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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

Tuneful throwdown

"The WBRU Rock Hunt is not designed to find the best 'alternative rock' act — we're out to find the best live act looking to earn more exposure along with some pretty cool prizes."
The 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 1
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 19, 2010
deer list

Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

Susanna | Flowers of Evil

Flowers of Evil — a covers record, though it includes two originals — lacks power.
Rune Grammofon (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 24, 2008


To say he’s not a leading-man type is an understatement.
Perhapst | In Music We Trust
By SAM UBL  |  August 19, 2008



If you’re flummoxed by the dizzying breadth of our rock scene, a good place to start deflummoxing might be the trifecta of Band in Boston podcasts.
Band in Boston escapes to the web
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008

Walking the line

Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’.
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’
By BOB GULLA  |  May 28, 2008

The kids are alright

Here was a band with three high school-aged kids working with outright music biz legends. Pretty damn cool.
Old hands help Far Off Place take off
By BOB GULLA  |  April 30, 2008

O, Canada!

You’d be forgiven for assuming that nothing’s been going on in Canada for the last few years beyond the interconnected shenanigans of that country’s indie-rock elite.
Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, and Kathleen Edwards are not hockey pucks
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2008

Going on sale: February 1, 2008

Saul Williams, Panic at the Disco, Rogue Wave, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  January 29, 2008


In a bit of a jam

To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 2007

Middle of the Road

Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers may be a serious band with a full-length debut out on Everfine that features Caitlin Cary, but they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Paradise Rock Club, October 18, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 23, 2007

Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

This packed two-disc set gathers all the usual suspects and more for a Tipitina’s Foundation project to rebuild Domino’s Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 22, 2007


Heart are fast becoming the world’s best classic-rock cover band.
Dreamboat Annie Live | Shout! Factory
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2007

Boston music news: July 13, 2007

“I have opinions on a lot of things,” says breathy singer/songwriter/guitarist Natalie Flanagan.
Notes on Natalie Flanagan and the Paradise
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 09, 2007


Mistakes were made

The Portland music scene has a case of the single white males.
But Joshua Madore has produced a fine debut, nonetheless
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 02, 2007

Having more fun

By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 13, 2007

Worldly travelers

Recently, Brother Cleve has become something of an international presence, thanks to an eclectic band he plays keyboards in called Dragonfly and to an increasingly successful career as a DJ. Dragonfly, "Blind (Brother Cleve's rock 'n dhol remix)" (mp3
Dragonfly and the many sides of Brother Cleve
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 13, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 30

Oasis | Local 186 | October 21, 1994
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 29

J Geils Band + Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Cape Cod Coliseum | July 15, 1978
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


Holy, Molenes

The Seacoast Scene can lay claim to a hotbed of roots rock, so when two of its leading members, Martin England and Jon Nolan, agree on the next big band, you might want to pay attention even if you don’t get south to Portsmouth very often.
Riding the art of the lonely Hunter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 27, 2006

Sweet alienation

On stage June 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square, Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner looked as if he’d just crawled out of a time capsule that had been sealed in the early ’90s. Ripped jeans, scarecrow hair, white hightops — you remember t
Soul Asylum restake their claim
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 05, 2006

Tom Petty

If it sometimes seems that Tom Petty’s been writing the same song — or at least the same album — for the past two decades, that’s because, well, he sorta has been. Tom Petty media player with songs and a video from a Highway Companion
Highway Companion | American/Columbia
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 24, 2006

The final journey

“The best ideas for songwritin’ are the true stories that happen — especially to people. When you get into the human spirit, you get some good ideas sometimes,” says Cash. Johnny Cash, "God's Gonna Cut You Down"  Windows Media  |  Real Audio Five je
Johnny Cash’s A Hundred Highways and his Personal Files
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 05, 2006

Daisy, Horton, ¡Peligro!

The Massachusetts governor’s election is just six short months away, but three candidates — Republican lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, Democratic attorney general Tom Reilly, and independent businessman Christy Mihos — still haven’t rolled out any vi
Three ads to spice up the guv race
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 04, 2006

Leader of the hacks

We didn’t stick around long enough to see whether U2 played, but we did catch a good chunk of the “Steve Morse Review” at the Paradise on January 9.
Toasting and roasting Steve Morse
By JON GARELICK  |  January 17, 2006

Orange crush

The fury and serenity of Verbana Darvell
The fury and serenity of Verbana Darvell
By BIG GULLA  |  January 10, 2006

Fury and serenity

Frenzied post-hardcore a la At the Drive-In, with throat-strangling screams interspersed with near-classical violin passages.
Providence scene and heard: Verbana Darvell
By BOB GULLA  |  January 09, 2006