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Review: GFAC returns with double the horsepower

Inverted V8
How spoiled are we in this town? A record like the new Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 8 can come out and it's like: Big Fuckin' Deal.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 10, 2010

Decades and Days of the new

Gypsy Tailwind’s with Gervasi, and don’t skip a beat
After the bombast of Grace , Gypsy Tailwind’s sophomore record, full of strings and horns and big arrangements worthy of a Nashville studio, the opening to their brand-new Decades and Days seems decidedly intentional.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 16, 2010

Chinnock of the North

The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 21, 2010

Health of a nation

Enough with the 'forums!' Plus, playing politics and sporting news.
Let's just forget about all these dog and pony health care "forums" and face some facts. First and foremost, the main (and, perhaps, only) debate is this: Do you believe that health should be subject to the marketplace?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2009

The Funn(k)y Drummer

What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a drummer. In drumming, after all, timing is everything.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2009

Interview: Michael Lang

Going back to Woodstock
"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 22, 2009
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Shardlow and Goodyear and a brand-new studio
How we think about making and consuming music is changing. It is not news that labels, albums, and record stores are dying, pushed aside by new ways of conducting the commerce of music. (Though at the turn of the 20th century the song was king and the trade was in sheet-music publishing rights, so maybe this is all a return to form, just with new technology.)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 15, 2009

Making it right

New Orleans drops the guns and dances
Whatever increments of recovery New Orleans has made since Hurricane Katrina, in many ways the city never changes. The only shocker was a lower-left-hand piece, "Crime is down sharply in N.O."
By JON GARELICK  |  May 05, 2009


Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008

Here comes the Whambulance

Mass Art hosts the Baltimore Round Robin Tour
The Baltimore loft once known as Wham City is long dead, its inhabitants evicted in 2007, but the twisted DIY art movement it housed has flourished nonetheless.  
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008

Noise in the hood

Big Digits and Chinese Stars at Middle East Upstairs, July 5, 2008
A knowing sense of humor emerged between songs, legitimizing the chicanery as mere friendly artistic expression.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  July 07, 2008

Going on sale: April 11, 2008

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
The Raconteurs, the Spill Canvas, Radiohead, and more.
By GOING ON SALE  |  April 08, 2008

The ‘x’ factor

The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007

John Belushi

This article originally appeared in the March 16, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By OWEN GLEIBERMAN  |  April 09, 2007


Vietnam | Kemado
“We just wanted a name that had power,” says co-founder Michael Gerner in Rolling Stone.
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  January 29, 2007

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 12

Led Zeppelin | Boston Tea Party | January 23-26, 1969
Led Zeppelin | Boston Tea Party | January 23-26, 1969
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Sax machines

Local luminaries Deric Dyer and Paul Ahlstrand
In our guitar-centric culture it’s easy to forget that the first rock-and-roll instrument was the saxophone. Deric Dyer, "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (mp3) Paul Ahlstrand, "Sunday Hang" (mp3)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2006

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