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Photos: Jesus and Mary Chain at the Paradise

Jesus and Mary Chain perform live at the Paradise Rock Club on September 11, 2012.
September 11, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 21, 2012

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s psych renewal

For anyone interested in gritty, stylish psych-rock with smoky swirls of noise and ambience, 2012 is a pretty good place to be.
Louder now
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 31, 2012

The Dears: Degeneration Street

This fifth and latest album from the Dears suggests that these Montreal natives need to clear out some Britpop cobwebs.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 11, 2011

Weekend | Sports

Even in an age of excessive internet awareness and never-ending blog hype, it's easy to miss a young touring band on their first stop through town.
Slumberland Records (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010

Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

Spring fever

As action-packed as the holidays are, they can be a real dead zone when it comes to decent shows.
Ten shows you didn't know you'd be going to
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010


A Place To Bury Strangers | Exploding Head

When it comes to the resurgence of all things shoegaze, only one question remains: how literal do you want it?
Mute (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 09, 2009

The Raveonettes | In and Out of Control

Jesus and Mary Chain comparisons aside, this Danish duo established their sound eight years ago by patching together an aural quilt of retro-rock roots — from garage to surf to wall of sound — and haven't wavered since.
Vice (2009)
By ANNE VICKMAN  |  October 09, 2009

A flair for the drama

"There's not enough hype in the world for Glasvegas," old reliable hypemonger NME recently proclaimed. But that doesn't mean the magazine and the rest of the British music press aren't trying.
Great Scott, January 4, 2009
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 06, 2009

Pedal pushers

The history of rock is littered with crazies who have craved nothing more than volume on top of volume, who have short-circuited themselves in the pursuit of the purity of noise.
A Place To Bury Strangers have it in for your earbones
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008

Interview: Courtney Taylor-Taylor

In the 2004 documentary DiG! , the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor reacts to the musical criticism of a Capitol Records executive by scoffing, “I sneeze and hits come out!”
Mission: control freak
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 08, 2008


Indie gets the blues

White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008

A very loud empire

Work those connections, because the Holy Fuck show at the Middle East upstairs this Friday is already sold out.

Death by Audio's DIY artists

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 18, 2008


On the eve of Liars’ current US tour, frontman Angus Andrew — an Aussie expat — threw out his back and was, by all accounts, immobile.
Liars at Paradise, February 8, 2008
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 12, 2008

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007


Boston music news: September 21, 2007

For the better part of a decade,Chris Brokaw was best known as Thalia Zedek’s guitar foil in the local band Come.
Notes on Chris Brokaw and Session Americana
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 18, 2007

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

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The songwriting isn’t BRMC’s most memorable, but Baby 81’s noise-roots fumes are pretty thick.
Baby 81 | RCA
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 23, 2007

Heard it first

I decided to check out four bands on the bill whom I’d never heard.
Coachella no-names
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 07, 2007


Originally released in 2001, this fuzzed-out masterpiece by the Vienna-based Christian Fennesz is finally back in print, with two bonus tracks, a snazzy new cover, and a sharper mix from Fennesz himself.
Endless Summer | Editions Mego  
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 02, 2007


Coast to coast

Monstrous’ stealthy rise on the independent music scene has gone largely unnoticed, mainly because the trio has made most of its progress out of town, specifically in Portland, Oregon.
 Monstrous go west, find their sound, and return
By BOB GULLA  |  December 12, 2006

And three more boxes

Among post-punk offshoots, perhaps the hardest to define is “goth.”
Gift ideas for the music fan on your list
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 12, 2006


This article originally appeared in the August 14, 1992 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
This year’s model offers much more than music
By ROBERT MOSES  |  October 25, 2006

Syd Barrett

Without meaning to, Barrett invented one of rock’s enduring archetypes: the visionary who burns brightly just long enough to become a bona fide star before plummeting into introversion and, in this case, a silence lasting more than 30 years.
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  July 21, 2006

Television Personalities

“Beautifully sloppy” was a phrase once used to describe the work of Dan Treacy, the mastermind behind Television Personalities, one of the UK’s most consistent cult bands of the past two-plus decades.
My Dark Places | Comino
By RYAN FOLEY  |  May 25, 2006


The ultimate SALESMAN movie

Ruthless sharks, dumpy schlubs, or a combination of the two: Hollywood loves its pitchmen.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 13, 2006

Flashbacks, March 10, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 08, 2006

Fire Engines

With their frenetic guitars, near-indecipherable vocals, and lo-fi production, Fire Engines are the least likely ’80s post-punk band to be experiencing a revival of sorts.
By RYAN FOLEY  |  January 23, 2006