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Reggae revival

Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009

Timeline: Reggae in Boston

1968 - 2009
A timeline of reggae milestones in Boston
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009

Clik tracks

Buckshot and Black Moon get live
Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2009

Springing ahead

The 'mericans are comin' back 'round
When I asked Chris Daltry just where exactly his acclaimed quintet the 'mericans had been hiding out, the founding father of the rootsy rockers was quick to deflect any insinuation that the Providence group had been slacking.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2009

The Big Hurt: Marley pimped, Miley sorry, Kanye secure

Music news in brief
This goes to print a week after I write it because of the damnable pre-Web technology of the printed page, but I swear to God that I was the first son of a bitch to think of it: Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Chris Brown .
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009

Starting from Scratch

The Upsetter screens at the Coolidge
If the hip-hop generation ever calls for martial law, the revolution will be sponsored by Scion. The rectangularly adventurous car company is our closest corporate ally, bankrolling a large segment of the low-slung-pants community, and providing the rest of us with sweet events that rarely dent the pocket.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008

What rhymes with Barack?

Mr. Lif takes on the headlines
The story of underground hip-hop these days often seems like the inverse of Barack Obama’s story.  
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 29, 2008

Sharp accents

Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008


Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
What got spilled on the floor of the Frank Fixaris Memorial Press Box to make it stickier than glue-based rodent traps?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 23, 2008

Political dispatches

State Radio approach punk on Year of the Crow
Last summer, Chad Stokes (né Urmston) had the ultimate New England jam-band experience.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 15, 2008

Light show

Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008

Don't let Portland come in second

Twin city tournament
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’ll lose to Boston.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2008

Beyond illbient

DJ Spooky goes global
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

Karen Beebe

Almost famous
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  January 09, 2008

Ky-Mani Marley

Radio | Vox/AAO
It’s a little jarring to hear him dropping f-bombs and rapping about packing heat all over his fourth album
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 26, 2007

Legend of the last

It all comes down to Will power
They all start the same way.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007

Choir boy

Travis Morrison and his Hellfighters
Former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison has a new album, and though he says it’s not a solo disc, you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 15, 2007

Learning to fly

Kerry Stuart Coppin’s images of Africa and beyond
“I look at the picture,” Coppin tells me, “and what I think of is how Africa has been picked clean by European colonialism.”
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2007

Bands of Gypsy

Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box
The explosion of neo-Gypsy-hybrid music started, you might say, with a cleverly worded flyer spied years ago by Eugene Hütz.
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 25, 2007

Fallout joys

When the Nirvana explosion rocked Boston
In his newly published The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock & Roll , Phoenix contributor Brett Milano explores the evolution of the local music scene.
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007

Brett Dennen + Pete Kilpatrick

Music seen at Space, July 21, 2007
Brett Dennen looks alarmingly young despite wardrobe choices that reference Jimi Hendrix.
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  July 25, 2007

Long Journeyman

Willie Nile, Club Passim, June 22, 2007
Willie Nile may not be a household name, even among serious musos.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 25, 2007

Editors' picks: Food

Best eats in Quahog County, best Thursday night two-fer, best destination dinner, and more
Spark, Bliss, Pam's Pizza, Duffy's and more. 

Self-inflicted wounds

Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 30, 2007

The Singing Statesman

Gilberto Gil, Zeiterion Theatre, March 21, 2007
It’s hard to imagine a better setting for a two-hour solo performance by one of Brazil’s greatest singer-songwriters.
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  March 27, 2007

Keepin' it real

The Roots, Avalon, March 13, 2007
As I was walking up to Avalon a week ago Tuesday to see the Roots, a group of college kids crossed the street in front of me sporting backwards hats and puffy vests.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007

How Jewish is it?

Rockin’ out with Matisyahu, the LeeVees, and other mensches
In addition to the usual fare of Messiah and Nutcracker performances and bands dressed up in Santa suits this past holiday season, Boston got an unusually large dose of Jewish culture — far more than the electric menorah in Kenmore Square or the klezmer rendition of “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” on the Holiday Pops program.
By ADAM GOLD  |  January 17, 2007

Top 10 CDs in Portland: December 29, 2006

From Bull Moose Music
From Bull Moose Music
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 27, 2006

Off the hook

And on the cheap
There’s always someone on your list that’s the hardest to buy for, not because they have everything and need zippo — or because they have nothing and need anything — but because you really can’t accept spending your hard-earned dough to get them something.
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  December 07, 2006

Ordered steps

Ronald K. Brown at the Majestic
“I will not move without Your consent,” swears the text at the heart of Ronald K. Brown’s 2005 work Order My Steps.
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 05, 2006

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