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Out: John Powhida International Airport wins the 2011 Rock And Roll Rumble

The de-facto demise of WBCN might have been the best thing that could've happened to the Rock And Roll Rumble, if the finals Friday at T.T. the Bear's – capped off by a curtain call/group hug decreeing John Powhida International Airport the 2011 champs
We have liftoff
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 29, 2011
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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit | Here We Rest

Jason Isbell's stint as the Drive-By Truckers' third axman/singer-songwriter was brief but revelatory: dude was a veritable outta-nowhere sensation who sounded as if he'd been road-tripping in bands of that caliber for decades.  
Lightning Rod (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 15, 2011
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Foo Fighters | Wasting Light

After Nirvana, Dave Grohl could easily have spent the rest of his career hiding behind a drum kit somewhere, but instead he risked undeserved scrutiny by jumping to the mic in front of his own creation.
Roswell/RCA (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 15, 2011
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Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Ken Bowser's film biography of a seminal American protest singer of the '60s and '70s is conventionally told but also informative and moving.
Powerful rock doc about America's seminal protest rocker
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 11, 2011
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Buffalo Tom celebrate 25 years of rock

"If you'd told me 10 years ago I'd be here playing with Buffalo Tom, I wouldn't have believed you," Mean Creek's Aurore Ounjian sheepishly offered up last week at ZuZu, moments before her band closed out a stripped-down, five-song set with a cover of Bu
Hitting the Skins
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 11, 2011
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Radiohead | The King of Limbs

OK Consumer?
Self-released (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 04, 2011


Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers | Go-Go Boots

I've argued that Drive-By Truckers — the definitive post-Southern-rock Southern-rock band — haven't been the same since parting ways with Jason Isbell, and their previous two releases serve as spotty Exhibits A and B.
ATO (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 04, 2011
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Beady Eye | Different Gear, Still Speeding

Beady Eye's eagerly awaited debut represents Liam Gallagher's uninspiring foray into the spotlight without Noel, his battle-weary brother and Oasis's chief songwriter.
Dangerbird (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  March 04, 2011
Fleetwood Mac

Rob Trucks explores Fleetwood Mac

It would be nice to think that my 1980s schoolboy aversion to Fleetwood Mac came down to a rigorous training in F.R. Leavis's elevation of "the concrete" over the sentimental.
Reading Tusk
By STUART ALLEN  |  February 25, 2011
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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.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2010

Complaint Department

Can we have a benefit show or something in the coming year to save up enough money to buy three ghosts (preferably the ghosts of local rock's past, present, and future) to visit Sam Pfeifle in his dreams to tell him the following.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 1, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 01, 2010


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Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys at Comcast Center

Aerosmith and Dropkick Murphys, live at Comcast Center
Aerosmith and Dropkick Murphys, live at Comcast Center in Mansfield, June 16, 2009
By MARY OUELLETTE  |  June 19, 2009
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Flipper | Love

Flipper formed in San Francisco in 1979, and they're remembered three decades later because of a song called "Sex Bomb" that's one of the funniest pieces of music I've ever heard.
Flipper (2009)
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009
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Slideshow: Bruce Sprintsteen at the Garden

The Boss back in town
Bruce Springsteen live at TD Banknorth Garden, April 21
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  April 24, 2009
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Slideshow: Kings of Leon at Agganis Arena

Kings of Leon, live at Agganis Arena
Kings of Leon live at Agganis Arena, April 18, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  April 24, 2009


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Slideshow: Tricky at the Roxy

Tricky, live at the Roxy, on March 11, 2009.
Photos of Tricky, live at the Roxy, on March 11, 2009
By CONNOR GLEASON  |  March 16, 2009
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Slideshow: Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues

At the House of Blues in Boston on March 12, 2009
Photos of Dropkick Murphys, live at House of Blues, on March 12, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  March 13, 2009
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Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA

The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender
Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 21, 2009
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Download: Ride the Snake

The ancient lake has no idea what it's got coming.
Label moves towards reality
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009