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Rogues gallery

Time to get your crazy on.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  March 08, 2013

Awaas challenge norms, politics, and audiences

If metal is a fundamentally outsider genre, Awaas is what happens when a metal band looks in.
The sound of progress
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 26, 2012

Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2010

The Nightly News Playlist [Monday – 11/22]

Beady Eye – Bring The Light Atomic Tom – Take Me Out Crystal Castles (w/ Robert Smith) – Not In Love Cage The Elephant –...
By Paul Driscoll  |  November 23, 2010

The Cure | Disintegration: Deluxe Edition

Originally released in 1989, Disintegration is not just one of the Cure’s masterpieces — it’s also their commercial peak.
Rhino (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 04, 2010

Review: Brütal Legend

The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
Brutal is one way to put it
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009

7. Robert Smith

That depressed hair and make-up thing was super cool in the 80s, but, now that The Cure front man is pushing thrice his prime bodyweight, his plump Goth facade is nothing short of frightening.
That depressed hair and make-up thing was super cool in the 80s, but, now that The Cure front man is pushing thrice his prime bodyweight, his plump Goth facade is nothing short of frightening.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Higher ground

Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009

Review: Vampire Weekend and Black Kids live

Somehow, I ended up with extra tickets for last Sunday's Vampire Weekend show, and I gotta tell you: I couldn't give these things away.
WFNX's Miracle on Tremont Street, Orpheum Theatre December 7, 2008
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 09, 2008

The Cure | 4:13 Dream

Even with a dozen records behind him, Smith, when he puts his mind to it, remains a master at crafting concise masterpieces of bouncy pop majesty.
Geffen (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 11, 2008

Black Kids

Partie Traumatic not only overcomes its ponderous pre-hype, it also shows that emo might not be today’s only hope for romantic pop.
Partie Traumatic | Hear Music
By SAM UBL  |  July 22, 2008


Monday, we're in love

Witnessing the Cure was like an inexplicably uplifting trip through a never-ending black hole.
The Cure, Agannis Arena, May 12, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 19, 2008
Fletcher interviews Robert Smith of The Cure

Fletcher interviews Robert Smith of The Cure

 I had the chance to sit down and have a beer with the legendary Robert Smith before The Cure played Agganis Arena.  We talked about...
By Fletcher  |  May 15, 2008
Pop Trash, Robert Smith and WTF

Pop Trash, Robert Smith and WTF

Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash and interviews Robert Smith of The Cure. We also check the WTF Line, which is (781) 595-1017. Put our...
By Charlie  |  May 13, 2008

The 100 unsexiest men in the world

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

Portland scene report: April 20, 2007

Sidecar Radio have plans for a big CD-release weekend at the Big Easy.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 18, 2007


Brit flops?

Bloc Party have gotta be one of the more misunderstood — or at least mislabeled — Brit exports of the past couple of years. Lily Allen, "Smile" (mp3)
Bloc Party rise to the occasion, plus Lily Allen on SNL
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 06, 2007

On the racks: August 8, 2006

Plus Blood Meridian, the Gin Blossoms, and Bernard Fanning.
Dirty Pretty Things, Ani DiFranco, and the Cure
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 08, 2006

On the racks: May 16, 2006

Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 16, 2006

Sunset Rubdown

Shut Up is unabashed and far-reaching, a thousand parts sweated down to four players and one harrowing Robert Smith karaoke voice, occasionally too synth-proggy but always high stakes.
Shut Up I Am Dreaming | Absolutely Kosher
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  May 08, 2006

They have MySpace in heaven, right?

A few Thursdays ago, Larry Dobie left his daughter, äRRiel, a message on her MySpace page.
Inevitably, the social-networking site has become a virtual graveyard
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  March 28, 2006