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Fun with mirrors

The dark lounge band JOHNNY CREMAINS are putting the final touches on their first full-length, tentatively titled Leave It To Believers .
Wax Tablet

Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011

While we all await the inevitable "Last Days of Amy Winehouse" report from Rolling Stone , let's take a breather and remember the voice. It was slow, smoky, insinuating, sweet-and-sour, and seemed to conjure a handful of jazz-and-soul divas in a sylla
In Memoriam
By JON GARELICK  |  July 29, 2011

Beth Ditto | Beth Ditto EP

Remember when Mary Beth "Ditto" Patterson was just a blues singer? The Arkansas-born belter used to wail punk blues for the Gossip - the trio who made her a star - like the second coming of Janis Joplin.
Deconstruction (2011)
By JEREMY ADAMS  |  February 04, 2011


It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

Kill The Karaoke, featuring Trainwreck

Since its invention in Japan in the early ’70s, karaoke has become an international pastime.
At Empire Dine & Dance, Wednesdays @ 9 pm
By DAN CLARK  |  October 30, 2009

Review: Chelsea on the Rocks

Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel has been the roost of artists, writers, musicians, actors — and a lot of wanna-bes.
Abel Ferrara paints an affectionate portrait
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 16, 2009


Anything and everything

People never like to label themselves. Or, at least they shouldn't.
StreightAngular just want to know what's now
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 09, 2009

Beginning? Or end?

Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes beca
Woodstock 40 years later
By ED WARD  |  August 14, 2009

Beginning? Or end?

Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes beca
Woodstock 40 years later
By ED WARD  |  August 14, 2009

More than a feeling

The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs" is Candice Breitz's 2005 Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), a wall of 30 televisions, each showing a different Madonna fan singing a cappella to her 1990 greatest-hits compilat
Music inspires art at the MFA, Panopticon, and the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2009

Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009


Slideshow: R. Crumb's Underground

Featuring work from R. Crumb over the last 40 years.
 R. Crumb at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, opening February 4.
By R. CRUMB  |  February 03, 2009

Robert Crumb at MassArt

R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009

Rock and rote

Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 05, 2008

Spirited moves

Paula Hunter gets under your skin.  
Paula Hunter’s off-kilter world
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008

Mix ’n’ mashup

The 2008 WBRU Rock Hunt finals served up an entertainingly diverse lineup at the Living Room last week.
It Was the Best of Times triumph at the Rock Hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 23, 2008


Who brought the cool kid?

“For me, punk is the new idea, always the new idea, forever the new idea. That’s why punk can never die. Because as long as there are people, there will be new ideas.”

Ian MacKaye visits Tufts

By WILL SPITZ  |  April 15, 2008

Trailing Ailey

Neither the Ailey company nor The Groove ’s choreographer, Camille A. Brown, acknowledged these roots.
The Groove at the Wang
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 12, 2008

Pam Baker & the SGs

Pam Baker & the SGs, Maine’s perpetual blues machine, were holding court in a fairly quiet room.
Music seen at the Frog + Turtle, January 4, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 09, 2008

King and Queens

In Romance & Cigarettes , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, Gandolfini has been dropped by writer/director John Turturro into drab, treeless, white-ethnic Queens.
Romance + Cigarettes , plus Salton Sea
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007

In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007


At home with home

Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2007

A Go-Go goes

This Friday, January 26, your friendly neighborhood bowling alley/nightclub, the world-famous Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, transforms into a ’60s wonderland of go-go dancers, wild groove music, and the ubiquitous Brother Cleve. "Bossy (Drop Tha Beat rem
The Milky Way gets sexadelic, plus Braun Bergundy
By DAVID DAY  |  January 23, 2007

Kurt Cobain

This article originally appeared in the April 15, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 14, 2006


Toward the end of Respect: A Musical Journey, a revue bringing together some four dozen female-associated pop oldies, comes the big moment that’s supposed to represent American womanhood shaking off its shackles and stepping bravely into the future.
Dorothy Marcic’s musical journey
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 08, 2006

Living Wage

I had a girlfriend once who claimed to experience actual orgasms every time Phish played “Chalkdust Torture.”
Living Wage
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 01, 2006


Michelle Malone

When Michelle Malone emerged from Atlanta with her band Drag the River at the end of the ’80s, she seemed neck-and-neck with Melissa Etheridge in the Janis Joplin stakes. "Down," Michelle Malone  (mp3) "Cypress Inn," Michelle Malone  (mp3)
Sugarfoot | Valley Entertainment
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2006

Those were the daze

He goes by the Mad Peck, Dr. Oldie, and a few other cheeky monikers, depending on his pursuit: making posters, writing record reviews, archiving comics, spinning discs, or selling rare recordings.
Unearthing the Mad Peck’s psychedelic artifacts
By BOB GULLA  |  October 17, 2006

Moscoso and more

Victor Moscoso’s ’60s rock posters can get you all choked up about the shows. Slideshow: Posters from Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions: Victor Moscoso, Master of Psychedelic Posters & Comix
Hearing the ’60s through poster art
By GREG COOK  |  July 25, 2006

Heidi and seek

The Heidi Chronicles is very much reflective of a first feminist generation of women caught between what their mothers had taught them to desire and what they thought they wanted.
Gloucester Stage honors Wendy Wasserstein
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 20, 2006