Mark Kates

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Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane

Billy Ruane died on a Tuesday night.
The heart of Boston rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 12, 2010

Remasters of the universe

The adage “All things come to those who wait” tends not to find too many useful applications in rock and roll.
The ‘definitive’ Mission of Burma
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 09, 2008

Boston music news: May 9, 2008

The album recorded in 2005 by Unbusted— the Martha’s Vineyard core of the Billionaires — has indeed seen the light of day.
Notes on Unbusted and the Dresden Dolls
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 06, 2008


Unbusted. If that name rings a bell, chances are you were around Boston three years ago.

The Billionaires escape from the island

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 22, 2008

Boston music news: September 28, 2007

HI-N-DRY studio was an invention of the late Mark Sandman — in essence a practice area set up to record 24/7.
Notes on the new Hi-N-Dry studio at the Somerville Arts Center
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 25, 2007

Fallout joys

In his newly published The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock & Roll , Phoenix contributor Brett Milano explores the evolution of the local music scene.
When the Nirvana explosion rocked Boston
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007


The Legends of Summer

Never mind that no one in Legend’s band wore a Sox cap and that Legend himself may, gasp, be a Yankee fan for all anyone knows.
Hot Stove, Cool Music, Fenway Park, August 24, 2007
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 27, 2007

Batter up

Peter Gammons has something of a perfect life.
Peter Gammons, Game On!, April 9, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 17, 2007

’S no joke

A roomful of local nominees and friends made it to the Paradise last Wednesday.
A Best Music Poll pre-party, Paradise, April 4, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 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

Whack attack

“Whack!” That’s the sound (whack!) of ¡Forward Russia! (whack!) conducting one of the most irritating (whack!) soundchecks ever done (whack!) in a Boston club.
Fenway celebrates its 30th session
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 04, 2006

Boston music news: November 24, 2006

One of AARON SINCLAIR ’s bands, the LOT SIX , played their final show a week ago last Thursday. But Sinclair’s one-time solo offshoot, FRANK SMITH , are very much alive and well. Frank Smith, "Time to Cut the Fence" (mp3)
Notes on Frank Smith and Mark Kates
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 20, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 36

The Smiths | Opera House | June 14, 1985
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 26, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 34

The Grateful Dead + The Patti Smith Group | University of Massachusetts Alumni Stadium | May 12, 1979
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 29

J Geils Band + Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Cape Cod Coliseum | July 15, 1978
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 26

Guns ‘n Roses | the Paradise Rock Club | October 16, 1987
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


Mission statements

You can tell a lot by a man’s record collection, and even more by his DJ set. And if not? Well, you still got to hear the new Burma record The Obliterati at the Enormous Room.
Brazilian funk, Missy Elliott, and other things you wouldn’t expect to find in Mission of Burma’s record crates
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 24, 2006

Boston Music Notes: April 21, 2006

Plus, Jake Brennan's new album.
Rob Lind unleashes a new Ducky Boys album
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  April 17, 2006