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ManRay Rises from the Dead

ManRay's resurrected on February 1, but don’t expect a nostalgia fest.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  January 25, 2013

Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012

How to Dress Well...on how to dress well

Given his sartorial stage name and his ear for R&B beats and avant-pop minimalism, Tom Krell of How to Dress Well certainly sounds like someone who could compose an excellent soundtrack for a runway show.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 05, 2012

Dum Dum Girls | End of Daze

More than an artistic evolution, End of Daze is a stylistic one.
Sub Pop (2012)
By DEVON MALONEY  |  September 28, 2012

What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
Stockholm, Sweden
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 28, 2012

What's F'n Next? DIIV

Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.

By LIZ PELLY  |  September 21, 2012


How To Dress Well | Total Loss

To the casual ear, there might not be a dramatic difference between Tom Krell's debut album (2010's Love Remains) and Total Loss, his potent new collection of ethereal hymns.
Acephale (2012)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  September 14, 2012

Wild Nothing | Nocturne

If critics should be harsh toward the top dogs of the music business for offering nothing new to a particular genre or sound, how should they then turn their pens on emerging artists?
Captured Tracks (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 24, 2012

Kitty Pryde takes her chances

Can one artist ruin a genre?
Flak catcher
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 17, 2012

Niki & the Dove | Instinct

On their debut full-length Instinct, these electro-pop Swedes strike a delicate balance between trance-y hooks and artful, world music weirdness — and the results typically sound like Cyndi Lauper covering Fleetwood Mac, as produced by Kate Bush.
Sub Pop (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  August 10, 2012
debo band4

Debo Band deliver Boston to a world stage

It's no mystery that the the refreshing clarity, lightness, intricacy, and vibration of Debo Band's forthcoming homonymous debut album is worthy of all of the space dedicated to this article.
Great expectations
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 06, 2012


Codeine’s careful rock returns to Boston

Bands named after drugs have a spotty history of making music that fits their substances.
Slow burn
By REYAN ALI  |  June 29, 2012

The righteousness of Japandroids

The same week I first heard Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl), the new sophomore LP by Canadian rock duo Japandroids, I bought a plane ticket to Spain.
House that rock built
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 22, 2012

Photos: Boysetsfire at Brighton Music Hall

Boysetsfire performs live at Brighton Music Hall on May 17, 2012.
May 17, 2012
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  May 25, 2012

Lost in the ethereal sound of Blouse

Music is often meant to soothe, to relax the mind, and — at times of greatest need — to provide an escape from our drab daily grind.
Modern-day escapism
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012

Photos: The Boston Phoenix's Best Awards Party

The Boston Phoenix hosts our first-ever awards show in honor of the Best issue at Brighton Music Hall on April 11, 2012.
April 11, 2012 | Brighton Music Hall
By MICHAEL YOUNG  |  April 20, 2012


Enjoying Friends with benefits

When I first came upon the video for "I'm His Girl" by the Brooklyn pop quintet Friends, my mind had already been stuck on the idea of liberation for the better part of a week.
Radical vibes
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 30, 2012

Out: Walter Sickert and friends invade Brighton Music Hall

While smoking behind Brighton Music Hall, I eavesdropped on one of the other cool nicotine-addicted kids as he asked his buddy, "Can you tell me what the fuck I just saw?"
’Tis her heart!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 23, 2012

Photos: Fanfarlo + Young Man at Brighton Music Hall

Young Man and Fanfarlo played The Brighton Music Hall on Monday, March 5, 2012.
Fanfarlo returns to Brighton Music Hall
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  March 09, 2012

John K. Samson | Provincial

His inaugural gathering of bona-fide solo work summons an aura of full-blown tranquility.
Epitaph/Anti- (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 09, 2012

School of Seven Bells | Ghostory

To enter School of Seven Bells' world, you have to share their refined sense of beauty.
Vagrant (2012)  
By REYAN ALI  |  February 24, 2012


Photos: Mayer Hawthorne & The Sterns at Brighton Music Hall

Mayer Hawthorne & The Sterns stopped by Brighton Music Hall on Thursday, February 9, 2012.
Brighton Music Hall | Thursday, February 9, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  February 17, 2012

Identifying with the sonic haze of Crocodiles

There are loads of bands out there that defy, don't want, and often downright despise categorization.
Psychic reaction
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 17, 2012

Anti-Flag | The General Strike

It wouldn't be easy for Anti-Flag to stay relevant nearly a quarter century into their careers, but it's as if they're not even trying anymore.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 17, 2012

Tennis | Young & Old

Denver's Tennis, the husband/wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, are back with another slab of dreamy, feather-light pop.
Fat Possum (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 10, 2012
Cloud Nothings - CD review

Cloud Nothings | Attack on Memory

With Attack on Memory , the third full-length from Cleveland-based Cloud Nothings, 20-year-old frontman Dylan Baldi approaches new, drastically darker material with the same empty-bottle angst that made his previous releases so appealing.
Carpark (2012)
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  January 27, 2012


Interview: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller

This weekend (January 20-21) brings a two-night stand at Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers Mission of Burma, who have somehow morphed into a band that's equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific local underdogs.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012
Q & A: Roger Miller on the new Mission of Burma record, his work with New England Conservatory, and his first band, Sproton Layer

Q & A: Roger Miller on the new Mission of Burma record, his work with New England Conservatory, and his first band, Sproton Layer

This weekend brings a two-night stand at the Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers MISSION OF BURMA, who have somehow morphed into a band that’s...
By Matt Parish  |  January 19, 2012
O'Brother - Garden Window review

O'Brother | Garden Window

O'Brother's bio for their debut album, Garden Window, reads in part: "Native American tradition believed taking a picture of someone also took a piece of their soul. O'Brother views this album in the same vein. It captures a piece of them at a time in t
Triple Crown/Favorite Gentlemen (2011)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 13, 2012

The Scud Mountain Boys are back for one more round

It only took 15 years, but Joe Pernice is finally on the road to making amends with the friendships he left behind when he quit — and effectively dismantled — the Scud Mountain Boys in 1997 to focus on the Pernice Brothers with a rotating cast of musici
Burying the hatchets
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 13, 2012