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Guest lists 2011: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

If there's a theme to our "Best of" lists this year, it's this: There is no fucking theme.
The jams, albums, and mixes that got our writers through 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 23, 2011
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Neo-new-what?

The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006
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Combat pop

The new British sound is marked by riot vans, rage-engorged faces in taxi queues, the mute vigilance of the cameras, and everywhere the sense of some remote flogging going on.
Hard-Fi fight for the right to, uh, party
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 12, 2006

Combat pop - side


 
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By  |  March 28, 2006
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Hard-Fi

With all the hype surrounding Arctic Monkeys, Editors, and even Hard-Fi, it’s become apparent that the UK is swimming in musical talent while suffering from a paucity of A&R scouts.
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By MATT ASHARE  |  March 28, 2006


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The big diss

Even if most artists are all about getting their paper, there are always a few out there — Hard-Fi, Cam’ron, and Jeff Merchant, to name three — willing to toss us a morsel or two for free.
Killa Cam takes aim at Jay-Z, plus new tracks from Jeff Merchant and Hard-Fi
By CHRIS NELSON  |  February 09, 2006