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Thorpe nabs Deems Taylor Award

Phoenix columnist David Thorpe has been named one of the winners of this year's ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for writing about music.
Blowing Our Own Horn Dept.
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011

Dear Phoenix Readers

A word from the new editor
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 25, 2010

The Big Hurt: Here come the summer fests

Look alive, alt-metal fans. Time to polish the wallet chain, spray some Febreze on the ol’ cargo shorts, and dye your goatee purple for maximum extremeness: festival season is nearly upon us!
‘Excellent entertainment-value propositions’ for all!
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 06, 2008

Culture clash

If there were two golden rules worth following for this reviewer gig, they’d be never conflate an artist’s backstory with her product, and never read other people’s reviews.
M.I.A. confronts American pop protocol
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  September 05, 2007

Mary Weiss

“I don’t write hits,” sings Mary Weiss on her first — at 58 — solo album.
Dangerous Game | Norton
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 18, 2007

Culture war

One media outlet swallows another, jobs are lost and egos bruised, and allegations of bad faith fly.
Last year’s New Times–Village Voice media merger pitted two kinds of journalism against each other. Guess who won?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 02, 2007

Making book on rock 'n' rool

Everybody knows that the first rock critics were those sweaty adolescents who got dragged up to American Bandstand’s Rate-a-Record display by Dick Clark.
The dean's list
By MARK MOSES  |  November 06, 2006

Flashbacks: November 3, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 01, 2006

Is this the way new wave ends?

This article originally appeared in the February 27, 1979 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Not with a bang but a Clash
By ARIEL SWARTLEY  |  October 25, 2006