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Ash names the alphabet

Do you remember the time I knew a girl from Mars? Probably not, since that Ash hit was from eons ago. But Ash frontman Tim Wheeler does remember, checking in via phone from London.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 16, 2012

The orchestrated pleasure of Eddie Japan

Sitting with Eddie Japan frontman David Santos, there is suspicion he might be a spy. He's well-dressed, to suit any occasion that might arise, and he refuses a drink.
Cellars by starlight
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 16, 2012

Shows at two museums combine for a real lesson

The connections between Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and the Portland Art Society are pretty straightforward.
Three Maine masters
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 17, 2012
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
Sugar: Copper Blue + Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Sugar | Copper Blue/Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Two live shows, mucho B-sides, and the ferocious Beaster EP now all compressed into one gulp could leave even the biggest power-pop fan gasping for air.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  July 20, 2012

Photos: A Terrible Beauty at Radio

A Terrible Beauty played Radio on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  July 13, 2012


Cate Le Bon stars in her own folk reality

There is a trend among critics to describe the songs of Welsh performer Cate Le Bon as something new, but with a bit of listening the music of the 28-year-old songwriter is actually pleasantly familiar.
Life vérité
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 03, 2012
Hospitality - CD Review

Hospitality | Hospitality

On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2012
Album review - Imperial Teen

Imperial Teen | Feel the Sound

Like its title, fifth album Feel the Sound is as generic as doubters have probably always assumed — they sound both relaxed and exhausted.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  January 27, 2012
You Me at Six - Sinners Never Sleep

You Me at Six | Sinners Never Sleep

Sinners Never Sleep is a transitional album, though such efforts rarely bode as well for the future as this does.
Virgin Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 27, 2012

Cloud Nothings - CD review

Cloud Nothings | Attack on Memory

With Attack on Memory , the third full-length from Cleveland-based Cloud Nothings, 20-year-old frontman Dylan Baldi approaches new, drastically darker material with the same empty-bottle angst that made his previous releases so appealing.
Carpark (2012)
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  January 27, 2012
Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
Dead Oceans (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2012
Dark Past

Brite Futures | Dark Past

A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
Turnout (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 27, 2012
Give Up the Ghost - American Nightmare

Photos: Give Up the Ghost at the Wonderland Ballroom

Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare reunite for two gigs after almost eight years -- with their first show ravaging a hearty crowd at Revere's Wonderland Ballroom on December 29.
Give Up the Ghost | Wonderland Ballroom | December 29, 2011
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  December 30, 2011
PHX Student Survival 101: 13 Bulletin Boards Around Town to Find a Show

PHX Student Survival 101: 13 Bulletin Boards Around Town to Find a Show

You didn't hear it here, but not everything can be found on the Internet — peep the flyers tacked to the boards below to find...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 21, 2011


Out: Parasol and Inky Skulls soundtrack the Anarchist Bookfair kickoff party

"This is a song to put on a mixtape for the next person you have a crush on," laughed Parasol singer/guitarist Lily Richeson last Friday night before launching into "Firecracker," a super-cute two-minute love song that balanced big distorted riffs and d
Sweet democracy
By LIZ PELLY  |  November 18, 2011

More midseason replacements

Television stations fill in the gaps with some brilliant last-minute content.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 07, 2011