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Guest Lists: The Phoenix writers + WFNX staff select their top tracks of 2012

Listen in this weekend (December 23 to 25) and the next (December 29 to January 1) to hear songs from each contributors list as well as their thoughts and other surprises.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2012

Dirty Projectors | Swing Lo Magellan

In the indie-rock academy of musical tomfoolery, Dave Longstreth has always earned excellent marks.
Domino (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  July 06, 2012
Dirty Projectors at the Wilbur Theatre

Dirty Projectors at the Wilbur Theatre

Dirty Projectors push the boundaries of indie rock, song structures, and listeners' expectations in a way few modern acts would dare. Far from "just another...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 09, 2010

PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2010, featuring Devo, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the National, and more

For the past six years, Grant Park in Chicago has served as the sacred Lollapalooza altar upon which pop idols are worshipped and lesser-known acts...
By Melissa Pocek  |  August 09, 2010

One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Today: Go download the Dirty Projectors/Bjork collaboration

Last year, the Dirty Projectors and Bjork played a special show at the Housing Works bookstore, performing Mount Wittenberg Orca, a song cycle Dave Longstreth...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 30, 2010

The Dirty Projectors on the Cape

The Dirty Projectors on the Cape

In what will be their only New England appearance this spring, much-ballyhoo’d experimental rockers and all-around cuties the Dirty Projectors play today and tomorrow on Cape Cod,...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Is 2010 the Year of the Girl?

Many have argued that the descriptor "indie music" means nothing more or less than "bands Pitchfork reviews" these days, and the claim was never more true than last year
Music of the Future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 08, 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

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009


 Yay! Happy No More 2009! Wait...that sounds negative.Happy Another Year Further Away From 2008! There, that's better. Call us crazy, but the future feels a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  December 21, 2009

What are your favorite alternative albums of the 2000s?

What are your favorite alternative albums of the 2000s?

 You may already be getting sick of reading the obligatory Top Albums of the Decade list that every music editor, blogger, and social networker has...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 19, 2009

Faux fi

A few years ago, before Merrill Garbus was touring the world as Tune-Yards (she spells it tUnE-yArDs — but we're going to pretend we didn't know that), she was deep into puppets. Following her studies at Smith, the Connecticut native relocated to Putne
Tune-Yards don't need to make a big production out of it
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 13, 2009

VIDEO: Dirty Projectors win over the Roots

Questlove on Dirty Projectors before their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night: "based on their setup and sound....imma take a wild guess...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 29, 2009

Up and autumn!

Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
New local rock to shake the leaves from the trees
By MATT PARISH  |  September 18, 2009
THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Paramore, No Doubt, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Paramore, No Doubt, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors

What you missed this weekend: PHOTOS: No Doubt at Comcast CenterPHOTOS: Paramore at Comcast Cen...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 22, 2009


Photos: Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre

Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  June 19, 2009

Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

The Big Hurt: Parse and labor

I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 19, 2009

Dirty Projectors at the Somerville Theatre


There are some whose ambition cannot be contained even in the broad, liberal confines of Ivy League schools. Bill Gates is the classic example. Then there’s Dave Longstreth, the virtuosic frontman of the Brooklyn-based avant-rock outfit Dirty Projectors. Since dropping out of Yale, he’s forged a music career so successful that icons like David Byrne have been happy to collaborate with him. Most recently, the band played an intimate fundraiser in New York headlined by Bjork, who performed songs Longstreth wrote for her. He has a knack for taking hardcore punk riffs, distilling them down to their melodic essence, and building from there with everything from West African picking pattern
By Liza Weisstuch  |  June 15, 2009


Suite relief

For Longstreth, the pressure's been ratcheted up following the online leak a couple of months ago of Dirty Projectors' fifth LP, Bitte Orca (Domino) which is finally, officially out this week.
Dirty Projectors' breakthrough has but one concept: Rule
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 12, 2009

VIDEO: Dirty Projectors, TV on the Radio from last night

VIDEO: Dirty Projectors, "Stillness is the Move," live at the House of BluesWe'll have more on this ...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 05, 2009

Photos: TV on the Radio at House of Blues

TV on the Radio at House of Blues
TV on the Radio, live at the House of Blues, June 4, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  June 05, 2009

Hard act to follow

Shortly after Dirty Projectors completed their mind-blowing set opening up for TV on the Radio at the House of Blues, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman came back on stage.
TV on the Radio + Dirty Projectors, live at House of Blues, June 4, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 05, 2009

Dirty Projectors | Bitte Orca

You're going to be hearing a lot more about this album than you might actually hear from it. Why? Because it's far simpler to succumb to a lulling, repetitive chorus of praise than it is to surrender to the pull of Dave Longstreth's often uncertain seas
Domino (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 29, 2009
This week in the music section: Grizzly Bear, Amanda Blank, Dirty Projectors, Flipper, St. Vincent

This week in the music section: Grizzly Bear, Amanda Blank, Dirty Projectors, Flipper, St. Vincent

This week in the pages of the Boston Phoenix and online at Beck talks to Ed...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 27, 2009


The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009

VIDEO: Bjork and Dirty Projectors come together live

So this seems like it was quite the thing: ascendant indie rockers Dirty Projectors and the still-aw...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 11, 2009

VIDEO: Sharon Jones leads a Seeger superjam at Radio City Music Hall

Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David By...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 04, 2009

Dancing with himself

Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 24, 2009