Jay Reatard

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Wavves | King of the Beach

What greatness might have ensued if Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes had suffered Jay Reatard's abuse just a little longer?
Fat Possum (2010)
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 20, 2010
50 Bands 50 States Alumni: Where Are They Now?

50 Bands 50 States Alumni: Where Are They Now?

This week, we're rolling out our now-annual survey of the best new-ish band in each state in our great nation (The first year we did...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 08, 2010

Harlem | Hippies

There’s a Flying V–shaped hole in my heart left by the death of Jay Reatard.
Matador (2010)
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010

Various Artists | Songs For Chris Knox

On June 11 of last year, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke.
Merge (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 19, 2010

CMJ reports Jay Reatard dead of an overdose

This'll never sound quite the same again: Jay Reatard, "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" "Studios feel like hospitals to me. I can’t really say, ‘Hey,...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 13, 2010


 Yay! Happy No More 2009! Wait...that sounds negative.Happy Another Year Further Away From 2008! There, that's better. Call us crazy, but the future feels a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  December 21, 2009


Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall

Jay Reatard is the Lil Wayne of the Memphis garage-rock scene.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2009

Melody makers

If you’re an up-and-popping band or artist, you first need to find fans, friends, and fiends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and, of course, in real life. But where do you go from there?
So you started a band — now what? Berklee and Topspin are here to help.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
Jay Reatard + TV Smith + Pretty & Nice at Harpers Ferry

Jay Reatard + TV Smith + Pretty & Nice at Harpers Ferry

  For Memphis rocker Jay Reatard, the first step in his meandering music career was dropping out of high school at age 15. (More precisely:...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 01, 2009

Guilt-free music: Bowerbirds, Foreign Born, Antlers, Jay Reatard

Bowerbirds, "Northern Lights" (mp3) Bowerbirds hail from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their country-...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 27, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


No clock ticking

Rock and roll is a 15-year-old. Its makers may succumb to prudence and time but the music remains hormonal, idealistic, kinetic, and furious at anything you can think of to be pissed off about.
Jay Reatard channels his inner problem child
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 15, 2008

Creative habitats

When Christopher Campbell bought the building that houses 534, 536, and 538 Congress Street, he had a vision of locking down a property in the heart of downtown to sustain the arts community.
Visit the Artist Studio this First Friday
By IAN PAIGE  |  May 02, 2007