 2007
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American classic

How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
Charlie Louvin returns
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 06, 2007
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Rockin' out!

Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
By MELISSA POCEK  |  March 02, 2007
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Wincing the blogs away

In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic enviro
Indie rockers try selling out for a change
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007


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Bright Eyes

Too often, B-sides and rarities are B-sides and rarities for a reason. But Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is one of those songwriters who’s as musically adventurous as he is prolific.
Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2001) | Saddle Creek
By SAM MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 16, 2007
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Shades of Grey

We know at least two things after Roy Davis’s January 4 Big Easy CD-release show: he’s got good taste — and a brass pair of balls.
Roy Davis debuts with a ramshackle warmth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2007
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Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007
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Indie springs forward

For years we waited. And then we started making jokes about it. And then the jokes got old. So we waited some more. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Love Song No. 7" (mp3)
Clap your hands and say Axl
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 02, 2007
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Emo to the core

What’s the latest sign that emo has become a true part of the musical mainstream?
Kevin Devine, Tim Barry, and Stephen Brodsky
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 30, 2006


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Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006
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The Concretes

The title of the latest release from this Swedish indie-pop outfit suggests that the Concretes have until now stuck to a pared-down black-and-white sound.
In Colour | Astralwerks
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 01, 2006
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Two Gallants

It’s not difficult to figure out how Two Gallants, a band who borrow their name from the title of a James Joyce short story, wound up on Conor Oberst’s indie powerhouse Saddle Creek.
What The Toll Tells | Saddle Creek
By CHRIS BROOK  |  April 14, 2006
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Techno files

By the time the four-man disco band take the stage at Great Scott, the crowd is so jammed into the Allston venue, you’d swear it was a Saturday night.
Hot Chip live, plus the return of the Orb  
By DAVID DAY  |  March 20, 2006