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The Big Hurt: Lep, Squire, Cee-Lo, and Sufjan duke it out

There's no end of lameness in music news this week, but here are a few of the highlights.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 2011

WFNX's top 101 songs in 2010

WFNX listeners voted online at  for six weeks to create this list of 2010's best songs.
WFNX's most popular songs in 2010
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 07, 2011

Ray LaMontagne impresses People

You know, the "Sibilance" staff just happened to be glancing through a copy of PEOPLE magazine (not that we read it — our wives do!) when we came across a 3.5-out-of-4-star review of the new RAY LAMONTAGNE album. No wonder it sold 100,000 copies i

By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 10, 2010

The Big Hurt: Tila gets shat on

Did anyone really expect better of Juggalos, or wish better on Tila? I'm sure we'd all rather the two parties just didn't exist.
Plus Faithless sell out, plus Jay Electronica vs. Lil B, and props for Cee Lo
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 03, 2010

Review: Anthony Hamilton | The Point of it All

Anthony Hamilton is like a latter-day Bill Withers, with a gruff, straight-talkin' voice that can holler at you from across the room and then downshift to a gentler, fatherly tone once you draw close.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 16, 2008

Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


Gnarls Barkley + Hercules and Love Affair

To the cynic, the scene milling around in front of the sold-out Wilbur could merely have been proof of the power of a hit single.
Wilbur Theatre, August 6, 2008
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008

’Round the outside

Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008

Desert session

For nearly two decades, Josh Homme has had countless irons in the rock-and-roll fire.
Josh Homme’s lullabies of love
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 22, 2007

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Justify my love

Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007



The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006

Sleepy Brown

One third of the legendary Organized Noise production team, and best known for guesting on the upbeat, brilliant-if-overplayed “The Way You Move” from Big Boi, Sleepy Brown is no Pharrell muscling in on the real talents at the mic.
Mr. Brown | Virgin
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  November 28, 2006

Sense in the sound

In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
By JON GARELICK  |  September 20, 2006

On the racks: August 15, 2006

. . . plus mothafuckin' snakes
Christina Aguilera, Panic Channel, Skycycle . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 17, 2006

Gnarls Barkley: Rebirth of soul

I’m probably not the only one who went to the Gnarls Barkly show Friday night at Avalon wondering if the costumes would be the most interesting part. Slideshow: Gnarls Barkley at Avalon, August 11, 2006
Gnarls Barkley at Avalon, August 12, 2006
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 14, 2006


Hype writers

St. Elsewhere has songs about Inspector Gadget, Transformers, necrophilia, and various kinds of monsters. Fun fun fun. Fantastic Voyagers: your soundtrack to summer . By Nick Sylvester
Gnarls Barkley punch all the right keys
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 08, 2006

Wicked games

There was a time, not that long ago, when the two-or-three-day rock-festival experience was reserved for the Brits.
Hanging with Giant Drag at Coachella
By JEFF MILLER  |  May 12, 2006

Dave Ghetto

The Camden MC talks real slow, but he’s quick with the metaphors, and more empathetic than preachy.
LOVE LIFE? | Counterflow
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 13, 2006