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Sunderland smoothies

"We're two brothers trying to entertain ourselves and have a laugh in the studio," says Peter Bowens. "We have to pretend to be rock musicians."
Field Music are ready to soft-rock
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 19, 2010

Americana: land of progress

You can listen to 30 seconds of any Califone song and get a fair idea of what the band is all about.
Califone’s peerless take on the future of roots-rock
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2009

Stop making sense

"Look, we just think that we, as a band, are very . . . interested. In things, in the world."
The precision mishmashes of the Fiery Furnaces
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 12, 2009

Rehearsing their choir

Epically twee, and then simply epic, "Comet Flies Over the Underbelly" — the fourth track on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Samples for Handsome Animals — is, for a minute or two, almost unbearable.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are easy to find, easy to love
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 31, 2008

Live: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

The first hints of bouncy reverb can be heard from the Stadium on Free Street, and the echo chamber carries all the way to this monthly concert's home at the top of a building at the corner of Congress and High streets.
"Tower of Song," December 5
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 10, 2008

Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008


Antic Digression Disorder

The Fiery Furnaces don’t make things easy on themselves.
The dizzying wormholes of the Fiery Furnaces
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 16, 2008

Save the dates, and get your tickets

Here’s a guide to some you might want to buy early for, a few of which have already been rescheduled due to recent snowstorms.
Music seen: 2008 in preview
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 26, 2007

Fiery Furnaces

There’s plenty in the way of ambition on Widow City, but little substance to back it up.
Widow City | Thrill Jockey
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 03, 2007

Dax Riggs

One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2007

Perfect pairing

Sarah Cronin and Tommy Allen have just opened a box of T-shirts sent by their record label.
Drug Rug turn a relationship into a band
By JEFF BREEZE  |  November 08, 2007


Damaged goods

This isn’t the first concept album from Dirty Projectors and I’d be surprised if it were the last.
Dirty Projectors reimagine Black Flag, realize their potential
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 15, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Deadboy and the Elephantmen

If a co-ed blues-punk duo make a sound and no one hears it, will they still elicit comparisons with the White Stripes and the Fiery Furnaces? Yes. Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Stop, I'm Already Dead" (mp3) Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Evil Friend
We Are Night Sky | Fat Possum
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 11, 2006

Portland scene report, July 7, 2006

Whatnot, Cult Maze, Divine Maggees set to release new CDs; Neil Collins's return to the local stages

The Fiery Furnaces

Last fall, Matt Friedberger told me that he and his sister Eleanor had been working on some snappy girl-group love songs for their next album.
Bitter Tea | Fat Possum
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  April 24, 2006