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This season starts retro and then fades to Black
After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
| December 30, 2011
He'll show you the way (every day)
I like the way PETER FRAMPTON hasn’t taken his classic rock stardom and songbook of hits too seriously; he doesn’t mind showing up in situations...
| August 25, 2009
The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!
I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
| December 29, 2008
The history of rock, as a technical story, is a mix of skilled craftsmen and total doofuses sticking their fingers in wall sockets over and over.
The best pedals ever to happen to rock music
| September 08, 2008
The (other) British invasion
Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
| August 19, 2008
Because of an unforeseen medical emergency and resultant procedure, “Big Hurt” columnist David Thorpe was unable to furnish his regularly scheduled column to the Phoenix this week.
David Thorpe: The early writings
| June 10, 2008
The Big Hurt: Fire sales
The world’s largest collection of recorded music has gone up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million.
Plus, this week in tedious headlines
| March 04, 2008
They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
| July 16, 2007
About two weeks ago, you could have caught New York-based jazz trumpeter Russ Johnson at Carnegie Hall with sax player Lee Konitz.
New York’s finest jazz musicians come to Farmington
| July 03, 2007
It’s one thing to cover a Beatles or Harry Nilsson tune, another to cover a whole album.
Meet the Smithereens! and Pussy Cats
| February 13, 2007
The next action sport
At New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in mid October, hundreds of people are squished into bleachers, staring at cyborg super-soldiers who’re killing each other.
Say hello to the new breed of pro athlete — and goodbye to their grassroots
| November 21, 2006
Fast and semi-coherent, like the music it documents, Paul Rachman’s American Hardcore , from the book by Steven Blush, uses an efficient equation: band members talking + flyer graphics + grainy clips from live shows. Watch the trailer for American Ha
The lost generation of American Hardcore
| October 13, 2006
Homegrown in Newport
Of the many reasons to love Newport, the city in the summertime — with its uncertain drivers, parking nightmares, and stampeding herds — is not one of them.
The Sunset Music Festival; plus, Someday Providence
| June 20, 2006
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