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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
| May 07, 2010
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
| January 08, 2010
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
| August 07, 2009
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
| May 15, 2009
Interview: Greil Marcus
Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
| January 21, 2009
Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself
Music speaks volumes
| December 11, 2008
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
| August 27, 2008
“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
| August 19, 2008
Watching Bill Gage perform with his band, BILL, is an eye-opening experience.
Bill Gage has Down syndrome. And his band rocks
| March 27, 2008
Going on sale: March 21, 2008
Colbia Caillat, Eddie Izzard, Laura Viers, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| March 18, 2008
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
| January 14, 2008
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
| September 04, 2007
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
| August 10, 2007
Other music meccas
| June 29, 2007
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
| May 07, 2007
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
| January 24, 2007
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
| January 24, 2007
Chamber music revival
Classical and rock ‘n roll music suffer the same identity crisis.
Portland should rock out with its Bach out
| January 03, 2007
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
| November 15, 2006
Nevermind the Bollocks
This article originally appeared in the January 17, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The Sex Pistols arrive
| November 14, 2006
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
| 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.
| August 08, 2006
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
| July 27, 2006
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
| 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
| May 23, 2006
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
| May 19, 2006
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
| April 05, 2006
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
| March 09, 2006
The Rolling Stones, again
A bemused Keith mumbled something about “déjà vu,” but this was no rehash of the Fenway Park gig.
| January 23, 2006
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