Weird Al Yankovic

Latest Articles

Enviro talkin’; passing gas; snickering in Swansea; hail to the Hall

Phillipe and Jorge still can't figure out why no one in the environmental movement has adapted Robert Parker's 1966 classic hit, "Barefootin'," bangin out a song called 'Treehuggin'," with appropriate lyrics.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 02, 2012

Freak show

A hooker, an axe murderer, two white supremacists, and a little girl with pigtails are discussing their differences on air.
UNregular Radio gives a voice to the strange, the crass, and the stoned — you know, you
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2011

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #15: The North Pole Reindeer Massacre

We've reached the end of our daily DregNog oddities, and I thought it would only be appropriate for the master of all things humorously strange...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 24, 2010

Crossword: ''So Many Words''

Throwin' em out at random for you.
Throwin' em out at random for you.
By MATT JONES  |  February 19, 2010

The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2010

The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
Warning: Scorpions content
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 05, 2010

Amanda Palmer snags Frances Bean Cobain, Andrew W.K., Weird Al, Tegan and Sara for Siamese-twin concept album

Hey, remember that new Amanda Palmer record we were telling you about? The one where her and her friend pretend to be a pair of...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 02, 2010
CLICK TRACKS: Music News Roundup (Walken' on Gaga, Weezer in Snuggies, Bono straddles the Berlin Wall, and more)

CLICK TRACKS: Music News Roundup (Walken' on Gaga, Weezer in Snuggies, Bono straddles the Berlin Wall, and more)

In the best (and strangest) pop re-make since Shatner gave us "Rocket Man," Christopher Walken weighs in on the Gaga phenom with a spoken-word rendition...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 05, 2009

Flight of the Conchords | I Told You I Was Freaky

The New Zealand “folk-comedy” duo Flight of the Conchords transcended folk and comedy on their debut LP, a soundtrack to the absurdist HBO show of the same name, with genre parodies that were great songs in their own right.
Sub Pop (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 16, 2009

Review: Fig Trees

Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 08, 2009

Crossword: ''I don't got U, babe''

So I'll just stick around
So I'll just stick around
By MATT JONES  |  February 25, 2009

Crossword: ''Early and often''

An election selection.
By MATT JONES  |  October 29, 2008


Psycho Sudoku!
By PSYCHO SUDOKU  |  October 01, 2008

Vote the rock

The Republican and Democratic conventions are still more than a month away, but that doesn’t mean the summer has been an electoral wasteland.
Prince bows to King Dylan
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 16, 2008

Crossword: ''And the last shall be first''

Or pretty close, anyway.
By MATT JONES  |  May 21, 2008

Crossword: ''I curse you''

But I'm keeping it nice.
By MATT JONES  |  December 19, 2007


Free culture: what it is, why it matters

“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007


Bubba's filled with fans eager to hear tributes to the heartland-rocker-in-chief, the gravel-voiced singer wrapped in the American flag.
Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, September 22, 2007
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 26, 2007

Crossword: ''S_y anything''

Fill in the blanks
By MATT JONES  |  June 27, 2007

Ranging far + wide

Vivid Motion is turning Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey on its head.
Vivid Motion drinks life to the lees

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 14, 2007

Crossword: 'Soy what?'

I'm just bean crazy, that's all
By MATT JONES  |  March 28, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Crossword: 'Ran Outta Room'

I've always wondered how these people filled out forms.
By MATT JONES  |  October 18, 2006

Ground zero

This article originally ran in the January 13, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Platoon gets down to too little
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  August 10, 2006

Crossword: 'Named, yet unnamed'

Everyday people you'll never meet
By MATT JONES  |  June 07, 2006


Wicked games

There was a time, not that long ago, when the two-or-three-day rock-festival experience was reserved for the Brits.
Hanging with Giant Drag at Coachella
By JEFF MILLER  |  May 12, 2006

Crossword: 'They're playing my song'

35 Across: Character introduced with fiddles and a banjo
Stock characters, canned music.
By MATT JONES  |  February 09, 2006

ID Check: Paul Foley

Maybe I should have taken Paul Foley up on his suggestion to meet in his Malden bathroom (“the only place I can really hang”) or “in a tub of oatmeal.”
Privately sweating DJ
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 02, 2006