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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

Mixed grill

Dave Bryant stood among the folding chairs in the audience before Scarecrow Mobius's gig at Outpost 186 a week ago Monday night, looked at his two-deck keyboard rig, and mused, "Not pretty, but I guess it will do. I had more room at rehearsal."
Scarecrow Mobius, Monique, and Morley
By JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 2008

Arresting developments

Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008

Going on sale: August 8, 2008

The Who, Panic at the Disco, TV on the Radio, Cheech + Chong, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 05, 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

Taking charge

If Hilken Mancini’s ego were bigger, her new album would be billed as the career breakthrough.
Shepherdess puts Hilken Mancini in the lead
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 10, 2007


Boston music news: August 17, 2007

Dave Derby, the now NYC-based former frontman of Boston’s Dambuilders, thinks of his newly released second solo album as a “bridge.”
Notes on Dave Derby's new project
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007

King of the hill

“I didn’t think anyone would come to these shows. I figured the venues would be half-empty, and it hasn’t been that way at all,” says Sparklehorse mastermind Mark Linkous.
Mark Linkous revives his Sparklehorse
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  February 20, 2007

Tanya’s new Life

Nearly three years have passed since formerly local heroine Tanya Donelly issued her last record, 2004’s Whisky Tango Ghosts.
Donelly is looking at music with fresh eyes
By BOB GULLA  |  February 14, 2007

Balm’s away

Karma is in full force on the morning Tanya Donelly and I meet at Carbury’s coffee shop in Arlington to talk about her new music. Tanya tunes: Donnelly on her previous bands. By Ted Drozdowski
Tanya Donelly’s This Hungry Life
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 31, 2006

The father of us all

“I feel like I’ve been nominated for the Supreme Court and I’m not an asshole,” Rick Berlin told the capacity crowd at the Lizard Lounge last Saturday night.
Rick Berlin’s Van Gogh bash
By JON GARELICK  |  February 02, 2006

Drawn from life

Rick Berlin has written his share of “personal” songs of what he calls the “I love you/I lost you” type.
Rick Berlin’s coming attractions
By JON GARELICK  |  January 25, 2006