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Photos: 2011 Best Music Poll awards party

June 15, 2011 | Brighton Music Hall, Allston
The first-ever Best Music Poll awards party came to life at Brighton Music Hall emceed by DJ Paul Foley with Bodega Girls as the house band and an all-start cast of Boston music heroes including Bill Janovitz, Peter Wolf and Amanda Palmer.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: La Roux at the Paradise

"I could have been singing this at the Grammys — but I'm here with you tonight," declared Elly Jackson, the public face of La Roux, with a detectable dash of annoyance folded into several dollops of playful sarcasm.
Paradise Rock Club, January 31, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 12, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 11, 2009
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Photos: Boston Music Awards 2009

Photos of Will Dailey, Mean Creek, Dear Leader, Lisa Bello, Bad Rabbits, and more from the Boston Music Awards.
Boston Music Awards 2009, live from the Liberty Hotel, December 2, 2009
By CATHERINE LEE  |  December 11, 2009

Ocean + Desolate Grace

At Geno’s, November 13
Music Seen
By DAN CLARK  |  November 27, 2009

First annual We Push Buttons Festival

The successful first-annual WE PUSH BUTTONS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped up on Saturday night.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 02, 2009


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The Bigmouth strikes again

Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2009
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More than guitar

"I like using songs to change the environment — to get the listener's ear to be a little skewed."
Julian Lage's talent isn't just in his fingers
By JON GARELICK  |  September 11, 2009
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The Wiz arrives in Boston

"If you believe in yourself, you will have brains, heart and courage to last your whole life through. . ."
 Not truly spectacular, but significant
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009
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Levon Helm | Electric Dirt

Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2009


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It Does Come Easy

Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on Shining Time Station too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist"
Ringo Starr At Chabot, Quinn Taylor At Stairwell
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009

What are the odds?

Ten years! When we organized our first Best Music Poll, way back in the day, we could only hope that it would one day wind up the institution it is today, with the annual Portland Music Awards ceremony drawing the best collection of musical talent Main
Best bets for this year's Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009
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As young lovers do

The rock extravaganza Spring Awakening promotes the cliché of adolescent pain to serious grown-up status.
Spring Awakening's musical bruises
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2009

13. Lil Wayne

It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Bosto
It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Boston because he didn't want to pass through security. That was actually a good move though; we were hankering to beat his lil' ass.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009


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They'd like to thank their producers . . .

Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 09, 2008

Portland scene report: November 28, 2008

The results of the WePushButtons Awards came in just a tad too late to get them in the last paper, so here's a quick recap of who took home what last Saturday at SPACE Gallery.
Sibilance  
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 26, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Weezy unplugged

Our dream of a post-racial America moved one space closer to "king me" on the checkerboard of terrible metaphors this week
Plus Auerbach unbound and Glitter undeterred
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 24, 2008
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Expressions of war

One of the best string quartets in the world will be within a D-string's distance from Portland, come Monday night.
Don't miss the Takács Quartet at UNH
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  November 12, 2008
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Mood swing

She is Giselle, the peasant girl of Adolph Adam’s ballet, and she’ll come to the VMA Arts & Cultural Center once again via Festival Ballet Providence.  
The emotional gamut of Festival Ballet’s  Giselle
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008


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Annie

Annie is adept at balancing bratty tweener kiss-off ’tude with dance-friendly bliss — meaning that someone over 16 can listen to her music without wincing.
Don’t Stop | Island
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008
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’Round the outside

Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008
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Soul purpose

The BellRays — whose married core is singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist/bassist Bob Vennum — have been making music since 1990.
The BellRays get us all kinds of worked up
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 19, 2008
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Nine is fine

Thanks to the hundreds of you who ventured out right after work (or perhaps played hooky from work) on Wednesday night to attend our ninth annual Best Music Poll Portland Music Awards Show.
Portland's Best Music Poll 2008
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 14, 2008


Hot and cold

Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 07, 2008

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008
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Who's going to win?

I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008
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The French are coming

The launch of an extensive North American tour sponsored by MySpace that comes to the Paradise this Saturday.
Justice and Busy P bring the Ed Banger sound to Boston
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 10, 2008