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Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Playing Trial & Error by the Bonfire

Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire do a couple things pretty well on their debut record, Trial & Error , that are hard to do well: create an album with a sense of place, and create an album with something to say.
Pilgrim's progress
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Halloween Party at SPACE Gallery, October 30

It's humiliating to admit this, but if you were at SPACE last Saturday you probably agree: a fucking cover band just restored my faith in rock and roll.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 05, 2010

Prep rally

Much of the early backlash that followed the Strokes' meteoric rise had to do with the idea that a '00s punk revival couldn't be spearheaded by a band of moneyed prep-school twerps — as if boarding school and rock stars didn't go together like marmalade
Rock's rich history of boarding-school brats
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010

Group effort

If you're inclined to play punk rock, chances are you've got a self-esteem problem. It's not an æsthetic that attracts the well-adjusted. Exhibit A: Mark Lind. As bassist and frontman of the Ducky Boys, he's opened for Rancid, U.S. Bombs, and Flogging M
Don't call Mark Lind's Unloved a solo project
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 20, 2009

Headstart at the beginning?

Headstart have only been around for about five years, but especially with frontman Kevin Kennie's long history in the scene, begun with Shufflin' Tremble/Loud Neighbor, they are now decidedly mid-career artists.
A is for attitude, antipathy, and fighting the good fight
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 02, 2009


The Irish rovers

"The Pogues and Boston go together in ways that belong in the realm of the unexplainable."
The Pogues return to their other 'old main drag'
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 17, 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

Photos: 30 years of WFNX music

Notable photos from WFNX's 30-year history
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  December 04, 2008

Shirts off their backs

How To Dress Like a Rock Star
How To Dress Like a Rock Star
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 19, 2008

Choosing my religion

There’s nothing that strikes me as heroic or important about Gregg Housh’s farcical jihad against Scientology.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 24, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 22, 2008


A smoker’s tale

Somehow one is surprised — if one is a semi-conscious literary journalist like me — by the discovery that Will Self has continued to produce books.  
Will Self’s The Butt
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 08, 2008

Towns on the edge of darkness

If 2006’s Boys and Girls in America was the Hold Steady’s Born to Run, Stay Positive is their Darkness On the Edge of Town , where the cocksure auteur grows older and less certain of his place in the world.
The Hold Steady explore the shadows on Stay Positive
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  July 09, 2008

Geography lessons

"You could put us in Anchorage or Alaska or Antarctica or even somewhere in the Himalayas, and at heart we’d still be from Boston.”
Street Dogs remain Boston to the core
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 24, 2008

Turn up the Radio

Three-piece rock bands are so much more interesting when the bass player and drummer aren’t just sidekicks for a big-time frontman/guitarist.
Sidecar perform frequency modulation on Wave Principle
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 02, 2008

Grimace and nod

A four-film series at SPACE Gallery highlights just the sort of cinematic and stylistically ambitious documentaries the Oscars annually ignore.
SPACE Gallery highlights 2007’s overlooked documentaries
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 09, 2008



A host of unseen lyrics, cartoons, and other memorabilia belonging Joe Strummer are set to be compiled in a new book. The Clash singer died...
By Paul Driscoll  |  December 08, 2007

Temple talk

Julien Temple was one of the first filmmakers on the scene when punk erupted in the UK.
Julien on Joe
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 08, 2007

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

Temple captures the chaos of Strummer’s early years, with overlays of interviews with him and footage from the era.
Well-done revelations
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 07, 2007

Double visionary

Joe Strummer was the embodiment of punk, up till his final day, December 22, 2002.
The two sides of Joe Strummer
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007

Gabel, Gabel, hey!

New Wave ’s opening title track makes as much of its referential moniker as the Clash did of the phrase “London Calling.”
Against Me!’s new wave of political punk
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 31, 2007


Punks find their inner Americana

Punk might have been swept along, cleaned up, dirtied again, then separated into a million different subgenres created to simplify things when really it only complicated everything.
The altered aesthetic of punks playing folk
By JON MEYER  |  August 31, 2007


Julien Temple’s documentary traces the evolution of the world’s most iconoclastic music festival.
David Bowie returns
By PEG ALOI  |  April 04, 2007

Poor Nick

His miraculous guitar technique was a protective force field shielding him from the sadness in his own songs.
A folk legend’s brief life’s journey
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 09, 2007


The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006

Historical fictions

There are Clash fans, and then there are Clash fans . And three more boxes: Gift ideas for the music fan on your list. By Matt Ashare
Reliving the birth of the Clash
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 12, 2006


Vinyl goes digital

Some of us still remember the famed Sub Pop singles club, and Simple Machines’ 1993 single-a-month series, which featured everyone from riot grrrls Bratmobile to slo-rockers Codeine.
Limited edition gems are now downloadable
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 20, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 9

The Clash | Harvard Square Theatre | February 16, 1979
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 19

Beastie Boys | Worcester Centrum | August 25, 1998
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 20

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros | the Roxy | November 22, 1999
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006