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The Walkmen fill in the gaps
Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.
| October 12, 2012
The Big Hurt: Weighing 2011 against decades past
We can't truly understand 2011's place in music history until we weigh it against its counterparts from decades past, preferably in some sort of arbitrary jerk-off critical exercise. Hey, here's one
The year in context
| December 23, 2011
Lauren Rioux's hosses and regrets
In a town and state that really know their bluegrass and string-band music, Lauren Rioux has been doing a bit of hiding in plain sight.
| September 09, 2011
A bankrobber downsizes
There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
Annals of Crime
| April 15, 2011
And in Monument Square during happy hour, there's a chance to catch up on some Clash of the Titans nights you may have missed. Local...
| July 15, 2009
The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards
With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
| July 10, 2009
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| November 10, 2008
The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
| September 08, 2008
This is one of the classic artistic-breakdown albums, as revelatory as the Beach Boys’ Wild Honey or the Beatles’ Let it Be .
’Til The Band Comes In | Water
| August 26, 2008
Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin’ Pins live it up
Over the years, Providence’s Johnny Carlevale has served as a kind of musical archivist.
Gettin' real gone
| June 10, 2008
Man of the Century
Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
PHILLIPE + JORGE
| June 04, 2008
Sunshine is so overrated.
Tiger Army bring the horror show
| May 06, 2008
The facial and body tattoos of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people were originally chiseled into the skin by means of an albatross bone and vegetable-based pigments.
‘Maori Tattoo’ at the Peabody Essex, Jim Henderson and Ann Torke at Boston Sculptors, and Student Shows at the MFA and SMFA
| February 12, 2008
Reelin’ ’n’ rockin’
Deer Tick singer John McCauley’s lived-in anthems harken back to the old-school traditions of Nashville, a boozy world of dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music.
Deer Tick runs the gamut
| February 06, 2008
To many political conservatives during Vietnam, championing the music of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell was the equivalent of French-kissing Chairman Mao.
Heeere’s . . . Johnny Cash!
| October 23, 2007
Do you believe in Magic?
On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
| October 01, 2007
If “The Basement Tapes” had been conceived for the Top 40, it might have sounded much like the Traveling Wilburys.
Charmed by the Traveling Wilburys
| August 10, 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
Citadel of sound
Before the digital universe expanded, serious home recording was just a dream.
Nashville’s RCA Studio B celebrates its 50th
| July 03, 2007
An old poet
Sometime after the lights went out, Willie Nelson walked on stage.
Willie Nelson, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH, June 15, 2007
| June 19, 2007
All dolled up
We have seen the face of Boston rock and roll, and it’s got painted-on eyebrows.
Yes, Virginia, but there’s more to the local scene than Amanda and Brian
| June 06, 2007
Waters runs deep
This article originally appeared in the June 23, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Lunch with director John Waters
| November 15, 2006
Much like Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields, the Hidden Cameras have evolved from something of a bedroom-demo recording project into a fully orchestrated studio band complete with cello, viola, glockenspiel, upright bass, and the like. Hidden Camera
Awoo | Arts & Crafts
| November 07, 2006
It could be that with the new Daughters album, Hell Songs , we’ve reached the end of the sonic line.
Daughters’ hardcore mayhem; Eric Fontana; Coat of Arms
| August 08, 2006
John Waters runs deep
Lunch with director John Waters. The menu: delicately-spiced Vietnamese eggrolls. The conversation topic: eating shit.
The director discusses Pink Flamingos
| June 21, 2006
Art and politics
The canny Texas-born songwriter T Bone Burnett hasn’t stepped into the footlights for — at least metaphorically — 14 years now.
T Bone Burnett stakes his claim
| May 31, 2006
“To become immortal, and then die.”
Willie Nelson gets to know Cindy Walker
| May 17, 2006
They were calling it the “Who Stole Baker’s Shit!” benefit, but the mood at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Central Square last Tuesday night was more neighborhood spaghetti supper than riled-up rock show.
Bake sale for Baker; roadrunning at P.A.’s
| March 17, 2006
A last chance power drive
| December 18, 2005
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