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MICHAEL MAROTTA

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Interview: Brett Anderson of Suede on new record Bloodsports, the art of the comeback, and getting his demon back


It's virtually impossible not to hold a so-called "comeback record" up against a band's past, and it's useless not to judge Suede's sixth studio effort, Bloodsports , out March 19 on INgrooves / Suede Ltd, against the UK rock band's 1990s history.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 11, 2013

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Six to Watch @ SXSW

What's F'n Next?
The best parts of South by Southwest are the unexpected.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 05, 2013

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Nine Boston rock shows coming this Spring


Go nine songs deep into Gozu's new The Fury of a Patient Man — from the stoner chug of opener "Bald Bull" to the buzzing boogie of "Salty Thumb" to the upright guitar crunch of "Disco Related Injury" — and there's barely any room to breathe.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 01, 2013

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Interview: Peter Hook taps into the unknown


Peter Hook is in a peculiar situation.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 06, 2013

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Listen to WFNX's ''Super Bowie'' weekend

Pregame show begins Saturday at 9 am. Hosted by Gene Genie.
Pregame show begins Saturday at 9 am. Hosted by Gene Genie.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 01, 2013

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Boston Rock & Pop Class of 2013

A baker’s dozen of the best new bands in Boston — and slightly beyond
What was once a stodgy rock-and-roll town swallowed up by its participants' mutual disdain for one another has given way to a community fostering relentless creativity and support.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 28, 2013



[sound of the city] WFNX Boston Accents' Top 75 standout jams of 2012

On the Download
It was a pretty great year of Boston music in 2012.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 02, 2013

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Jonathan Toubin steers his night train into Boston


There are freak accidents, and then there's the case of Jonathan Toubin.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 02, 2013

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A spectrum of sounds warms up Boston’s winter playlist


Ultimately unfounded threats of the Mayan apocalypse are in the rearview, but this winter's new Boston music survey starts with a Cult and ends with a Flood.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 07, 2013

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Mass appeal: Boston pop acts of 2012


The best music from our city was cultivated within the clubs of Cambridge, Allston DIY spaces, squares of Somerville, and way across the pike in Western Mass.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 19, 2012

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What's F'n Next? | The Field Effect


By now it's cliché to write about music having a "driving" force, or describing it taking you to a certain place where mundane daily occurrences could not.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 12, 2012



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Parlour Bells' moonlight dance

Cellars by Starlight
Few things that happen so frequently are as revered as nightfall.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2012

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What's F'n Next? Stepdad

Grand Rapids, Michigan
The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 26, 2012

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What’s F’n next: Tanlines


The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2012

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WFNX.com Rises from the Dead Tonight

Live DJs return tonight at 9 pm for a special relaunch broadcast. Click for details.
Live DJs return tonight at 9 pm for a special relaunch broadcast. Click for details.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 30, 2012

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Saint Etienne's love letter


No more than two seconds into Saint Etienne's latest album (their first in seven years), Words And Music (Heavenly/Universal UMC), angelic-voiced Sarah Cracknell opens "Over the Border" with a spoken-word confession over a soft acoustic guitar: "When I was 10, I wanted to explore the world."
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 24, 2012



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The Presets' morning-after party


For the Sydney-based Presets' third album, Pacifica , the attitude shifts from night to day, because after every party comes a new morning.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 18, 2012

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WFNX.com is back!

Boston’s only indie alternative station relaunches tonight with live DJs. Click here to listen the evolution of radio. It’s What’s F’n Next.
Boston’s only indie alternative station relaunches tonight with live DJs. Click here to listen the evolution of radio. It’s What’s F’n Next.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 30, 2012

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What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Stockholm, Sweden
Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 25, 2012

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Following Julia Easterlin's beat


Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 18, 2012
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