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Various Artists | Pop Ambient

It'd be easy to understand a resistance to "ambient" music — beyond all of its unfortunate Enya and dusty Eno connotations.
Kompakt (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2010

Julianna Barwick | Florine

When someone describes an album as “hmmm, I dunno, sort of like Enya if she were from Brooklyn” — that person is not setting you up for success with said album.
Emusic (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's beatings

Taking advantage of your seasonal obligation to buy stuff for people, the music industry unleashes its annual torrent of giftable crap: holiday albums, greatest-hits packages, high-profile releases, deluxe reissues.
The Big Hurt holiday shopper
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 04, 2009

Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes

I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
Anti- (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009

Crossword: ''Out with the old''

You know the rest
By MATT JONES  |  May 28, 2008

Subliminal cruelty

In any experiment, failure isn’t the greatest risk — cruelty is.
DJ Spooky at the Institute of Contemporary Art, January 26, 2008
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2008


And it Stones me

Hey, someone’s got to keep the flame alive.
Everybody get UltraViolent at the Deering Grange
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2007

Editors' pick: Low notes

Absurdly low guitar tunings are typically employed only by the heaviest of heavy-metal bands looking to punish eardrums with evil cannonballs of six-string sludge.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007

Dinosaur rock

Hooray for Earth singer/guitarist Noel Heroux spends so much time at his band’s Allston rehearsal space, you could imagine he practically lives there. And in fact he does, sleeping on an air mattress among broken guitar parts and empty beer cans. Hoora
Hooray for Earth’s smashing debut
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 15, 2006