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Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
Inverted V8
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2010
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Decades and Days of the new

After the bombast of Grace , Gypsy Tailwind’s sophomore record, full of strings and horns and big arrangements worthy of a Nashville studio, the opening to their brand-new Decades and Days seems decidedly intentional.
Gypsy Tailwind’s with Gervasi, and don’t skip a beat
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2010
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Chinnock of the North

How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2010

Health of a nation

Let's just forget about all these dog and pony health care "forums" and face some facts. First and foremost, the main (and, perhaps, only) debate is this: Do you believe that health should be subject to the marketplace?
Enough with the 'forums!' Plus, playing politics and sporting news.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 21, 2009
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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Interview: Michael Lang

"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
Going back to Woodstock
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 24, 2009


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Multi-faceted

How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the t
Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 17, 2009
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Making it right

Whatever increments of recovery New Orleans has made since Hurricane Katrina, in many ways the city never changes. The only shocker was a lower-left-hand piece, "Crime is down sharply in N.O."
New Orleans drops the guns and dances
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2009
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Gossip=Truth

On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008
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Here comes the Whambulance

The Baltimore loft once known as Wham City is long dead, its inhabitants evicted in 2007, but the twisted DIY art movement it housed has flourished nonetheless.  
Mass Art hosts the Baltimore Round Robin Tour
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008
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Noise in the hood

A knowing sense of humor emerged between songs, legitimizing the chicanery as mere friendly artistic expression.
Big Digits and Chinese Stars at Middle East Upstairs, July 5, 2008
By DAVID BOFFA  |  July 07, 2008


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Going on sale: April 11, 2008

The Raconteurs, the Spill Canvas, Radiohead, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade


By GOING ON SALE  |  April 08, 2008
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The ‘x’ factor

The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007

John Belushi

This article originally appeared in the March 16, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
1949-1982
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  April 09, 2007
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Vietnam

“We just wanted a name that had power,” says co-founder Michael Gerner in Rolling Stone.
Vietnam | Kemado
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  January 29, 2007

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 12


Led Zeppelin | Boston Tea Party | January 23-26, 1969
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


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Sax machines

In our guitar-centric culture it’s easy to forget that the first rock-and-roll instrument was the saxophone. Deric Dyer, "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (mp3) Paul Ahlstrand, "Sunday Hang" (mp3)
Local luminaries Deric Dyer and Paul Ahlstrand
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2006