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The Big Hurt: This week in strategic promotional partnerships
Art can't reach its full purity until it's been smelted in the crucible of commerce.
| May 11, 2012
The Big Hurt: Nickelback backlash backlash; plus, Kurt Cobain and X-Factor, Korn's dubstep moment, and Billy Corgan's wrestling moves
Music news in brief
| December 09, 2011
[video] Passion Pit & Yes Giantess singing along to Nickelback's 'How You Remind Me'
We smell a future collaboration. The dudes in Nickelback have to be impressed by the unofficial side-stage sing-along provided by Passion Pit and Yes Giantess...
| August 11, 2010
The Black Keys | Brothers
Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
| June 04, 2010
The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart
If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
| June 04, 2010
The Big Hurt: What would Jesus download?
True, I may be the wrong guy to review the top tracks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. I’m not religious, so songs about Jesus mean about as much to me as songs about Popeye.
Who charted? Billboard's Top Christian Songs edition
| March 26, 2010
Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit
In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART
| July 31, 2009
The Big Hurt: Strung Out
A friend of mine is getting married soon, and she's been looking around for some classy wedding music.
Vitamin Records classes up the joint — kinda
| July 31, 2009
The Big Hurt: Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
What a lovely concept is mainstream rock : all that subversive stuff was fun for a while, but isn't rock much lovelier now that it's straightened up and joined the hegemony?
| June 05, 2009
Having paid my dues by wading through the alt-rock and godawful-country charts, I've earned the right to tackle the steamy stuff.
Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40
| March 24, 2009
Study shows country music is still just awful
You know what I haven't done in a while, for plenty of very good reasons? Listened to the whole cotton-pickin' Billboard Hot Country chart! Yee-haw!
| February 10, 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: Confessions of a band namer
Maybe you’ve never heard the name Harold Wells, but it’s a safe bet that you’re a fan of his handiwork.
The music industry’s best-kept secret speaks out
| September 02, 2008
Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
| May 07, 2008
The 100 unsexiest men in the world
Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART
| March 27, 2008
The power of love
Carl Wilson’s recent entry into Continuum’s esteemed 33 1/3 series — a series of books by critics and musicians devoted to canonical pop albums — is framed by an irresistible concept.
A respected music critic contemplates Celine Dion and has a crisis of conscience
| March 19, 2008
Dashboard Confessional: The Shade of the Poison Trees
The people want their wimp back; he’ll meet them halfway.
| October 08, 2007
The dark side of the rainbow
Does the simple fusion of audio to video count as high-quality entertainment?
The new medium of the YouTube mash-up
| August 29, 2007
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
| June 29, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 70-61
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 12, 2007
Worst in breed: Music
Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
| April 12, 2007
The five members of Fluttr Effect are seated with me on folding chairs in a circle, so anybody walking into the warehouse-like back room of the Berklee College of Music practice space in Allston might assume there’s some kind of rock-and-roll therapy s
Fluttr Effect wrestle with their identity
| December 06, 2006
Take a penny, leave a penny
It is tiny: a piece of copper-plated zinc only 19 millimeters in diameter and 1.5 millimeters thick, weighing just two and a half grams.
Some people really want to get rid of the one-cent coin — will you get screwed if it disappears?
| October 13, 2006
Get musically smarter
The biggest hurdle local and independent bands face is getting you, the consumer, to try them just once.
A how-to for finding music you don’t yet know you like
| February 23, 2006
Now is the winter of our discontent. That last heating bill nearly caused a coronary, and this month’s will only be worse.
Free booze! Free books! Free movies! Free iPods! A guide to getting something for nothing
| January 18, 2006
 An MBTA Red Line station without a broken escalator.  Someone in the White House who at least pretends we’re still looking for Osama.
106 things the Phoenix wants to see in 2006
| December 30, 2005
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