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50 shows to see before finals week

This is a message fromBostonFunShit, the Phoenix's authority on having a good time: Get out of your dorm. Here are 50 ways to have an unforgettable evening this semester.
Pulling an all-nighter
By @BOSTONFUNSHIT  |  January 28, 2011
Neko Case at Lupo's

Neko Case at Lupo's


One friend is addicted to Neko Case's "This Tornado Loves You," a song about a storm system pining for its true love and rampaging through...
By webteam  |  January 25, 2011
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Buzz not loud enough for Burnett's spectacular 'Speaking Clock Revue'

Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it? This appeared to be the case when artist/producer T Bone Burnett brought his "Speaking Clock Revue" to the Wang Theatre over the weekend.
Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it?
By BY BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2010
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Don't mess with Neko

For some reason, an audience member hurled a CD — no case, just the shiny, sharp-edged disc — at the stage early in the band's set. This prompted New Pornographer Case to say, half-jokingly, "Whoever threw that, come up here, and I will fucking fight y
New Pornographers | House of Blues Boston | June 18, 2010
By DAVID BRUSIE  |  June 25, 2010
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Photos: New Pornographers at the House of Blues

New Pornographers perform live at the House of Blues on June 18, 2010.
New Pornographers | House of Blues | June 18, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  June 25, 2010
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The New Pornographers | Together

Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 07, 2010


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Jakob Dylan | Women + Country

“Boring” is the sort of adjective used by music snobs (hi there!) to describe the Wallflowers, the band who brought Jakob Dylan’s hoarse and unexcitable voice into the mainstream.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 23, 2010
Jakob Dylan with Neko Case + Kelly Hogan

Jakob Dylan with Neko Case + Kelly Hogan


Former Wallflower Jakob Dylan could easily have taken the coke-fueled coattail-riding route favored by so many celebrity offspring. But the press-shy singer, now 40, chose...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010
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Mood swings

There’s nothing like getting socked in the head with a big fat metaphor — and if it’s carried along by some solid guitar playing, so much the better.
Chris Pureka makes highs out of lows
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 09, 2010
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Peter Wolf | Midnight Souvenirs

This Boston music legend’s metamorphosis from party animal to monster songwriter became complete with his previous solo album.
Verve/UME (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 02, 2010
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Spring clearance

I've seen the best music snobs of my generation destroyed by downloading — instead of savoring full albums the way one might enjoy a vintage claret, they're slamming down random shots of bands with stupid names, passing out, and blanking on what they hea
Discriminatin' picks for the frugal music snob
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010


Review: Out on the town

Bars and clubs everywhere, 2009
Music Seen
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
This Tornado Loves Nature

This Tornado Loves Nature


I kinda ditched the process of decoding Neko Case’s lyrics on the sumptuous and addictive Middle Cyclone (Anti-), the pop record that Amazon.com has deemed...
By webteam  |  November 11, 2009
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A. A. Bondy | When the Devil's Loose

I just don't get most of alt-country — what is it even alting us out of at this point?
Fat Possum (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009

Music Seen: Neko Case + Haru Bangs

First things first: Neko Case is the complete package, an unmitigated bombshell (gorgeous, wry, self-effacing) with a singular artistic vision (country/folk songs so heavy on metaphor and animistic and obscure mythological references that you could — an
Neko Case and Haru Bangs last weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 14, 2009


Music Seen: Neko Case + Haru Bangs

First things first: Neko Case is the complete package, an unmitigated bombshell (gorgeous, wry, self-effacing) with a singular artistic vision (country/folk songs so heavy on metaphor and animistic and obscure mythological references that you could — an
Neko Case and Haru Bangs last weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 14, 2009

Music Seen: Neko Case + Haru Bangs

First things first: Neko Case is the complete package, an unmitigated bombshell (gorgeous, wry, self-effacing) with a singular artistic vision (country/folk songs so heavy on metaphor and animistic and obscure mythological references that you could — an
Neko Case and Haru Bangs last weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 14, 2009
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Song of herself

"Listen, I will go on record saying I love Feist, I love Neko Case. I love that music. But that shit's easy listening for the twentysomethings. It fucking is. It's not hard to listen to any of that stuff." Kaki King is right, of course — whatever edge
Kaki King adds her voice to the mix
By RICHARD BECK  |  August 07, 2009

Making waves

A packed weekend begins THURSDAY (the 30th) when the ladies take over at the Hi-Hat, with MELISSA FERRICK and locals Seriously Fierce (aka Heather Rose and Keturah) opening, call 401.453.6500.
Six Star General invade Newport
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 31, 2009
Newport Folk Fest 2009: 50th Anniversary

Newport Folk Fest 2009: 50th Anniversary


  This year’s a big ’un for the Newport Folk Fest, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009 — as does the career of headliner...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 29, 2009


Neko Case/Bela Fleck/Old Crow Medicine Show


Congratulations to the Portland concert-going community on selling out tonight's Neko Case show at Port City Music Hall, but shame on you for revoking my...
By webteam  |  July 29, 2009
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Marianne Faithfull | Easy Come Easy Go

The CD cover is deceptively retro Sinatra: here's Marianne encased in a lady's tux in front of a vintage microphone with "Easy" twice on the title and the subtitle "12 Songs for Music Lovers."
Decca (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 23, 2009
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Love and consequences

Two of indie music's most popular and tortured songwriters, Will Oldham and Neko Case, try to reconcile encroaching middle age with a past of bad habits on their new albums.
Three restless souls try to settle down
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 18, 2009
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Solo contender

When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009
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Neko Case | Middle Cyclone

Middle Cyclone is Neko Case's most fearless and arresting record, ruthlessly composed and beautifully recorded.
Anti (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 24, 2009


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Y'all come back now . . .

I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008

Portland scene report: March 28, 2008

Well, now it’s really up online for free...
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 26, 2008
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Boston hits Detroit

There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008
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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