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Thurston Moore moves on

When Thurston Moore takes the stage at Somerville Theatre on Tuesday, he will no doubt stroll through the wispy cloud-spires of last summer's Beck-produced solo effort, Demolished Thoughts (Matador).  
Demolition man
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 27, 2012
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A talk with legendary producer and musician Martin Bisi

Since opening BC Studio in Brooklyn in 1979, Martin Bisi has recorded dozens of records on the fringe of the avant-garde scene, including early Sonic Youth, Michael Gira's Swans and Angels of Light, and the cabaret breakout debut record from Boston's Dr
‘Tired of recording’
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 25, 2011
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Raymond Pettibon's 'Repeater Pencil'

"Was he a cynic, an enthusiast, or merely an aesthete of rough seas?" Rhetoric scratched across a cresting wave sets the dissonant tone of "Repeater Pencil," Raymond Pettibon's 14-minute single-screen animation, which wavers between a decorated apat
Last words
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 10, 2010
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #36 [Sonic Youth]

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #36 [Sonic Youth]


Here are 5 of my favorite Sonic Youth songs.  
By Paul Driscoll  |  July 15, 2010
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Sound of Silver

From Extendo-Ride to Cult Maze to their latest incarnation, Brenda, there has never been any doubt about the songwriting capabilities of Peet Chamberlain and Josh Loring.
Brenda's debut a raucous shade of pop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2010
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Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010


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The future of brutal

“I’d like you to clarify a bit more exactly what you mean by ‘go off the rails.’ ” I’m speaking to Nick McMaster, bassist for Krallice — I hesitate to say “interviewing,” because moments like this, where he’s asking me for clarification, make it hard to
Metal, refined and redefined by Krallice
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010
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Poetic chaos

The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2010
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Monster math

New Bedford-based instrumental specialists Nature/Nurture strike back with a new release and an added guitarist, bolstering their complex yet concise angular jams while continuing the N/N tradition of composing monster math rock by-the-numbers — literall
Nature/Nurture return with EP002
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 23, 2010
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Bands of brothers

I'm living the most local life I've ever lived right now in Dorchester," says Chris Hislop, bespectacled guitarist in the long-running Boston band Piles.
'Hislopalooza' is a family affair
By MATT PARISH  |  March 12, 2010
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Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010


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The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack

This Los Angeles foursome first emerged in 2008 as the Muslims, a name they elected to change after they grew disgusted with and exhausted by all the ignorant — and often racist — bullshit that came out of people's mouths during shows/interviews/conversa
Kemado (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2010
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Tight but loose

I had never come across the adjective "jangular" until I visited the Glowkid website.
Jangly + angular = Glowkid
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 22, 2010
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009


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High tide

Newport’s Cliffs & Bangers bring their lightning-rod brand of surf-rock to the 201 this weekend behind their spring ’09 release Short Tracks No Brakes , and the downtown crowd better be prepared for some hair-flailing headbanging.
Thrashing surf-rock from Cliffs & Bangers
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 04, 2009
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Photos: Sonic Youth at the Wilbur Theatre

Photos of Sonic Youth on their 2009 tour
Sonic Youth, live at the Wilbur Theatre, November 22, 2009
By JEROME ENO  |  November 27, 2009
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Dropping by with an old friend

Even before there were festivals like All Tomorrow’s Parties to formalize the concept, Sonic Youth have always given off a curatorial air.
Sonic Youth + The Feelies, live at the Wilbur Theatre, November 22, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 27, 2009

Weekly Mixtape: Listen to this week's issue of the Phoenix


Click on the player above to stream tracks from bands featured in this week's music section, hand-picked by Boston Phoenix music editor Michael Brodeur.  Live...
By Michael Brodeur  |  November 25, 2009


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Do over

I tried hard to be born earlier, but it didn't work. As a result, I've had to contend with an irritatingly positioned cultural blind spot (roughly 1976–1986) that currently occupies all that open space once filled with childhood memories.
The Feelies pick up their legacy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 20, 2009
What are your favorite alternative albums of the 2000s?

What are your favorite alternative albums of the 2000s?


 You may already be getting sick of reading the obligatory Top Albums of the Decade list that every music editor, blogger, and social networker has...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 19, 2009
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Glorious bastards

Few bands could serve as a better case study on the influence of Internet hype on mainstream media and popular acceptance than Deerhunter. Before the band "broke" in early 2007, to a glowing Pitchfork review of their album Cryptograms , the Atlanta fo
Deerhunter's path from divisive buzz band to indie royalty
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 04, 2009
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Review: It Might Get Loud

Some guitar teachers will tell you there’s a right way and a wrong way to play the guitar. But Davis Guggenheim’s rousing new documentary, It Might Get Loud, reminds us that that’s not true at all.
Davis Guggenheim films his essay on the electric guitar
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2009
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Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009


Music seen: Pixies vs. Sonic Youth at Empire

The Clash of the Titans has become a Portland staple over the last three years. Since shifting from the Big Easy to the Empire this year, the Tuesday tradition has lost none of its crowd-pulling potential.
Sublime musical match-ups
By DAN CLARK  |  June 12, 2009
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Sonic Youth | The Eternal

This is Sonic Youth's first release on Matador Records, a retirement home for long-in-the-tooth indie-rockers, after two decades of major-label albums and one celebrity-curated Starbucks hits compilation.
Matador (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 05, 2009
This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA

This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA


Go vote in our annual Best Music Poll. Seriously. (Seriously)In Giant Steps, Jon Garelick checks out...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 04, 2009
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Magik Markers | Balf Quarry

Before Balf Quarry landed on my desk, I figured the dirtiest thing in Connecticut was Chris Dodd's browser history. Not so.
Drag City (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009