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Billy Corgan dishes on the 20th anniversary of Gish — one smashing debut record

The saturation of album anniversary celebrations has gotten out of hand in recent years.
Tales from the Pumpkin patch
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 21, 2011

Green Day | 21st Century Breakdown

If anyone had suggested, circa Dookie 15 years ago, that Green Day would one day carry the torch for the classic rock opera . . . well, no one would have.
Reprise (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 05, 2009

Listen up

It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 2007

The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007


“Miracle on Tremont Street" offered a reminder that modern rock isn’t completely dominated by watered-down emo-pop pap and heinous post-grunge mush.
"Miracle on Tremont Street," Orpheum Theatre, December 4, 2007
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 09, 2007

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World go to great lengths to recapture the anthemic thrills of Clarity — and give or take a few bouts of brooding cynicism, they’ve succeeded.
Chase the Light | Interscope
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 30, 2007


Fallout joys

In his newly published The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock & Roll , Phoenix contributor Brett Milano explores the evolution of the local music scene.
When the Nirvana explosion rocked Boston
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007

Gabel, Gabel, hey!

New Wave ’s opening title track makes as much of its referential moniker as the Clash did of the phrase “London Calling.”
Against Me!’s new wave of political punk
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 31, 2007

The men machine

Electronic music always seems to get a bad rap for being inhuman.
Motor get to the brutal heart of industrial minimalism
By DAVID DAY  |  June 29, 2007

Portland scene report: June 1, 2007

Twisted Roots have a new album out. We know. The album will be reviewed. Stop e-mailing us.
Sibilance starts now

State of Nirvana

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A conversation with Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic
By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  March 28, 2007



AFI's high-gloss, higher-energy  Decemberunderground is like a Rocky Horror Picture Show for screamo kids. AFI's "Kill Caustic"  (Windows Media Player)
Decemberunderground | Interscope
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 13, 2006