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The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
Out of this world
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

Let them eat cake

Phillipe and Jorge will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming Senate vote on continuing the tax cuts for the filthy rich (the top two percent of Americans) who now appear to control America. And we trust Messrs. Reed and Whitehouse will do the right th
Obama caves, FIFA cashes in; Don checks out; Huzzah for Bill and Jaimy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 10, 2010

Crossword: ''Rumble in the Bowl''

Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
Part of this unbalanced breakfast.
By MATT JONES  |  June 25, 2010

Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Inventing the Future

Has Boston found the new Eric Clapton? A shimmying, face-contorting successor to Yngwie Malmsteen? Not exactly.
At MIT's fabled Media Lab, some will change the world with robots and computers, others with . . . Wii guitars
By ABIGAIL JONES  |  May 15, 2009

Vieux Farka Touré | Fondo

On his extraordinary homonymous 2007 debut, Vieux Farka Touré both paid tribute to his late, legendary father, Malian guitar icon Ali Farka Touré, and began to distance himself from that heritage.
Six Degrees (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 15, 2009


Slideshow: Backstage Pass at PMA

Loving obsessive groupie
A photographic story of music
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 26, 2009

What's Pfeifle smoking?

Letters to the Portland editor, January 9, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2009

The feminine critique

It was almost a banner year for women in politics.
Women in politics came a long way in 2008, but the weight of double standards endures
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 23, 2008

Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008

Say it ain't so, Joe

Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
By BY DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2008



My memories of Thom Enright and his big talent and bigger heart go way back to when I was a young teenager growing up in East Greenwich.
Tales from bandmates and a lifelong fan
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 05, 2008

B.B. King

This is his best since his 2000 collaboration with Eric Clapton, Riding with the King .
One Kind Favor | Geffen
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 10, 2008

The (other) British invasion

Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008

Dr. John

Strident as it is, this CD was meant as a tonic for the people of the Crescent City.
City That Care Forgot | 429
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 09, 2008

Soul men

Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 02, 2008


Going on sale: March 7, 2008

Die! Die! Die!, Foals, KT Tunstall, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  March 04, 2008

Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Every so often in Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 you can see the beaming host, Eric Clapton, behind a stack of amps shooting photos of his fellow performers.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 22, 2008

After Dark: Chapter One

Eyes mark the shape of the city.
An excerpt from Haruki Murakami's After Dark
By HARUKI MURAKAMI  |  May 16, 2007

Éminence grise

When I first met Joe Boyd, I knew him only as a legend, the force behind the psychedelic and folk-rock movements of the 1960s.
Joe Boyd remembers; remembering Joe Boyd
By DANA KLETTER  |  March 27, 2007

Stax trax

The label's essentials
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 20, 2007


Laughter from space

A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006

Jimmy Page: After the Yardbirds...

This article originally appeared in the February 5, 1969 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Comes Led Zeppelin
By BEN BLUMMENBERG  |  October 25, 2006

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

The disc captures the adrenal rush of the live shows from Randolph and his cousins, a hypercaffeinated mix of classic rock, blues, slow-grind R&B, and Sly Stone–style funk.
Colorblind | Warner Bros.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 17, 2006

On Golden Smog

Golden Smog's tours feel like an easy excuse for a bunch of old buddies to get together and do what they love. Slideshow: Golden Smog at the Paradise
Golden Smog, the Paradise, September 18, 2006
By TOM KIELTY  |  September 19, 2006

Diamond in the rough

If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006


Going on sale: June 23, 2006

Peaches and Eagles of Death Metal, Rick Springfield and Eddie Money, Ben Harper and Damian Marley, Aerosmith and Motley Crue
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 20, 2006

Going on Sale: June 9, 2006

Reggae Sunsplash, Family Values, The Chili Peppers, Black Heart Procession, and Willie Nelson shares the stage with John Fogerty
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 06, 2006

Master at work

The best guitarists can always be recognized by their sound, even if they spend their careers swapping amps, effects, or instruments.
A solo flight from Pink Floyd’s David Glimour
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 25, 2006

Blues schooled

A charter member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bishop has just released his first disc since the murder of his daughter Selina in 2000.
Elvin Bishop gets his groove back
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 13, 2006