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Photos: Neil Young and Patti Smith at the TD Garden

Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Patti Smith perform live at the TD Garden on November 26, 2012.

By TIM BUGBEE  |  December 14, 2012

Neil Young inspires a chill new wave

Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.

By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 02, 2012

On the Road with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

It's Thanksgiving at the Smith home, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
A backstage diary
By AL GIORDANO  |  March 09, 2012

Patti Smith | Outside Society

Punk-rock-poet-priestess, Mapplethorpian-anti-pin-up-queen, rabble-rousing-riot-grrl-archetype: Patti Smith is your go-to rock icon when it comes to underbelly doppelgangers of Pat Benatar or Stevie Nicks.
Columbia/Arista/Legacy (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  August 12, 2011

In the matter of Chafee campaign manager John 'JR' Pagliarini

The outrageous attempt to tar Linc Chafee's campaign manager John "JR" Pagliarini, who fell on his sword last week and quit the campaign, is the sort of Karl Roveian dirty trick that should make any decent Vo Dilunduh long for a good shower.
Karl Rove would be proud; it’s still a Complex World; the return of Ut
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 22, 2010

Hope against Hollywood

Mr. Keough’s “Is There Any ‘Hope’ in Hollywood” article makes my own point. Precious , The Blind Side , and The Princess and the Frog were strategically released to detract from the positive image of President Barack Obama.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 26, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 26, 2010

Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010

Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids

How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 12, 2010

Graduate studies

I'm not a big fan of the "you are what you eat" theory of musical influence. I've experienced enough defective Radiohead knockoffs in my day to know that a group's favorite bands often have nil to do with how their music will sound. I also think that o
The learning curve of Lissy Trullie
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 11, 2009

Owing muses

A few days after I graduated from high school, the Internet showed up. "Well," I thought to myself. "That's just fucking great."
Brian King sings his life in Venus As a Boy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009


Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

This collage of a documentary emanates from an 11-year collaboration between punk poet/rocker Patti Smith and her filmmaker friend Steven Sebring.
An intimate, affectionate, non-linear visit
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 2008

The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

Saving bonds

Moral and ethical quibbles aside, society’s objection to queers amounts to a question of power.
Unconventional wisdom at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2008

Life after The Sopranos

If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
Christuhfuh rocks
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008


Light show

The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008

Allison Moorer

Working with producer Buddy Miller, Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’ , giving each track its own distinct personality.
Mockingbird | New Line
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2008

Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008

Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007


Holiday books

Okay, we admit, we went a bit crazy this year.
Coffee-table madness
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 03, 2007

Rock And Roll Photographs by Lynn Goldsmith

Abrams | 304 pages | $50.00
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 03, 2007

Sticky and sweet

All for the love of rock-and-roll, uh, mediocrity?
Juliette and the Licks, Middle East Downstairs, November 6, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2007

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Rocker moms

In Sharon, there’s one garage that’s been a breeding ground for a very different kind of band.
HRT come straight outta Sharon
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  October 08, 2007


In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

Portland scene report: August 24, 2007

Harrington, who also publishes the local uber-zine Kapital Ink, is nothing if not elbow-deep in rock.
Sibilance starts now

'Please kill me'

This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 20, 2007

Holding out Hope

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a bar having a quiet late-afternoon cocktail when I became aware of an insistent, irritating noise.
Mandy Moore does it her way
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 19, 2007