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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

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: Passion Pit at the MFA

Passion Pit perform at the Museum of Fine Arts on June 22, 2012.
Acoustic session | June 22, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 29, 2012

Photos: James Mercer of the Shins at the MFA

James Mercer of the Shins performs at a WFNX Acoustic session at the Museum of Fine Arts on January 26, 2012.
Hosted by WFNX | January 26, 2012
By SAM LIANG  |  February 03, 2012
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012

Matt Shipman takes a Solitary Wander

Over Christmas, I found myself stuck in front of a PBS special that involved Celtic women and a whole lot of overblown syrupy nonsense.
Going it alone
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 06, 2012


Photos: Fitz and the Tantrums at the House of Blues

Fitz and the Tantrums perform live at the House of Blues Foundation Room in an WFNX Acoustic Show, and later perform a full show on the House of Blues main stage; both shows took place on November 11, 2011.
House of Blues | November 11, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  November 18, 2011

Photos: Frank Turner at the Museum of Fine Arts

Frank Turner performs live at the Museum of Fine Arts on November 2, 2011.
WFNX Acoustic Show | November 2, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 2011

Photos: The Wombats at the MFA

The Wombats perform live at a WFNX MFA session on October 20, 2011.
Hosted by WFNX | October 20, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  October 21, 2011

The Mutineers move forward

Where Mockingbirds Roam , the Mutineers' 2005 debut, was an all-covers affair.
Drover and out
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011

Photos: Art Show with the Tower & the Fool at Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes hosts an art party featuring live acoustic performances from the Tower & the Fool and Kevin King, on August 26, 2011.
Johnny Cupcakes | August 26, 2011
By MIKE DRAVIS  |  September 02, 2011


Photos: My Morning Jacket at the MFA

My Morning Jacket plays a WFNX acoustic session at the Museum of Fine Arts on August 14, 2011.
WFNX Acoustic Session | August 14, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 19, 2011

Photos: Taking Back Sunday at the MFA

Taking Back Sunday performs at the Museum of Fine Arts for a WFNX Acoustic Session on July 20, 2011.
WFNX Acoustic Session | July 20, 2011
By ALEXA FAY  |  July 29, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Anderse
Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 10, 2011

Rollin' with Oates

"The secret of a handclap is to only move one hand," John Oates said Friday, addressing a group of Berklee students. "If everyone is moving their hands, they'll never do it together."
The man behind the mustache
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 22, 2011

Photos: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper performs at SXSW

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper performs live at the Swan Dive in Austin TX for SXSW on March 16, 2011.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper | SXSW | Swan Dive, Austin TX | March 16, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  March 18, 2011

Mornin Old Sport

Yes.Oui.Si shows DIY show-space potential

A new multimedia art space on Vancouver Street run by a trio of twentysomethings, Yes.Oui.Si has the feel of one of the mixed-media collages that decorate its walls.  
Out: Affirmative art
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 18, 2011

New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
Newport calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 11, 2011

Iron & Wine | We Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam, the bearded craftsman otherwise known as Iron & Wine, is the very personification of musical consistency.
Warner Bros. (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 04, 2011

Photos: Cage the Elephant at the Ames Hotel

WFNX presents an acoustic session with Cafe the Elephant, live at the Ames Hotel, January 11, 2011.
WFNX Acoustic Session with Cafe the Elephant at the Ames Hotel, January 11, 2011
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  January 28, 2011

The Molenes get dark and low-down

Roots music is a big tent. The Molenes have poked their noses into just about every corner of it over the course of their first two records, trying out everything from bluegrass to rockabilly and moving from ripping twanged-out guitar solos to more ref
Good and evil
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 15, 2010


Stephen Brodsky | Here's to the Future

Stephen Brodsky's most recent solo effort remains something of a secret. Then again, not many folks have access to a tape player these days.
Hydra Head (2010)
By NOLAN GAWRON  |  October 01, 2010

Photos: Courtney Love at Ames

Courtney Love plays her WFNX acoustic set at Ames hotel on June 23, 2010.
Courtney Love | Ames | June 23, 2010
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  June 25, 2010

Photos: Broken Bells at Ames

Broken Bells, live at the WFNX Ames Acoustic Session, on June 4, 2010
Broken Bells, WFNX Ames Acoustic Session | June 4, 2010
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  June 11, 2010
Metric live at The Hard Rock Cafe

Metric live at The Hard Rock Cafe

Metric performed live at the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, Friday, 11/20/09. Make sure you check out their cover of The Strokes "The End Has No...
By Charlie  |  November 24, 2009
MuteMath live in The Sandbox!

MuteMath live in The Sandbox!

Miracle on Tremont Street veterans MuteMath stopped by the studio to perform live. Hear their new song Backfire.
By Charlie  |  November 13, 2009

The Temper Trap live in Studio 45

The Temper Trap live in Studio 45

 You may know them from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, or their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show. Australian band The Temper Trap performed...
By Charlie  |  October 29, 2009
Live in Studio 45: Marcy Playground

Live in Studio 45: Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground stopped by Studio 45 to perform for The Sandbox on their way to their show tonight at Showcase Live in Foxborough with Jimmy's...
By Charlie  |  September 29, 2009
Burrito, Pop Trash, Shanahan, MRTPQ, Jet, Ed and WTF

Burrito, Pop Trash, Shanahan, MRTPQ, Jet, Ed and WTF

  The Info Burrito, Pop Trash, Mark Shanahan, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query, Australian rock band Jet, Ed Time At The Apollo and...
By Charlie  |  July 13, 2009
Live In Studio 45: Matisyahu!

Live In Studio 45: Matisyahu!

Matisyahu performed "One Day" and "King Without A Crown" live in Studio 45 for The Sandbox! One Day King Without A Crown
By Charlie  |  July 10, 2009