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Desk job

Phillipe and Jorge believe it was thoughtful during this holiday season for the US government to clue in the Great Unwashed on how to survive a possible nuclear bomb strike. Their message, as reported by the New York Times on December 15: "Do not flee
Duck and cover redux; the best Congress money can buy; the Cabrals to the rescue!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 24, 2010
Captain Beefheart Symposium at Magic Room Gallery

Captain Beefheart Symposium at Magic Room Gallery


When it comes to avant-garde rock pioneer Captain Beefheart (a/k/a Don Van Vliet), you either love him or hate him. For the former group, the...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 09, 2010
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Bedroom community

Okay, so Dead Cats Dead Rats are not actually from Boston.
Dead Cats Dead Rats dig out of the 'burbs
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 04, 2010
From the Magic Band to the Magic Room: A Chat with Gary Lucas

From the Magic Band to the Magic Room: A Chat with Gary Lucas


 Dubbed everything from “the thinking man’s guitar hero” to “the Semitic Jimi Hendrix” to “one of the 100 greatest living guitarists,” Gary Lucas has a...
By webteam  |  April 02, 2010
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Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010

The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 08, 2010
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Various Artists | Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968

More than three years in the making, the most recent installment of Rhino's legendary archival garage-rock series offers an amazingly comprehensive excavation of an absurdly fertile scene.
Rhino (2009)
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009


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Paging Dilbert

What’s black and white and re(a)d all over? Certainly not the Providence Urinal, whose circulation has been falling faster than a 1000-pound safe pushed out of a sky-scraper window.
Fonting around at the Urinal. Plus, celebrity karaoke, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 06, 2009
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Technical difficulties

Last week, Tristan da Cunha and I brainstormed some strategies by which they might finally hit the big time. Like, getting a charismatic frontman.
The trouble with Tristan da Cunha
By MATT PARISH  |  June 26, 2009
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Harappian Night Recordings | The Glorious Gongs of Hainuwele

The trappings of exotic field recordings are all over this mysterious production.
Bo'Weavil (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 08, 2009
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Molten ’core

You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.  
The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 08, 2008
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What's that smell?

There are booty-dancing cuts from the ’80s, white girls hitting body-lock poses, and a sign slung on the taps that reads “$2.50 Cans of Mystery Beer.”
Musk turns three at the Midway
By MATT PARISH  |  June 17, 2008


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Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
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By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008
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A whole new rush

You are obviously not a brilliant musician who appreciates the grand gifts that Rush displays.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  February 28, 2008
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Hard target

Critic Langdon Winner once wrote that anyone who attempts to listen to Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica has two obstacles to overcome: the music and the lyrics. Scott Walker, "Jesse" (RealPlayer)
The impenetrable pop of Scott Walker
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 09, 2006