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Coming soon, unfortunately

Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010
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Beer, boys and parking-meter woes

As if you needed proof that Ron Harrity is one busy man (see: new releases from If and It, Honey Clouds, Marie Stella), two more albums finished off in his South Portland studio hit the streets this season in advance of your summer road trips.
New anti-anthems from Foam Castles and the Rattlesnakes
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2010

It's BiMPy time: Rhode Island Music Awards at Lupo's

Start the weekend off proper.
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 04, 2010
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Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010

And the award for best bad moustache and a Jheri-curl goes to ...

Do yourself a favor and watch the video for RUSTIC OVERTONES’ “Love and a 45.”
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010
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Poetic chaos

The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2010


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Living in the Now

There’s no denying the ongoing presence of what we’ll call melodic pop acts here in Rhode Island, bands comprised of guys in their mid-20s with a serious knack for penning sugary-sweet hooks and harmonies.
Shryne’s ‘honest but polished’ pop-rock
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 14, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Red scare

If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 07, 2010
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Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: The Church at the Somerville Armory

The night's entertainment was, as they say, high concept: on the eve of their 30th anniversary, Aussie new wave lifers The Church played 23 songs, one from each of their albums, in reverse chronological order, beginning with last year's Untitled #23 an
The Church, live at the Armory in Somerville, April 21, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 30, 2010
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Flying Lotus | Cosmogramma

Only an experimental laptop artist whose music exists primarily for pensive white weedheads would purport his new album to be “basically the studies that map out the universe and the relations of heaven and hell.”
Warp (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 30, 2010


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Monster math

New Bedford-based instrumental specialists Nature/Nurture strike back with a new release and an added guitarist, bolstering their complex yet concise angular jams while continuing the N/N tradition of composing monster math rock by-the-numbers — literall
Nature/Nurture return with EP002
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 23, 2010
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The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets

Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 16, 2010
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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
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Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
Virgin (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 19, 2010
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Pluck and determination

People have always thought that Joanna Newsom was indulgent. At first, it was about her voice — the kind of nasal yelp that usually keeps a performer from getting on stage at all. Then, on her second album, it was about her vocabulary and her instrumen
Joanna Newsom's masterful Have One On Me
By RICHARD BECK  |  March 12, 2010


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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010
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Review: Rogue Wave at the Paradise

On the first stop on their first tour in almost two years, Rogue Wave bounded onstage with what can only be called sheer delight, greeting the crowd like old friends they were pleasantly surprised to run into.
 Rogue Wave, live at the Paradise Rock Club, March 1, 2010
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 05, 2010
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Gil Scott-Heron | I’m New Here

It's always easy to forecast others' doom, announces Gil Scott-Heron near the end of his first album since 1994.
XL (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2010
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Turkish troubadours

I owe just about all my Turkish music knowledge to Okbari.
Okbari get all lovey-dovey
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 26, 2010

Shaking through

High-powered indie-punk at AS220
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 26, 2010


Sun Gods in Exile at SXSW, and more

Tough news to hear about Nick Curran, the one-time Nick Danger, who left Portland for Austin.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 19, 2010
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Yeasayer | Odd Blood

Yeasayer have created a decadent, densely produced mess of a second album.
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 12, 2010

The Low Anthem visit the Low Countries

Plus Brown Birds and Toughcats
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 12, 2010

Loaded weekend

The Chelsy Lau Band head to Cat’s in Pawtucket with guests She Rides, Red Lanterns, and The Organ Beats; and more.
From Ready Ink to Alec K. Redfearn
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 12, 2010
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Quiet storm

The only aspect of Allysen Callery's talents more impressive than her nimble, nylon-string finger-picking is her unmistakable voice.
Allysen Callery returns with Hobgoblin’s Hat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 12, 2010


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Smoothed out on the R&B tip

"Seeing Mary Bee interact and talk on a daily basis is totally different from hearing Mary Bee sing — it's like night and day," writes producer David Gonzalez.
Mary Bee and David Gonzalez’s Fiesole
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 05, 2010
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Bring on the major leagues

There ain't enough lighter fluid in your Bic to keep pace with Fairhaven's piano-driven anthems on their full-length debut Origins.
Fairhaven are officially on the hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 29, 2010
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Beach House | Teen Dream

Before I talk about Beach House's third album — the top dreampop album of 2010 until further notice — I should reveal that I had the big gay whirlwind romance of my life under the influence of a steady stream of Beach House Mania at SxSW three years ag
Sub Pop (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
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Los Campesinos! | Romance Is Boring

Toward the end of "In Medias Res," the first song on Los Campesinos!' third album, Gareth Campesinos (the entire Cardiff septet have adopted the surname) asks, "Is this something that would interest you?"
Arts & Crafts (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 22, 2010