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Boozy two-piece blues from Arcane Lore
Done right, the two-piece rock band can be pretty attractive. Just ask the Black Keys (who get help all over the place when performing, but that's another matter) and the White Stripes.
| January 11, 2013
Dr. John at the Paradise
One of the things I've always liked about Dr. John is his ability to turn any music he touches into his own — Duke Ellington, Tin Pan Alley, Howlin' Wolf Blues.
| June 08, 2012
Dr. Dog is the drug
On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
| March 16, 2012
The Black Keys rise to the arenas
When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
| March 02, 2012
This season starts retro and then fades to Black
After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
| December 30, 2011
The Black Keys | El Camino
El Camino has the unenviable task of following up last year's Brothers, but instead of trying to outdo its acclaimed predecessor, it scales things back and cranks up the volume.
| December 02, 2011
Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness
A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
| August 12, 2011
Top 10 records of 2010
2010 was full of riches: plenty of terrific albums came down the pike. There are more pop and rock discs I want to make note of, and maybe I'll do so next week if there's room after listing the year's Top 10 jazz titles.
From button-down brainiacs to primal chic
| December 24, 2010
Music news in brief: Bieber bullied, Kayne weird, Black Keys Pea'd
It's been a rough month for our biggest stars: Weezy's in solitary, TI's going back to jail, and now that rascally Biebs has run afoul of the mounties for scrapping with a 12-year-old kid who has since filed a formal complaint.
The Big Hurt
| October 29, 2010
The Big Hurt: Alternative rock songs
I got up this morning filled with a furious hatred of alt-rock — I was tossing and turning half the night with Third Eye Blind's "Semicharmed Life" stuck in my head, a torment I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
| October 08, 2010
Blog: The Black Keys: Blues Brothers
The Black Keys reveal the process behind the making of their hit album Brothers, their thoughts on going solo, and insights into the Keys' thought...
| August 26, 2010
Photos: Black Keys at Bank of America Pavilion
The Black Keys live at the Bank of America Pavilion, July 31, 2010
The Black Keys live at the Bank of America Pavilion, July 31, 2010
| August 06, 2010
Black Keys at the Bank of America Pavilion
The Black Keys are the embodiment of turn-of-the-millennium dirty-blues rock. Although their similarity to the White Stripes is obvious (both are guitar/drum duos with an...
| July 29, 2010
The Black Keys | Brothers
Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
| June 04, 2010
Making a beautiful racket
Where else could you see the Blizzard of '78 and I, Destroyer share the same stage?
RHD-RI presents Thunder In the Bucket
| January 15, 2010
My Song is Better Than Yours: 1/14/10
You, the people, vote for the song you think is better at 781-595-WFNX (9369) or by posting your vote to this blog in the comment...
| January 13, 2010
King Wilkie | King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers
Today, "risk" is less popular than George W. Bush, but this former Virginia band — now in NYC — are rolling the dice hard.
Dead Oceans (2009)
| May 01, 2009
VIDEO: Live from Coachella with Silversun Pickups, Jenny Lewis, Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand
The shenannigans are just getting started at the WFNX house at Coachella. Jenny Lewis, the Black Key...
| April 18, 2009
Coachella 2009: The Black Keys Interview
We interviewed The Black Keys at the Sapporo House at Coachella. Click here to listen! ...
| April 17, 2009
Without beating around the bush, here are three EPs worth hearing that have been sitting around the office a bit.
Three discs you should hear as the weather warms
| March 18, 2009
We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 24, 2008
The Big Hurt: Weezy unplugged
Our dream of a post-racial America moved one space closer to "king me" on the checkerboard of terrible metaphors this week
Plus Auerbach unbound and Glitter undeterred
| November 24, 2008
We got everything
Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
| November 19, 2008
Indie gets the blues
White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.
The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills
| April 23, 2008
No clock ticking
Rock and roll is a 15-year-old. Its makers may succumb to prudence and time but the music remains hormonal, idealistic, kinetic, and furious at anything you can think of to be pissed off about.
Jay Reatard channels his inner problem child
| April 15, 2008
Beyond the White Stripes
There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
| October 30, 2007
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
The seminal American punk band X specialized in songs about love on the skids or on skid row.
A Year in the Wilderness | Yep Roc
| July 17, 2007
The Heartless Bastards
The Heartless Bastards are a Dayton trio fronted by Erika Wennerstrom, an extremely shy woman with the voice of a blues crooner.
All This Time | Fat Possum
| January 22, 2007
None more black
"The music is our outlet, otherwise we’d all be in the nut house," says Black Angels' Christian Bland. The Black Angels, “The First Vietnamese War” (mp3)
Droning on with Austin's Black Angels
VICKI G. SIOLOS
| November 02, 2006
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