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Ocean of Boxes

Though just four songs, Boxes' debut EP Out to Sea is impactful.
Boxes' debut EP Out to Sea
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 17, 2012
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Sara Hallie Richardson’s electric return

Much of how a musician is respected (and compensated) has swung back toward the live performance.
Restless, love
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 17, 2012
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Say yes to the Can’t Nots

The Can't Nots released their debut EP, Applesauce , earlier this year and quickly racked up some positive press around these parts, and garnered a Best Breakthrough Act nomination in our 2011 Best Music Poll.
A positive double negative
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 07, 2011
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Grand Hotel’s radiant and vibrant in color

Less than a year following their terrific self-titled full-length debut, Grand Hotel are back with in color , an album that sees that debut and raises the stakes considerably.
Like a hurricane
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 18, 2011
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Photos: Modest Mouse at House of Blues

Modest Mouse and Morning Teleportation, live at House of Blues Boston, July 25, 2010
Modest Mouse and Morning Teleportation, live at House of Blues Boston, July 25, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  July 30, 2010
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #27: Modest Mouse

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #27: Modest Mouse


    A little David Bowie, some Flaming Lips and a lot of the Pixies, todays band is one of the biggest indie rock success...
By MorningIntern  |  July 28, 2010


Modest Mouse at the House of Blues

Modest Mouse at the House of Blues


Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse have mellowed with age, replacing the manic freakouts of "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" with the radio-ready choruses of "Float...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010

Don't miss: Record Store Day -- April 17, 2010


Will Dailey: Record Store Day 2010Sandwiched on the calender between MLK Day and Columbus Day, comes yet another holiday celebrating a gone-but-not-forgotten architect of our...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  April 16, 2010
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Greasing the skids

Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
Berklee grad Ben Maitland-Lewis had a successful music career and a high-powered job at a major record label. Then he gave it all up for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 2010

Review: Theodore Treehouse at Slainte Wine Bar Mardi Gras

A few weeks back, Theodore Treehouse made a brief appearance in this spot, lending the band the quote that now appears on their MySpace page: "Even the bike punks couldn't resist bopping their heads."
Music Seen
By BRYAN BRUCHMAN  |  February 26, 2010

Prince Rama of Ayodhya + Theodore Treehouse

At SPACE Gallery, February 1
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  February 05, 2010


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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
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Drear leaders

On the Black Heart Procession’s first visit to Boston, back in ’98, the duo hunched on chairs at the Middle East downstairs surrounded by equipment — keyboards, guitars, a musical saw, an array of percussion.
The Black Heart Procession stick to the low road
By MATT PARISH  |  October 30, 2009
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Americana: land of progress

You can listen to 30 seconds of any Califone song and get a fair idea of what the band is all about.
Califone’s peerless take on the future of roots-rock
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2009
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Fly by night?

For a decade, Eric Johnson's primary songwriting vehicle has been Fruit Bats, but the Portland-via-Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist has always dipped in and out of other projects — Califone, Vetiver, Ugly Casanova among them.
Fruit Bats aren't a Shins side project
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 11, 2009


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Solid foundation

When Big Tall Buildings guitarist Jared Mann sent in a disc of six demos earlier this year, the raw potential behind songs "Natalie" and "Something with a Semicolon" had me dropping monthly emails on him with the subject header "WHERE'S THE ALBUM?"
A promising debut from Big Tall Buildings
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 31, 2009
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Hot Box experiment on themselves

We’ll get to Stolzenberg’s band in a minute; right now I’m engrossed in her PhD work at Boston College.
Lab Rats
By MATT PARISH  |  March 23, 2009
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Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008
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We got everything

Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2008
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Lenka | Lenka

A few months ago this pint-sized diva from Down Under posted a cutesy rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Gravity Rides Everything” to her MySpace page.  
Epic (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 01, 2008


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Road worriers

Right around this time 10 years ago, our van died in the desert plains of Arizona on some godless stretch of I-8.
Obscene gas prices, stolen equipment, broken vans, no sleep -- so why do bands still go on tour?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 03, 2008
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The call of the wild

It’s not easy being in a band whose two primary songwriters have quite different ideas about how to write an indie-rock song.
Wolf Parade get instinctual
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 28, 2008
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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008
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Going on sale: April 4, 2008

Kate Walsh, Adam Green, R.E.M., and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade


By GOING ON SALE  |  April 02, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Fire sales

The world’s largest collection of recorded music has gone up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million.
Plus, this week in tedious headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2008


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Guest lists 2007


Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007
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Live and kicking

Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
Live reviews: 2007 in review
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2007
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The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007
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They’ve got issues

As newspapers and magazines slim and shift their focus to online content and revenue streams, it has become sadly commonplace to overlook the unique capabilities of periodically printed matter.
The bookworm’s gift that keeps on giving
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 12, 2007