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Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness
A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
| August 12, 2011
Roky Erickson With Okkervil River | True Love Cast Out All Evil
True Love Cast Out All Evil finds troubled Texas psych-rock legend Roky Erickson reflecting on a life filled with turmoil.
| April 30, 2010
Gil Scott-Heron | I’m New Here
It's always easy to forecast others' doom, announces Gil Scott-Heron near the end of his first album since 1994.
| February 26, 2010
"Did I turn this into a big gay interview?" Given I've been folding my boyfriend's briefs throughout our conversation, I don't think Gossip's Beth Ditto has anything to worry about on that front.
Might the world finally be ready for Gossip?
| October 09, 2009
Flying solo (and duo)
Think about everything you know about Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter: Ocean's work fronting the heavy rock trio Loverless, say, or his lead-guitar turn in the radio-rock foursome All the Real Girls; Gutter's piercing vocals out front of Rustic Overtones,
Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter get busy taking it slow
| August 07, 2009
Gossip | Music For Men
Working with master minimalist Rick Rubin, Gossip have lost more than the "The" from their name, as they've pared down their sound while amping up the pop and R&B-isms of their earlier work in this clear and earnest bid for the big kahuna.
| July 10, 2009
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
| December 01, 2008
It’s hard to say who detests Metallica more.
Death Magnetic | Warner Bros.
| September 10, 2008
13 shots to the dome
What to do with LL Cool J?
The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
| September 02, 2008
Neil comes to Fenway
First song: “Sweet Caroline”— that Fenway anthem that booms throughout the park in the middle of every eighth inning. An hour later, Diamond played the thing again “for anyone who came late to the show.” And then, one more time .
Hot Diamond-on-Diamond action
| August 27, 2008
Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus
It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes
JAMES PARKER AND SHARON STEEL
| March 19, 2008
Prepare yourselves: R.E.M. have decided to become a rock band again.
Spring Arts Preview: R.E.M., B-52’s, Counting Crows, Breeders: what year is it again?
| March 10, 2008
It’s as if he were trying to impress mom while keeping the kids at bay.
Free Life | American/Sony
| November 19, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
The big apple
With his big, bearish presence and Buddha-like air of reflective certitude, Rick Rubin has been christened savior of the music industry.
iTunes is still the answer
| September 04, 2007
Cooking with Joe
Some rock stars travel with personal chefs. Joe Perry brings a grill — a Weber.
Aerosmith’s lead guitarist has grill, will travel
| September 04, 2007
There’s an interesting moment in the new memoir by former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, when the author finds himself on tour with Danzig and Marilyn Manson.
Glenn Danzig reveals his Lost Tracks
| July 09, 2007
How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
Charlie Louvin returns
| March 06, 2007
Having more fun
By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
| February 13, 2007
Justify my love
Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
| February 05, 2007
On the racks: November 21, 2006
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead
Army of Anyone, Joanna Newsom, the Game, (+44)
| November 21, 2006
All access pass
Rock and roll in black-and-white and in color comes to town this week, when Providence-based photographer Richard McCaffrey presents a show of his best work at the Dryden Gallery.
Richard McCaffrey’s “Troubadours, Rockers & Punks”
| November 15, 2006
Donovan has never seemed to be quite of this world, since his best-known songs take place either in the skies (“First There Is a Mountain”), underwater (“Atlantis”), or within inner space (“Sunshine Superman”).
Donovan’s endless ’60s
| November 13, 2006
That rumbling, booty-shaking bass, the whip-thwap drums, the familiar melodies with Portuguese lyrics. It’s called baile funk, and if you’ve been to a hip DJ show lately, you’ve probably heard it. Edu K, "Hot Mama (Bonde do Role mix)" (mp3)
Edu K helps baile funk survive hipsterdom
| October 03, 2006
Metal reveres above all the single mind, undivided by doubt or the gentle dialectics of sanity.
Slayer stick to their Satanic program
| September 28, 2006
Punk rock has never been a seemly genre in which to grow old. The Adolescents, "OC Confidential" (mp3 via MySpace)
The return of the Germs, the Adolescents, and Flipper
| August 22, 2006
The final journey
“The best ideas for songwritin’ are the true stories that happen — especially to people. When you get into the human spirit, you get some good ideas sometimes,” says Cash. Johnny Cash, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" Windows Media | Real Audio Five je
Johnny Cash’s A Hundred Highways and his Personal Files
| July 05, 2006
When Rick Rubin went looking for Johnny Cash in 1993, he found a master songwriter and a living depository of American folk lore who’d been left behind by the changing tides of the industry and the times.
Rick Rubin’s parting gift to Johnny Cash
| June 27, 2006
No other performer has been as vilified as the Dixie Chicks were for speaking out — and they wouldn’t have been if they hadn’t made their name in the conservative space of mainstream country music.
The Dixie Chicks hold their ground and then some
| June 06, 2006
May has been a big month for mainstream rock, with high-profile releases by Pearl Jam, Tool, and Jack White’s Raconteurs racking up blockbuster sales and claiming pop-cultural real estate reserved more often these days for Kevlar-clad rappers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ two-disc epic
| May 28, 2006
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