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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.
| 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
| January 28, 2011
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
| May 28, 2010
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)
| February 05, 2010
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
| January 15, 2010
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
| October 02, 2009
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)
| September 25, 2009
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
| September 11, 2009
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
| September 11, 2009
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
| September 11, 2009
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
| July 17, 2009
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
| January 28, 2009
What's Pfeifle smoking?
Letters to the Portland editor, January 9, 2009
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| January 07, 2009
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.
| December 09, 2008
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.
| November 24, 2008
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)
| September 23, 2008
Crossword: ''Flippin' Sweet''
That's how it's gonna be.
| August 27, 2008
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
| August 05, 2008
Crossword: ''Center piece''
No theme, but a wide-open middle.
| 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
| May 07, 2008
The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
| April 02, 2008
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
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| March 26, 2008
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
| December 31, 2007
Shankar, who’s now 26, has been paying dues as a sitarist since she was eight.
Anoushka Shankar joins forces with Karsh Kale
| October 30, 2007
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
| October 01, 2007
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
| August 22, 2007
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
| August 10, 2007
This school is all about fun. Period.
A local School of Rock; the ’Mericans; and more
| July 17, 2007
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
| June 25, 2007
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
| January 03, 2007
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