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Not so ‘great’

I want to thank reporters Chris Faraone, Matt McQuaid, and the Phoenix for being one of the few media outlets to question and dig into the true agenda of Stand for Children and groups like it (see "The Price of Change," June 22).
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, July 6, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 06, 2012
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The Beach Boys forget the past in order to embrace it

For the past 50 years, the Beach Boys have been selling myths, and we've been buying them.
In harmony
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 22, 2012
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Delta Spirit | Delta Spirit

The characters in Delta Spirit's songs— wistful daydreamers, hopeless romantics, and clear-eyed pragmatists alike— are as rich and complex as the music.
Rounder (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time,
Get kraken
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2010
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Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
Disney Pearl Series (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010
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Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby | Two-Way Family Favorites

This is a sweet tearjerker of an album disguised as a lowly covers set.
Southern Domestic (2010)
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 25, 2010


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Fresh heirs

A tip for bands out there trying to impress people with blogs: when choosing the decade you’d like to be mistaken for hailing from, choose wisely.
Dr. Dog have no Shame in their game
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2010
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The final four

From Yiddish speed-rhymes to Latin funk, the 2010 Rock Hunt finals once again delivered a musically diverse and thoroughly-entertaining show at Lupo’s last Saturday.
The Wandas hit the ground running at the ’BRU Rock Hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 16, 2010
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Ride that wave

Like a killer wave or a lousy metaphor, success can really sneak up on you.
Are Surfer Blood the only band from Florida?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010
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Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear St
CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 19, 2010
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Laura Veirs | July Flame

Thanks to the string of albums she's released over the past decade or so, this Portland-based folkie has cultivated a reputation as a gifted chronicler of the outdoor experience.
Raven Marching Band (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 22, 2010


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2009: The year in local pop

When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted al
The '09 mixtape
By MATT PARISH  |  December 25, 2009

Crossword: ''Initial reaction''

Letters, not words
Letters, not words
By MATT JONES  |  November 27, 2009
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Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009
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Crash proof

I've never trusted music that's too engineered, too perfect. Headphones on the drummer and a hundred tracks running off a laptop? Most bands practice and practice to get things just right, but it's that threat of the unexpected that makes a show worth
Arms and Sleepers are more than just a hard drive
By MATT PARISH  |  October 02, 2009
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Tropicália storm

When Sérgio Dias takes to the Somerville Theatre stage this Sunday with the current incarnation of Os Mutantes, it's a safe bet he'll be beaming with gratitude. "I'm riding the same wave," he says of his band's legendary Brazilian albums, "but this time
The long awaited return of Os Mutantes
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 02, 2009


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Mixed moods

The painting that sticks in my mind from "Beyond Will Power: The 5th Annual Top Drawer Group Show" at Top Drawer Art Center (2731 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, through September 4) is Anthony Brun's mixed-media painting Jason Killed Freddy .
Big statements at Top Drawer Art Center
By GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2009
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Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  July 31, 2009
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So good

One way to experiment with songwriting is to throw convention out the window, eschew verses and choruses, try to be completely unique. Sometimes the idea appears that if a song sounds like anything that came before it, well, that's points deducted like
Spencer Albee's got Spirit. How 'bout you?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 31, 2009
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Surf bored

Paranoia isn't what it used to be — not for Thomas Pynchon, at any rate.
Little virtue in Pynchon's Inherent Vice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2009
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The Ch-Ch-Ch-Change

If men had menopause, going postal would be the rule rather than the exception, and we'd have to get our mail from carrier pigeons.
Menopause The Musical at Trinity
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 19, 2009


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Back on the surf-rock sonar

'Tis the season for veteran surf-rock trio the Fathoms to usher in the warm weather when they play a free gig at Nick-a-Nee's on Saturday.
Hanging 30 with the Fathoms
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 22, 2009
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Condo Fucks | Fuckbook

In the unlikely event that you haven't already discovered this on the Internet: the Condo Fucks are not the "legendary New London, CT trio" they're described as on Matador's Web site.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2009
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Wavves | Wavves

Fat Possum  (2009)
Fat Possum  (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  March 17, 2009
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Psych out

Conversations about music can easily turn into conversations about geography.
The depunking of Darker My Love
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 24, 2008
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Department of Eagles | In Ear Park

Rare is the side project that outstrips the better-known band, but Dan Rossen, one of the main men of Grizzly Bear, does just that with his “other band,” Department of Eagles.  
4AD (2008)
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 21, 2008


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School of Seven Bells | Alpinisms

School of Seven Bells piece together two points of reference: the electronic music made popular by the Postal Service, Volvo ads, etc.; and the tightly controlled feedback of shoegaze.  
Ghostly International (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  October 21, 2008
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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson and his karaoke-smooth backing band the Wondermints have instead given us something on par with 1970s Beach Boys.
That Lucky Old Sun | Capitol/EMI
By DEVIN KING  |  September 02, 2008
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Lykke Li

Lykke Li may be hotly tipped for Starbucks stereoplay, but she’s more “Konichiwa Bitches” than Keren Ann.
Youth Novels | Atlantic
By SAM UBL  |  August 26, 2008
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Scott Walker

This is one of the classic artistic-breakdown albums, as revelatory as the Beach Boys’ Wild Honey or the Beatles’ Let it Be .
’Til The Band Comes In | Water
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 26, 2008