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Concert tickets: how the public got scalped

As the founder of, the author of The Phishing Manual: Compendium to the Music of Phish (1996), and an editor of Relix magazine, Dean Budnick knows how live music works.
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 20, 2012

Feist | Metals

Feist should be making perfect albums every time.
Cherrytree/Interscope (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  October 07, 2011

What Cheer? Goes Phishin'

By Nicole FriedmanWhat Cheer! Brigade fans should have known something was up for a while.In its summer preview blog post this year, Providence’s favorite marching...
By Dan McGowan  |  July 05, 2011

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

Fresh legends

Nine out of 10 rap legends prefer People Under the Stairs. (The holdout is a crackhead.) That's no joke — in my hundreds of interviews with dudes who brought the noise and funk before the big ship sunk ( circa 1997), California underground heroes Thes
Somebody pinch People Under the Stairs
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010

Party like it’s 2010

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '1
Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010


Short-form Portland

I can hear the snarky comments already: "What?!? Rustic Overtones put out an album this year and Pfeifle hasn't fallen all over himself naming it #1? The sky is green!" But this isn't 1999. It's 2009. And it isn't all that strange for a phenomenal albu
The 10 best LPs and EPs of 2009
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 18, 2009

Photos: Phish at Cumberland County Civic Center

Live at Phish's 2009 Fall Tour stop in Portland
Phish, live at the Cumberland County Civic Center on November 29, 2009
By SCOTT HOLT  |  December 04, 2009

Ghost stories

For all of the excitement that surrounded Wilco on the Maine State Pier or Sufjan Stevens at Port City Music Hall or the various sold-out Ray LaMontagne shows of the past year, there is no question that last Sunday's Phish show at the Cumberland County
Phish return to Portland, and the crowds throng
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009

Bare bones

His press materials tell me the young Benjamin Burgess is "uniquely compassionate."
The burgeoning Benjamin Burgess
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2009

Kudos to Phish nerds, and other music matters

We stand corrected


Greater Portland’s under some hippie-utopian version of martial law today, as most events seem to revolve around today’s (obviously) sold out PHISH concert at Cumberland...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  November 25, 2009

Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009

Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009

Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009

Hail to the chief

Phillipe and Jorge are delighted to see that Paul Suttell, our pick for Chief Justice of the Vo Dilun Supreme Court, smoothly sailed through the General Assembly to assume that grand position.
The supreme Suttell. Plus, Newport news, and more on Michael.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 03, 2009


Photos: Sunday at Bonnaroo 2009

Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
BREAKING NEWS: Phish to play Fenway

BREAKING NEWS: Phish to play Fenway

Bostonians beware: on May 31st, we are about to be under attack from legions of dirty hippies (and ex-hippies who have cleaned up their acts and gotten real jobs). It's true: in addition to Dave Matthews this year, Fenway Park will also play host to the first show of the hotly-anticipated reunion tour of legendary Vermont jam band Phish. Tickets, for those of you into that sort of thing, go on sale April 18 (next Saturday). Good thing the show is on a Sunday, otherwise we would be terrified. Press release after the jump:


By Ryan Stewart  |  April 06, 2009

The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009

Primordial stages

Boston's open mics: Launch pads or crash sites?
Boston's open mics: Launch pads or crash sites?
By MATT PARISH  |  November 24, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008


Mike Gordon

Phish phans biding their time for the jam band’s all-but-confirmed reunion should find plenty to occupy themselves with on this second solo album by bassist Mike Gordon.
The Green Sparrow | Rounder
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 29, 2008

Dude, you got any green?

I feel like I’m back in college, trying to score some decent weed.
Winter woes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008

Here we go, yo

No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 21, 2008

Will Harvard drop acid again?

In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008

Bouncing back

There couldn’t be a more deserving venue.
Good news for Black Rep and Stone Soup
By BOB GULLA  |  January 29, 2008


Northeast newgrass

Lowell is known for Kerouac, its historic canal system, and the Industrial Revolution, not the “high and lonesome” sound of bluegrass.
The rootsy routes of Hot Day at the Zoo
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008

Piano man

If you haven’t heard from Kevin Roper lately, maybe it’s because he was busy getting married.
Kevin Roper sets himself free
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2008

Boston, beer, and Bobby Brown

Last weekend at the Orpheum, Bobby Brown was not indicted but inducted.
The 20th-Anniversary BMAs
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007

The live rap album

December is the time of year when the new album well dries up and gives way to a deluge of novelty releases.
There are a few, and Mr. Lif has one of the best
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 05, 2007