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On the Road with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

It's Thanksgiving at the Smith home, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
A backstage diary
By AL GIORDANO  |  March 09, 2012

R.E.M. | Collapse Into Now

It's tough for a band nearly 30 years into their singularly influential career not to dissolve into an adjective. But R.E.M. have taken their moniker on quite a musical journey.
Warner Bros. (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  March 18, 2011

Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 11, 2011

R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction: 25th Anniversary Edition

From the first three notes that make up the odd riff on "Feeling Gravity's Pull," Fables of the Reconstruction is probably R.E.M.'s weirdest, darkest, and most challenging album.
IRS/Capitol (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 30, 2010
Burrito, Pop Trash, Shanahan, MRTPQ, Jet, Ed and WTF

Burrito, Pop Trash, Shanahan, MRTPQ, Jet, Ed and WTF

  The Info Burrito, Pop Trash, Mark Shanahan, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query, Australian rock band Jet, Ed Time At The Apollo and...
By Charlie  |  July 13, 2009

Feel the pain

Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weat
The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008


Chinese democracy

With Beijing 2008 finally at hand, China’s Tibetan occupation remains Hollywood’s cause célèbre .
A field guide to oppression in the home of the 2008 summer games
By ADAM MATTHEWS  |  August 06, 2008

The Big Hurt: Clubbing baby seals: not okay

Pop icon RICKY MARTIN paid a humanitarian visit to Cambodia recently in support of victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
This week in social activism
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 08, 2008

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

Amerindie Echoes

There were no frocks or fits of self-abuse on stage.
Deerhunter, Institute of Contemporary Art, July 12, 2007
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 23, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007


To “Brooklyn” and back

Laurel Brauns shows it’s positively de rigueur to employ a harem of guest musicians in crafting an album that’s perfectly cohesive.
Laurel Brauns travels (the East Coast) on Closed for the Season
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 11, 2007

Hersh's bar

The essentials
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007

Sunny daze

It wouldn’t be fair to blame Jeremy Enigk for the current overabundance of “emo” — a style that entails sensitive guys laying their hearts on the line to a degree that verges on sickening.
Jeremy Enigk’s clear new vision
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 29, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 21

R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006


Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006

Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast  
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  August 01, 2006

Blood, felt, and rock and roll, day seven

Someone forgets to tell the kids how to rock.
Bombing Athens

Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006

We Are Here! We Are Here!

The Boston Phoenix scored big in this year’s New England Press Association (NEPA) Better Newspaper Contest, with three major awards and 16 individual prizes.
Phoenix wins 19 NEPA prizes
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 16, 2006



Michael Stipe’s not the kind to sit around and let a hurricane destroy the Gulf Coast without calling some friends and putting together a fundraiser.
Together, for a good cause: rock's most insufferable frontmen
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 14, 2006