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Arborea sail across a fossil sea

When critics say a band have a timelessness about them, people generally mean the band's music is sort of universally appealing, outside of trends or genres.
Hearing Red
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 22, 2011

Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 07, 2009

A cut above

From out of blearily luminous pools of spiraling orange fractals, the disembodied head of a stately-looking man emerged, coaxing us to attention with little more than his calming gaze and an invitation to “a new beginning.”
The Books, live at the ICA, April 10, 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 17, 2009

The end of everything

The Cambiata are never satisfied.
The more the Cambiata change, the more they improve
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 07, 2009

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

Minimal man

The notes José González coaxes out of his nylon-stringed guitar are bright and dry.

José González at the Paradise Rock Club, March 13, 2008

By SHARON STEEL  |  March 21, 2008


Mad lulling

Attendees of this week’s José González show on March 13 at the Paradise will be treated to an opening set from LA’s Mia Doi Todd.

Mia Doi Todd's dark folk

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008

Less is best

González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008

Indie invasion

Green living and government-subsidized health care and education are breeding smart indie-pop acts by the dozen.

Blogs like

By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 25, 2008

Going on sale: January 11, 2008

Mountain Goats, Joe Jackson, Stephen Malkmus, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  January 08, 2008

Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007


The long haul

Plenty of musicians have been on the Portland music scene longer than Doug Cowan and Bullyclub.
Bullyclub’s application for Tenure
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2007

Acoustic alchemy

September has seen an embarrassment of acoustic-guitar riches here in Boston, with performances by three of the world’s finest.
James Blackshaw brings his talents to town
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 24, 2007

Going on sale: July 6, 2007

José González, Editors, Amiina, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 03, 2007

Savath and Savalas

This is a gloriously glassy album brimming with Hispanic sounds and surfer-boy harmonies.
Golden Pollen | Anti-
By DAVID DAY  |  July 02, 2007


“We’re coming back onto the scene after a long period of uncertainty, with bandmates coming and going,” writes the Comic Book Super Heroes.
Comic Book Super Heroes are ready to Destroy
By BOB GULLA  |  April 18, 2007


One night in Belgium

Recently, a story’s been going around the baseball community about Matt White, a journeyman reliever with barely a cup of coffee on the big-league circuit.
Micah Blue Smaldone shows off his European flair
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2007

Stockholm calling

In “Young Folks,” the hipster hit by the Stockholm-based indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Peter Morén boasts that “we don’t care about the young folks.”
Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro del Mar, and Lo-Fi Fink lead the new Swedish invasion
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 03, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Holiday, it would be so nice!

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a full-out festive immersion approach to the impending holidays this year — a line of attack that, in keeping with the contemporary spirit of art, embraces performing arts, multimedia, and site-specific.
Seasonal cheer at the MFA and the SMFA, Helen Molesworth at the Carpenter Center, Andrea Modica at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 28, 2006

Blade runners

You’ve perhaps heard the hipsterrific Swedish electro duo the Knife. But if they have their way, they’ll never hear you. Pointed pop: The bemused machinations of the Knife
Our interviewer goes around, over, through, and under the Knife
By MIKE MCKAY  |  November 14, 2006


British Advertising Films of 2005

American advertising agencies don’t trust the intelligence of their audiences. Or so you’ll conclude when you see how the Brits do TV commercials.
More like short films
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 11, 2006


It’s a delicious surprise to find that Jose can get beyond the bedroom sound of Veneer , and by “get beyond,” I mean this guy can swing with a reckless, nerdy abandon that does nothing to rob him of his Nick Drake comparisons. Slideshow: Zero 7 at Av
Jose Gonzalez and Zero 7 at Avalon, September 12, 2006
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 18, 2006

The nostalgia game

Like, gag us with a spoon already!
Covers too bitchin’ for a ghetto blaster
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 22, 2006

In the pines

Jose’s unapologetically no-frills style is all about the pathetically triumphant moment of restraint that stops you from drunk dialing an ex.
Jose Gonzalez at the Museum of Fine Arts, or, How I could almost hug a man
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 29, 2006

José González

José González shuns so much as a backing drum track on this rainy-Sunday bedroom album. José González, "Hand on Your Heart" (QuickTime)
Veneer | Mute
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 20, 2006


Did we piss off the hipster-show gods?
José González, Arctic Monkeys, and Annie
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 07, 2006