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Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory

The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since t
Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 13, 2012

Lifeguards | Waving at the Astronauts

Hey, it's another Robert Pollard record. Today must be a day. We can't even joke about how prolific this guy is because we've heard 'em all a million billion times already.
Ernest Jenning Record Co. (2011)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 11, 2011

Guided by beers

On the sauce with an American rock band
On the sauce with an American rock band
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 05, 2010

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
"Classic" Guided by Voices reunion turns into full-blown tour, coming to Boston 11/5

"Classic" Guided by Voices reunion turns into full-blown tour, coming to Boston 11/5

Guided by Voices fans, commence your Pollard-style high kicking now: that "classic" GBV lineup reunion show we told you about a few weeks ago? It's...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 15, 2010

Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 12, 2010



 Yay! Happy No More 2009! Wait...that sounds negative.Happy Another Year Further Away From 2008! There, that's better. Call us crazy, but the future feels a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  December 21, 2009

Review: Robert Pollard | Elephant Jokes

Pollard doesn't care whether you listen to his music. The entire world could be rendered deaf and he'd still put out a half-dozen albums a year, driven by a need to express the twisted melodies and schizophasic lyrics that clutter his brain.
Guided By Voices Inc. (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 14, 2009

The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
Do Me: Five Options for Your Monday Night

Do Me: Five Options for Your Monday Night

 - One-man panoramic post-rock soundscapist Kevin Micka a/k/a Animal Hospital brings his heaps of gear and oodles of heart to Weirdo Records today for a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  August 03, 2009

Thaww, yeah

Ah, wintertime. It's dark, it's cold, it seems like you might lose a few extremities to frostbite on the way to the club. You know what? Just go for it.
Local CDs to help you make it until spring
By MATT PARISH  |  December 29, 2008


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

Saving The Past For Last

It’s refreshing that Pollard isn’t trying to rewrite the two-minute power pop of GbV’s heyday, and his relentless (and hyperprolific) pursuits are admirable.  
Robert Pollard’s Boston Spaceships at the Paradise, September 30, 2008
By RYAN WALSH  |  October 08, 2008

A real cut-up

Robert Pollard is a Renaissance man.
An interview with Robert Pollard on the occasion of the landing of Boston Spaceships
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 23, 2008

Arresting developments

Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008

Going on sale: July 4, 2008

James Dewees of Reggie and the Full Effect, Icy Demons, the Wedding Present and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 02, 2008


Robert Pollard(1)

Pollard achieves the balance of indie and arena rock he’s been chasing for years, but he demonstrates something new in his approach
Robert Pollard Is Off to Business | Guided by Voices Inc.
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 09, 2008

Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007

Matter of characters

Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Robert Pollard

Only a fool would’ve taken Guided by Voices’ 2004 break-up as a reason to believe we’d heard the last from frontman Robert Pollard, a Budweiser-slugging former grade-school teacher who’s never met a three-chord hook he didn’t like. Robert Pollard, "Sup
Normal Happiness | Merge
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2006


On the racks: October 10, 2006

Plus Robert Pollard, Sting, and the Cure.
From Gothic Archies to Mod Rods to little Lohans
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 10, 2006

Work ethics

You can file Jason Molina with the über-prolific. Magnolia Electric Co., "Lonesome Valley" (mp3)
Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 15, 2006

Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006

Pop Master

As last night’s show at T.T. the Bear’s Place proved, Keene is still a masterful songwriter, singer, and guitarist in love with his craft after 22 years in the trenches.
Tommy Keene at T.T. the Bear's
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 15, 2006

Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006


Robert Pollard

From the first song, notice was served at the Paradise last Friday that Robert Pollard's first solo tour would be a different beast from the raucous, shambling piss-ups that marked Guided by Voices gigs of old.
Get a faceful
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 24, 2006

Set ’em up, knock ’em back

History’s greatest drinkers, music’s greatest drinking songs, and a wobbly time line of booze in Boston.
15 people who could (or can) drink more than you
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 17, 2006

Goodbye, cruel world

The other day an e-mail arrived from Jo Jo Gator, a guy some of you may know is a local and national pop music impresario.
Jo Jo Gator bids farewell after two decades in the music biz  
By BOB GULLA  |  January 25, 2006

Doin’ it live

The winter concert scene’s got something for everybody, from Averi to Zakir Hussain. Okay, I couldn’t resist that bit of alphabetical hackery, but it’s true.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 09, 2006