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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)
| 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
| 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
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| April 20, 2012
Nada Surf look to the galaxy for answers
For Matthew Caws, songwriting isn't exactly fun. In fact, it's more like agony.
| 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.
| 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
| August 05, 2011
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...
| June 06, 2011
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.
| 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.
| March 25, 2011
Podcast: While You Were Sleeping 2-18-11
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| 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
| February 04, 2011
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
| 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
| May 07, 2010
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
| 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.
| 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)
| 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
WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF
| December 18, 2009
Hottest songs of 2009
| 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
| 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
CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART
| July 31, 2009
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
| 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
| September 23, 2008
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...
| 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)
| September 10, 2008
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 -...
| 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 ...
| 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
| May 14, 2008
“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.
| May 07, 2008
“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
| 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
| February 12, 2008
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