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Autolux | Transit Transit

As much fun as it is to be iconoclastic, it's tough for the art-rockers of today to escape the bones of the past when trying to break new ground.
TBD Records (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 30, 2010

Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010

Tech Support

"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009

Echo and the Bunnymen | The Fountain

Less dour than the Cure but more somber than New Order, with a thorny mix of sadness and sunshine, Liverpudlian gloom-pop masters Echo & the Bunnymen were far weirder than they get credit for being.
Ocean Rain (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 13, 2009

Blackbird at SpeakEasy

The year 2007 was a banner one for British theater.
A play about a confrontation between two desperate nobodies.
By ED SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2009

Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 18, 2008


A history of violins

To paraphrase (very loosely) Ben Franklin, wherever you go in this world of ours — and that includes Sweden, native land of Dungen mastermind Gustav Ejstes — nothing is certain but death, taxes, and being picked on mercilessly if you’re a kid who plays
The bigger, better sound of Dungen
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 21, 2008

Fall on the boards

There are tours to the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Italy, Iraq, the Aran Islands, and even the Underworld on area stages this fall.
From A Chorus Line to Tennessee Williams and the Grinch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 08, 2008

The (other) British invasion

Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008

J.P. to the rescue!

This Tuesday, June 24, the musical mayor of JP, Rick Berlin, hosts a benefit for the victims of the earthquake in China.
The Milky Way reaches out to China
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008

Sound Czech

Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll begins in 1968 in an English garden, where a piper perched atop an ivied wall is serenading a stretched-out blonde flower child.
Tom Stoppard fuses the history and the music in Rock ’n’ Roll
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 13, 2007



Ween come out flapping and squawking on La Cucaracha .
La Cucaracha | Rounder
By PATRICK CATES  |  October 22, 2007

Boston music news: May 4, 2007

Chris Mascara has been thinking about musical genres and labeling.
Notes on Chris Mascara and Berklee's new internet radio presence
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2007

Who’s your daddy?

Eggbot has always delighted in irony.
Eggbot gets paternal, grows up a bit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 14, 2007

Oh ... uh, wow ... thanks?

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, holiday shopping was a fairly straightforward enterprise.
The Internet is a vast trove of very strange gifts
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 07, 2006

Timothy Leary's dead

This article originally appeared in the March 17, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The psychedelic revival
By MARK MOSES  |  October 25, 2006


Roger Waters

With Pink Floyd resting like Monty Python’s ex-parrot, it is once again Roger Waters’s job to assume the Floydian mantle, and he’s assembled a crack octet to take with him on the road.
Elegy for Syd
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 12, 2006

Slick Weave, the Ruler

Have you heard that new(ish) Raconteurs album? Wow.
The Raging Main are a late-night party
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 09, 2006

Syd Barrett

Without meaning to, Barrett invented one of rock’s enduring archetypes: the visionary who burns brightly just long enough to become a bona fide star before plummeting into introversion and, in this case, a silence lasting more than 30 years.
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  July 21, 2006

An aural adventure

The sounds are dark, but sometimes light.
Terrastock 6’s psychedelic invasion
By BOB GULLA  |  April 18, 2006

Post-punk prophet excerpt

An Excerpt from Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
By SIMON REYNOLDS  |  March 23, 2006


Hyland avenues

It’s Friday night at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville, and the band on stage are facing a potential drum-kit disaster.
Headband and Appletown Gun Shop  
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  February 02, 2006

Redemption songs

Ryan Lee and the Mindless’s There Is No Music (Solari) was one of my favorite local albums of 2005.
Ryan Lee Crosby reemerges with the Mindless
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 17, 2006