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PJ Harvey | Let England Shake

Polly Jean Harvey's newest manages to be a song cycle about the soldier's perspective on armed combat without being a typical anti-war diatribe — and is all the better for it.
Island Records (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 11, 2011

Winter music preview: Winter beats

James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 31, 2010

The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2010

Review: Carmen Consoli at Regattabar

How Italian was the crowd at Carmen Consoli's sold-out Regattabar show? The language was everywhere. The couple from Methuen sharing our table were 50 percent, and the Italian husband estimated the room at 90 percent. (I was guessing 85.)
Carmen Consoli, Live at Regattabar, January 7, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2010

Photos + Review: Pretenders, Cat Power at Pavilion

The Pretenders + Cat Power + Juliette Lewis | August 12, 2009 at Bank of America Pavilion
The Pretenders + Cat Power + Juliette Lewis | August 12, 2009 at Bank of America Pavilion
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: June 12, 2009

I'm writing to thank you for your brief, honest assessment of our band's performance and constitution (see " Bands Come, Go, and Get Bashed ," by Christopher Gray, June 5).
Thanks for honesty


PJ Harvey wants your fucking ass

PJ Harvey's two albums with John Parish are not her best work. (Go ahead and argue it, if you like.) The first, Dance Hall At Louse Point , was a surprise departure from her game-changing To Bring You My Love , an album that sold far less than Madonna
PJ Harvey + John Parish | House of Blues, Boston | June 6, 2009
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 12, 2009

Photos: PJ Harvey at the House of Blues

PJ Harvey at the House of Blues
  PJ Harvey, live at the House of Blues, June 6, 2009
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  June 12, 2009

Video: PJ Harvey Wants Your Fucking Ass

PJ Harvey, "A Woman A Man Walked By" (Live at House of Blues Boston | June 6 2009)Review, photos com...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 07, 2009


If you’re flummoxed by the dizzying breadth of our rock scene, a good place to start deflummoxing might be the trifecta of Band in Boston podcasts.
Band in Boston escapes to the web
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008


Variety pack

Bohyun Yoon’s fascination with the human body has led him in the past to play around with clear plastic clothing and naked models covered with mirrors.
Six artists at the Chazan and 5 Traverse galleries
By GREG COOK  |  March 05, 2008

The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

Desert session

For nearly two decades, Josh Homme has had countless irons in the rock-and-roll fire.
Josh Homme’s lullabies of love
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 22, 2007

Pop shock

The UK version of American Idol is called Pop Idol — and that’s left Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall with mixed feelings about the whole notion of having a pop hit.
KT Tunstall comes dressed for success
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 16, 2007

PJ Harvey

As the next 10 songs in this cryptic gothic fairy tale unreel, she experiences a drug-induced nightmare, a moon tide of guilt, and, seemingly, death.
White Chalk | Island
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 24, 2007


Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

Julie Doiron

Canadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron embarks on a bracing departure from her usual tender, acoustic confessionals with spare accompaniment and an understated æsthetic.
Woke Myself Up | Secretly Canadian
By CHRIS PARKER  |  April 17, 2007

Just the Fax

This article originally appeared in the August 13, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kurt Cobain to the Phoenix : ‘F--- off!’
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 29, 2007

A muse amused

There are a few good reasons to admire Kristin Hersh’s latest solo album, Learn To Sing like a Star . Hersh's bar: The essentials. By Brett Milano
Kristin Hersh discovers the bright side of life
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007

Snoop Dogg

That Snoop has made his best album since 1993’s Doggystyle is a painful reminder that the hip-hop ambassador has spent the majority of his career coasting.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment | Geffen
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 11, 2006


Small-town gold

Like most 17-year-olds, Sonya Kitchell is struggling to figure out who she is.
Sonya Kitchell strikes a major chord
By ADAM GOLD  |  October 27, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 23

The Who | the Music Hall | August 6, 1971
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 26, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 21

R.E.M. + Husker Du | Harvard University Indoor Track Center | March 22, 1984
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 22

PJ Harvey | T.T. the Bear’s Place | August 15, 1992
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Gratifying Disappointments

The Big Disappointments are an important local band for two reasons. One, they kill live. Two, their bassist is arguably the most famous spectator in the last decade of Boston live music. Big Disappointments, "Chemicals" (mp3)
Tall Guy is in a (really good) band!
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 12, 2006


Sense in the sound

In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
By JON GARELICK  |  September 20, 2006

Portland scene report, June 2, 2006

Now-Is-Now and Dead Season poised for upcoming releases; F2 Beat Alliance debut Sanford Funk Summit ; Jason Hjort boosts the city's electronic music scene

On the Racks: May 23, 2006

Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 23, 2006

Wicked games

There was a time, not that long ago, when the two-or-three-day rock-festival experience was reserved for the Brits.
Hanging with Giant Drag at Coachella
By JEFF MILLER  |  May 12, 2006