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An '80s Britpop pre-history
The pre-history of Britpop can be traced to the early-'80s Liverpool grudge match between Echo & the Bunnymen and Julian Cope's Teardrop Explodes.
| August 19, 2011
Will Sergeant outlines his '70s prog roots
When Echo & the Bunnymen emerged, in 1978, punk rock was turning the world upside down, making indulgent '70s rock instantly irrelevant with its exciting new sounds and ideas.
S ix '70s prog masterpieces recommended by Sergeant himself
| May 06, 2011
Keeping cool with early Echo & the Bunnymen
It's safe to say that the impact and importance of rock bands has often been drastically overstated.
| May 06, 2011
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists Of All Time #76: Echo and the Bunnymen
You can vote for your favorite artists & check out the countdown so far by clicking here! #76: Echo and the Bunnymen All...
| May 17, 2010
Echo and the Bunnymen | The Fountain
Less dour than the Cure but more somber than New Order, with a thorny mix of sadness and sunshine, Liverpudlian gloom-pop masters Echo & the Bunnymen were far weirder than they get credit for being.
Ocean Rain (2009)
| November 13, 2009
Birdsongs on the road
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .
| July 24, 2009
From the late '70s to the late '80s, Anglophile guitar rock went through a strange period of adjustment following the Year Zero history eradication brought on by capital-P Punk and its subsequent slaying of the Guitar Hero.
Some unsung Brit guitar heroes
| June 26, 2009
A flair for the drama
"There's not enough hype in the world for Glasvegas," old reliable hypemonger NME recently proclaimed. But that doesn't mean the magazine and the rest of the British music press aren't trying.
Great Scott, January 4, 2009
| January 06, 2009
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
| December 01, 2008
Despite the title of their debut album, it’s unlikely that there was anything particularly strange about the Cinematics’ education.
A Strange Education | TVT
| October 27, 2008
Life after The Sopranos
If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
| April 09, 2008
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
Editors: An End Has a Start
Like Ian McCulloch in the early ’80s, Editors singer Tom Smith sounds old before his time, preoccupied as he is with our precarious mortal coil.
| August 28, 2007
The good fight
The Cold War’s first recording doesn’t sound like anything on the Providence music scene, which is curious.
The Cold War; Daughters; Summerfest Providence; and more!
| August 14, 2007
Ode on melancholy
Friday the 13th was a fitting date for Calla to play at the Middle East.
Calla, the Middle East, April 13, 2007
| April 24, 2007
Renewing their vows
Life obviously isn’t fair.
Spouse return after three years with Relocation Tactics
| April 04, 2007
The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
| December 28, 2006
And three more boxes
Among post-punk offshoots, perhaps the hardest to define is “goth.”
Gift ideas for the music fan on your list
| December 12, 2006
Rock and role
Greg Dulli may wear his tender heart on his suave, stylish sleeve, but it’s just bait — a lure for unwitting romantics who enjoy having their hearts broken. Slideshow: Twilight Singers at Avalon, November 14, 2006
The Twilight Singers, Paradise Rock Club, November 14, 2006
| November 20, 2006
The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history
The Phoenix picks the shows that have defined the scene
| October 30, 2006
Timothy Leary's dead
This article originally appeared in the March 17, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The psychedelic revival
| October 25, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 28, 1997 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Radiohead at Harborlights Pavilion
| October 25, 2006
No doubt their mimeographed postpunk is about as fresh as a tray of Shaw’s sushi. And yet Editors are well aware that they can be past expiration date and still come through with the upper hand. Slideshow: Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
| July 31, 2006
On the racks: June 27, 2006
. . . and all sorts of guest stars.
Dashboard Confessional, India.Irie, Shawnna, Grant Lee Phillips . . .
| June 27, 2006
The lastest days of the Littlest Bar
The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
| January 29, 2006
Last year, though word barely reached the States, the Liverpool scene came back to life, with the Zutons, the Stands, and the Coral leading the resurgence.
The overlooked brilliance of the Coral
| January 17, 2006
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