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Review: The Possession

Produced by cult horror maestro Sam Raimi and directed by Ole Bornedal, The Possession showed potential.
Pandora's box
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 07, 2012

Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Matisyahu at the State Theatre

Hasidic hip-hop artist (and former self-professed "Phish-head") Matisyahu fuses traditionally Jewish lyrical themes through bouncy, early reggae styles. He also reps NYC pretty hard considering...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010

Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009

By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009

Live In Studio 45: Matisyahu!

Live In Studio 45: Matisyahu!

Matisyahu performed "One Day" and "King Without A Crown" live in Studio 45 for The Sandbox! One Day King Without A Crown
By Charlie  |  July 10, 2009
Matisyahu, MRTPQ, Name That Tune and WTF

Matisyahu, MRTPQ, Name That Tune and WTF

  A live performance from Matisyahu, a phone query about fatties, Ed's sports, Name That...
By Charlie  |  July 08, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

Police profile

One of these days, in a British crime movie, there will appear a gangland boss with a fetish for the Police.
They never were your average punks
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 27, 2007

How Jewish is it?

In addition to the usual fare of Messiah and Nutcracker performances and bands dressed up in Santa suits this past holiday season, Boston got an unusually large dose of Jewish culture — far more than the electric menorah in Kenmore Square or the klez
Rockin’ out with Matisyahu, the LeeVees, and other mensches
By ADAM GOLD  |  January 17, 2007


Unorthodox Jews

You won't hear feel-good Chanukah ditties in the style of the Leevees nor any pages out of Matisyahu's prayer book. This is a foul-mouthed, shtick-heavy act inspired by the borscht-belt comics and the seventies-era.
"Good for the Jews," the Paradise Lounge, December 16, 2006
By IAN SANDS  |  December 22, 2006

Going on sale, December 1, 2006

Anti-Flag, Matisyahu, Of Montreal, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  November 28, 2006

I'm a believer

It was one of those nights: Apollo Sunshine brought basketballs, Atmosphere brought an emo band, and Matisyahu played “King Without a Crown” twice .
Matisyahu crowns part two of the 2006 Best Music Poll Party.
By Simon W. Vozick-Levinson  |  May 26, 2006

Best Music Poll 2006

The results are in for the 18th annual FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll. Gorillaz, Matisyahu, Dropkick Murphys, Dresden Dolls, and Apollo Sunshine top your charts.
In our annual readers' poll, the sky's the limit
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 18, 2006

Stop the world

To say Apollo Sunshine have skyrocketed to success would be stretching the temptation to equate the Berklee-bred band’s hard-earned accolades with some sort of stratospheric journey.
Apollo Sunshine try to play their music without losing their heads
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  May 17, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

Wicked games

There was a time, not that long ago, when the two-or-three-day rock-festival experience was reserved for the Brits.
Hanging with Giant Drag at Coachella
By JEFF MILLER  |  May 12, 2006
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Hi Octone

Like Paranoid Social Club’s debut before it, As Fast As’ first record for Octone Records will be pretty familiar for the band’s local fans
As Fast As’s label debut is something fierce
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 10, 2006

Going on sale, April 28, 2006

Phoenix /WFNX Best Music Poll; Shakira; Xiu Xiu
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 26, 2006

WFNX upgrades

Let’s face it. There’s always an unpleasant macho subtext in intra-corporate rivalries.
“More power, more penetration”
By JON GARELICK  |  April 05, 2006

All about the G.O.D.

Are you for real? People of color, and Johnny Cash, have been singing about the G.O.D. for a long-ass time (“ God Rocks ,” March 3).
Letters to the Boston editor, March 17, 2006
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Pop fundamentalism

I keep waiting for Madonna to have her James Frey moment.
Matisyahu and Madonna embrace a holy plan
By JOSH KUN  |  March 02, 2006

Matisyahu at Harvard

The blizzard was dying down outside Harvard’s Chabad House a week ago Sunday as about 40 students converged for a glatt kosher Chinese dinner and some wise words from the rabbi.
Dinner dates
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  February 21, 2006

Holy nights

The Maccabees, the Holy Temple, the menorah that burned for eight days straight — all of these went unmentioned during JDub Records’ Chanukah celebration at the Paradise on Tuesday night.
Chanukah pop comes of age with the LeeVees and Matisyahu
By IAN SANDS  |  January 17, 2006