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The Mars Volta sprang forth from the '90s avant-punk of At the Drive-In.
Warner Bros. (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012
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Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010

The Mars Volta at the House of Blues | October 7


Not even a (minor) set malfunction could put a damper on the energy coursing through the House of Blues last night. Mid-set, one corner of...
By webteam  |  October 08, 2009
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Up for the challenge

Rhythmafia have been on the scene for about four years, and in that relatively short time the Providence natives — Rob Cinami (drums and backup vox), Jamie Kearns (guitar), Zack Chagnon (bass), and frontman Sam Montes — have successfully delivered a bl
Rhythmafia: a new breed of mashup
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 28, 2009
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Things fall apart

As hipster, electronic, indie-rock, and rap cultures converge, MCs are taking cues from their other-genre contemporaries who rely on everything from stage props and antics to self-mutilation in the quest to entertain.
Hip-hop finds room to move at South-By.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 25, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza!

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
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


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Sonic youth

After a pair of successful record-release gigs at Firehouse 13, Cali Smile will join an indie-rock bill on Friday (the 21st) at URI with locals the Coming Weak, the Noise Campaign, and Warwick's Dorado 30, to name a few — all for only $4 at the door.
California Smile bring the noise
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 19, 2008

Crossword: '''Tis the season''


For once, I hope you don't catch on
By MATT JONES  |  November 05, 2008
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Going on sale: June 6, 2008

Spiritualized, Duffy, The Mars Volta, and more.
Breaking Boston concert news
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 03, 2008
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Mining the past

John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008
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Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007


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Is it in the stars?

When Casey Crescenzo, frontman of the Dear Hunter, was a kid, he gave Nirvana a shot. It didn’t take.
The rise of Casey Crescenzo’s the Dear Hunter
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 29, 2007
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Flowing forward

There were just a few holdouts from the backpack era for last Tuesday's El-P’s Middle East show.
EL-P, Middle East Downstairs, May 1, 2007
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  May 07, 2007
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Lords of acid rock

At both shows Earl Greyhound have played in the Boston area to date — upstairs at the Middle East (to which they return this Tuesday) in early October and outdoors in Harvard Square for Oktoberfest a week later — people laughed. Earl Greyhound, "All Be
Earl Greyhound open the floodgates
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 10, 2007
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Neo-new-what?

The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006
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Progressive party

The five members of Fluttr Effect are seated with me on folding chairs in a circle, so anybody walking into the warehouse-like back room of the Berklee College of Music practice space in Allston might assume there’s some kind of rock-and-roll therapy s
Fluttr Effect wrestle with their identity
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 06, 2006


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The Sound and the fury

It was a little disconcerting to enter Avalon against a tidal flow of people heading for the exits prior to the start of last Wednesday night’s performance by . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
. . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Avalon, November 8
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 13, 2006
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On the racks: October 24, 2006

Plus Miho Hatori and Arctic Monkeys.
John Legend, Sparta, the Drones, and Albert Hammond, Jr.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2006
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Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006
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Freedom songs

The Mars Volta’s new Amputechture (Universal) is the first album the Los Angeles–based prog-punk ensemble have made that doesn’t have a unifying story line.
The sonic growth of the Mars Volta
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 26, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006


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On the racks: September 12

Hard to believe it’s been over a decade since Basement Jaxx first scored a club hit with a little “Samba Magic.”
Basement Jaxx, Brazilian Girls, Black Keys, Junior Boys, and more. . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 13, 2006
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Siren song

When the Receiving End of Sirens took the stage, coming out to the “Cheers” theme (“Sometimes you want to go….”) and the screams of a packed Avalon, it was clear that it was good to be back.
Keating, Portugal. The Man, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Circa Survive at Avalon, August 14, 2006
By SAM MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 15, 2006
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A little bit Louder Now

Having risen from post-hardcore bands that even your mom has taken to calling “emo,” they’re now a band with a rock and roll work ethic and aspirations to pop greatness.
Taking Back Sunday's Matt Rubano on flying mics, MySpace, Boston, and playing bass with Shaq
By VICKI G. SIOLOS  |  June 22, 2006
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Going on sale: May 12, 2006

Bruce Springsteen, DJ Shadow, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, Ashlee Simpson, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  May 09, 2006