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Thieves Like Us | Again and Again
When today’s musical magpies look back to the ’80s to steal the sonic shiny items that catch their ears’ fancy, they gravitate toward the Day-Glo sheen of that era’s false promise and anthemic vacuousness. Thieves Like Us, however, are not that breed o
| May 28, 2010
Hot Chip | One Life Stand
Four albums into a career that appeared to begin as an art-school goof, Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti.
| February 19, 2010
Minitel Rose | The French Machine
Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
| June 26, 2009
The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery
YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
| December 01, 2008
Crossword: ''Hag in there''
Sounds like you've got a cold
| June 04, 2008
From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
| May 06, 2008
Pop’s fairer image
After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
| December 04, 2007
This is something of a letdown.
In Our Bedrrom After the War | Arts + Crafts
| October 15, 2007
Morrissey was playing his first Boston show in three years, and erotic revelation was at hand.
Morrissey, Bank of America Pavilion, June 26, 2007
| July 02, 2007
Despite Rufus Wainwright’s intentions, Release the Stars could be his most lavishly appointed disc yet.
Release the Stars | Geffen
| June 11, 2007
Don’t be afraid of the Dark
The typical Haruki Murakami protagonist is torn between women who are unattainably gorgeous and those who are just unbelievably cute. An excerpt from Murakami's After Dark (mp3)
Murakami’s noirish novel is playful, too
| May 16, 2007
Crossword: 'Go, Blockhead'
You think I'm playing around?
| March 14, 2007
The Cozy revolution
In the scramble to capitalize on the digital music revolution, old record labels are restructuring their business models and new labels are rushing to market. tfo, "Fidelity" (mp3)
A Providence imprint redefines the record label
| October 30, 2006
Flirting with danger
Mike Furey wants to play Bubba’s Sulky Lounge. Dangerous Muse, "The Rejection" (QuickTime)
Portland boy, half of Dangerous Muse, making good as gender-bending electro-pop star
| October 10, 2006
Flashbacks: September 14, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| September 14, 2006
With Amanda Ghost, Tom Verlaine, and Boy George leading the list of vocalists on Nostalgia for the Future , this British production team have made an album that fans of steamy, atmospheric, Europop won’t want to miss.
Nostalgia For The Future | Global Underground
| September 05, 2006
The Pet Shop Boys
Coming off a soundtrack for Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and a UK-only hits collection (PopArt), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe put out their first full album of new songs since 2002’s unfocused Release .
Fundamental | Rhino
| August 15, 2006
Going on sale: August 8, 2006
Iron Maiden, Ani DiFranco, Atreyu, Bouncing Souls, Dead Kennedys, Pet Shop Boys, James Blunt, Justin Timberlake, and more.
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| August 08, 2006
Crossword: 'Hey four eyes!'
That's what you'll shout
| May 24, 2006
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