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Whitcomb's legacy

It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2011

The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011

Vulgarrity's haunting Dance 2 the Grave

There's a musty funk emanating from the new VulGarrity disc, Dance 2 the Grave , as the acclaimed Provy-based sibling duo (Tracy and older brother Shawn Garrity) follow up their excellent '08 debut, If You Sing it, They Will Hum . . ., with 15 more t
Creatures of the night
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2010

VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009

By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures | Them Crooked Vultures

One day, maybe in a decade or three, somebody will dig this LP out of the future virtual version of a record crate in a Salvation Army and be blown away by the deep grooves this supergroup generate
DGC/Interscope (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 20, 2009


Falling fast

As almost always seems to be the case, I have to start the "fall preview" by detailing this upcoming weekend, which promises to be one of the most active of the year.
Let's get things started right away
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009

Dark matter

To paraphrase some wisdom from Jake "The Snake" Roberts, if a man has power, he never has to raise his voice. Jake was explaining why, unlike his adversaries, he didn't keep screaming gibberish. But it's a universal truth.
Soulsavers keep it eerie on the ears
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 18, 2009

The Dead Weather | Horehound

It's no coincidence that four of the 11 songs on the Dead Weather's debut — "I Cut like a Buffalo," "3 Birds," "Rocking Horse," and a cover of Bob Dylan's "New Pony" — make reference to the animal kingdom.
Third Man (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 24, 2009
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In the blood

“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to
VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 12, 2009

Punk legend Bob Otis returns with Lolita Black

When a local punk rock guitar legend like Bob Otis sincerely declares that "there's a lot of greatness going on in this town right now," you tend to listen up.
Back in Black
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 21, 2009


Mixed grill

Dave Bryant stood among the folding chairs in the audience before Scarecrow Mobius's gig at Outpost 186 a week ago Monday night, looked at his two-deck keyboard rig, and mused, "Not pretty, but I guess it will do. I had more room at rehearsal."
Scarecrow Mobius, Monique, and Morley
By JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 2008

Keys to our hearts

"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008

Voices carry

Stephen Malkmus never sounds like anyone other than Stephen Malkmus.
Stephen Malkmus, plus Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 05, 2008

Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007

Desert session

For nearly two decades, Josh Homme has had countless irons in the rock-and-roll fire.
Josh Homme’s lullabies of love
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 22, 2007


Pleistocene royalty

VIDEO: Queens of the Stone Age live at First Act Guitar Studios
By BOSTON PHOENIX VIDEO  |  October 18, 2007

Going on sale: July 27, 2007

Soulive, ZZ Top, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 24, 2007

Junior miss

Former glam-rocker Jesse Malin’s 2003 solo debut not only offered proof that he could make it as a singer-songwriter — it was the best thing he’d put out.
Malin’s third solo CD goes over the top
By IAN SANDS  |  July 09, 2007

Turning up

Seven times during our 20-minute telephone conversation, Keren Ann Zeidel tells me some variation of “There are no rules.”
The thing about Keren Ann
By JON GARELICK  |  May 29, 2007

Mammoth metal

The big story in heavy music right now is mammal metal, a blood-and-guts strain of post-thrash brutality lorded over at the moment by Lamb of God and Mastodon, two loud-and-proud Southern bands with new major-label discs out.
Mastodon and Lamb of God define a genre
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 03, 2006


Growing up in public

Ricky Valente, former wiz kid, has transformed himself into a legitimate and gifted songwriter.
Ricky Valente’s compelling new Loveless Letters
By BOB GULLA  |  August 22, 2006

On the racks: July 12, 2006

Plus Sao Paulo sextet CSS and Bad Religion's Greg Graffin.
Thom Yorke, Some Girls, Peaches . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 11, 2006

Emo corps?

The familiar sounds of Nirvana’s Nevermind are wafting out over the PA inside Fuse’s midtown-Manhattan studio, but few of the fresh-faced kids gathered on this April afternoon for a taping of the music-video network’s 7th Avenue Drop seem to recogniz
Taking Back Sunday turn up the volume
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 05, 2006

Not bummed out refers to Josh Homme’s old band Kyuss as “a heavy metal Velvet Underground . . . pioneers of the booming underground ‘stoner rock’ scene of the 1990s.”
Eagles of Death Metal pursue Death by Sexy
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 20, 2006

Not bummed out - side

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Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006