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On the eve of a Codeine reunion, Chris Brokaw reflects on an ultra-prolific path

When it comes to making music, Chris Brokaw is an easy lover.
Promiscuous love
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 30, 2011
PODCAST: “This Has Been a Disaster - Thanks For Having Us,” Night #2 [MP3]

PODCAST: “This Has Been a Disaster - Thanks For Having Us,” Night #2 [MP3]

Ben Potrykus, live at SXSW There may be no bigger gluttons for punishment than touring musicians -- and as proof, monthly storytelling series/cringefest "This Has...
By James Fitzpatrick  |  July 30, 2011

Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane

Billy Ruane died on a Tuesday night.
The heart of Boston rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 12, 2010

Billy Ruane: Saying goodbye to a whirlwind

Billy Ruane died last week at the age of 52, leaving the Boston music scene in his debt.
A tribute to the man who helped create the scene he loved

Come hither: Thalia Zedek and company reunite

"I had already pretty much been around the block at the time," says Thalia Zedek.
Call it a Comeback
By MATT PARISH  |  September 24, 2010
Haiti Benefit with Big Bear, Chris Brokaw and Ketman at Middle East

Haiti Benefit with Big Bear, Chris Brokaw and Ketman at Middle East

The Middle East's Kevin Hoskins has been booking his ass off on behalf of the Red Cross in Haiti. Tonight he's put together another inspired...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010


52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010

2009: The year in local pop

When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted al
The '09 mixtape
By MATT PARISH  |  December 25, 2009

Boston music news: July 11, 2008

The New Year, a band the Kadanes started with Chris Brokaw on drums a decade ago, are still a going concern.
Notes on the New Year
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 08, 2008

Fortunate one

It was no surprise to find Chris Brokaw in Hawaii last week, just two Saturdays before he’s due back in Cambridge to pull a double shift upstairs at the Middle East.
Chris Brokaw is booked solid
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 07, 2008

Zedek’s æsthetic

Thalia Zedek is hunched over a pint at the Cambridge Brewing Company, looking a bit like a grizzled veteran of some sort of mythical rock-and-roll war.

Thalia continues to move beyond Come

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008


Maximum volume

With their triple-guitar heroics, lavish use of feedback, rock-hard rhythm section, and charismatic lead singer, Cambridge’s Major Stars are an explosive rock band.
Major Stars turn it up on their Drag City debut
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007

Still rockin'

“You remember what happened — I threw a fuckin’ party that got too fuckin’ big.”
The Middle East Celebrates 20
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 13, 2007

Going on sale: October 26, 2007

Dillinger Escape Plan, Street Dogs, Michael Ian Black, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 24, 2007

Trees outside the museum

Video: Thurston Moore live at the MFA
By BOSTON PHOENIX VIDEO  |  October 04, 2007

Boston music news: September 21, 2007

For the better part of a decade,Chris Brokaw was best known as Thalia Zedek’s guitar foil in the local band Come.
Notes on Chris Brokaw and Session Americana
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 18, 2007


Download festival?

It’s a pretty cool line-up of “indie” stars, indie almost-stars, college-rock faves, and local heroes.
How about the Tweeter Center line-up instead
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 14, 2007

Boston music news: August 17, 2007

Dave Derby, the now NYC-based former frontman of Boston’s Dambuilders, thinks of his newly released second solo album as a “bridge.”
Notes on Dave Derby's new project
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007

That’s just super(groups)

You know, ideas are the easy part. It’s the execution that gets tricky.
Some ideas for bands that may never be, but should
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2007

Boston Music News: July 14, 2006

Ryan Lee Crosby wrote his newest, “Everyday Escape,” for his younger brother Adam, who now plays drums in Crosby’s backing band, the Mindless. Ryan Lee and the Mindless, "Obey Me" (mp3)
Notes on Ryan Lee and the Mindless, plus Somerville ArtBeat 2006
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  July 10, 2006

Steve Wynn at the Lizard Lounge

At the end of Steve Wynn’s set at the Lizard Lounge a week ago Thursday night, he uncorked “Days of Wine & Roses,” one of the few old Dream Syndicate songs that he still plays at nearly every show.
Three's a charm
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 14, 2006


The Chris Brokaw Rock Band

Ex-Come guitarist leads indie supergroup back to slashing chords and single-note clang.  
Born again
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 07, 2006

Doin’ it live

The winter concert scene’s got something for everybody, from Averi to Zakir Hussain. Okay, I couldn’t resist that bit of alphabetical hackery, but it’s true.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 09, 2006