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Sugar: Copper Blue + Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Sugar | Copper Blue/Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Two live shows, mucho B-sides, and the ferocious Beaster EP now all compressed into one gulp could leave even the biggest power-pop fan gasping for air.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  July 20, 2012
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Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010
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He's their rock

The pantheon of Where Are They Nows is populated with fallen and faded demigods, yes, but could've-beens, almost-weres, and also-rans crowd the wings.
Superdrag redeem themselves
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 10, 2009
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Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008
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Retro, active

It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
The return of Von Doom
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008
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Polvo give it another go

The North Carolina quartet’s noisy sound was music to a select group of ears.
After a decade-long hiatus, the progenitors of math rock find their chemistry still exists
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 17, 2008


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Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll 2008

The chill of victory.
Passion Pit, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Bob Mould, Amanda Palmer, the Presidents of the United States of America, and Death Cab for Cutie at Bank of America Pavilion, May 10
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 14, 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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New day rising

As a member of alternative punk band Hüsker Dü and crunch-pop outfit Sugar, Bob Mould became legendary for blissful guitar melodies and personal lyrics that explored his inner angst.
Mr. Mould goes to Washington
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 04, 2008
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Yesterday once more

Sometimes listening to a record is more than just listening to a record.
Digging into Big Dipper’s Supercluster
By BOB GULLA  |  February 27, 2008
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Bob Mould

No surprise when you consider that Mould, along with Sonic Youth and the Pixies, was among the genre’s most influential architects as the leader of Hüsker Dü.
District Line | Anti-
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2008


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Shots in the dark

Naomi Petersen was not famous. Neither was she semi-famous, almost famous, post-famous, or notorious.
Joe Carducci recalls the real price of punk
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 29, 2008
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Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008
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Holding steady

When you think about it, the Hold Steady are the perfect Boston band.
Craig Finn returns to BC
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 19, 2007
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Fallout joys

In his newly published The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock & Roll , Phoenix contributor Brett Milano explores the evolution of the local music scene.
When the Nirvana explosion rocked Boston
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007
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Bad Religion

But if determination = quality, then Bad Religion are one of the best punk bands in the world.
New Maps of Hell | Epitaph
By BRETT SINGER  |  August 20, 2007


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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Pela

If more bands wrote music that sounded like fiction, they might deliver results as pleasurable as this.
Anytown Graffiti | Great Society
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 05, 2007
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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

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 20


Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros | the Roxy | November 22, 1999
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 21


R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 22


PJ Harvey | T.T. the Bear’s Place | August 15, 1992
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006
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Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006
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The Rockers’ new groove

Indie- and alt-rockers have always had a difficult relationship with dancing.
New indie-rock dance tracks
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 11, 2006
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On the racks: September 5, 2006

...plus Grizzly Bear, Bob Mould, and more.
Beyoncé, the Rapture, Audioslave...
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006
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Raising Hell

It could be that with the new Daughters album, Hell Songs , we’ve reached the end of the sonic line.
Daughters’ hardcore mayhem; Eric Fontana; Coat of Arms
By BOB GULLA  |  August 08, 2006


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Hollywood holidaze

Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006
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Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to  Recidivism.org , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 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