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Crate digging with Hub rap archaeologist Pacey Foster

Pacey Foster used to fly home from college in Indiana, hustle to his Newton bedroom, and reach straight for the radio dial.
Hip-Hop History
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 16, 2012

Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball

There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2012
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 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
ATF list

After the Fire

As long as the Scientologist did not steal my 2 Live Crew acetate, I was okay with her wearing my girlfriend's pajama pants.
Desert-island discs are fine for the beach. But when the house is burning down, you find out which records really matter.
By DAVE TOMPKINS  |  April 15, 2011

In an iPod world, Broadway goes vinyl

Dave Lifrieri, owner of Analog Underground on Broadway, was in the eighth grade listening to Beatles and Led Zeppelin on vinyl when the CD player — and the inevitable avalanche of remasters — made their full arrival.
Records Department
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 01, 2011


Sparks the Rescue record Fearlessly

Why do bands still pursue label deals? Let's ask Sparks the Rescue, who just finished up seven weeks working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman out at his studio in Windham, all on the Fearless Records dime.
In the studio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010

A-Frame and Mike Clouds re-stake their claim

Why do musicians make the music they make? It's not a question we're going to answer here, but it's one that's constantly to the fore when listening to the brand-new From the Floor Up , the first record released by hip-hop duo A-Frame and Mike Clouds i
Call it a comeback
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 26, 2010

Moshe and Milled Pavement curate the downtrodden

"I do not release happy music," Moshe says flatly. "That's the one thing I won't do."
Tending the flock
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2010