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Angry Farmer connect with Disconnect

Angry Farmer guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Martin claims he doesn't understand what "crunchy rock" means when I refer to what I'm hearing on Angry Farmer's new five-song EP debut, Sentimental Disconnect while we're taking a gander at their press pics.
Crop dusters
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 14, 2011
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Worcester rock city

When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
By MATT PARISH  |  April 16, 2010
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Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear St
CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 19, 2010
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Weekend trip

It pains me to have to ask this, but looking at the insane list of bands at Boston promoter Dan Shea's upcoming four-night "Homegrown" pysch fest at Church, I have no choice: what exactly does "psych music" mean at this point?
Rad four-day psych fest will free your mind, man
By MATT PARISH  |  July 17, 2009
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Dale Bozzio's life is so strange

With her bold style, high-pitched voice, multicolored mop-top, and MacGyver-like ability to make mesmerizing bras out of things like electronic parts and bubble wrap, Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio planted herself firmly in the spotlight in the
Can an '80s pop icon find peace in New Hampshire in a house full of feral cats? Apparently not.
By BY ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  April 24, 2009
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Shirts off their backs

How To Dress Like a Rock Star
How To Dress Like a Rock Star
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 19, 2008


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Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 18, 2008

Portland scene report: June 13, 2008

As you get excited for the new Jerks of Grass album, be on the lookout for Joe Walsh.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 11, 2008
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The great American (office) novel

They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 04, 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
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Sound Czech

Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll begins in 1968 in an English garden, where a piper perched atop an ivied wall is serenading a stretched-out blonde flower child.
Tom Stoppard fuses the history and the music in Rock ’n’ Roll
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 13, 2007


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Shop talk

Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
By RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007
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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
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007
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The essence of Rush

As Frank Zappa once said, you can’t do that on stage anymore.
Rush, Tweeter Center, June 27, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 29, 2007

Other music meccas



By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007


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Rock against rock

Once on stage, SGM launched into a much-ado-about-everything set — a collision of prog-rock, thrash metal, free jazz, punk, off-kilter funk, and more.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Middle East Downstairs, June 3, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 04, 2007
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Moustache men

Can you believe them, or are they mocking everything you believe about the music that you love?
Cosades return, Tusks bared
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 23, 2007
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Bootleg beats

The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2007
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Too many shows

If this winter’s concert scene were a crazy tag-team wrestling match, rock would be the ass-kicking king of the ring.
A hot winter concert season
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006
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Documentary evidence

The Pixies have always been an electric band.
Three DVDs capture the Pixies’ reunion
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006


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Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006

Flashbacks: November 17, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 15, 2006

Kurt Cobain

This article originally appeared in the April 15, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
1967-1994
By JON GARELICK  |  November 14, 2006
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Lagunitas Freak Out! Ale

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline,” Frank Zappa once said.
Wowie zowie!
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 11, 2006
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Freedom songs

The Mars Volta’s new Amputechture (Universal) is the first album the Los Angeles–based prog-punk ensemble have made that doesn’t have a unifying story line.
The sonic growth of the Mars Volta
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 26, 2006


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Crossword: 'Etouqpets'


Sending a crossword gimmick the wrong way
By MATT JONES  |  July 26, 2006