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Listening to WFNX 1983-2012

WLYN-FM, a 3000-watt station in Lynn, develops a reputation for breaking new acts and playing New Wave — if you can hear it, though most listeners in Boston can't.
Celebrating the live and times of 101.7 FM, Boston's only true alternative radio station
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012
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The Smashing Pumpkins | Oceania

Billy Corgan's ego alone has probably gone triple-platinum, and he's never been afraid of calling himself a genius (even while promoting skanky, mediocre albums like Machina and Zeitgeist).
Martha's Music (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  June 22, 2012
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Smashing Pumpkins | Gish/Siamese Dream

Billy Corgan's zeitgeist whine, so omnipresent via high-charting Siamese Dream tracks "Today" and "Disarm," was the true sound of the alterna-'90s.
Capitol (2011) 
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 02, 2011
[download] Smashing Pumpkins, September 1991 @ Axis, WFNX 8th anniversary party

[download] Smashing Pumpkins, September 1991 @ Axis, WFNX 8th anniversary party


The remarkable vault of DUANE BRUCE strikes again. Yesterday the former WFNX DJ unearthed Nirvana's 1990 gig at ManRay in Cambridge, and today he comes...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 03, 2011
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Billy Corgan dishes on the 20th anniversary of Gish — one smashing debut record

The saturation of album anniversary celebrations has gotten out of hand in recent years.
Tales from the Pumpkin patch
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 21, 2011
The night before Nevermind: Bullet LaVolta's drummer on opening for Nirvana in Boston on September 23, 1991

The night before Nevermind: Bullet LaVolta's drummer on opening for Nirvana in Boston on September 23, 1991


Nirvana, Live at WFNX's 8th Birthday Party, September 23, 1991, at Axis, BostonEDITOR'S NOTE: It was no accident that, the night before Nevermind came out...
By Todd A. Philips  |  September 22, 2011


[wfnx chatter] Bad Rabbits cover Smashing Pumpkins' "1979"


It seems every time BAD RABBITS -- up for three Best Music Poll awards; voting ends Thursday, kids -- post another video/download in their Live...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 09, 2011

Bullet with Butter-face Wings: D'Arcy Wretzky (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) arrested


 TMZ with the deets today on the arrest of former SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D'arcy Wretzky. While the whole charade -- something about letting horses roam...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 10, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Corgan vs. Malkmus: 15-year grudge

As a child of the '90s, I sure find it heartwarming to see a classic feud of my youth re-form for a big festival appearance.
Feud reunions
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 26, 2010
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Interview: Melissa Auf der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur describes herself as "a good Boston Irish girl," born on St. Patrick's Day in 1972.
On her new CD and movie — and Billy, Courtney, and Danzig
By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #15 - Smashing Pumpkins

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #15 - Smashing Pumpkins


    Chicago, 1988.  That’s where a weird kid named Billy Corgan bumped into James Iha in a record store.  They two began performing around...
By MorningIntern  |  August 13, 2010


Passion Pit cover - Billy Corgan approves!


Billy Corgan has spoken -- well, Tweeted -- and earlier today gave the all-important seal of approval for Passion Pit's sparkling synthpop waterfall cover of...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 25, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Now hiring

If you're a musician looking to break into the big leagues, now's your chance.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2010
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
New Smashing Pumpkins Song

New Smashing Pumpkins Song


 There's a new Smashing Pumpkins song. It's 6 minutes long and kind of odd. Download it free here.
By Charlie  |  December 08, 2009
Burrito, Investigates, Maura, MRTPQ, Memory and WTF

Burrito, Investigates, Maura, MRTPQ, Memory and WTF


Info Burrito, Sandbox Investigates, Maura Johnston, MRTPQ, Memory Game and WTF all in todays Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  September 17, 2009


Pop Trash, Maura Johnston and WTF

Pop Trash, Maura Johnston and WTF


  There's Pop Trash, Maura Johnston, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query, the WTF Line and Bill Corgan in today's The Sandbox Podcast! Listen...
By Charlie  |  July 16, 2009
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Hit the deck

It's not that Celebration were ever a bad fit for 4AD. The echo-chamber organs, the tribal drumming, and the caterwauling vocals of Katrina Ford added up to a kind of desert-peyote and fringed-suede-jacket version of the more twisted stuff in the label'
Celebration's future is in the cards
By MATT PARISH  |  May 08, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 17, 2009

25. Billy Corgan

The snarl-toothed, light-bulb-headed Corgan has always been one of rock music's uglier characters. So now that he pouted through the roundly-panned Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour and came out in inexplicable favor of the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger,
The snarl-toothed, light-bulb-headed Corgan has always been one of rock music's uglier characters. So now that he pouted through the roundly-panned Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour and came out in inexplicable favor of the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, we couldn't avoid putting him high up.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Hot Box experiment on themselves

We’ll get to Stolzenberg’s band in a minute; right now I’m engrossed in her PhD work at Boston College.
Lab Rats
By MATT PARISH  |  March 23, 2009


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Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008
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Billy, Don't Be a Hero

The second of a two-night stand in Boston, with no overlap from the previous night, the Saturday show started off with a few of Corgan's better-known tunes only to drift off into la-la land at around the halfway point.
Smashing Pumpkins at the Wang Theatre, November 15, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 18, 2008
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Photos: Smashing Pumpkins at the Wang Theatre


November 15, 2008
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  November 18, 2008
PUMPKINS PATCHED: SMASHING PUMPKINS

PUMPKINS PATCHED: SMASHING PUMPKINS


  BILLY CORGAN, ever the ruthless alt-rock dictator, is not afraid to release an entire record...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 23, 2008
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Molten ’core

You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.  
The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 08, 2008


Steve Stark, WTF and The Finisher

Steve Stark, WTF and The Finisher


Sandbox Senior Political Correspondent Steven Stark talks about last night's debate, we check the WTF Line and hear The Finisher! Hear it now! Subscribe to...
By Charlie  |  October 08, 2008
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Going on sale: October 3, 2008

Low vs Diamond, MC Frontalot, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 01, 2008
Fletcher's Pop Trash, WTF Line and The Finisher!

Fletcher's Pop Trash, WTF Line and The Finisher!


Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, we check the WTF Line and play back The Finisher! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  September 25, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Confessions of a band namer

Maybe you’ve never heard the name Harold Wells, but it’s a safe bet that you’re a fan of his handiwork.
The music industry’s best-kept secret speaks out
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 02, 2008