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Interview: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller

This weekend (January 20-21) brings a two-night stand at Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers Mission of Burma, who have somehow morphed into a band that's equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific local underdogs.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012

Six Star General and the Blood Moons hit the vinyl

It was another year and another 20 or so releases from 75orLess, the Warren-based independent label run by Mark MacDougall, which cleaned up in our Best Music Poll, with 75orLess artists voted victorious in nine categories.
Spin the black circle
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 20, 2012

Mission of Burma's sonic fury still burns

It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012
Q & A: Roger Miller on the new Mission of Burma record, his work with New England Conservatory, and his first band, Sproton Layer

Q & A: Roger Miller on the new Mission of Burma record, his work with New England Conservatory, and his first band, Sproton Layer

This weekend brings a two-night stand at the Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers MISSION OF BURMA, who have somehow morphed into a band that’s...
By Matt Parish  |  January 19, 2012
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011

New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
Newport calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 11, 2011


Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane

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

Tommy Keene | If You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983 - 2009

If you've heard one Tommy Keene song, it's probably "Places That Are Gone," a certified power-pop classic released in 1984.
Second Motion (2010)
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 16, 2010

Sick sense

We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
There's a madness to Bunnies' method
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 15, 2010

YOUR SUNDAY: Burma, Os Mutantes, Every Time I Die, Senses Fail, BLK JKS, Forgetters

MISSION OF BURMA + BIG BEAR are playing for free at MIT. The announcement says "rain or shine," although there's a clause in there that...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 04, 2009
Sunday is Mission of Burma Day in Boston

Sunday is Mission of Burma Day in Boston

 As you can see above, this Sunday, the day Mission of Burma plays a free show at MIT with special-guest openers Eula, the city of...
By Ryan Stewart  |  October 02, 2009

Just announced: Mission of Burma bands battle; Eula prevails

EulaAging Boston post-punkers Mission of Burma are at it again, still going strong after their 2002 revival with their latest album, The Sound The Speed...
By webteam  |  October 01, 2009
Mission of Burma to play free show at MIT campus October 4

Mission of Burma to play free show at MIT campus October 4

From the press release: Clint Conley, Bob Weston, Roger Miller & Peter Prescott will be playing a free, all-ages outdoor show on the East Campus Courtyard...
By Ryan Stewart  |  September 18, 2009

Off the record?

Pity the album. After a half-century of embarrassingly public body issues, our essential rock unit has not entered the new millennium looking very healthy. EPs are way more in vogue, MP3s have intangibility on their side, and 12-inches just sound imp
Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 18, 2009
huak list

Rock of wages

Huak are the rare local band who, in the two-plus years they've been playing regular gigs, sound bolder and more self-possessed every time you see them.
Huak intertwine politics, sentiment, and decades of influences
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 28, 2009

Birdsongs on the road

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .

By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009


Psalms For The Deaf

Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Recor
Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 24, 2009

The old is new

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009
New Mission of Burma: "1, 2, 3, Partyy" (mp3)

New Mission of Burma: "1, 2, 3, Partyy" (mp3)

Fresh off their performance at East River State Park in Williamsburg (with Fucked Up!), Boston post-punk legends Mission of Burma announced (or, rather, their label,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 13, 2009

Music seen: Christopher Teret + Huak

Chris Teret's singing is just as unassuming as his songwriting.
Christopher Teret at SPACE Gallery and Huak at Empire Dine and Dance, March 20
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2009

Accidental purist

In one of Karlheinz Stockhausen's weirdest creations, the ensemble is instructed to "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space." Stephen Drury doesn't mind that so much. But fasting for four days? "No."
Stephen Drury takes on Stockhausen
By MATT PARISH  |  February 18, 2009


Volcano Suns | The Bright Orange Years and All-Night Lotus Party

I'm one of those rare specimens who, thanks to the vagaries of time and fate, got into Volcano Suns before Mission of Burma.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 03, 2009

The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

On with the shows . . .

If freezing your ass off builds character, music fans should prepare to develop way too much character over the next few months.
Winter 2009's got plenty in store

Mission of Burma announce benefit show for Somerville Armory

We'll spare you the long history of the effort, by the awesome folks who own the Middle East, to tur...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 18, 2008

Local influence

In a day when so much radio seems less and less local, WFNX remains in touch.
WFNX is keeping it close to home
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 01, 2008


Sweet release

I don’t want to waste your time waxing philosophical about the problematic logic behind qualifying music “good” or “bad,” much less pontificating on whether “sophisticated punk” is an oxymoron.  
The Urinals can’t hold it in any longer
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2008

Idol hands

The band, as always, sounded fantastic, especially if you’d been listening to the record all week in preparation.
Mission Of Burma at Pitchfork Music Fest, Union Park, Chicago, July 18, 2008
By DEVIN KING  |  July 21, 2008
TourBlog: Mission of Burma in Detroit

TourBlog: Mission of Burma in Detroit

July 19: We stayed at the Hotel Weston (i.e., Bob's house), pleasant as always. Slow getting out of ...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 20, 2008
Tour Blog: Mission of Burma at Pitchfork

Tour Blog: Mission of Burma at Pitchfork

[We asked Roger Miller to give us an insider's view of Mission of Burma's trip to this weekend's big Pitchfork blowout in Chicago, and thence...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 19, 2008