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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?
| February 10, 2012
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
| March 18, 2011
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
| January 28, 2011
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!
| December 24, 2010
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.
| March 05, 2010
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
| September 18, 2009
Turn around . . .
Every now and then
| May 22, 2009
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."
| May 12, 2009
It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
Conor Oberst | Merge
| 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.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| May 14, 2008
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)
| May 07, 2008
David Dondero might be one of indie-rock’s unsung heroes.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 12, 2008
| April 16, 2008
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
| October 24, 2007
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
| October 03, 2007
Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
| September 18, 2007
“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
| June 19, 2007
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
| April 23, 2007
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
| March 12, 2007
How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
Charlie Louvin returns
| March 06, 2007
Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
| March 02, 2007
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
| January 17, 2007
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
| January 16, 2007
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
| January 11, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
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
| January 02, 2007
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
| November 30, 2006
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
| September 22, 2006
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
| May 01, 2006
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
| April 14, 2006
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
| March 20, 2006
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