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The Big Hurt: Brand new Dio; same old Yoko; auguries of Creed

Music news in brief
In the process of writing last week's column about hidden Satanic messages in pop music, I listened to a bunch of shit backward and discovered that the track "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga is much, much better that way.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 12, 2009

Between rock and a soft place

Is the Everyday Visuals' likability a liability?
There's a blog post on the Everyday Visuals' Web site titled "Pop is fucking (aka. Everything to all people? / a/k/a. Coldplay is just as bad as Wavves)" that I was tempted to cut, paste, and submit in place of this article.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 05, 2009

78. Chris Martin

We can’t imagine anything lamer than being a colorless vegetarian musician who pokes a frigid aristocratic phony like Gwyneth Paltrow. Wait — yes we can — the life of anyone who listens to Coldplay’s soulless pedestrian garbage rock.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

Music news in brief
The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009

Fleecing, stealing, shilling, and sucking with impunity

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
Over the busy holiday season, a tremendous wealth of worthless music-news tidbits slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by a lethargic, goose-sated America.
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2009

Local influence

WFNX is keeping it close to home
In a day when so much radio seems less and less local, WFNX remains in touch.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 03, 2008

Same as he ever was

David Byrne on working with Brian Eno, the new music industry, and his time in Providence
Thirty-four years after forming the legendary band Talking Heads with fellow Rhode Island School of Design students Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, David Byrne returns to the area to perform “The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno.”
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  November 26, 2008

New kids on the block

Allow Dear Leader to introduce you
Newly reactivated local gut-pop heroes Dear Leader will play two shows this weekend, with a handful of notable newbs and special guests.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 23, 2008

Crossword: ''Hit the bricks''

A classic case of one-upmanship
A classic case of one-upmanship
By MATT JONES  |  August 20, 2008

Going on sale: August 15, 2008

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
Fleet Foxes, the Spinto Band, Coldplay, Bishop Allen, and Weezer.
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 12, 2008

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State of the art

Newport's Jazz ID check
You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 14, 2008

Unstoppable force

The sludgy juggernaut of the Melvins
“Basically it’s like, if you get what we’re doing, then no explanation is necessary, and if you don’t, then no explanation is possible.”
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 08, 2008

Boston music news: August 1, 2008

Notes on the Living Sea, Hangman's Alphabet, and the Luxury
Two promising local indie-rock up-and-comers have up and come out with new CDs for your enjoyment.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008

Risky business

Santogold finds her own way
I know I can’t be the only person whose ears perked up earlier this year on hearing the chorus of the then-new Ashlee Simpson single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya).”
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 29, 2008

World War III

The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 30, 2008

Crossword: ''Never A Good Sign''

Watch out for these
Watch out for these
By MATT JONES  |  June 18, 2008

Going on sale: June 13, 2008

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
Mogwai, Janet Jackson, Coldplay and more.
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 10, 2008

Keys to our hearts

Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 06, 2008


Pleasantly predictable
The Young@Heart Chorus was formed in Northampton in 1982 by whip-cracking director Bob Cilman.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  April 16, 2008

The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom

Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2008

The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

Let’s talk numbers

Cult Maze move well beyond Ice Arena with 35, 36
There’s some talk that Cult Maze are the best rock band in Portland right now.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2007

Chairmen of the boards

Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Keep it moving

The ever-evolving Pilobolus
The Pilobolus troupe was named after a common barnyard fungus whose spores accelerate from 0-40 mph in the first millimeter of flight.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2007

Hollywood hit

Grace Potter makes a major-label smash
Grace Potter is going to be a star.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 04, 2007

Angels and devils of porn

A vintage X-rated actor and a goofball clergyman face off, in a debate sponsored by an energy drink: what the hell is going on?
Odd choice for a date, one would have thought — an evening of robust debate about pornography.
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 15, 2007

Up-and-coming Warped-types

Previewing the "Lucky 13th"
I almost fell asleep looking at the lineup (Bad Religion and New Found Glory again? Really?).
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 07, 2007

Girl Talk

Amy Lee opens up about Evanescence
The mostly metal and male-dominated line-up has undergone a gender makeover with the addition of the Amy Lee–fronted Evanescence at the top of the bill.
By DOMINIQUE HENDLEMAN  |  July 24, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
They were, by definition, misfits.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

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