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Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Let's get Russian

The quick back-story on Kino Proby: Three Mainers take a liking to the Russian band Kino, and its legendary lead singer Viktor Tsoi, who died in a car wreck in 1990 after becoming maybe the single most famous Russian rock star.
A live album for a dead rock singer from Kino Proby
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 08, 2010
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The music man

Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 07, 2009
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Something for everyone

In the last three years Hands and Knees have been signed to the Beatings' Midriff Records and racked up ample gold stars from critics; late last month they also dropped their splendid sophomore record, Et tu, Fluffy?
Hands and Knees' vintage-to-Fraggle rock
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 15, 2009
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Interview: Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009
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Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself
Music speaks volumes
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  December 11, 2008


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Unplugged

Four friends, two bands, and nine years laer, Arcadia Landing is closed for business, according to a statement posted on their MySpace page on July 25.
Arcadia Landing call it quits
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 27, 2008
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Guitar solos?

“It actually feels really liberating, like a moment where you’re like, ‘Boy, am I glad to be an adult!’"
Obits go back to basics
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 19, 2008
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Rough power

Watching Bill Gage perform with his band, BILL, is an eye-opening experience.
Bill Gage has Down syndrome. And his band rocks
By IAN SANDS  |  March 27, 2008
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Going on sale: March 21, 2008

Colbia Caillat, Eddie Izzard, Laura Viers, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade


By GOING ON SALE  |  March 18, 2008
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Twang and burn

When Sarah Borges performs in roots-music hot spots like Nashville and Austin, they don’t ask about her country credentials or her alt-rock background.
Sarah Borges lights a roots-rock fire
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 14, 2008


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Cooking with Joe

Some rock stars travel with personal chefs. Joe Perry brings a grill — a Weber.
Aerosmith’s lead guitarist has grill, will travel
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007
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Fabulous fakes

If “The Basement Tapes” had been conceived for the Top 40, it might have sounded much like the Traveling Wilburys.
Charmed by the Traveling Wilburys
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 10, 2007

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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007
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Power-surge pop

I was expecting a restrained, polite set from the super-hyped Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John.
Peter Bjorn and John, Paradise Rock Club, May 4, 2007
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 07, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007


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Nashville underground

Solomon Burke’s no stranger to Nashville. Music city dos: Where to go in Nashville. By Ted Drozdowski
There’s more to the Music City than Alan Jackson and Toby Keith
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 24, 2007
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Chamber music revival

Classical and rock ‘n roll music suffer the same identity crisis.
Portland should rock out with its Bach out
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 03, 2007
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Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

Nevermind the Bollocks

This article originally appeared in the January 17, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The Sex Pistols arrive
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006
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Men of mettle

Like three trolls in a speedboat, the men of Motörhead have hitched their age-old warty grievance against humanity to a roaring musical accelerant, and yet again they are writing heavy-metal history.
Another smackdown from Motörhead
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2006


Flashbacks: August 11, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2006
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Peter Gammons

What, you thought this would be just another dilettante vanity project, an excuse for the unofficial commish to clown around in the studio with some of his favorite Red Sox and bash out a few classic-rock chestnuts? Peter Gammons, "She Fell From Heaven
Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old | Rounder
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 27, 2006
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Folk re-revival

The laugh that opens Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is the first clue that what’s about to follow might actually be fun.
Springsteen rediscovers faith and fun in Seeger
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 24, 2006

He's the Boss

If good rock and roll is about escape, great rock and roll is about taking ordinary life and making something extraordinary out of it.
Why Bruce Springsteen makes great rock and roll
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Loose Ends

It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago.
Growing young with rock and roll
By JON LANDAU  |  May 19, 2006


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High-voltage humans

No musical movement, not even CBGB’s-era first-wave punk, captured the push-and-pull of love/hate about modern city living like No Wave did.
No Wave is new all over again
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  April 05, 2006
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Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006
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The Rolling Stones, again

A bemused Keith mumbled something about “déjà vu,” but this was no rehash of the Fenway Park gig.
Nothing negative
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 23, 2006