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Fiona Apple | The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do

Long delays between albums, equally long album titles, uncompromising artistic vision, the is-Joni-Mitchell-is-not-Joni-Mitchell question, and that "Criminal" video.
Epic (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 22, 2012

Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more
Sounds of summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012

Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
Anti- (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 04, 2010
jaye list

Moving on up

In the R&B and soul the very talented vocalist Jaye Drew purveys, you need something real, a grit and substance that allows you to rise above sentimental pap and make people actually give a fuck about you. She finds — and shows — just that on A Movi
Jaye Drew proves herself a smooth operator
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 14, 2009

Interview: Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik hit the Top 20 in 1996 with “Barely Breathing,” a moody, catchy song from his homonymous debut album.
Broadway boy
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 24, 2009

Three in one (more)

Last week, we previewed the releases of three discs. This week, we offer three discs that came out this summer, but didn’t hit my desk till recently.
New from Marie Moreshead, Adam Kurtz, and Hotel Arrival
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 13, 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
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

A Fine Frenzy

A Fine Frenzy is 22-year-old Alison Sudol, an LA-based piano-pop prodigy who’s probably never heard a Fiona Apple song she didn’t love.
One Cell in the Sea | Virgin
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 01, 2007

Boston music news: July 20, 2007

“I am not a lame performer,” declares singer/songwriter/pianist Jennifer Greer.
Notes on Jennifer Greer, the Dropkick Murphys, and O'Brien's Pub
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 18, 2007


It’s a delicious surprise to find that Jose can get beyond the bedroom sound of Veneer , and by “get beyond,” I mean this guy can swing with a reckless, nerdy abandon that does nothing to rob him of his Nick Drake comparisons. Slideshow: Zero 7 at Av
Jose Gonzalez and Zero 7 at Avalon, September 12, 2006
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 18, 2006

Hip-pop redux

Nelly Furtado’s not the first pop diva to embark on a lucrative hip-hop detour.
Hip-hopped-up hits from Deborah Harry to Gwen Stefani
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 20, 2006


On the racks: June 13

Joan Jett, Futureheads, Hot Chip, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, and more. Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 14, 2006

Garment district

A preggers Sally Ellyson sings warm drizzles for NPR outcasts and soccer dads.
Hem please at the Paradise — without coming apart at the seams
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 13, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

Going on sale: May 12, 2006

Bruce Springsteen, DJ Shadow, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, Ashlee Simpson, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 09, 2006

Solo shots

Since neither Henry Binns nor Sam Hardaker is a singer anyone cares much to hear, the duo’s ascent has also produced a small fleet of Zero 7–branded vocalists.
Sia, Mozez, and Tina Dico minus Zero 7
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 02, 2006


Cat Power

It may be her own fault, but Chan Marshall can’t seem to win for losing.
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 16, 2006