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Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time,
Get kraken
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2010
Taylor Swift: Pines for Romeo, Dates Every Other Man in the While

Taylor Swift: Pines for Romeo, Dates Every Other Man in the While

No wonder Ms. Swift's cheeks are imbued with such a natural tint of red: from her own admissions on her next album, it seems Goldilocks...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  October 25, 2010

The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 05, 2010
"On behalf of every man, looking out for every girl" out. John Mayer and his racist dong are coming to town

"On behalf of every man, looking out for every girl" out. John Mayer and his racist dong are coming to town

John Mayer, music's current font of irreverently offensive word-vomit, is landing in Boston tonight for a gig at TD Banknorth Garden, and it's safe to...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 24, 2010
Break Up Boy? Fall Out Boy lose a self-amputated Stump

Break Up Boy? Fall Out Boy lose a self-amputated Stump

Stump goes soloWe're not sure exactly what provoked it (perhaps someone borrowed Pete Wentz's eyeliner without asking?), but it seems that the members of Fall...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  February 05, 2010

Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009


Can classical be underground?

At least one of the reasons many of us contemporary-music fans don't get into classical music is because it seems like no one wants us to listen to it.
Portsmouth's Navona Records releases an indie aesthetic for orchestra
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 12, 2008

Hearts of gold

Pete Kilpatrick’s burgeoning career is a microcosm of the near-chaos that is the current state of the music industry.  
Pete Kilpatrick Band make like Obama and hope
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 02, 2008

Festival casualties ’08!

A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008

Popular douches, hetero boyfriends, and softie gangstas

I invite those of you who hate me to take a moment to delight in my pain.
The Big Hurt tackles Tori Amos, Pete Wentz, and Ice Cube
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 17, 2008

Keys to our hearts

"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008


Dance, Monkey: Dan Hirshon

Marriages don’t always turn out the way you think they’re going to. Make sure you have a way out of it if things don’t go as planned.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARAH FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 13, 2008

Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus

It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes

Call and response

We’ve had the pleasure here in Portland of watching a number of great singer/songwriters develop their careers into something substantial recently.
Satisfying a growing crowd with a Playtime Music Session
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2008

Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Every so often in Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 you can see the beaming host, Eric Clapton, behind a stack of amps shooting photos of his fellow performers.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 22, 2008

Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007


So wrong they're Righteous

Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
These brothers make their own rules
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007

Brett Dennen + Pete Kilpatrick

Brett Dennen looks alarmingly young despite wardrobe choices that reference Jimi Hendrix.
Music seen at Space, July 21, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 25, 2007

Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007

Going on sale: May 4, 2007

Mirah, John Mayer, Goo Goo Dolls, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  April 30, 2007

Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

It’s not so much the music that’s annoying about college a cappella (though it’s that, too).
Cheesier than a capella Coldplay
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 25, 2007


Going on sale: April 6, 2007

Flyleaf, Great Lake Swimmers, Elvis Costello, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  April 03, 2007

Voicing dissent

I have no beef with your story “ Culture War .”
Letters to the Boston editor: March 23, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 21, 2007

Making a connection

He has a fan club and an MBA, which might not make all that much sense.
Phil Ayoub follows his Heart
By BOB GULLA  |  March 07, 2007

The flying Scotsman

“I don’t usually come across as all that interesting in interviews,” admits 20-year-old Paolo Nutini over the phone from a gig in Stockholm.
Paolo Nutini soars across the pond
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007

Sex, Iraq, and pop culture

How many times a day do you think about sex? How many times a day do you think about the war in Iraq?
The war for our attention
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 11, 2007


Laughter from space

A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006

Larger than life

Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 06, 2006

Technopolis lost

It was a grand vision. Maybe even a noble one. “TECHNOPOLIS.”
A development dream that didn’t come true
By MARTY D. WOLFAND  |  December 06, 2006

Mr. Crafty

When Brett Rosenberg and I meet for an interview in Porter Square, we keep getting distracted by the sight of Al Kooper walking past Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery. Brett Rosenberg, "Absolutely Not" (mp3)
Brett Rosenberg solves a few problems
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 21, 2006