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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.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  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
By DAVID THORPE  |  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.
Brighter days
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 09, 2011

A bankrobber downsizes

There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
Annals of Crime
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 15, 2011

Monument Square

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...
By webteam  |  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.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009


Riot act

Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  November 10, 2008

Mirror ball

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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008

Scott Walker

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
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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
By BOB GULLA  |  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
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  June 04, 2008

Vampire weeknight

Sunshine is so overrated.
Tiger Army bring the horror show
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 06, 2008

Skin deep

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
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  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
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  February 06, 2008

Prime time

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!
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 01, 2007


Fabulous fakes

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
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  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
By JAMES PARKER  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By ELLEE DEAN  |  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
By BRETT MILANO  |  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
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  November 15, 2006

Hidden Cameras

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 07, 2006

Raising Hell

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
By BOB GULLA  |  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
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 31, 2006


Stardust memories

“To become immortal, and then die.”
Willie Nelson gets to know Cindy Walker
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 17, 2006

Beneficial pop

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
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  March 17, 2006

A last chance power drive

By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005