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Photos: American History of Graffiti

The Phoenix presents a small collection of works to be showcased in Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman's American History of Graffiti .
Photos from Neelon and Gastman's American History of Graffiti

How staying different saved street art in the Bean

Boston has a special place in graffiti history — and not just because one of our early marquee vandals, Popeye, was Jordan Knight of the New Kids on the Block.
Boston bombers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2011

Dean Ford is Deaf. Dumb. In Love.

Dean Ford renews, this week, his membership in the cult of pop with the release of Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , a six-song EP filled with love songs and general guy-girl drama in the classic poodle skirt tradition.
Say, say, say
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2011
NKOTBSB and Other Converged Boy Band Fiestas We Can't Wait To See At Fenway

NKOTBSB and Other Converged Boy Band Fiestas We Can't Wait To See At Fenway

As you probably know by now unless you've been hiding under a cock, the New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys are playing...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 26, 2011

[phlipcam video] New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys press conference @ Fenway Park

This afternoon at a cold, snow-covered Fenway Park, a decades-old question with deep-rooted Boston implications was finally answered: How do you make Aerosmith look badass?...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 26, 2011

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
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 03, 2010


The Big Hurt: Cruising with music that floats

I'm not usually one to plan ahead, but let's consider my Valentine's Day nailed down . Buddy, I've got three words for you, plus a number: Boyz II Men Cruise.
Love boat
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 10, 2010
Reunited and it feels so goooood: NKOTB, 90210, BSB

Reunited and it feels so goooood: NKOTB, 90210, BSB

Ladies (and closeted gentleman) of the 80's and 90's: rejoice! Two of America's all-time favorite boy bands have joined forces. Thunder Cats Gooooooo! The New...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 19, 2010

Static at BNN

The bigwigs at Boston Neighborhood Network, the city's grassroots, community cable-access television operation, were so confident of their reputation that last year they decided to parlay BNN's 25th anniversary into a major fundraiser.
Boston's community cable channel is awash in political intrigue and infighting, raising some questions: who is responsible to whom, and for what?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2010

Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010

An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

A music producer eyes a revival

It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
The Gator
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  April 16, 2010


New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

Totally clips of the heart

Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 06, 2009
VIDEO: New Kids on the Block pay tribute Michael Jackson in Detroit, knock Herald for "ignorant" MJ headline

VIDEO: New Kids on the Block pay tribute Michael Jackson in Detroit, knock Herald for "ignorant" MJ headline

LAST NIGHT IN DETROIT: New Kids pay tribute to Michael Jackson (click ahead for singing part)NKOTB...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 26, 2009

38. New Kids on the Block

Since there is no statute of limitations on the sort of aural felonies that this five-piece popcorn outfit committed in the late 80s and early 90s, they returned to embarrass Boston once again this past year. Just when we were beginning to like our reput
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Review: Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West)

Some of us sat idly by while the Stooges, the Pixies, the Police, and the New Kids were busy plotting their improbable reunions, our arms crossed, feigning indifference.
Return of the Hawks
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 20, 2009


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
Official Dispatch from the 2008 Boston Music Awards [VIDEO]

Official Dispatch from the 2008 Boston Music Awards [VIDEO]

  The Subaru limousine – which I assume belongs to Ernie Boch, Jr. (nominee: Outstanding Bl...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 08, 2008
And The Boston Music Awards Winners Are...

And The Boston Music Awards Winners Are...

  We're hard at work over here putting together photo, video, and good old written recaps of la...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 08, 2008
Mark Shanahan, WTF Line and The Finisher

Mark Shanahan, WTF Line and The Finisher

Mark Shanahan fills us in on local gossip, we check the WTF Line and pay tribute with The Finisher! Listen here! Put us on your...
By Charlie  |  September 29, 2008

Hangin' Tough

This article appeared in the September 9, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
New Kids 4-evah!
By JASON GAY  |  September 26, 2008


Sex on wheels

Subcultures all need their touchstones: entities that over time assume the stature of full-fledged institutions.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult just never get old
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 16, 2008

Didn’t they blow our minds this time

Last week, I offered my fragile body up for a heinous act of self-abuse in the name of science.
The Big Hurt: Just how rad is the new NKOTB album?
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 16, 2008

The Big Hurt: Deepest sympathies

One writer to another, I offer Mr. Portnow some freebies he can use to wrap up his next few releases.
Our heartfelt condolences to Usher, Sammy Hagar, Courtney Love, and the Verve
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 08, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Josh Blue

I too am a dirty hippie. But I’m different, because I believe in soap — in that I believe it exists.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 07, 2008

The ‘x’ factor

The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007

NEMO and the Boston Music Awards

It all started a week ago Wednesday at Avalon, where bands played, the audience mingled and schmoozed, a guy in a bear suit turned out to be Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione (I think), and the NEMO music festival kicked off with the 2006 Boston Music
All’s well that ends well
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 03, 2006

Abbey loungers

White soul bands get a bad rap, and not just because a lot of them deliver bad rap.So why are the World’s Greatest Sinners an exception?
World’s Greatest Sinners and the Silver Lining
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 07, 2006