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Backtalk: RiffTrax

Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'

MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
MST3K forever!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 10, 2012
[mp3 premiere] Little Spoon - "Slumber/Truss"

[mp3 premiere] Little Spoon - "Slumber/Truss"


Little Spoon (formerly High Sea) is Allston resident Cameron Potter's local dreamy psych-gaze solo project. Potter sent us two new ultra-inspired jams last night, "Slumber"...
By Liz Pelly  |  November 22, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Orca Orca, "Change Of Pace"

MP3 of the Week: Orca Orca, "Change Of Pace"


Jim Hewitt's self-recorded 2010 EP, Imago Demos (under the temporary moniker Young Minds), wasn't just a bedroom project. The Allston songwriter was so uncomfortable singing...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 20, 2011
[MP3] Boston's Rap Class of 2011: Retrospek

[MP3] Boston's Rap Class of 2011: Retrospek


It's time for show and tell with Boston's Rap Class of 2011 -- a kaleidoscopic cross-section of Boston's varied hip-hop scene. From rookies to vets,...
By webteam  |  October 01, 2011
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Five electronic artists filling local stages

Five electronic artists filling local stages
On the solo circuit
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 17, 2010
AUDIO: Press conference for "Black Swan" [MP3]

AUDIO: Press conference for "Black Swan" [MP3]


Laugh, cry, or gasp -- in horror, delight, or incredulity -- but chances are you won't be bored by Darren Aronofsky's sui generis extravaganza, "Black...
By Peter Keough  |  December 02, 2010


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Maddow to media: come out of the closet

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Cronkette
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  November 19, 2010
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Interview: Six Finger Satellite

Providence retro-futuristic bad boys Six Finger Satellite have re-issued their elusive 1994 self-released Machine Cuisine Companion Cassette off Anchor Brain records, available for the post-analog age via internet download or cassette.
Providence band talks Machine Cuisine Companion Cassette reissue
By NICK BLAKEY  |  September 03, 2010
MP3: Corin Tucker, "Riley" (playing the Paradise Oct. 25)

MP3: Corin Tucker, "Riley" (playing the Paradise Oct. 25)


 We here at the Phoenix have been tracking the progress of Corin Tucker's first post-Sleater-Kinney solo album very closely. Now we have our first actual...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 02, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo


When she’s not drawing blood at Mass General, Lady Repo is pouring her own out onto paper. Born Ami Nata — or Queen Mother in...
By webteam  |  June 24, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek


If Sarah Palin is a bulldog with lipstick — or whatever that moron called herself — Sheek is a rottweiler in heels posing as a...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010


MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Serge Didenko

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Serge Didenko


 It’s 6 am on a Sunday morning when Serge Didenko picks me up for a photo shoot, and he’s as bright-eyed as Homer Simpson at...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Certified G'z

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Certified G'z


 When Young Don rocked the Fletcher Middle School in Cambridge in eighth grade, his best friend, Chris, soon to become Chief C, wasn’t about to...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Urban Nerdz

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Urban Nerdz


 It’s a slow, hot Sunday afternoon in Jamaica Plain when I meet the Urban Nerdz by the Stony Brook station. Bouffard Malory keeps jumping up...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Concep

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Concep


Concep sits in the corner of the Orleans bar and restaurant in Somerville (where I’ve been a waitress for more than two years) on nights...
By webteam  |  June 21, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Bay Holla

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Bay Holla


 In the modern entertainment industry, Bay Holla is a Renaissance woman. Rapper, model, actress, philanthropist, street worker, manager, community organizer, and comedian, the Roxbury native...
By webteam  |  June 21, 2010


MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Millyz

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Millyz


 Before rap came along, Millyz was a singer in his class chorus. “I just wanted to be a singer,” he says, sipping Hennessy at Riverside...
By webteam  |  June 20, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Young Riot

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Young Riot


“When I’m in the studio, I’m calm,” says Young Riot, sitting in a swivel chair at his East Boston studio. “I can get pretty animated...
By webteam  |  June 19, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Fardaad

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Fardaad


 Of all the artists in this spotlight, Fardaad’s segue into hip-hop makes the least sense. The Suffolk Law student started recording only three years ago,...
By webteam  |  June 18, 2010
Tonight at the Armory - Forest Fires (also download an mp3)

Tonight at the Armory - Forest Fires (also download an mp3)


 FOREST FIRES is Christopher Pappas of local favorites the Everyday Visuals gone solo. His new album, Hark! And Other Lost Transmissions, is a lo-fi, twangy,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  April 29, 2010

Listen to M.I.A.’s newly-leaked song “Born Free”


The first salvo from the M.I.A.camp has finally emerged: after a blimp over Coachella proclaimed the imminent arrival of her as-yet-untitled album (due out on June 29th),...
By Daniel Brockman  |  April 23, 2010


Accidental exclusive: 24’s Renee Walker speaks after death! [MP3]

Accidental exclusive: 24’s Renee Walker speaks after death! [MP3]


If you're a fan of 24 (Mondays at 9 pm on FOX), you don't have to be told what needs to be done to save...
By webteam  |  April 16, 2010

Amanda Palmer leaves Roadrunner, gives away "The Truth" for free


It's not like you couldn't see this coming -- we think the hint might have been when she wrote that song called "Please Drop Me"...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 07, 2010
Leaked! Download The National's new single "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Leaked! Download The National's new single "Bloodbuzz Ohio"


  THE NATIONAL just leaked the first song from their highly-anticipated album HIGH VIOLET, due May 11. If the 192k Mp3 below isn't good enough...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 25, 2010
New MGMT, "Flash Delerium"

New MGMT, "Flash Delerium"


MGMT's 2008 debut album Oracular Spectacular was quite good. But an unfortunate by-product of that album's polished catchiness was that the band generally and the...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 09, 2010
MP3: Aziz Ansari and Dave Sitek, "AAAAAAAANGRY"

MP3: Aziz Ansari and Dave Sitek, "AAAAAAAANGRY"


Aziz Ansari, who can currently be seen doing hilarious things on Parks and Recreation (the funniest thing in NBC's vaunted Thursday-night comedy lineup for the...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 23, 2010


Mp3 Preview: The Organ Beats tonight at Church


VIDEO: Organ Beats, "Sleep When We Are Dead" For every Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, and Britney Spears -- that is, for every 15 year old...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 26, 2010

Amanda Palmer's new album: two-headed girl!


One of our favorite AMANDA PALMER yarns is EVELYN EVELYN, a duo with her singer-songwriter pal JASON WEBLEY, in which they pretend to be a...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 26, 2010

MP3: Yes Giantess remix Miley Cyrus, tour with La Roux, record with a bunch of hot British people


Every since our readers voted YES, GIANTESS as "Best New Band" in this summer's 2009 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, those dudes have been en...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 25, 2010

MP3: Passion Pit remixes Lady Gaga + Beyonce's "Telephone"; plus, Justin Timberlake's beardo friend


PASSION PIT REMIX LADY GAGA + BEYONCE's "TELEPHONE." For those of you who think that Passion Pit is a passing college fad, well, this probably...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 25, 2010