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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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2011
He'll show you the way (every day)

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...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  August 25, 2009
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2008
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Nine-step program

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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008

The (other) British invasion


Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008
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Sick leave

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
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2008


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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2008
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Starry nights

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
By REID HANSEN  |  July 03, 2007
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Cover bands

It’s one thing to cover a Beatles or Harry Nilsson tune, another to cover a whole album.
Meet the Smithereens! and Pussy Cats
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 13, 2007
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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
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  November 21, 2006


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Punked out

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
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 13, 2006
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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
By BOB GULLA  |  June 20, 2006