Steve Van Zandt

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Celebrating Ralph's

Having survived the temporary loss of its coolness factor at the turn of the century, and the death of namesake Ralph Moberly last year, Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner, the 400-seat Worcester night-life landmark that's showcased several decades worth of
A Worcester Icon at 30
By BRIAN GOSLOW  |  May 08, 2009

Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008

Muck and the Mires

If Phil Spector could produce the Ramones, then Kim Fowley can produce Muck and the Mires, local faves whose sound has always been two parts Ramones to five parts British Invasion.

Dorren EP | Dirty Water

By BRETT MILANO  |  April 15, 2008

Boston music news: April 11, 2008

Notes on the future of the Paradise Lounge and more

By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 08, 2008

Boston music news: February 15, 2008

Notes on the Motion Sick and Warren Zanes
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 11, 2008

In a bit of a jam

To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 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

Closing on a classic

Why is it that as Tony Soprano sits on a deck chair overlooking a pristine upstate New York lake, the atmosphere is filled with dread?
The Sopranos plays its last hand; Entourage fires up a Yom Kippur war
By JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2007

Magic shows

It’s a recent Sunday near midnight, and Charms leaders Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda have their ears to the radio. The Charms, "So Romantic" (mp3)
The Charms become Wicked Cool
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007

Finding the balance

Barn Burning has been through a myriad of changes since releasing its debut, Weatheredbound , in 2003.
Barn Burning are tight and disjointed, loud and soft on Truck
By BOB GULLA  |  January 23, 2007

Springsteen comes of age

This article originally appeared in the June 6, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A dangerous romantic begins to reckon the risks of rebelling
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006


Back to the garage

In a perfect world, it would have been Little Steven Van Zandt’s channel, rather than Howard Stern’s, that prompted hundreds of thousands to sign up for Sirius satellite radio.
Little Steven and the Mooney Suzuki
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 12, 2006

Boston music news, March 31, 2006

The CHARMS have landed big-shot garage-rock producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six) to produce their next album.
Notes on The Charms, Protokoll, and Wild Zero
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  March 28, 2006

Family and fate

Series creator David Chase could easily have ended The Sopranos last year, in the fifth season.
The Sopranos finds the Tao
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2006

A last chance power drive

By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005