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New Collisions rediscover their pop identity

Ever since Adam and Eve invented pop music by writing the first song, "Snake Is a Jerk," local bands have honored a time-tested structure.
Smashing sound barriers
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2010
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Photos: Cheap Trick and Squeeze at Bank of America Pavilion

Nostalgic fun with the Cheap Trick and Squeeze, the Janus faces of power pop.
Cheap Trick and Squeeze, live at Bank of America Pavilion, on July 14, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  July 16, 2010
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Review: Cheap Trick and Squeeze

Live at Bank of America Pavilion, July 14, 2010
Live at Bank of America Pavilion, July 14, 2010
By CLEA SIMON  |  July 16, 2010
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Free Energy | Stuck On Nothing

Like Bad Company and Damn Yankees before them, these buzzed-about Philadelphia longhairs have a song on their debut that shares the name of their band — a sure sign that Free Energy are serious about having a good time.
DFA/Astralwerks (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 14, 2010
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Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

When Alex Chilton had a fatal heart attack while mowing his lawn last week, he was, statistically speaking, just a 59-year-old New Orleans resident, nothing more than an edit on some census forms. What Chilton represented, however, was a true American ic
In memoriam
By JEFF BREEZE  |  March 26, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar: Day #4 - A Cosmic Christmas


A Cosmic Christmas, Part 1. (Part 2 and Part 3.)You always suspected the Care Bears had a dark secret, didn't you? Well, you're right. But...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 17, 2009


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Def Leppard


TUESDAY 30 POUR SOME SUGAR ON THEM Never mind "never say die." Def Leppard is not only wowing old zealots, they're wooing new devotees. Did...
By webteam  |  June 24, 2009

Portland Music News: May 1, 2009

SEAN MORIN will perform his senior composition recital at UMaine Augusta's Jewett Hall on May 6.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  May 01, 2009
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Guilty pleasure

A.C. Newman is on fire. One of indie rock's most prolific songwriters and performers, Newman has six albums to his credit this decade...
A.C. [Carl] Newman talks pop and the making of his new album
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  March 10, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories

I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 03, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Clench and release

For your edifying consumption, another stroll through the wasteland of godawful publicity.
Smooth jazz, revenge fantasies, and . . . wangs
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 23, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!

I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2008
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Review: Letters to Cleo live

Was everything still the same? And were we?
Paradise Rock Club, December 8, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2008
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Cheap Trick | Budokan!

These days, all an American outfit has to do to get famous is name itself after an animal and get blogged about for 24 hours.
Epic/Legacy (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 11, 2008

On the racks

Nelly Furtado, Frank Black, Pearl Jam, Fatboy Slim, and Luna.
June 20
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 27, 2008
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The Major Labels

You can play Spot the Beatles throughout this one.
Aquavia | Self-released
By ZETH LUNDY  |  August 04, 2008


Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008
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Boston music news: February 22, 2008

This is Nick Lowe weekend in five cities.
Notes on a local tribute to Nick Lowe
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 20, 2008
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Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2007
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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
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Hello, Boombazi

Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2007


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
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Lords of acid rock

At both shows Earl Greyhound have played in the Boston area to date — upstairs at the Middle East (to which they return this Tuesday) in early October and outdoors in Harvard Square for Oktoberfest a week later — people laughed. Earl Greyhound, "All Be
Earl Greyhound open the floodgates
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 10, 2007
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The Exploding Hearts

At its best, power pop is the only guitar-heavy music that defies gravity.
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By ANDREW MARCUS  |  January 02, 2007
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Roll with it

Mike Gent may be best known around these parts as the singer/songwriter/guitarist in the Gentlemen, a band who’ve been headlining clubs for the better part of a decade now.
The Figgs, T.T. The Bear’s Place, December 1-2, 2006
By TOM KIELTY  |  December 04, 2006
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Too dumb to quit

"We're the best Cheap Trick cover band out there," Rick Nielsen says with a laugh."Probably the worst, too."
Backstage with Cheap Trick
By Sean Bartlett  |  November 27, 2006


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Going on sale: October 13, 2006

Girl Talk, Cheap Trick, Harry & the Potters, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 10, 2006
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The Boston hit list

It’s hard to believe Black Helicopter were playing out for a good five years before they hit most people’s radar. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare
Ten local bands you need to see
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006
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Frank Black

There’s a lot to like about Fast Man Raider Man .
Fast Man Raider Man | Back Porch
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 15, 2006
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Cheap Trick

After a decade of trying to create (and capitalize) on a return to form, Cheap Trick have delivered.
Rockford | Big3
By JED GOTTLIEB  |  August 01, 2006