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The Sound of Muzak

Most people seem content to toss into the void of obscurity the record-store clerk and even the record-label executive, letting them join the silent-movie matinee idol and the jazz-era singing star on the slow-moving boat of the damned-to- irrelevance.
Has our lust for convenience turned rock and roll into background music?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012
Download 40 free songs on iTunes!

Download 40 free songs on iTunes!

Our hats are off to Southwest Airlines.  They are turning the big 40 and we reap the benefits as they've partnered with iTunes to give...
By FNXAdmin  |  June 06, 2011

Curating cassette culture

For all practical terms, the tape should be an artifact. But over the last few years, a rash of independent labels in Maine are slowly adopting the cassette as their preferred medium.
People just don't listen to music like they used to
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 13, 2011

For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is

After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
Nature's way
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2011

The best local discs of '10

'Twas an incredible (and incredibly diverse) year for Rhody-based musical acts, and formulating a Top 10 of 2010 was no easy task as we plunged into the archives and dug up some of our favorite LPs from the past 12 months.
Mix it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 24, 2010
Beatles fail to unseat Ke$ha, but here’s their Top 10 Songs and Albums on iTunes anyway

Beatles fail to unseat Ke$ha, but here’s their Top 10 Songs and Albums on iTunes anyway

DAY ONE: THE BEATLES' BEST-SELLERTHE BEATLES couldn’t break the iTunes Top 10 singles charts or the Top 5 albums charts – suggesting that for most...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 17, 2010


Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
Sparking it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 24, 2010

James: Surviving the trends after 30 years

It's been almost two decades since Tim Booth of James stared blankly at the camera in the video for "Laid," garbed in a thin sheer dress with a metal handcuff around his left wrist, his now long-gone hair a poofy, curly mess.
Manchester orchestra
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2010

Rotten Apple

I appreciated your timely article on Apple’s evolution from underdog to corporate bully.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 28, 2010

Rapper Sam Adams now on tap

Something equally remarkable and unprecedented happened this past week: a virtually unknown white Cambridge MC named Sam Adams landed in the top hip-hop spot on iTunes with his debut EP, Boston's Boy .
Licensed to Ale
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
Overnight sensation Boston rapper Sam Adams debuts at #7 rap album, #71 overall, on Billboard

Overnight sensation Boston rapper Sam Adams debuts at #7 rap album, #71 overall, on Billboard

 It's shaping up as the biggest who-dat local-music story since, well, Godsmack. Unsigned white Boston rapper SAM ADAMS -- unheralded by land and by sea,...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 11, 2010

Cambridge Rapper Sam Adams Debuts At Number One On iTunes

Cambridge Rapper Sam Adams Debuts At Number One On iTunes

Just two days ago I delivered my usual Boston hip-hop spiel to an intern at the Phoenix. She wants to collaborate on a Web package...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 07, 2010

V66 revisited

A new film looks fondly back on 'the poor man's MTV'
A new film looks fondly back on 'the poor man's MTV'
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 05, 2010

The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch

It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play
The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 18, 2009
iPhone App finds you weed

iPhone App finds you weed

A new iPhone app from the Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja lets users find the closest available source of medical marijuana.  The app, cunningly...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 21, 2009

Higher ground

Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009

iTunes News and The Gallagher Facebook Battle [FNX FILES]

  Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced today that all songs at the iTunes store will soon be availab...
By Paul Driscoll  |  January 06, 2009

Digging deep

The Blizzard of 78 released their second album, Book of Lies  (available at and iTunes) on Tuesday,
The Blizzard of '78 returns with Book of Lies
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 10, 2008

The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008

Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007