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Packets of Sugar

It’s easy to paint Bebe Buell as some talentless pretty face who slept her way to whatever modicum of stardom she has right now.
Bebe Buell returns to town throwing ‘Air Kisses’
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2010
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Lightspeed Champion | Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You!

Devonté Hynes first appeared as a member of the joky UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles.
Domino (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 05, 2010
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New York Dolls | 'Cause I Sez So

The big news regarding the New York Dolls’ second album since their reactivation five years ago is the return of Todd Rundgren as producer.
Atco (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 01, 2009
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Guilty pleasure

A.C. Newman is on fire. One of indie rock's most prolific songwriters and performers, Newman has six albums to his credit this decade...
A.C. [Carl] Newman talks pop and the making of his new album
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  March 10, 2009
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Nobody

It’s the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (a track Nobody has covered) expanded into a full-blown stoner opera.
Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II | Ubiquity
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 03, 2008
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Jeff Murphy

From Zion, Illinois, the Shoes were an odd combination of romantics and gearheads, combining classic-model pop songwriting with pristine sonics.
Cantilever | Black Vinyl
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 26, 2007


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Extended family

Last year, after surviving a deal with RCA and returning to indie Hydra Head, Cave In were voted Best Local Metal Band in the Phoenix /WFNX Best Music Poll. Octave Museum, "Kid Defender" (mp3)
Cave In spin off
By JEFF BREEZE  |  January 11, 2007
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Saint Steven

One of Boston’s more notorious late-’60s artifacts, this is the psychedelic album that a 19-year-old Steve Cataldo recorded a few years before forming the Nervous Eaters, and it’s making its CD debut on a prog-specialist UK label.
Over The Hills/The Bastich | Eclectic Discs
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 10, 2006
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Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 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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Bebe does the Middle East

Dressed in blue jeans and a tight black top, Bebe Buell is in the dressing room last Saturday at the Middle East downstairs, applying make-up and massaging her bare feet.
Modest, demure and quiet
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 25, 2006


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Boys of summer

When Watertown novelist Mike Heppner needed a “spiritual guide” for his New England-set novel Pike’s Folly , he fictionalized the Beach Boys’ reclusive genius Brian Wilson.
A novelist’s take on Brian Wilson
By BRIAN KING  |  June 21, 2006

The New Cars

On stage, the new line-up didn’t sound like a tribute act, and neither did it sound like a Cars/Utopia hybrid. It sounded like the real thing.
The new real thing
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 14, 2006
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Boston music news - June 16, 2006

Iconic rock groupie Bebe Buell taps the Rudds; Bleu heads to LA.
Notes on Bebe Buell and Bleu
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  June 14, 2006
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Bye-Bye Ric

How do you revive a legendary band when the frontman isn’t interested?
Rundgren joins Hawkes and Easton in the New Cars
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 31, 2006
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The New Cars

With some kind of Killer(s) neo-new wave tide now undeniably lapping at the shores of mainstream pop and its underground analogue, the return of the Cars — one of Boston’s best-known new-wave breakouts — is a no brainer.
When old bands play new tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2006


Boston music news, March 17, 2006

Boston rock icons the Cars will reunite for a summer tour that hits Bank of America Pavilion on May 9. There’s just one catch: standing in for Rick Ocasek, who opted out of the reunion, will be Todd Rundgren.
Notes on The Cars, Unearth, and Hallelujah the Hills
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  March 14, 2006
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B.C. Camplight

Never mind the mutant squirrel standing over a necktied, headless dude laid out like road kill in a pool of blood, his black briefcase strewn next to him.
HIDE, RUN AWAY  | One Little Indian
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  February 07, 2006
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His Name Is Alive

About the only thing Michigan-based musician Warren Defever has kept constant in the decade and a half he’s been recording under the His Name Is Alive banner has been the name.
DETROLA | Silver Mountain
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 02, 2006