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The Mars Volta | Noctourniquet
The Mars Volta sprang forth from the '90s avant-punk of At the Drive-In.
Warner Bros. (2012)
| April 20, 2012
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
| 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...
| October 08, 2009
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
| August 28, 2009
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.
| March 25, 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
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
| November 19, 2008
Crossword: '''Tis the season''
For once, I hope you don't catch on
| November 05, 2008
Going on sale: June 6, 2008
Spiritualized, Duffy, The Mars Volta, and more.
Breaking Boston concert news
GOING ON SALE
| June 03, 2008
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
| February 12, 2008
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
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
| August 29, 2007
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
| May 07, 2007
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
| January 10, 2007
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
| December 28, 2006
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
| December 06, 2006
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
| November 13, 2006
On the racks: October 24, 2006
Plus Miho Hatori and Arctic Monkeys.
John Legend, Sparta, the Drones, and Albert Hammond, Jr.
| October 24, 2006
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
| October 05, 2006
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
| September 26, 2006
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
| September 14, 2006
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. . .
| September 13, 2006
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
| August 15, 2006
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
VICKI G. SIOLOS
| June 22, 2006
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
| May 09, 2006
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