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What's F'n Next? FIDLAR

Ask FIDLAR bassist Brandon Schwartzel some basic questions about his band, and his answers reflect more than a bit of weariness with the rigmarole of publicity and music journalism.
Los Angeles, California
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 22, 2013

What's F'n Next? Disclosure

FM radio ruins everything.
Surrey, England
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 15, 2013

Six to Watch @ SXSW

The best parts of South by Southwest are the unexpected.
What's F'n Next?
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 08, 2013

What's F'n Next? Alt-J

Bands that have taken home the United Kingdom's Mercury Prize in the past have included Suede, Pulp, Primal Scream, and Arctic Monkeys.
Leeds, United Kingdom
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 01, 2013

What's F'n Next? Caveman

Most people are probably sick to death of Brooklyn being a hipster's paradise where dinks with moustaches tatted on their fingers drive fixed-gear bikes to Williamsburg bars to pay $6.50 for a can of PBR.
Brooklyn, New York
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 22, 2013

What's F'n Next? Bad Books

Andy Hull is doing just fine with the introspective and sometimes angst-tinged alt-rock of Manchester Orchestra, and Brooklyn-based Kevin Devine has built up a solid following with his own singer/songwriter thing.
Atlanta, Georgia
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 15, 2013


What's F'n Next? Chvrches

If you are in a band and you've heard of Chvrches, you probably hate them.
Glasgow, Scotland
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 01, 2013

What's F'n Next? King Tuff

Sounding like the bastard offspring of T. Rex and Alex Chilton, King Tuff's self-titled second album and first for the iconic Sub Pop label was one of the more pleasant surprises of last year.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 18, 2013

What's F'n Next? Nude Beach

Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jimmy Shelton met in high school on Long Island while playing in punk and hardcore bands like Guadalupe, Dustheads, and Religious Knives.

By LIZ PELLY  |  January 11, 2013

Photos: Mistletoe, Music & Misfits featuring Mean Creek, the Scrooges, and the Field Effect

Mean Creek, the Scrooges, and the Field Effect join to spread holiday cheer at Lansdowne Pub.
December 18 at Lansdowne Pub
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 28, 2012

What's F'n Next? | The Field Effect

By now it's cliché to write about music having a "driving" force, or describing it taking you to a certain place where mundane daily occurrences could not.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 14, 2012


What's F'n Next? | Heaven's Gate

After disbanding his punky noise-pop four-piece Sweet Bulbs last year, guitarist Mike Sheffield dove right into assembling his new Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate by having them open a show he'd already booked for touring friends.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 07, 2012

What's F'n Next? Stepdad

The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 30, 2012

Photos: Sky Ferreira at the Fourth Wall Project

Sky Ferreira performs an acoustic show for WFNX at the Fourth Wall Project on November 27, 2012.

By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  November 30, 2012

What's F'n Next? Metz

The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
Toronto, Canada
By PERRY EATON  |  November 16, 2012

What's F'N Next: Naomi Punk (Olympia, Washington)

In the Pacific Northwest, Naomi Punk started playing in various underground projects as teenagers about 10 years ago, self-releasing online EPs and CD-Rs to the locals, unconcerned with ever being part of the greater "music world."

By LIZ PELLY @LIZPELLY  |  November 09, 2012


Photos: WFNX Disorientation 2012 Night #1 with the Static Jacks + Camden

The Static Jacks and Camden perform live at WFNX Disorientation 2012 Night #1 at the Lansdowne Pub on October 10, 2012.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  November 09, 2012

Photos: WFNX Disorientation 2012 Night #2 with Gentlemen Hall + Casey Desmond

Casey Desmond and Gentlemen Hall perform live at WFNX Disorientation 2012 Night #2 at the Lansdowne Pub on October 23, 2012.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  November 09, 2012

What's F'n Next? Father John Misty

Josh Tillman — a/k/a Tillman, a/k/a Father John Misty — is one hell of a dancer.

By HILARY HUGHES  |  October 26, 2012

Photos: Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS + Viva Viva at the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 1)

Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS and Viva Viva perform live during night one of the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party | Monday, July 23, 2012 at Great Scott
Monday, July 23, 2012 | Great Scott
By MICK MURRAY  |  July 27, 2012

Photos: Gentlemen Hall, Black Light Dinner Party, Bearstronaut, & Stereo Telescope at WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 3)

Gentlemen Hall, Black Light Dinner Party, Bearstronaut, & Stereo Telescope played WFNX's Boston Accents Funeral Party Night #3, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Great Scott | Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  July 27, 2012


What did 101.7 FM mean to listeners over the years? We asked, you answered

These comments have been edited and condensed for continuity, grammar, and available space. Read the originals, and add your own to the hundreds we've collected, at
We are WFNX
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012

Listening to WFNX 1983-2012

WLYN-FM, a 3000-watt station in Lynn, develops a reputation for breaking new acts and playing New Wave — if you can hear it, though most listeners in Boston can't.
Celebrating the live and times of 101.7 FM, Boston's only true alternative radio station
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012

Photos: We Want The Airwaves at the Paradise

Parlour Bells + Garvey J + Orbit + O Positive played We Want the Airwaves at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, June 30, 2012.
Parlour Bells + Garvey J + Orbit + O Positive  
By  |  July 10, 2012

Out: From the MFA to the Pavilion, Passion Pit return to Boston

When Passion Pit were conceived five years ago out of an Emerson College dorm, the result of a Valentine's Day gift of love songs Michael Angelakos crafted for his then-girlfriend, electro-pop really hadn't yet taken hold of popular alternative music.
Getting ’Pitted  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 29, 2012

Photos: 'WFNX presents The Seaport Six'

WFNX presents The Seaport Six with Two Door Cinema Club + Grouplove + Delta Spirit + Cake + Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians + Reptar at the Bank of America Pavilion on June 14, 2012.
Bank of America Pavilion | June 14, 2012
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  June 22, 2012


Road Trippin’: 25 shows across New England you need to see before Labor Day

While we agree that kicking back in a shady backyard with a plate of barbecue, a cooler of cold brews, and some good tunes spinning on the iPod deck is one hell of a way to while away a lazy summer afternoon, we'd like to suggest that you get a bit more
Sounds of summer
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 08, 2012

WFNX dies before it gets old

One of the greatest anti-establishment rallying cries of the 20th century was the notion that you can't trust anyone over the age of 30.
Radio Silence
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 25, 2012

Gone forever

Although I could spend this opportunity ranting and raving about the sale of WFNX to Clear Channel, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank WFNX .  
Letters to the Boston editors, May 25, 2012

Photos: Of Monsters and Men WFNX Acoustic Session

Of Monsters and Men perform a WFNX Acoustic Session at the House of Blues Foundation Room on April 7, 2012.
The Foundation Room at House of Blues | April 7, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  April 20, 2012