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Seasonal forecast: A wintry mix of sounds from A$AP to Depeche Mode

I think that I speak for at least some kind of majority when I say "2012, don't let the door hit ya!"

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011
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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
Young Galaxy new album Shapeshifting

Young Galaxy | Shapeshifting

The synthesizer called and Young Galaxy answered. On their third studio full-length, the Canadian indie-pop trio have gone all-out digital, laying down their guitars as sacrificial lambs and bowing to the altar of '80s electro-pop legends like Eurythmics
Paperbag (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 18, 2011
Depeche Moe (Moe Pope + Depeche Mode) Listening Party Tonight @ Symphony 8

Depeche Moe (Moe Pope + Depeche Mode) Listening Party Tonight @ Symphony 8

Us Boston music writers need to find a new angle from which to cover Moe Pope, since that whole "most tragically slept-on act in the...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 10, 2011

Robyn reclaims her identity en route to pop stardom

There are some pop stars for whom every record requires a reinvention of their persona. But what if your persona is just yourself, and you've spent your career rejecting the urge to create controversy to make people pay attention to you? For pop chante
Dancing on her own
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 28, 2011


Br1ght Pr1mate step up their game, boy

Br1ght Pr1mate aren't sure what you're going to think of them. (And you'll have your chance when they come to the Middle East this Saturday.)
Monkey shines
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 03, 2010

A Steve Albini vitriol sampler

The Steve Albini of today is a relatively jovial figure: hard-working, straight-talking, practical — but with the contented air of one who's been able to find his own way in a tricky field.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 03, 2010
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #10 - Depeche Mode

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #10 - Depeche Mode

      After weeks of your voting online, we have made it to your Top 10, and we lock in a bit of a...
By MorningIntern  |  August 20, 2010

Boys meet girls

Much of the press tumult over Beach House has focused on how the duo’s idiosyncratic musical style folds into a surging wave of like-minded indie artists eschewing rock histrionics for a gentler path to the hearts of music listeners.
What duos do
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010

Yeasayer | Odd Blood

Yeasayer have created a decadent, densely produced mess of a second album.
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 12, 2010


Lady Gaga | The Fame Monster

With our world ready to melt into oblivion any day now, pop divas know that even their days are numbered.
Interscope (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 18, 2009

Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009

Burrito, Gore, Boyd, MRTPQ, Florian and WTF

  The Info Burrito, Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, MRTPQ, Brandon Boyd from Incubus, Kenny Florian and the WTF Line are all in todays podcast!...
By Charlie  |  July 31, 2009
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Hard-wired fuzz

The Inclined's December '08 debut, The First Day of Many, continues to captivate my attention with big hooks, spacey synths, and manipulated guitar riffs and squalls, at times encapsulated in fuzz and exploding with unabashedly catchy gems.
The Inclined are finding a balance
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 26, 2009
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Weird and wired

  It is, of course, difficult to attach a single sound to a city. And Providence is no exception.
A small band of electronic music acts take on a rock ’n’ roll city  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 05, 2009


Splendid sludgefest

Six Star General soars on Spaceship to Planet Cookie
Six Star General soars on Spaceship to Planet Cookie
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 23, 2008

Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008

Photos: 30 years of WFNX memorabilia

Posters, Top 101 lists, t-shirts and more WFNX memorabilia
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  December 05, 2008

Local influence

In a day when so much radio seems less and less local, WFNX remains in touch.
WFNX is keeping it close to home
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 01, 2008

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

He loves the ’80s

“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008

Something Lost, something gained

So delicate and so menacing.
Dead Season ramp things up yet again
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008

Crossword: ''Cornering ability''

Words to wrap your head around
By MATT JONES  |  January 16, 2008

Sailing the Seas of Blood

Two straight weeks reviewing discs with nautical themes in their packaging and not a sea shanty to be found.
By Blood Alone’s debut full-length is downright Ptolemaic
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 17, 2007


Blaqk audio

Blaqk Audio is Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI doing an ’80s-inspired synths-and-beats version of the emo-inflected goth-rock.
Cexcells | Interscope
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 05, 2007

Laurie Anderson

One of the most important albums of the ’80s has been re-released with two appealing extras.
Big Science | Nonesuch
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 14, 2007

They love the ’80s

“We are musicians, we are not DJs,” says Arno Kammermeier, one half of the electronic music duo Booka Shade.
Booka Shade bring the synths
By DAVID DAY  |  July 30, 2007

Girl Talk

The mostly metal and male-dominated line-up has undergone a gender makeover with the addition of the Amy Lee–fronted Evanescence at the top of the bill.
Amy Lee opens up about Evanescence
By DOMINIQUE HENDLEMAN  |  July 24, 2007