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A psyched-out solo effort from Dominic Lavoie
He may not have planned it this way, but Dominic Lavoie is definitely striking while the Internet is hot.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 31, 2012
OTR: Tame Impala :: Lonerism

Tame Impala | Lonerism

Modular Records (2012)
Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 03, 2012
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The Famous Winters’ cold comfort

Melodancholy & the inventive sadness
The Famous Winters co-founders Alex Garzone and Sean Kennedy delivered an eclectic introduction to their new venture last summer with the EP Carnival Sky .
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 11, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

Music news in brief
James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-sliced cheese singles so you can carry them around in your wallet.
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 31, 2011
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Beady Eye's Liam Gallagher talks new music, the Oasis breakup, and 'shithole' Glastonbury

Feeling supersonic
Back in March, I caught up with Liam post-soundcheck in Paris, when he called to talk about his new gig, Noel taking credit for the success of Oasis, and how he is scaling back the partying -- but not to Chris Martin of Coldplay levels.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2011

J. Biddy at RiRa, March 30

Music seen
J. Biddy has been a weekly staple at RiRa for quite some time. He's a human acoustic jukebox and takes requests from a printed list of his repertoire.
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  April 06, 2011
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In an iPod world, Broadway goes vinyl

Records Department
Dave Lifrieri, owner of Analog Underground on Broadway, was in the eighth grade listening to Beatles and Led Zeppelin on vinyl when the CD player — and the inevitable avalanche of remasters — made their full arrival.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 30, 2011
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Review: The Music Never Stopped

An exploration of music’s power to heal
An exploration of music's power to heal, this maudlin movie (based on Oliver Sacks's essay "The Last Hippie") features go-to supporting player J.K. Simmons in a rare leading role.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 31, 2011
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The smooth pop-rock of Zach Jones's Broken Record

Don't fix it
For an album to be more than just a collection of songs, it's more important that the songs all feel the same than sound the same. No one wants 10 tracks all in the same style — that gets old unless everything is terrific — but there should be an aesthetic that carries through ballad and banger both.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2011
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The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Out of this world
Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 27, 2011
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Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze

Without a net
Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 08, 2010
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The Big Hurt: NKOTBSB hit the road!

Plus, Justin Bieber vs. Wyclef Jean, Primal Scream vs. Kevin Shields, and Beatles UK vs. Beatles USA
Guys! You guys! Holy shit, guys: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS are teaming up for a headlining tour in 2011.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 01, 2010



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Black Mountain scale various rock influences

Psychedelic heights
If, as they say, talent borrows and genius steals, then Vancouver rock collective Black Mountain do a bit of both.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 26, 2010
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Review: Nowhere Boy

Is that really how the Beatles met?
John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was a handful as a teen.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 13, 2010
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John Lennon | Signature Box

Capitol (2010)
Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 05, 2010
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Getting into the mix

Three more that fans want raw
Raw Power is viewed by many as one of the all-time great rock albums — but its hyper-trebly, David Bowie–mixed brittleness has been almost as infamous as the musical mayhem on the wax.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 24, 2010
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Darker My Love | Alive as You Are

Dangerbird (2010)
This makes it six years since Darker My Love got their psychedelic labors under way, and it still seems unusual that guitarist/singer Tim Presley is the same Tim Presley of long-defunct hardcore agitators the Nerve Agents.
By REYAN ALI  |  August 10, 2010



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Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Repeat, repeat
Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 24, 2010
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Harper's Magazine, 1850-1980

The legacy of Willie Morris and Lewis H. Lapham
It seems but a moment ago that the sound of Dylan and Baez, the Beatles and the Stones reverberated through a world bent on catastrophe. Has it been almost 20 years?
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  June 26, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 20, 2010
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Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Anti- (2010)
Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 01, 2010

Mousam River Ramblers

Music Seen
At Atlantic Hall, Kennebunkport, May 19
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  June 02, 2010
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The radio on TV

Suddenly local music is all over the airwaves
There is nothing new about bands playing on television. But local bands and local channels? Lately there’s been something of an explosion.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 12, 2010
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Fresh heirs

Dr. Dog have no Shame in their game
A tip for bands out there trying to impress people with blogs: when choosing the decade you’d like to be mistaken for hailing from, choose wisely.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 04, 2010

Crossword: ''Burn After Reading''

It's just overkill
It's what remains.
By MATT JONES  |  April 22, 2010

Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more

Sibilance
SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI  EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 14, 2010

Friartown, redux

PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 14, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Say anything

The week in YouTube comments
It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 12, 2010

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