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The Corin Tucker Band | 1,000 Years

Four years ago, it was guitarist and vocalist Corin Tucker's maternal pull that bore most of the blame for Sleater-Kinney's disbanding.
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By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 08, 2010

Review: The Thermals | Personal Life

What's happened to the Thermals?
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By REYAN ALI  |  September 10, 2010

Video: Glee's Dianna Agron gets into bed with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

We did not ever expect to get an email from Kill Rock Stars that had anything to do with GLEE. Then again, we did not...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 20, 2010

Make yourself uncomfortable

In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010

Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker to release solo "middle-aged mom record" in October

Thanks to YouTube -- and a recent Carrie Brownstein interview that included the words "Sleater-Kinney reunion" -- we've been thinking a lot lately about what...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 08, 2010

SXSW 2010 (Friday): [Photos] Thee Oh Sees, Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds

Photos of Thee Oh Sees, Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds, Explode Into Colors, Quasi at SXSW 2010
With Explode Into Colors and Quasi, March 19. 2010
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  March 26, 2010


Quasi | American Gong

I don't know what it is about the top left corner of our country that moves its indie-rockers to cuten up their miseries into adorable little creatures (see: Death Cab, Built To Spill, Elliott Smith, and my favorite specimen, Quasi), but it's a trick tha
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By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010

Xiu Xiu | Dear God, I Hate Myself

The reigning King of Discomfort, Jamie Stewart, and his new bandmate, Angela Seo (who took Cold Caveward–bound Caralee McElroy's place last year), recently released a video for this album's title track in which Seo forces herself to puke in front of the
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By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 19, 2010

The future is now

Even with all the promise of the new year ahead, it's hard not to feel a little stiffed in the Future of Mankind department. Here it is, 2010, and there's nary a flying car to be seen.
No teleportation, but lots of rad new albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010

Out, loud

"Did I turn this into a big gay interview?" Given I've been folding my boyfriend's briefs throughout our conversation, I don't think Gossip's Beth Ditto has anything to worry about on that front.
Might the world finally be ready for Gossip?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 09, 2009

A new hope

Amid a barrage of assessments of our new president's first 100 days in office, it's a ripe time for the Thermals to come back to Portland and offer their two cents'.  
The Thermals' tentatively ambivalent Now We Can See
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 01, 2009


The Thermals | Now We Can See

This is the fourth album from the lovably scrappy Portland (Oregon) trio, but it might as well be their 400th.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 24, 2009

Make it new!

A refresher course from the indies
A refresher course from the indies
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 16, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Guitar heroine

The shreducation of Marnie Stern
The shreducation of Marnie Stern
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 24, 2008

Stars Kill Rock

With the Paper Chase coming to town (June 25, Middle East upstairs) in support of their new Kill Rock Stars disc, Now You Are One of Us , we decided to check out some of the other stuff the Olympia indie imprint and its sister label, 5RC, have put out l
KRS's latest
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 27, 2008


Break it easy

When I ask Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier about the mythological references on their new Offend Maggie , he riffs on the question itself.  
Deerhoof loosen up on Offend Maggie
By DANIEL DENORCH  |  October 15, 2008

Horse Feathers | House With No Home

It’s not a sad album, but it is mournful, in the hushed and satisfying way that Sunday afternoons in November can be.
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By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 23, 2008

Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008

They’ve got Advil, don’t they?

Maybe they just haven’t yet found an album to contain them.
Rough album, great promise
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 01, 2007


In “Sharpshooter,” former Helium frontwoman Mary Timony goes after the rock world’s most famous bow-and-arrow hunter, the Nuge. Mary Timony Band, "Sharpshooter" (mp3)
Mary Timony takes aim at the Nuge
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 25, 2007

Just the Fax

This article originally appeared in the August 13, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kurt Cobain to the Phoenix : ‘F--- off!’
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 29, 2007

Wincing the blogs away

In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic enviro
Indie rockers try selling out for a change
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007

A little freak folk

It was only a matter of time before Thurston Moore dipped into a little freak folk.
Better late than never, right?
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 09, 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

The John Doe Thing

In the wake of X’s first break-up, John Doe distanced himself from whatever punk he had left in him and pursued a rootsier, more singer-songwriterly muse. The John Doe Thing, "Hwy 5"  (mp3)
For the Best of Us | Yep Roc
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006


On the racks: October 3, 2006 the Killers, Sean Lennon, and Totally Hits 2006 .
Beck, the Decemberists, Lindsay Buckingham, Evanescence
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 03, 2006

Return of the merrymakers

“If you believe in fate and things of that sort, it’s hard to see the trajectory of Harvey Danger as anything except a tragedy,” says frontman Sean Nelson, in between bites of omelet at a Seattle café just days before the band embark on their first East
Harvey Danger discover belated success
By ELI ANDERSON  |  October 03, 2006

Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006

Future heads

Matador head and contrarian tastemaker Gerard Cosloy recently wrote: “No, post-punk does not actually exist.”
Digging for post-punk gold
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  June 13, 2006