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Boston Phoenix holds Ric Ocasek's late-'70s leather jacket for ransom

Boston Phoenix holds Ric Ocasek's late-'70s leather jacket for ransom


Dear Ric Ocasek, We were very disappointed to learn that you did not want to talk to the Boston Phoenix about the Cars’ new album,...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 13, 2011
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Weezer: The Early Years

When Rivers Cuomo, Weezer wunderkind and Harvard-educated overachiever, sets his mind to something, he is nothing if not meticulous.
Rivers Cuomo reflects on the making of 'Blue' and Pinkerton
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 04, 2010
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Guided by Voices return with self-inflicted nostalgia

When Guided by Voices announced their reunion tour this year, it marked a milestone of sorts for the Dayton band. This is arguably the first conventional career move they've ever made.
The club is open, once again
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 05, 2010
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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 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008
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Motley crews

The history of Boston rock and roll begins with these immortal words: “Ding! Dong! Ding ding dong! Ka-ding dong, ding dong ding!”
A short history of Boston rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 15, 2006


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Bebe does the Middle East

Dressed in blue jeans and a tight black top, Bebe Buell is in the dressing room last Saturday at the Middle East downstairs, applying make-up and massaging her bare feet.
Modest, demure and quiet
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 25, 2006

The New Cars

On stage, the new line-up didn’t sound like a tribute act, and neither did it sound like a Cars/Utopia hybrid. It sounded like the real thing.
The new real thing
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 14, 2006
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Bye-Bye Ric

How do you revive a legendary band when the frontman isn’t interested?
Rundgren joins Hawkes and Easton in the New Cars
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 31, 2006
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The New Cars

With some kind of Killer(s) neo-new wave tide now undeniably lapping at the shores of mainstream pop and its underground analogue, the return of the Cars — one of Boston’s best-known new-wave breakouts — is a no brainer.
When old bands play new tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2006
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Din

If you’ve seen Din play clubs, odds are you’ve been both impressed and confused.
LONGHAIR MUSIC | Din
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 10, 2006


Boston music news, March 17, 2006

Boston rock icons the Cars will reunite for a summer tour that hits Bank of America Pavilion on May 9. There’s just one catch: standing in for Rick Ocasek, who opted out of the reunion, will be Todd Rundgren.
Notes on The Cars, Unearth, and Hallelujah the Hills
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  March 14, 2006