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Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie sounds simultaneously hungry and tepid, as if Trullie wants to make a big splash, but her album lacks the conviction or vision to make it happen.
Xenon/Downtown (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 16, 2012

WFNX's top 101 songs in 2010

WFNX listeners voted online at  for six weeks to create this list of 2010's best songs.
WFNX's most popular songs in 2010
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 07, 2011

Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Kristin Hersh, Dean Wareham, Joe Pernice added to Boston Book Festival nightcap

The second annual BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL lineup is already beyond ridiculous -- go check out the lineup -- but now we can release the details...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 23, 2010

Drum circle

It sounds like the set-up to a bad joke. When Man Forever take the stage at Great Scott in Allston this weekend, the band will run five or six drummers deep.
Man Forever's John Colpitts finds his rhythm
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  August 13, 2010

SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009


2009: Year in national pop

These days, it's not so easy to feel useful as a music critic.
The cocky and the cock-blocked
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 25, 2009

VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009

By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009

Melody makers

If you’re an up-and-popping band or artist, you first need to find fans, friends, and fiends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and, of course, in real life. But where do you go from there?
So you started a band — now what? Berklee and Topspin are here to help.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009

Interview: Kristen Schaal

Writing a book about romance with her boyfriend, Schaal says, "is kind of killing our romance a little bit, because you stay up late to write the book, and then you're too tired to get it on."
Keeping her superfandom in check
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 26, 2009


Interview: Kristen Schaal

Writing a book about romance with her boyfriend, Schaal says, "is kind of killing our romance a little bit, because you stay up late to write the book, and then you're too tired to get it on."
Keeping her superfandom in check
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 26, 2009

Westward ho!

Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
The Phoenix survives Coachella
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009

Animal Collective remix Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Above, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' performance of "Zero," which was the most compelling reason to watch Sat...
By Ryan Stewart  |  April 13, 2009

Girls gone wild

Maybe it was a good thing after all that Jeremiah Freed packed up and moved to Los Angeles. Sure, the band broke up, but in the process bassist Matt Cosby met Pete Donovan and managed to drag him back here to Maine.
Making Friends and cultivating Strangers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 10, 2009

Make it new!

A refresher course from the indies
A refresher course from the indies
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 16, 2009


The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Be Your Own Pet

Blonde-bombshell frontwoman Jemina Pearl and her mates haven’t exactly reached maturity.
Get Awkward | Ecstatic Peace/Universal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 12, 2008

Live and kicking

Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
Live reviews: 2007 in review
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2007

Modest Mouse, buzzing bees

“I think this festival is sponsored by large, stinging insects . . . made by Volkswagen,” quipped Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell.
The Download Festival, Tweeter Center, August 18, 2007
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 20, 2007

Download festival?

It’s a pretty cool line-up of “indie” stars, indie almost-stars, college-rock faves, and local heroes.
How about the Tweeter Center line-up instead
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 14, 2007


Going on sale: June 15, 2007

Pelican, Calla, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 11, 2007


This Wednesday, May 30, a hip-hop bill comes to the Paradise Lounge that boggles the mind.
Rap legend Edo G. heads a huge bill; Faint DJs
By DAVID DAY  |  May 22, 2007

Rock grrls rule

Karen Barnicle stood, Gibson Explorer in hand, and addressed the audience with full feline tenacity last Sunday upstairs at the Middle East.
Barnicle and the Ettes, Middle East Upstairs, March 4, 2007
By DAVID DAY  |  March 06, 2007

Brit flops?

Bloc Party have gotta be one of the more misunderstood — or at least mislabeled — Brit exports of the past couple of years. Lily Allen, "Smile" (mp3)
Bloc Party rise to the occasion, plus Lily Allen on SNL
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 06, 2007

Gratifying Disappointments

The Big Disappointments are an important local band for two reasons. One, they kill live. Two, their bassist is arguably the most famous spectator in the last decade of Boston live music. Big Disappointments, "Chemicals" (mp3)
Tall Guy is in a (really good) band!
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 12, 2006


Saturday's night's alright (for Sunday)

In gestures that pass for typical punk fashion, tens of thousands of TBS fans showed the extent of their enthusiasm by pelting each other with anything they could get their grubby little hands on and stepping up the shoving match in the pit every time t
Taking Back Sunday and the Receiving End of Sirens, September 9 at City Hall Plaza
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  September 12, 2006

What “Wallet Girl” did on her summer vacation

When Keaton Kustler-Klein goes back to Arlington High School next Tuesday, the twiggy 14-year-old sophomore will have plenty to say about her summer vacation.
Lil’ Miss Moneybags
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  August 30, 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio

The sun had started to set, the heat of the day has lost its grip on the city, and thousands – 10, 12, 15 thousand — were filing peacefully into City Hall Plaza long before the headlining Yeah Yeah Yeahs were due to take the stage. Slideshow: Yeah Yeah
City Hall Plaza, August 10, 2006
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 11, 2006

Music mismatch

Coming off break-up life support has rendered me incapable of common sense, which is why I volunteer to participate in foolish “single girl” activities that I will likely look back on for a chuckle when I’m craggier than Mick Jagger and sporting orthoped
Striking out at ‘Rock and Roll Dating’
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 11, 2006