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New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
Newport calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 11, 2011

Six Star General kick up some serious sludge on Six

"The wah is dead," Six Star General guitarist Kyle Jackson acknowledges early on during the first of two CD release shows last weekend at the Apartment.
Commanding your attention
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 21, 2011

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse | Dark Night of the Soul

A vague dispute between Danger Mouse and EMI sabotaged a timely release of this last year, and that was followed by the mega-bummer suicides of both Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous and key collaborator Vic Chesnutt last winter.
EMI (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  July 23, 2010

Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Suzanne Vega at Sanders Theatre

At the request of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, folk/alt-rock legend Suzanne Vega performed in Prague on Saturday with the likes of Lou Reed and Joan Baez to honor the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Suzanne Vega, live at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, November 6, 2009
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  November 20, 2009

The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers

Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 29, 2009

propellers list

Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.

The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2009

Full album stream: Dangermouse autotunes David Lynch on "Dark Night of the Soul"

We assume folks are web-ripping this as we speak, but for the time being the only place you can hear...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 14, 2009

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

King of the hill

“I didn’t think anyone would come to these shows. I figured the venues would be half-empty, and it hasn’t been that way at all,” says Sparklehorse mastermind Mark Linkous.
Mark Linkous revives his Sparklehorse
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  February 20, 2007

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes and her band conjure images of closing time at a dark tavern on a dusty street in a sleepy town.
Like, Live, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul | Barsuk
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  February 20, 2007


Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton

This solo debut from Metric frontwoman Emily Haines is a big departure for the Toronto-based art-school graduate. Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton, "Doctor Blind"  (mp3)
Knives Don’t Have Your Back | Last Gang
By JEFF BREEZE  |  November 28, 2006

Avant gardener

In 30 years, he’s progressed from hippie cabaret crooner to experimenter to visionary. The many modes of Waits. By Ted Drozdowski Tom Waits, "Bottom of the World" (mp3)
Three sides of the prolific Tom Waits
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 20, 2006

Knives out

A few years back I raved about a band called Holiday.
The new sound of Neo Nouveau; plus Wetlands Preserved
By BOB GULLA  |  August 02, 2006