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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012

The debut solo effort from Dustin Saucier

People may not give the Postal Service record enough credit for being self-aware.
To the Letter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 21, 2012

Seven days a week

On THURSDAY (the 19th), it's last call for Springfield, MA rhymer TABLEEK and PVD duo DIRTYDURDIE at Fête (congrats on the Best Hip-Hop Venue win in our readers' poll last week); dial 401.383.1112.
From Boo City to Weedeater

Nada Surf look to the galaxy for answers

For Matthew Caws, songwriting isn't exactly fun. In fact, it's more like agony.
By RYAN REED  |  April 06, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie | Keys and Codes

Generally, Ben Gibbard is indie rock's über-dork godfather. But here he just sounds like a dork.
Atlantic (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  December 02, 2011

Photos: Death Cab for Cutie at the Bank of America Pavilion

Death Cab for Cutie performs live at the Bank of America Pavilion on August 1, 2011.
Bank of America Pavilion | August 1, 2011
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  August 05, 2011

Podcast:  Ben Gibbard and Fletcher from the Paradise Lounge

Podcast: Ben Gibbard and Fletcher from the Paradise Lounge

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie took a few minutes to sip on Smart Waters and chat about "Codes and Keys" with Fletcher. DOWNLOAD:  Ben...
By FNXAdmin  |  June 06, 2011
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Death Cab for Cutie crack familiar Codes

When I phone Walla, who's in Minneapolis with Death Cab on a tour that will bring them to the cozy Paradise a week from Sunday, he's in a reflective mood.  
Self-help manual
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 27, 2011

Tiny Showcase grapples with a market gone big

Jon Buonaccorsi stands alongside a large, rectangular table and plays with a series of flat, wooden pieces that, when assembled, make for an arty little pizza shop that might look sharp on your mantle.
Print It
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011
Podcast: While You Were Sleeping 2-18-11

Podcast: While You Were Sleeping 2-18-11

DOWNLOAD:  Podcast While You Were Sleeping 2-18-11.mp3  To download podcast, right click and choose "Save Link As."  
By FNXAdmin  |  February 18, 2011

The Tower and the Fool's bittersweet symphonies

It shouldn't come as too much surprise to hear the six guys comprising the Tower & the Fool have made a conscious decision to simply go with the flow following a promising, self-titled debut EP released late last year (available at iTunes and  thet
Turn on the bright lights
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2011


Secret master

Scratch below the surface of any number of hard-playing jazz musicians these days and you hear a common refrain: "I hardly ever listen to jazz."
David Binney's many faces
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2010

Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010

Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010

The Radio Dept. | Clinging To A Scheme

I like to think of this band from Lund, Sweden, as like a Velamint. On the good side, that means they’re smooth, cool, minty, sweet, refreshing, and maybe even a little obscure.
Labrador (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 23, 2010

Quasi | American Gong

I don't know what it is about the top left corner of our country that moves its indie-rockers to cuten up their miseries into adorable little creatures (see: Death Cab, Built To Spill, Elliott Smith, and my favorite specimen, Quasi), but it's a trick tha
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010


VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009

By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009

Off the record?

Pity the album. After a half-century of embarrassingly public body issues, our essential rock unit has not entered the new millennium looking very healthy. EPs are way more in vogue, MP3s have intangibility on their side, and 12-inches just sound imp
Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 18, 2009

Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners

Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008


Interview: Amanda Palmer

So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 23, 2008
Death Cab For Cutie want you to vote!

Death Cab For Cutie want you to vote!

  A free concert by Death Cab For Cutie is one of the incentives in a competition to get US college students to register to...
By Paul Driscoll  |  September 10, 2008

Make like a leaf

Fall appropriately takes the baton (sorry, Olympics still on the mind) from a stand-out summer of music in Portland.
Fall into local music (and other ironic urgings)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2008
Death Cab for Cutie – I Wanna Be Adored and Cath… [VIDEOS]

Death Cab for Cutie – I Wanna Be Adored and Cath… [VIDEOS]

  Death Cab For Cutie - I Wanna Be Adored [STONE ROSES COVER] Death Cab for Cutie - Cath... [VIDEO] Death Cab for Cutie -...
By Paul Driscoll  |  August 29, 2008

Tuesday Ticket Alert: Madonna, N.E.R.D., Death Cab, Hold Steady, Kings of Leon

As always, you can get first dibs on weekly ticket onsales straight to your mobile phone by texting ...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 19, 2008


Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll 2008

The chill of victory.
Passion Pit, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Bob Mould, Amanda Palmer, the Presidents of the United States of America, and Death Cab for Cutie at Bank of America Pavilion, May 10
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 14, 2008

Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

New bottle

“A lot of today’s music is a little bit ironic," says Reed, and I don’t have any of that. It’s not about irony.”
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s vintage sounds
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 07, 2008

Mining the past

John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008