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The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 10, 2011

Dick in a box

It was my birthday last month and when I received my gift from the guy I’ve been going out with for the past (almost) three months, I was shocked and embarrassed ...  
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 07, 2010
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
Stalemate’s eclectic ways
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2009

Not Nostradamus

I am always flummoxed over what to buy a new girlfriend for Christmas ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 04, 2009
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Review: DJ Hero

Shortly after DJ Hero ’s release, a couple of craiglist ads popped up from gamers claiming they’ll plug in and play the game at your party for $75 — all you have to provide is the TV and the speakers.
Hit the decks in DJ Hero
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 13, 2009


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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 02, 2009
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Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009
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Looking for Trouble

As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another
Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston
By KEITH W. JENKINS AND PETER CANELLOS  |  September 04, 2009
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Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
An interview with Steve Swallow
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2009
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The Thriller is gone

With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
For Michael Jackson, Bad aint' good
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 03, 2009


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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples | Circulations

My friend Robbie and I once had a brilliant idea: we were going to put out a field-recording LP called Sounds of Guitar Center , 70 minutes of us walking around the monopolistic retailer with a microphone to capture the cacophony.
Faitiche (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 05, 2009
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Johnnie's on the Side

This large space has always housed attractive restaurants, despite violating two of Nadeau's laws: Eateth Not Within 1000 Cubits of a Government Institution; and Ditto for Sports Stadia.
The Front of the House is at the head of its class
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2008
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Boom-bap diplomacy

With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008


Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Groove infatuation

This band's cohesiveness consistently shines through on tunes that reference bands as diverse as the Commodores, the O’Jays, the Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
Sly-Chi carve out Space on the dance floor
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008
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Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008
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The cyborg and the sistah

What’s in a fantasy world?
Janet’s Discipline and Badu’s New AmErykah
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 17, 2008

Lord of the thighs

This article originally appeared in the March 15, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Aerosmith should throw in the towel


By DOUG SIMMONS  |  March 11, 2008


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History rocks

“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008
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Karen Beebe


Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  January 09, 2008
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Theryl “Houseman” Declouet

It sounds as if the singer had been through some relationship trouble, or at least had been listening to a lot of later Marvin Gaye.
The Truth Iz Out | Self-released
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 17, 2007
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Straight talk

You can call Patty Griffin a singer-songwriter if you must, but don’t expect her to tell you exactly what that means.
Patty Griffin modestly hits a new peak
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  April 17, 2007
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Drama dance

Half a century ago something known as dance drama occupied a large part of the modern-dance repertory.
Complexions at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 06, 2007


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Boston’s global beat

For a true dance party, there’s nothing in Boston quite like Soul Revival, the monthly throwdown that goes off at Villa Victoria in the South End. Adam Gibbons, "Soul Revival Mix part one" (mp3) Adam Gibbons, "Soul Revivial Mix part two" (mp3)
A Soul Revival revival and the unstoppable Kon & Amir
By DAVID DAY  |  November 17, 2006

Crossword: 'Cutting corners'


More themeless magic, baby!
By MATT JONES  |  November 15, 2006

Bringing up pop

This article originally appeared in the August 10, 1971 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Three enduring English groups
By BEN GERSON  |  October 25, 2006
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The talk of the town

With the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival defunct and no other significant local jazz fest in sight, the Beantown Jazz Festival has been stepping up to fill the void.
Live jazz to die for
By JON GARELICK  |  September 13, 2006