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Running in the Family
As a kid, I always knew I had been adopted. It was no big deal, but being adopted meant I had no information about my biological family's medical history, which is a double-edged sword.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
| August 12, 2011
Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green
That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
Metal on metal
| March 04, 2011
Top 10 Must-Read Books of 2010
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 notable books that the Phoenix wrote about in 2010.
Writers who showed the way
| December 24, 2010
Review: Keith Richards's Life
The title says it all: Life isn't just an autobiography, it's Keith Richards's Guide to Good Living.
Stone spills all — eloquently
| November 12, 2010
Rejoice! Race to the bottom soon over
There are only a few more days left in this particularly ridiculous election cycle and, if there is one group of people who worked tirelessly and with true creative elan it would be the opposition research teams. Give these folks a bonus! That much of
The scramble for the undecided vote; quotes of note; the Life of Keith
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 29, 2010
In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
| April 09, 2010
Interview: Eddie Izzard
"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
Dressing as he pleases
| January 08, 2010
2009: The top 10 in pop music
Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
| December 25, 2009
Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust
Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
| December 11, 2009
The Garden was the scene of a historical rock experience last Saturday when the Stones came to Boston. All the past fiascos staged in the hulking home of the Bruins and the Celtics are forgotten.
Jagger as a hero-rapist
KEN EMERSON AND SHEILA
| December 04, 2009
The Big Hurt: Season's bleatings
One of the great things about being in the music industry is that you get to change your name. So why are we hearing records from a guy named Landon Pigg?
Plus unholy names and office shredders
| October 02, 2009
The Big Hurt: Don't look back in anger
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward Oasis.
The best of times with the worst of bands
| September 11, 2009
Son Volt | American Central Dust
With American Central Dust , Jay Farrar has now accomplished something he was unable to do either during Son Volt's initial run (1995-99) or his evidently aborted solo career (2001-04): released three consecutive albums of undeniable quality.
| July 17, 2009
Art for art's sake
Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
The creative economy
| May 01, 2009
Slideshow: Backstage Pass at PMA
Loving obsessive groupie
A photographic story of music
| January 26, 2009
The (other) British invasion
Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
| August 19, 2008
Rock of ages
What a difference four decades make.
The Stones find satisfaction in Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light
| April 03, 2008
If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
| December 18, 2007
We're all the Hold Steady
When’s the last time you fell so hard for a band you drove 339 miles — alone — to see them?
Fans’ notes on the band that’s sharing joy and changing lives, one gig at a time
| October 17, 2007
Cooking with Joe
Some rock stars travel with personal chefs. Joe Perry brings a grill — a Weber.
Aerosmith’s lead guitarist has grill, will travel
| September 04, 2007
A dose of Dad
Lines upon learning that Keith Richards, though he did snort some of his deceased father’s ashes, did not — as was previously reported — chop them up with cocaine
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
| August 09, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Matter of characters
Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
| April 04, 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
| December 12, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
| November 16, 2006
This article originally appeared in the June 17, 1975 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Jagger and company: to the manner reborn
| November 14, 2006
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
| September 21, 2006
Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
| August 03, 2006
Much ado about nothing
Please, spare us all the media-orchestrated hand-wringing about how the Providence Preservation Society has chosen to add the name of our former mayor, the Bud-I, to its Hall of Fame, as one of 50 individuals and groups who made giant strides in preservi
Cianci deserves his Providence Preservation Society recognition
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 03, 2006
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