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Watch and download: Elliott Smith, live at Green Street Grill in Cambridge in 1998 (full show)
Merry christmas from Mary Lou Lord: she just uploaded the full 45-minute video file -- complete with classic Billy Ruane intro -- of a legendary...
| December 23, 2011
In his better solo songs and the majority of the material he’s made with the alt-country band Old 97’s, Rhett Miller is a big-mouthed wannabe playboy on the verge of collapse.
Rhett Miller’s anxious and irresistible pop songs
| March 26, 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
MP3: Unreleased Elliott Smith, "Cecilia/Amanda"
Elliott Smith's yearbook photo. Source.I'm hoping this doesn't turn into one of those situations where material ELLIOTT SMITH recorded before his untimely death in 2003...
| December 15, 2009
Bard in the USA
"You know," Paulus observes, "we are the American Repertory Theatre, and we haven't spent a lot of time in the repertoire on American drama."
Next season's greetings from the American Repertory Theatre
| April 17, 2009
Papercuts | You Can Have What You Want
Hidden under reverb and aggressive analog production, the first sung lyrics on You Can Have What You Want belie what seems to be a cheery record title: "Once we walked in the sunlight three years ago this July."
| April 17, 2009
This way out
This week, we study the Portland diaspora, and Hudson Eakin has gone to Worcester, of all places. Isn't that like all the worst parts of Maine and none of the best?
Hudson Eakin's solo project reaches for the Bandages
| March 25, 2009
Hot Box experiment on themselves
We’ll get to Stolzenberg’s band in a minute; right now I’m engrossed in her PhD work at Boston College.
| March 23, 2009
Live free or die!
If I asked you to name six bands from New Hampshire, you'd probably draw a blank. Understandable.
Wild Light will be in New Hampshire if you need them
| February 17, 2009
According to the invoice, 500 copies of the Diamond Mines’ brand new EP, Pave the Whales for Oil , were sent from Syracuse to Boston on January 6 — two whole days ahead of the projected ship date!
Diamond Mines shine all month at the Plough
| January 27, 2009
Review: Drew Brown | Tiago La Is Losing the Plot
You know how Brian Eno is supposed to have said something like, "Only 5000 people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band"?
| January 13, 2009
Against the grainy mix of plucky guitars and water-drop bells in "Burning Hearts," Flora Reed recalls a long-ago tryst that she traces from Paris cafûs across tarmacs and ancient ruins.
The sad songs of Winterpills
| December 09, 2008
From Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23, the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) makes its annual trek to Boston.
The return of the International Pop Overthrow
| November 12, 2008
At its climax, those emotions were fully realized as Frederick broke into a three-part harmony, nearly screaming repeatedly, “Ready or not.”
Music Seen: The Dooryard, August 4, 2008
| August 05, 2008
It’s impressive that your editorial in favor of the national popular vote did not even hint at any possible downside.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 1, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 30, 2008
The call of the wild
It’s not easy being in a band whose two primary songwriters have quite different ideas about how to write an indie-rock song.
Wolf Parade get instinctual
| July 28, 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
The power of love
Carl Wilson’s recent entry into Continuum’s esteemed 33 1/3 series — a series of books by critics and musicians devoted to canonical pop albums — is framed by an irresistible concept.
A respected music critic contemplates Celine Dion and has a crisis of conscience
| March 19, 2008
Less is best
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
| March 04, 2008
It’s been interesting to, however briefly, listen to songs I’ll likely still enjoy in twenty years.
Reconsidering hipsterism, sensitivity, and Ryan Adams’s legacy
| September 12, 2007
Three for the road
Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
| August 21, 2007
So wrong they're Righteous
Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
These brothers make their own rules
| July 25, 2007
Joan as Police Woman
Ex-Bostonian Joan Wasser spent more than a decade carrying other musicians’ trains.
Real Life | Cheap Lullaby
RENÉ SPENCER SALLER
| July 02, 2007
The Eternal Feminine gets a workout this week.
Kiki & Herb; Lucia’s Chapters; Our Son’s Wedding
| June 19, 2007
The bright stuff
After putting in calls to a manager, a publicist, and a record label to set up an interview with Winterpills, I’m finally on the phone with their vocalist and keyboardist. Winterpills, "Hide Me" (mp3)
The indie-pop smarts of Winterpills
| April 17, 2007
Stars of Track and Field
Stars of Track and Field make a sound much bigger than Belle and Sebastian's tidy twee-pop shuffle.
Centuries Before Love and War | Wind-Up
| March 27, 2007
A singer and his songs
Alexi Murdoch’s music has been used for a plethora of TV shows and film.
Alexi Murdoch, Great Scott, February 8th
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| February 12, 2007
Emo to the core
What’s the latest sign that emo has become a true part of the musical mainstream?
Kevin Devine, Tim Barry, and Stephen Brodsky
| November 30, 2006
The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 13
Mission of Burma | the Bradford Ballroom | March 12, 1983
| October 25, 2006
The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 15
The Pogues | Axis | July 2, 1986
| October 25, 2006
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