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Musical literary stocking stuffers

The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
GIFT GUIDE 2012
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 07, 2012
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Wiggin' out

Suffice it to say, the remaining dates of the CLASH OF THE TITANS season have been moved to the Empire.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 02, 2011
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The Who | Live at Leeds: 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collector's Edition

Nearly three decades after launching a farewell tour, the Who continue to wring out dough from their fans both live and via recorded versions of their concerts.
Universal (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 03, 2010

Onward, Christian governor!

It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlik
Carcieri gets "loose"; plus, farewell to Tedy, and mind-boggling Bush
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 04, 2009
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Interview: Michael Lang

"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
Going back to Woodstock
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 24, 2009
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On their way to Memphis

Their name sort of gives them away.
The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 11, 2009


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Riot act

Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  November 10, 2008
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Endless rhapsody

If Queen had not existed, it would by no means have been necessary to invent them.
How Queen trumped the punks
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 07, 2007
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Boston music news: June 15, 2007

Jim Infantino of Jim's Big Ego is describing The Ego & the Oracle , a show he’s been staging Sundays at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway.
Notes on Jim's Big Ego, Campaign for Real-Time, and, um, Mayor Menino
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2007

After Dark: Chapter One

Eyes mark the shape of the city.
An excerpt from Haruki Murakami's After Dark
By HARUKI MURAKAMI  |  May 16, 2007
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Power-surge pop

I was expecting a restrained, polite set from the super-hyped Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John.
Peter Bjorn and John, Paradise Rock Club, May 4, 2007
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 07, 2007


Floating on

Like so many indie-rockers raised in the shadow of Northwestern clouds Isaac Brock knows a thing or two about gray skies.
Modest Mouse survive their own shipwreck
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  April 10, 2007
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No reason to complain

There are at least two ways to approach the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Escaping corporate rock — and the panel discussions — at SxSW
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 20, 2007
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Long live rock

Pete Townshend — slightly hunched and dripping sweat, the words “teenage wasteland” projected on a screen behind him — hit the last guitar chord of the Who’s anthem of unrepentant youthful rebellion and pride, “Baba O’Riley,” and stepped to the microphon
The Who, TD Banknorth Garden, December 2, 2006  
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 04, 2006
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Robert Pollard

Only a fool would’ve taken Guided by Voices’ 2004 break-up as a reason to believe we’d heard the last from frontman Robert Pollard, a Budweiser-slugging former grade-school teacher who’s never met a three-chord hook he didn’t like. Robert Pollard, "Sup
Normal Happiness | Merge
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 23


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


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For Pete’s sake

It’s been 24 years since the Who released a studio album. Townshend’s follies: Pete's pet projects. By James Parker.
The return of the mighty Who
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 25, 2006

Townshend’s follies


Pete's pet projects
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 25, 2006
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The old and the new

Their two hour show was a loud meditation on both youth and aging. Slideshow: The Who at TD Banknorth Garden, September 16, 2006
The Who, T.D. Banknorth Garden, September 16, 2006
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 18, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006
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The Who

Pete Townshend’s obsession with the Internet — the best place to get this import-only EP — spills into the band again.
Wire & Glass: Six Songs From A Mini-Opera | Polydor UK
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 11, 2006


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The Rogers Sisters

On their 2002 debut, Purely Evil , Brooklyn’s Rogers Sisters offered an occasionally thrilling garage-fuzz take on the then-burgeoning spastic Gang of Four–mat.
THE INVISIBLE DECK | Too Pure  
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  March 27, 2006
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Survival skills

Back when his ’60s contemporaries John Lennon and Pete Townshend were making careers out of revealing their innermost thoughts, Ray Davies moved in a different direction, observing everyday life and the quietly fraught people who live it.
The respectable return of Ray Davies
By ELIOT WILDER  |  February 21, 2006
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The Chris Brokaw Rock Band

Ex-Come guitarist leads indie supergroup back to slashing chords and single-note clang.  
Born again
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 07, 2006
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Pop toons

"It’s like Christmas in August," gushed the vice-president of development at the Cartoon Network last summer, describing the large box packed with Mattel toys that had just been delivered to his LA office.
Puffy AmiYumi and the art of virtual stardom
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 13, 2006