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A local covers album that doesn't focus on the hits

Hopefully, the awesomeness that was Beautiful Locals hasn't slipped from the Portland consciousness yet.
Ambassador Beam
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 22, 2011

Review: Louis Family Restaurant

There are no Greek columns outside or marble steps, but make no mistake: Louis Family Restaurant is an institution in Providence.
Just like Mama tried to make
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs

More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 28, 2010
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Original Soundtrack | Kamasutra: Vollendung Der Liebe

The good news: Kamasutra is, in fact, a very early Can recording, credited to "Irmin Schmidt Inner Space Production."
Crippled Dick Hot Wax (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 05, 2010
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The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 15, 2010
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It's hip to be icosahedral

Be they beer geeks, comic-book geeks, or music geeks, nowadays people flout their geekdom proudly, even wearing it like a badge.
In a new book, Ethan Gilsdorf  tracks his global quest to visit the holiest nerd-world sites
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009


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Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat

Krautrock pioneers proved much more simpático musical partners than either the fractious Roxy Music or the British classical avant-garde milieu that thought of Eno as an untrained fanboy.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 11, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Don't look back in anger

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward Oasis.
The best of times with the worst of bands
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 11, 2009
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Better all the time

In 2006, Apple/EMI released the Beatles-soundtracked Cirque du Soleil companion piece Love , which mashed together songs from the band's repertoire in stunning remastered sound.
Get these Beatles reissues into your life
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 11, 2009
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Multi-faceted

How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the t
Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 17, 2009


Review: deca*go*go

If you're enjoying Elemental Theatre's wild and whimsical deca*go*go at Perishable Theatre (through March 1), you're not likely to be reminded of Elizabethan sonnets, but think about it.
S tream of surrealism
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009

What's Pfeifle smoking?


Letters to the Portland editor, January 9, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2009
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Review: Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone was her own gospel, a sinuous force of uncompromising power and righteous beauty.
RCA/Legacy
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 09, 2008
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The Fireman | Electric Arguments

This peculiar collaboration between Paul McCartney and electronic producer Youth has now lasted some five years longer than his decade each with the Beatles and Wings.
MPL/ATO (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 24, 2008
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Koushik | Out My Window

Although unshy about his background, he’s a subtle arranger, reluctant to play the Bollywood card (there’s not even a teaspoon of Asha).
Stones Throw (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 23, 2008


Crossword: ''Flippin' Sweet''


That's how it's gonna be.
By MATT JONES  |  August 27, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Playing with fire

Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2008

Crossword: ''Center piece''


No theme, but a wide-open middle.
By MATT JONES  |  May 07, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008
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Light show

The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008


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RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008
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Too legit to quit

The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007
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Beyond bhangra

Shankar, who’s now 26, has been paying dues as a sitarist since she was eight.
Anoushka Shankar joins forces with Karsh Kale
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 30, 2007
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Farewell to Avalon

“I saw the history of rock and roll unfold right here. I’ve snuck in; I’ve been thrown out; Lansdowne Street was a big fuckin’ dugout.”
Dropkick Murphys, Avalon, September 30, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 01, 2007
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Wall of shame

In a moment of weakness, he licensed the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” for an ad for the erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis.
A definitive life of Phil Spector
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 22, 2007


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Fabulous fakes

If “The Basement Tapes” had been conceived for the Top 40, it might have sounded much like the Traveling Wilburys.
Charmed by the Traveling Wilburys
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 10, 2007
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Musicmaking 101

This school is all about fun. Period.
A local School of Rock; the ’Mericans; and more
By BOB GULLA  |  July 17, 2007
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Pure genius

Amid all the hysteria about Internet music downloading, major labels are still trying to hold on to a paradigm that no longer exists.
Some indie labels embrace the new technology
By BRUCE COHEN  |  June 25, 2007
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That’s just super(groups)

You know, ideas are the easy part. It’s the execution that gets tricky.
Some ideas for bands that may never be, but should
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2007