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Ladyfest is coming!

Chris Strunk was 15 years old when he experienced the "fairly life-changing" momentum of the early-'90s riot-grrrl movement, escaping the conservative suburbs of Philadelphia for Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill shows in the city.
. . . and it's not just for ladies!
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 27, 2012
Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011
[first listen] Girlfriends release four new demos as "Nothing Nice To Say"

[first listen] Girlfriends release four new demos as "Nothing Nice To Say"


Because we’ll do anything to sate the vicious buzz cycle, here we submit a hastily assessed, hardly considered review of GIRLFRIENDS new pile of demos,...
By P. Nick Curran  |  December 22, 2011
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Photos: Quilty + Girlfriends + Curmudgeon + Bil Nils at the Ladyfest Fundraiser

Quilty, Girlfriends, Curmudgeon and Bil Nils perform live at the Ladyfest Fundraiser at the Democracy Center on August 6, 2011.
Democracy Center | August 6, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 12, 2011
PODCAST: “This Has Been a Disaster - Thanks For Having Us,” Night #2 [MP3]

PODCAST: “This Has Been a Disaster - Thanks For Having Us,” Night #2 [MP3]


Ben Potrykus, live at SXSW There may be no bigger gluttons for punishment than touring musicians -- and as proof, monthly storytelling series/cringefest "This Has...
By James Fitzpatrick  |  July 30, 2011
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The good, the bad, and the indie: Boston may have broken Austin at this year's SXSW

AUSTIN, TX — The South by Southwest Music and Media Conference hadn't even wrapped up its third day before local news outlets were already bitching about the rowdiest batch of spring-break hipsters Austin has seen in the event's 24-year history.
South by South Wasted
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 19, 2011


[sxsw] Day 1 at the unofficial shows: SLEEP 8 OVER, Puro Instincto, Woodsman, Dead Gaze, Prince Rama


As mentioned in previous "Road to SXSW" posts, I'm sticking to free, unofficial, and DIY shows at SXSW this year. My week's agenda includes house...
By Liz Pelly  |  March 17, 2011

SXSW 2011 (Wednesday): Dom, the Good Natured, Seedy Seeds, Young Adults, Girlfriends at Boston Phoenix's First Contact party [video]


Most of us are still recovering from yesterday's epic "First Contact" party -- the Phoenix's first-ever Austin day show -- but here's some highlights, with...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 17, 2011

Teaming up with WFNX, Great Scott, and Pirate Promotion -- just to mess with Texas


It’s time to paint a giant spoked “B” in front of the “Austin” city-limits sign. Joining the massive influx of Boston peeps, bands, and music...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 10, 2011

One week until First Contact, Austin


Can you feel the magic in the air? We're one week away from the launch of our FIRST CONTACT series, a collabo collabo between the...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 09, 2011
Young Adults added to First Contact party

Young Adults added to First Contact party


Fuck yeah -- Allston punk trio YOUNG ADULTS, who launched their debut video just last week and anchored our Class of 2011 feature back in...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 08, 2011


Boston Phoenix announces Free Austin Day Party featuring DOM, Hooray for Earth, Eugene Mirman, Funeral Party, the Good Natured, and more

Boston Phoenix announces Free Austin Day Party featuring DOM, Hooray for Earth, Eugene Mirman, Funeral Party, the Good Natured, and more


We had so much fun at SXSW last year that we're going back again. And this time we're going even harder in the paint --...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 07, 2011
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Mean Creek lead a rocking Allston block party

"Hey, it's my birthday, and I got too drunk," announced Mean Creek's Chris Keene midway through their set before a sizable and affable crowd Saturday at the Brighton Music Hall. "You may remember me from such hits as 'Fucking Up the First Song.' "
Out: Choose your own adventure
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 04, 2011
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Winter Boston music preview: Stacked bills

If 2010 was the year Boston re-acquainted itself with its local music scene, then 2k11 should be one big party, right?
Local gigs to break the ice
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 31, 2010

Boston rock's 2010 in review

In a year where the only party anthem we could all agree on was Auto-Tune the News'  "Bed Intruder" remix , it's no wonder Boston turned inward to reconnect with its native rock scene.
Locals scene and heard
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 24, 2010
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Boston Rock’s 2010 Year In Review

In a year where the only party anthem we could all agree on was Auto-Tune the News'  "Bed Intruder" remix , it's no wonder Boston turned inward to reconnect with its native rock scene.
Locals scene and heard
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 17, 2010


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Photos: Boston Music Awards 2010

The Liberty Hotel hosts the 2010 Boston Music Awards on December 5, 2010.
Boston Music Awards 2010 | Liberty Hotel | December 5, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMIJIAN  |  December 10, 2010

[phlipcam video] Young Adults (release party) and Girlfriends @ Great Scott


Saturday's Young Adults' 12-inch release party at Great Scott felt like one of two things, maybe even both: a changing of the guard in the...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 08, 2010
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Road warriors

An hour before Girlfriends hit the stage last Thursday at Great Scott, singer/guitarist Ben Potrykus was afforded the luxury of not having to make change.
Girlfriends hit their tour running
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 09, 2010
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Photos: Girlfriends at Great Scott

Girlfriends live at Great Scott on July 1, 2010.
Girlfriends | Great Scott | July 1, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  July 02, 2010
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Connecting the dots

Nearly a year has gone by in the city of eternal youth turnover and ageless scenesters — and has anything really changed?
In the local scene, anything goes
By MATT PARISH  |  June 05, 2010


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Photos: Japandroids at the Paradise

Fresh outta SXSW 2010, the Japandroids perform at the Paradise
Japandroids, live at the Paradise, on March 31, 2010
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  April 02, 2010
Japandroids with Love is All, Girlfriends

Japandroids with Love is All, Girlfriends


Was there a better debut album released last year than Post-Nothing by the Japandroids? It was a record that wore a noise-rock shell over its...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010

'Fraid your shady maid escapades degrade

Although I am only in my mid-20s, my wife and I have done very well in the past few years since graduating from college. Most of our friends, however, have not been so fortunate ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 01, 2010