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Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)

We can argue all you want about proto-this and seminal that, but when Raw Power is on the stereo, it’s hard to deny that it’s the greatest rock record ever.
Columbia/Legacy (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 26, 2010
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Here and now

No band ever made a late-career statement of purpose just by quoting “Louie Louie” — but it never hurts.
R.E.M.’s ‘back-to-basics’ disguise
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 24, 2008
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The Fleshtones

It’s not enough for a great live band to create a strong, sweaty groove in the studio: they’ve gotta write the songs, too.
Have a Good Look | Yep Roc
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 05, 2008
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Bowin' away

Of all the CD-release parties ever thrown by Boston bands, the Cello Chix’ show for their new, self-released Under the Covers featured the best Jethro Tull medley.
Cello Chix at the Lizard Lounge, February 8, 2008
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 12, 2008

Mod Night

Mod isn’t always mod. My mod isn’t necessarily your mod, or their mod.
Music seen at the White Heart, January 29, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  February 06, 2008
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Garage-rock heaven

Of all the rock bands who have ever reunited, the Sonics waited the longest.
The Sonics, Cavestomp! at Warsaw, Brooklyn, November 3, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 05, 2007


Disc by disc


The new Joy Division catalogue
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2007
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Rocker moms

In Sharon, there’s one garage that’s been a breeding ground for a very different kind of band.
HRT come straight outta Sharon
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  October 08, 2007
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Rockin' neurotic

Nervously pacing the stage in a baggy T-shirt and jeans, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall is about the last performer you’d ever mistake for Tina Turner.
Cat Power, Avalon, July 8, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 09, 2007
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The Beau Brummels

This little oddity owes its life to a classically bad mid-’60s A&R decision.
Beau Brummels '66 | Collectors Choice
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 27, 2007

State of Nirvana

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A conversation with Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic
By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  March 28, 2007


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Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006
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Six of one, 16 of another

OK, we sometimes beat up on our pals at Fountain Street, but we also tip the beret and sombrero when warranted.
When it comes to useless medical studies, let’s call the whole thing off
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 21, 2006
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Hail to the thieves

There’s a not-so-small quadrant of the World Wide Web that has been going bananas since Radiohead kicked off their spring/summer tour on May 6 in Copenhagen.
Finding new Radiohead on the web
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 31, 2006