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Mouth of Flowers in Full Effect
Devotees of mid-'90s indie/post-hardcore/ CMJ -approved alt-rock have been feeling the love the past few years.
Petal to the metal
| February 18, 2011
Review: Minks | By The Hedge
In part because it sounds an awful lot like the shoegaze and '80s dreampop bands she selects to fill her soundtracks, the debut full-length from Boston-gone-Brooklyn duo Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with
Captured Tracks (2011)
| January 28, 2011
The Sunshine Factory | Sugar
Never underestimate the impact of a My Bloody Valentine record.
| December 11, 2010
The Big Hurt: NKOTBSB hit the road!
Guys! You guys! Holy shit, guys: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS are teaming up for a headlining tour in 2011.
Plus, Justin Bieber vs. Wyclef Jean, Primal Scream vs. Kevin Shields, and Beatles UK vs. Beatles USA
| December 03, 2010
Fear and Loathing in HorrorHound Cincinnati (but mostly fear)
For the uninitiated, horror conventions are the best places to go to get autographs of your favorite big-screen serial killers, buy Poltergeist lunchboxes and other...
| November 28, 2010
Shake 'n' bake
Earthquake Party! are one of the few bands whose sound lives up their name: shattering, blown-out, blissed-out, all-enveloping. On a Tuesday morning in their Allston practice space — a Tuesday morning! — the trio play with unrestrained mania.
The raw post-grunge pop of Earthquake Party!
P. NICK CURRAN
| August 13, 2010
“It’s a complicated subject,” says Peter Kember — a man more commonly known by his pseudonym, Sonic Boom — on the relationship between music and drugs.
Sonic Boom’s Spectrum are worth the trip
| May 14, 2010
SXSW 2010: Lost in Austin
I can’t resolve an obsession with a sound until I find it live.
Two bikes, four chords, and the truth
P. NICK CURRAN
| March 26, 2010
5 for '10
I love baby bands, and I hope the ones I mention here don't mind my calling them that.
New locals to love right away
| January 22, 2010
A Place To Bury Strangers | Exploding Head
When it comes to the resurgence of all things shoegaze, only one question remains: how literal do you want it?
| October 09, 2009
Few bands could serve as a better case study on the influence of Internet hype on mainstream media and popular acceptance than Deerhunter. Before the band "broke" in early 2007, to a glowing Pitchfork review of their album Cryptograms , the Atlanta fo
Deerhunter's path from divisive buzz band to indie royalty
| September 04, 2009
The Big Hurt: Broken bones and stripper poles
Only a few weeks ago, I was making fun of Aerosmith for their inability to present Aerosmith in their Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Presents Aerosmith tour.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
| August 21, 2009
Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
The Phoenix survives Coachella
| May 01, 2009
The sneaky flutes are back
I'm on the phone with Damon Tutunjian, one founder of the Boston indie-rock band Swirlies, and he's helping me to understand the Sneaky Flute Empire.
Swirlies revisit a legacy of noisy goodness
| February 24, 2009
Review: My Bloody Valentine 3-D
Back in the early '80s, before Michael, Jason, and Freddy took off as slasher all-stars, there were other less famous genre seedlings, like the homonymous source for this pedestrian hack-'em-up about a pickax-wielding wonk gone berserk in a sleepy mining
Not for the squeamish
| January 20, 2009
Feel the music
I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
| December 08, 2008
The Big Hurt: Rotten butter
John Lydon spreads it on thick. Plus, intrusive devices and CGI pissoirs
| October 08, 2008
All Tomorrow's Parties 2008: Blasts From The Past
THE END (NO REALLY, THE FUCKING END): My Bloody Valentine, 'You Made Me Realise' (Ending) Tie it to whatever ugly contemporary reality you please, but...
| September 25, 2008
Koushik | Out My Window
Although unshy about his background, he’s a subtle arranger, reluctant to play the Bollywood card (there’s not even a teaspoon of Asha).
Stones Throw (2008)
| September 23, 2008
All Tomorrow's Parties: MBV
If you thought that you could handle the band’sjangly rattle and strum, then you had to brace yourself for “You Made Me Realise,” which was interrupted by an excursion into bone-melting NOISE.
My Bloody Valentine at Kutshers Country Resort, Monticello, New York, September 19-21, 2008
| September 23, 2008
The history of rock is littered with crazies who have craved nothing more than volume on top of volume, who have short-circuited themselves in the pursuit of the purity of noise.
A Place To Bury Strangers have it in for your earbones
| September 08, 2008
Interview: Courtney Taylor-Taylor
In the 2004 documentary DiG! , the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor reacts to the musical criticism of a Capitol Records executive by scoffing, “I sneeze and hits come out!”
Mission: control freak
| September 08, 2008
Although Boris might seem just another Japanese drone-happy drop-tuned stoner-rock outfit, close inspection reveals instead a 16-year investigation of the meaning of sound and music itself.
Boris are completely out of control
| July 07, 2008
He loves the ’80s
“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
| May 28, 2008
Portland scene report: May 16, 2008
Pinksy, the new band that grew from the ashes of Local Nothing, were hoping to drop their first EP, Two for the Road , May 6.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| May 14, 2008
Other peas in the pod
In addition to the Brown Bird and Dead End Armory albums here are two recent Peapod releases
| May 07, 2008
Painting My Bloody Valentine
Thump! The needle hits the record with an abrasive scratch and then the music begins.
Gideon Bok’s analogous responses at USM Gorham
| March 19, 2008
A very loud empire
Work those connections, because the Holy Fuck show at the Middle East upstairs this Friday is already sold out.
Death by Audio's DIY artists
| March 18, 2008
It was a dark and stormy night . . . which made for a veritable holiday in the sun for the folks attending “Gotharama — New England’s Dark Music Festival.”
Greetings from the dark side
| March 10, 2008
What's new is better
Not many bands can say their seventh album is their best.
Blonde Redhead at Paradise Rock Club, January 20, 2008
| January 22, 2008
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