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Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2010

Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest

The only reason Halcyon Digest doesn't get a perfect four stars is that absolute classic isn't Deerhunter's style.
4AD (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 01, 2010
[show recap] Deerhunter escapes Royale

[show recap] Deerhunter escapes Royale

 This past Friday the 13th turned out to be a bad moon rising at Royale for Deerhunter. The first thing working against the Atlanta indie...
By Jonathan Donaldson  |  August 17, 2010

Deerhunter announce new album, poster contest

 Psych-poppers Deerhunter (who play a Bowery Boston show at Royale in August) have announced their newest album, the follow-up to the double-shot of brilliance that...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 09, 2010
These "Bowery Presents" shows at the new Royale look pretty good

These "Bowery Presents" shows at the new Royale look pretty good

Gleefully stolen from Brooklyn VeganThe "newly renovated, state-of-the-art nightclub" now known as ROYALE (on Tremont St. where the Roxy used to be) is teaming with...
By Ryan Stewart  |  April 12, 2010


Don't be so shocked if the coming week brings with it not just a stretch of balmier weather but also a palpable decrease in the douche point. That's because the vast majority of the music industry has up and JetBlued 2000 miles south to Austin for SXSW
The Phoenix heads from Boston to Austin
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010


2009: Year in national pop

These days, it's not so easy to feel useful as a music critic.
The cocky and the cock-blocked
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 25, 2009

Review: Brothers

Operation Enduring Freedom seems to have replaced Vietnam as Hollywood's go-to military quagmire from which to dredge gut-wrenching meditations on the psychological carnage of war.
Maguire, Gyllenhaal go deer hunting
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009

Privacy policy

When last we left Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, it was November of 2008, and he was ready to put that year to bed. A couple of months earlier, an eager fan downloading one of Cox's many "virtual seven-inches" had sleuthed out a whole Mediafire folder full
Atlas Sound shines through on Logos
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 16, 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

Deerhunter at Bowdoin

A big caravan’s coming together for the trek up to Brunswick to see DEERHUNTER at Bowdoin College’s Morrell Lounge. The show, which we wrote about...
By webteam  |  September 09, 2009


Glorious bastards

Few bands could serve as a better case study on the influence of Internet hype on mainstream media and popular acceptance than Deerhunter. Before the band "broke" in early 2007, to a glowing Pitchfork review of their album Cryptograms , the Atlanta fo
Deerhunter's path from divisive buzz band to indie royalty
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 04, 2009
New Atlas Sound featuring Panda Bear, "Walkabout"

New Atlas Sound featuring Panda Bear, "Walkabout"

Remember when Bradford Cox had that freakout after someone found the rough sketches of the next Atlas Sound album on an unguarded Mediafire account? He...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 21, 2009

A bug in your ear

Back in the summer of 2004, John J. McCauley III was out for a hike with some friends in the woods of his native Rhode Island.
Deer Tick neither bite nor suck
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 17, 2009

The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


Market demand

The first time I saw Deerhunter was two years ago at Emo’s in Austin, as part of SxSW.
Deerhunter’s redistribution of rock
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 03, 2008

Going on sale: August 22, 2008

Kaki King, The Hold Steady, N.E.R.D., Dungen, Deerhunter and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 19, 2008
Best Bet Tonight: Atlas Sound at Middle East

Best Bet Tonight: Atlas Sound at Middle East

We’ve been so busy wrapping our heads around the new Deerhunter album, which leaked about two mont...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 24, 2008

A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Adolescent funks

Bradford Cox reminds me of my man Polyphemus — not just the one Odysseus conned in the cave but the one posted up in the countryside and pining in song for the sea nymph Galatea.
Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox takes a solo shot
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  February 19, 2008


Pop in a hard place

The norms Black Dice resist are significant and strong and worth resisting.
Black Dice’s Load Blown
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  January 10, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Live and kicking

Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
Live reviews: 2007 in review
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2007

The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

Chicago-based experimental

Rarely is one label responsible for so many of the year’s best releases.
The year of Kranky
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  September 24, 2007


Amerindie Echoes

There were no frocks or fits of self-abuse on stage.
Deerhunter, Institute of Contemporary Art, July 12, 2007
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007

Sonic couth

Music is more or less a mess of tensions. Deerhunter, "Wash Off" (mp3)
Deerhunter and Seefeel bring the right noise
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 04, 2007

Off the record: Week of May 11, 2007

The Battles album Mirrored plays like an impossibly taut hipster remix of an air strike from Star Wars .
The National, Battles, Handsome Furs, and Deerhunter
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 09, 2007


From their MySpace quote (“the sadness of laughter”) to this album’s glorious failure to wed atrophied guitar drones with screw-it-all garage-rock propulsion, the Atlanta psych-rock act Deerhunter seem obsessed with paradox.
Cryptograms | Kranky
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  January 30, 2007