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Thinking outside the Woodbox

As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 19, 2010
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Review: Pirate Radio

A rusty, red-painted trawler bobs in the waves of the North Atlantic. Inside is a claustrophobic warren of rooms: tiny, brine-smelling bunks, a well-stocked bar, and, crucially, a broadcast booth, its shelves crammed with the latest 45s and LPs, its turn
Richard Curtis’s boat rocks
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2009
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Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964

The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
Acrobat (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 18, 2008
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Men from Mars(eille)

“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”  
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008
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The South shall rise . . .

The singing groups of the South of France draw on everything from mediæval pilgrimage chants and troubadour poetry to contemporary rap and ragga.  
France's Occitan New Wave
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 01, 2008
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Reverend Organdrum

Reverend Organdrum come by their name honestly.
Hi-Fi Stereo | Yep Roc
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 07, 2008


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Carb unloading

After spending Thanksgiving gorging yourself on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all manner of high-calorie treats from candied yams to kaleidoscopic Jello molds, you should have energy to burn.
Thanksgiving treats in clubland
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2007

The Blob + Glue + Hangar 18

Local MCs Altruistic and Bread are “The Blob.”
Music seen at the Asylum, November 2, 2007
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 07, 2007
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Back to ‘Bassic’

Dubstep is one of those genres that’s more often talked about than heard.
Dubstep comes to Boston
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 23, 2007
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Boston music news: September 14, 2007

Rock clubs in the Fenway come and go.
Notes on two new rock clubs in the Fenway area
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 12, 2007
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Swede stuff

To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 04, 2007


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The Fun Years

In experimental music, there are constructs of noise and dissonance and there are landscapes of ambient textures.
Life-Size Psychoses | Barge
By DAVID DAY  |  May 29, 2007
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Kool Koala weekend

On Kid Koala’s new album we hear a sample of the Kid’s mom speaking to her favorite son.
SPACE hosts the weird worlds of hip-hop
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 18, 2007
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Live wired

The red-faced trumpet player screeches into the upper register as a jumble of timbales and turntable noise surges through the PA.
The Cat Empire’s circus of sounds
By ADAM GOLD  |  February 06, 2007
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Local motives

As is tradition (well, four years old, anyway), I’ll sum up my wishes from last year before I get to wants for 2007.
Wishes for the year in local music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 27, 2006
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Realm of the senses

Put aside everything you think you know about art for the sake of experiencing the sensual extravaganza of “Sensorium.” Slideshow: ‘Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art’ at MIT List Visual Art Center.  
Digging the media in ‘Sensorium’
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  October 25, 2006


The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 19


Beastie Boys | Worcester Centrum | August 25, 1998
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006
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New old spots

In our transient town, hundreds of thousands of Bostonians turn over every four years, but the venues tend to remain the same.
The Alchemist, the Good Life, Hot Lunch, and Glory
By DAVID DAY  |  August 01, 2006
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Logically speaking

The turntablist who taught jam bands to scratch speaks on his new album, the roots of jazz rap, and his New Orleans tribute with Charlie Hunter.
DJ Logic talks about his Zen moment
By DAVID BOFFA  |  July 17, 2006
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Soul clapping

Boston’s Next Generation Productions is on its way to becoming the premier party promoters on the circuit.
Next Generation is making moves, plus Letia Larok
By DAVID DAY  |  July 11, 2006
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Mission statements

You can tell a lot by a man’s record collection, and even more by his DJ set. And if not? Well, you still got to hear the new Burma record The Obliterati at the Enormous Room.
Brazilian funk, Missy Elliott, and other things you wouldn’t expect to find in Mission of Burma’s record crates
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 24, 2006


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Invite only

It’s Saturday night and somewhere in Chinatown there’s a party goin’ on.
Robot Love Songs, Unlockedgroove, and Zero G
By DAVID DAY  |  May 10, 2006
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Pimp your iPod

No gadget is an island.
The best ways to accessorize your cell, gaming device, or MP3 player  
By CATHY LU  |  April 25, 2006

Blood, felt, and rock and roll, day four

A belated appreciation of Ben’s Chili Bowl; singing along to Manowar; pony farts; in which the tour is compared to Apocalypse Now , in reverse.
The Chili Bowl and other stories
By HARRY & THE POTTERS AND UNCLE MONSTERFACE  |  April 07, 2006

Diskovery lost

Bibliophiles, audiophiles, and ailurophiles alike could find happiness at Diskovery, but at the end of the month, book, music, and cat lovers will have to travel just a bit farther for their fix, because this Allston institution can’t hold on any longer.
Allston indie moves out
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 15, 2006
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From Rio to Austin to Boston

Carnaval Brasileiro isn't a concert — it's a bacchanal, a dance party that surpasses the lunk-headed debauchery of New Orleans Mardi Gras and is more in the spirit of Rio.
Carnaval Brasileiro comes north
By JON GARELICK  |  February 16, 2006