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Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 03, 2012

Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Paranoid Social Club really are out to get you

Hopefully by now you've heard the first single from Paranoid Social Club's new Axis IV , "Count on Me," and you don't need a whole lot of convincing that this is the record you'll be listening to all summer.
Club-house rules
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 20, 2011

Gravity and grace

Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
By REYAN ALI  |  May 28, 2010

Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009

Delayed gratification

"It's the most bizarre, perverse thing," admits guitarist Greg Edwards over the phone from LA. "I don't understand why people haven't abandoned us completely."
At long last, Autolux returns
By MATT PARISH  |  September 04, 2009

goose list

Shudder to think

With the tools available to electronic musicians — software and limitless collaborators available through the Internet — the only limiting agents are ambition and work ethic. Well, talent, too, but that can be as easily wasted as ever if you don’t know h
Chill out this summer with Goose Bumps, Vol. 3
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2009

Puracane | I've Been Here the Longest

Released by San Francisco groove merchants Ubiquity almost a decade ago, Puracane's debut Things You Should Leave Alone was an interesting if oddly timed proposition.
Astraea (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 12, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Year in National Pop: New attitudes

Are we fated to pretend?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 22, 2008


Like fellow studio-friendly trance band Portishead, Spiritualized know how to bring their aural soundscapes alive in real time and space.
Roxy, July 30, 2008
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  August 04, 2008

Video: Gnarls Barkley covers Radiohead; Radiohead covers Portishead

Gnarls Barkley, "Reckoner" (Radiohead cover, Live at Rosskilde) Find more videos like this on w....
By Carly Carioli  |  July 11, 2008

Fuming through the dog days

In preparation for another three months of endless days and sweaty nights, here are five new albums to get you through the summer.
Five new albums to soundtrack a passive-aggressive summer
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2008

Journey to the surface of the Earth

Looking at the landscape brings out the artist in everyone.
Landscape anew at Mass MoCA, ‘Exposure’ at the PRC, Dana Clancy at the Danforth, and grouped figures at GASP
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 13, 2008


It’s a welcome step into new territory and a more than satisfying downer dose to set against the onset of sunny days and ice cream.

Third | Island

By MATT PARISH  |  April 22, 2008

Dancing in the Dark

If you’re a Cat Power devotee or even a casual fan, you’ve heard the horror stories about Chan Marshall’s live performances.
Cat Power at the Orpheum Theatre, February 7, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 12, 2008


My Chemical Romance leader Gerard Way has told the NME that the band will likely pare down their sound for their next record. After the...
By FNXAdmin  |  January 24, 2008

Natalie Walker

It’s all soothing, but Walker’s never too sweet.
Urban Angel | Quango
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 14, 2008

Freedom songs

The Mars Volta’s new Amputechture (Universal) is the first album the Los Angeles–based prog-punk ensemble have made that doesn’t have a unifying story line.
The sonic growth of the Mars Volta
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 26, 2006

Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast  
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  August 01, 2006

On the Racks: May 30, 2006

Plus, Jamie Lidell and Herbert get in the mix.
Sophie Barker, Les Claypool, and Peeping Tom  
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006


Sarah Harmer

A fetching Canadian songstress who'll appeal to No Depression readers and NPR listeners but doesn’t make a lasting impression beyond the confines of a suddenly crowded niche.
I'M A MOUNTAIN | Cold Snap/Zoë
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 22, 2006

In Wynton's silhouette

Wynton Marsalis’s iTunes exclusive Live Session — featured in Apple’s recent “Silhouettes” TV ad — is proof enough that jazz is as downloadable as any hip DJ mash-up.
Apple gets jazzed up
By ADAM GOLD  |  February 21, 2006


To the electronica-lite of Zero 7’s 2001 debut, Simple Things , Jamaican-born Mozez brought hot buttered soul and Marvin Gaye assurance, the former church singer wrenching real soul out of a pure digital frieze.
SO STILL | Apace
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 23, 2006

Liverpool's latest

Last year, though word barely reached the States, the Liverpool scene came back to life, with the Zutons, the Stands, and the Coral leading the resurgence.
The overlooked brilliance of the Coral
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 17, 2006