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Rock of Ages lets its hair down at PPAC

Rock of Ages is such an explosive, face-melting jukebox musical that only afterward do we realize it didn't include two hours of skyrocket pyrotechnics — although all the laser beams through fog come close.
Can’t fight this feeling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011
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Meta P. has a simpler plan

Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
Original recipe
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 28, 2011
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Moms rock!

Some moms decide, from heartbeat one of ultrasound, that they aren’t going to let a small (i.e., life-changing) thing like motherhood get in the way of their art.
Musician-mothers learn to balance boundless energy and tireless creativity
By DENA RIEGEL  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010
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Interview: Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning may be just 16 years old, but already she’s built a body of work that shames some starlets twice her age.
Runaway talent
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2010
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Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010


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Review: The Runaways

The mid 1970s was a time of tight pants and even tighter radio playlists.
Doesn't quite take them back home
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009
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Alt- together now

At some point during the recording of their new album, someone in the Broken Singles realized that Sarah Borges had been botching the chords to their cover of the Lemonheads' "Ride with Me."
Sarah Borges leaps ahead by getting back to basics
By MATT PARISH  |  April 10, 2009
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Slideshow: Backstage Pass at PMA

Loving obsessive groupie
A photographic story of music
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 26, 2009
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Kind of blue

Roomful of Blues is headed back home, and the timing couldn’t be better.
Roomful soldiers on; plus, the Radionics and Ebu Gogo
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2008


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Expensive dame

She has expressed some disappointment with the gifts. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to please this woman.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  December 18, 2007
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Sticky and sweet

All for the love of rock-and-roll, uh, mediocrity?
Juliette and the Licks, Middle East Downstairs, November 6, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2007
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Going on sale: July 13, 2007

Michael Franti, Interpol, Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 09, 2007
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Hometown rockers

There’s a rare nocturnal occurrence happening — call it a lunar local music eclipse.
‘Locals Rule’ at Lupo’s; plus, the return of the Blackstone
By BOB GULLA  |  June 26, 2007
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In the Black

Twisted Roots transformed their “reunion” into a forward-looking intent to bestride Portland once again and develop a new crop of fans who dig terrifying guitar solos and teeth-rattling vocals.
Twisted Roots return to prominence with their first full-length since 1999
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2007


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Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007

Boston music news: January 26, 2007

Not long ago, John Virant, label president at Rounder, was chatting up the nine-girl Boston pop group Girl Authority to Tanya Donelly.
Notes on the Tanya Donelly-Girl Authority connection, and the next Darkbuster Hometown Throwup
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 23, 2007
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First Night 2007

Boston's not-so-silent night will be hot enough to melt ice sculptures. And that's just the weather forecast.
From Voltron and John Doe to fireworks and U.V. Pro, an insider's guide to getting the most out of your button on New Year's Eve.
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 04, 2007

The Stones

This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
By CAMILLE PAGLIA  |  November 16, 2006
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Original Sinner

I met Joan Jett because of Lisa King. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen the way it was supposed to. Joan Jett, "A.C.D.C." (QuickTime)
Joan Jett gets back in black
By ALIZA SHAPIRO  |  October 11, 2006


Our Hearts Hushed and Bleeding


A poet salutes the "rock Goddess of pure kick ass fun"
By LISA KING  |  October 10, 2006
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Bottom feeders

Punk rock has never been a seemly genre in which to grow old. The Adolescents, "OC Confidential" (mp3 via MySpace)
The return of the Germs, the Adolescents, and Flipper
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 22, 2006
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Going on sale: August 8, 2006

Iron Maiden, Ani DiFranco, Atreyu, Bouncing Souls, Dead Kennedys, Pet Shop Boys, James Blunt, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 08, 2006
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10 years of MTV

This article originally appeared in the July 19, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Staring into the funhouse mirror of popular culture
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006

Peaches

Peaches sharpens her synth hooks, varies the electrogrooves, and serves up 13 tracks that are just amusing enough in their risqué behavior to keep the smiles coming.
Impeach My Bush | XL
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 18, 2006


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On the racks: June 13

Joan Jett, Futureheads, Hot Chip, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, and more. Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
 
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 14, 2006

Flashbacks: June 2, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Jessica Coughlin and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 31, 2006
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Last days of New Alliance

Wandering around the Fenway’s soon-to-be-demolished RFT building feels like spelunking through the bowels of Boston’s hard-rock scene.
The nerve center of Boston’s rock scene for the past 19 years is packing up and moving across the river  
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 19, 2006