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Photos: Neil Young and Patti Smith at the TD Garden

Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Patti Smith perform live at the TD Garden on November 26, 2012.

By TIM BUGBEE  |  December 14, 2012

Musical literary stocking stuffers

The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 07, 2012

The Big Hurt: Forward into the past!

COOLIO just got arrested for missing a court date . . . in 2010.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 30, 2012
Ty Segall

Ty Segall | Goodbye Bread

At just 23 years old, Ty Segall is on his fifth LP, and that's not counting more than a dozen releases with Sic Alps and his four other bands. But Goodbye Bread — his first record for Drag City, in which he plays every instrument — is his most scrupul
Drag City (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 01, 2011

Photos: Neil Young at the Providence Performing Arts Center

Neil Young performs live at the Providence Performing Arts Center on April 22, 2011.
Neil Young | Providence Performing Arts Center | April 22, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 29, 2011
band O'Death in Boston on April 16

O'Death embark on another folk-punk chapter

It must be a relief to realize that when you hit the stage, people know what they're going to get. O'Death have spent the past several years banging out a reputation as grizzled folk punks who run their sets like moonshine raids.
Musical afterlife
By MATT PARISH  |  April 15, 2011

Dave Tomkin's favorite music

Dave Tomkins's Greatest Hits

Ever since Dave Tompkins had his storied collection of arcane vinyl mauled by a ruthless gang of wide-eyed jakes (see "After the Fire"), the esteemed hip-hop scribe has kept a "fire crate" next to his apartment door in case disaster strikes again.
"Fire crate" favorites
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2011

Fall National Pop Preview: The golden age

Okay, so the album is dead, the music industry is dead, rock is dead, and the Library of Alexandria you have stored on your C drive has killed 150 years of recorded music culture.
The industry is dead, but the music lives on
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 17, 2010

The Big Hurt: Kings of Leon pooped

It's been a pretty lively year for pop music, but haven't you felt that the ultimate jam of 2010 was still elusive? Well, it's finally revealed itself: if you listen to one track this year, make it SOULJA BOY 's "Anime."
Plus ultimate 2010 jam revealed, Joe Perry wrecked, and Neil Young unplayable
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 06, 2010

The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010

Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010

Rock the vote

Musicians with national interests
Musicians with national interests
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 28, 2010

Understated indulgence

In economic times like these, the decision to invest in a nice dinner out is not to be taken lightly.
The elegant new Walter’s
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 21, 2010

Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010


Looking for action post-Lupo’s Bash on Friday?
From the South Coast to Cinco De Mayo

Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010

Shows in town this week

A packed weekend of great local talent is on hand.
As much of this as you can!

Review: Neil Young Trunk Show

If a Neil Young neophyte can find himself rocking in a cinema seat to the spirited, soulful music performed in this second of a rumored triptych of Demme-directed, Young-starring concert documentaries, long-time fans are bound to break their armrests.
Traveling down no "No Hidden Path"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2010

By the Grace of Ralph

As debut records go, it's rare to find one as textured and fully realized as what Marion Grace have put together in the 10-song Lying Down Looking Up , an arty, smart, folk-rock affair that shows songwriting creativity with some genuinely great ideas.
A debut that is Lying Down Looking Up
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2010

Heart of gold

How can someone make so many movies for so long and still be such a nice guy? Once again, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is giving its Coolidge Award to a filmmaker who genuinely deserves the recognition. Hollywood seldom turns out anyone as good-nature
Jonathan Demme wins the Coolidge Award
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010

Low yo yo stuff

From Hollows to Bellows and beyond
Off the Couch


A sister act

High-fives all around: together we made Tegan and Sara rule.
In addition to their bio, Tegan and Sara also have songs
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 12, 2010

The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
Warning: Scorpions content
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 05, 2010

In your ear

On THURSDAY (the 21st), FAR OFF PLACE stay close to home with a free gig at the Knickerbocker Cafe.
Minky + Shannon + Bogus + more

Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009

Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009

Musical gifts

Black metal, Goldrush, and more!
Off the Couch

Weather reports

One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

October already!

Only 11 weeks and counting of Christmas shopping remain, so head out to some budget-friendly shows in the meantime.
Folk + blues + noise + alt-pop + Mr. Young
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 02, 2009

High dives

Dive bars. Where the drinks are cold and stiff. Where the air wafts with the unmistakable but not-altogether-unpleasant tang of suds long since spilled. Where the neon shines bright and true and the jukebox plays good and loud.
It's harder than ever to find a bar with soul in town these days. But it's not impossible.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 04, 2009