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Ian Svenonius conjures the spirit world in reviving rock and roll history
These days, the road toward a successful music career seems very brightly lit.
Are you a believer?
| January 25, 2013
Tame Impala | Lonerism
Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
| October 05, 2012
David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]
Bowie's greatest album? Depends on the day. Canonically, however, this is and will always be a BFD: an archetype of alternative commercial rock, the primo platter of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interp
| June 08, 2012
25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days
Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
| November 18, 2011
Blasting away the blues with Bass Drum of Death
Bass Drum of Death, the cranium-clobbering garage duo-turned-trio chosen to rep the Hospitality State this year, will join Japandroids tonight (Thursday) to metaphorically Eiffel Tower a sold-out Middle East.
Sound the charge
| September 16, 2011
Review: Higher Ground
True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
| September 09, 2011
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
Life still sounds good for GNR's Tommy Stinson
Stinson's legacy isn't entirely based on playing back-up. He's also chiseled out a side career as a guitarist and singer, creating a repertoire of hooky alt-rock songs in side projects Bash & Pop and Perfect and, most recently, in work released under
| February 18, 2011
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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.
| February 11, 2011
Slideshow: Doomstar gives out amateur tattoos
Punk trio Doomstar administer ink to Phoenix music writer P. Nick Curran; read his story about his experience and watch the video here .
The Phoenix 's P. Nick Curran gets ink from Doomstar
| February 11, 2011
Theatre that ran the emotional gamut in 2010
We laugh, we cry, we stifle annoyance and look at our watches. Theater performances vary widely in what they attempt and how well they accomplish it.
The human condition
| December 24, 2010
Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in
Rock music as soul food
| November 26, 2010
John Lennon | Signature Box
Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
| October 08, 2010
Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms
Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask.
Rock and love
| September 24, 2010
It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
| March 26, 2010
Interview: Ozzy Osbourne
Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunn
The belles lettrist tells all
| January 29, 2010
Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA
The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender
Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
| January 21, 2009
In the annals of rock-and-roll-origin stories, Colin Newman, singer/guitarist for the pinned-down cynical conceptualist rock band Wire, has one of the odder ones.
47 releases in, Wire can still get it up
| October 01, 2008
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