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Taking up Arms
As might be expected from a band who take their name from Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, Arms Against a Sea appear conflicted on their debut full-length, The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price .
Deliberating on The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price
| February 19, 2010
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
| June 12, 2009
On the cheap: T-Rex Taqueria
In restaurants, as in life, timing is everything.
Indie fresh Mex and Tex-Mex that suits the tenor of the times
MC SLIM JB
| December 10, 2008
Bob Dylan Unboxed
This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
| October 15, 2008
What good can the blues do?
You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
| September 17, 2008
The (other) British invasion
Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
| August 19, 2008
Bob Enos, 1947-2008
“He could always hit those high notes,” said Roomful’s former bandleader Greg Piccolo.
Remembering one of a kind
| January 16, 2008
Boston is known for the ’60s folk boom, the garage-y “Bosstown sound,” and as one of the birthplaces of alternative rock.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl
| December 31, 2007
Colony collapse disorder
If you get a chance, check out the trailer for the movie 2 on YouTube.
Covered in Bees Kill Louder Than Fire
| December 05, 2007
Georgia-born Tritt has always been a country musician with a rock-and-roll soul, but this time he’s put the accent on “soul” as a genre.
The Storm | Category 5
| September 05, 2007
Finding a balance
He’s a romantic, that’s for sure, but he’s also a realist.
Craig DeMelo’s Whiskey Poet; plus, Jerimoth Hill
| February 20, 2007
This article originally appeared in the January 27, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
James Brown, takin' it to the Stage
| January 23, 2007
Growing up in public
Ricky Valente, former wiz kid, has transformed himself into a legitimate and gifted songwriter.
Ricky Valente’s compelling new Loveless Letters
| August 22, 2006
The hell with free speech
Phillipe & Jorge used to think that the constitutional flag-burning amendment championed by a number of Republican solons was merely a cheap sideshow.
Some patriotic thoughts on flag desecration
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| July 05, 2006
It’s clear from the first refrain of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” that the Soul Band don’t fool around.
The Soul Band's blueprint for great R&B
| May 17, 2006
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