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The Big Hurt: The torments of Phil, plus Biebs's 'stache, Simpson's Snoop poop

A thrilling roller-coaster of PHIL COLLINS drama this week. First, a murmur washed over the media as Collins seemed to announce his retirement in an FHM interview.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 18, 2011

Dan Capaldi steps out from behind the kit

In addition to plenty of other projects, Dan Capaldi has played drums now for two of Portland's most important bands of the last five years: the brightly burning Cambiata and the still-on-the-rise Holy Boys Danger Club.
On the Level
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

The Big Hurt: True or false?

Rather than the usual "News in Brief," maybe I'll make things a little more interesting this week.
A music 'News in Brief' quiz
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 22, 2010

Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

Mostly Other People Do the Killing | Forty Fort

On their second CD, the celebrated young jazz quartet with the indie-rock name continue their audacious updating of the genre's old-school avant-garde.
Hot Cup (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  January 22, 2010

Anything and everything

People never like to label themselves. Or, at least they shouldn't.
StreightAngular just want to know what's now
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 09, 2009

triangle list

Weird and wired

  It is, of course, difficult to attach a single sound to a city. And Providence is no exception.
A small band of electronic music acts take on a rock ’n’ roll city  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 05, 2009

Video vérité

Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
By GREG COOK  |  April 03, 2009

Crossword: ''Go digital''

Turning over a new page
Turning over a new page
By MATT JONES  |  April 01, 2009

From your biggest fan

I e-mailed but you're still not calling. (I left my cell, my office, and my home number at the bottom.) You must not have got 'em; there must have been a problem with your servers or something.
An open letter to Canibus (sans Dido interludes)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 19, 2009

Smoke and mirrors (and elephants) at the ICA

Not into wheatpasting and framed posters? The ICA is about to serve up two shows by artists who promise not to pop up on street walls all over the city.
'Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan' and 'Acting Out: Social Experiments in video' coming to the ICA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 03, 2009


Phosphorescent | To Willie

No stranger to ragged, defeatist country/folk, Matthew Houck and friends sound right at home on To Willie.
Dead Oceans (2009)
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 03, 2009

2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

Beauty and the East

Gallery-goers with an affinity for art from Asia will have plenty of reason for excitement with a handful of enticing shows this winter.
Boston-area art spaces look to Asia this winter
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 29, 2008

Drink up!

Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
Santaland gets to the dark heart of Christmas
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2008

Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008


Adoring public

If the goal was to bring to life for a night the strange beast that is cable access, they nailed it.  
CCTV 20TH Anniversary at the Middle East Upstairs, October 18, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 21, 2008


Sax solos: a symbol of musical excess from a bygone era when “ProTools” was something a plumber brought to the job.
No decade blew harder than the '80s
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008

Ogre Ferreus

This is the album Ogre have been meaning to make all along.
The proto-man comes home on Plague of the Planet
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2008

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

From prog to pop

Much of the set came from the post-Gabriel, pre- Touch era, when Genesis mastered their orchestral soundscapes.
Genesis, TD Banknorth Garden, September 11, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007


Police profile

One of these days, in a British crime movie, there will appear a gangland boss with a fetish for the Police.
They never were your average punks
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 27, 2007

Get cirrus

If you know Mike Clouds’s work, it’s likely because of his team-up with A-Frame.
Mike Clouds teams up to go solo on Blown Speaker Project
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2007

Shape up

“Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms” is a powerful contribution to our understanding of Léger’s role in the development of abstract art in the early 20th century.
Fernand Léger at the Fogg, ‘Encounters’ at the BCA, ‘War’ at the MFA and Pierre Menard Gallery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 03, 2007


In the vast land of Dorchester, studios and beatmakers lurk around every corner. And this Sunday at ZuZu’s in Cambridge, one of their own celebrates a new release by . . . DJing with cassette tapes. Handcancel, "March Playlist" (mp3)
Handcancel and the 48 Beats of Power; more Miami
By DAVID DAY  |  March 20, 2007

Under the Covers battle

Rock-and-roll beefs are never quite as delicious as the heat-packing rivalries of their hip-hop brethren. Watch: Battle of the Album Covers
Albums of the year
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 19, 2006


Size matters

Every time I watch ESPN or Spike TV, I see these commercials for Enzyte “natural male enhancement.” Does that shit actually work?
But can you do anything about it?
By DAN SAVAGE  |  February 23, 2006