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Music Seen: Sufjan Stevens + Marie Stella

Port City Music Hall, October 2 | SPACE Gallery, September 29
The ironic thing about Sufjan Stevens's belated debut in Portland was that a big show for this town is an intimate event for him.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 07, 2009

Lights, camera, action rock!

Monty Are I — from Cranston to Island/Def Jam
Keep the Cristal on ice until further notice from Steve Aiello, lead singer/guitarist for Monty Are I, who just released their "official" major label debut, Break Through the Silence on Island/Def Jam.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 07, 2009

Mr. Magic, R.I.P.

Rest in Beats
By the time this goes to press, DJs and designers will be mixing and manufacturing mix-tapes and shirts commemorating Mr. Magic, the seminal New York radio jockey who died of a heart attack at 53 in Brooklyn this past Friday.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 07, 2009

A Place To Bury Strangers | Exploding Head

Mute (2009)
When it comes to the resurgence of all things shoegaze, only one question remains: how literal do you want it?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 06, 2009

Freudian trip

Esoteric drops reality rap on Saving Seamus Ryan
Hip-hop is faker than Vince McMahon's business plan and tan combined. Pussy-whipped MCs who sling Whoppers rhyme about bagging blow and smacking ho's; even cats who actually do poison their communities exaggerate their hood credentials.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 06, 2009

Old school

Off the Couch
More top shelf hip-hop at Jerky’s
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 07, 2009

Anything and everything

StreightAngular just want to know what's now
People never like to label themselves. Or, at least they shouldn't.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 10, 2009

Darrell Nulisch | Just For You

Severn (2009)
This Boston-based blues and soul singer’s seventh album might seem an update of the elegantly funky Stax sound, with its deep grooves and smartly harmonized horns.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 06, 2009

He is a real composer

And don't you try to tell Joshua Newton otherwise
Joshua Newton wants you to know he doesn't write classical music.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  October 07, 2009

The Big Hurt: Think of England

‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 06, 2009

Photos: Dinosaur Jr. at the Middle East downstairs

Dinosaur Jr., live at the Middle East downstairs, October 2, 2009
Photos of Dinosaur Jr. performing on their 2009 reunion tour
By NELLIE SWEET  |  October 05, 2009

The Flaming Lips | Embryonic

Warner Bros. (2009)
If new albums by Super Furry Animals, 50 Foot Wave, and the Flaming Lips are any indication, 2009 is smack in the middle of a new psychedelic age.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 05, 2009

Carnal knowledge

Nick Cave’s bad Bunny
When I interviewed Nick Cave for the Phoenix three years ago and he told me — drolly, languidly, literarily — that his next writing project was about “a sexually incontinent hand-cream salesman” on the south coast of England, I assumed he was taking the piss.
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 06, 2009

Old school, new school

Amanda Carr and Gretchen Parlato do it their way
If fans plan shrewdly next Thursday (October 15), they can hear jazz singing at its best in two completely different styles.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2009

Behind the (local) music

A new show shines a light in the recording studio
“Working in a studio for so many years, we get to work closely with musicians when they are at their most creative — and most vulnerable,” says Marc Bartholomew, audio engineer and co-runner of Hanover Street’s Acadia Recording Company.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 07, 2009

Photos: Ra Ra Riot at Paradise Rock Club

Ra Ra Riot, live at the Paradise Rock Club, October 3, 2009
Ra Ra Riot on tour to promote their new album, The Rhumb Line
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 06, 2009

Lowe life

 Nick Lowe on growing up and growing old in the music business
Nick Lowe is a rare creature, a punk rock founding father who has endured and evolved gracefully.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  October 07, 2009

Fantastic damage

Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 28, 2009

First annual We Push Buttons Festival

The successful first-annual WE PUSH BUTTONS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped up on Saturday night.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 30, 2009

Beauty in the beast

Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 30, 2009

Review: Fame

A PG-rated, post- High School Musical remake: why, exactly?
Oh, MGM: I realize you're staving off bankruptcy, but is remaking past hits the answer?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 30, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's bleatings

Plus unholy names and office shredders
One of the great things about being in the music industry is that you get to change your name. So why are we hearing records from a guy named Landon Pigg?
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 28, 2009

Classical inheritance

Two fixtures hand over the reins to a younger generation
A teacher told me years ago that someday "you young people will inherit classical music. Then you can do with it what you want." And so I've been waiting.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 30, 2009

Music Seen: Book Of The Dead, Apocryphonic, Surreal Vision

At Geno’s | September 24
With as many talented musicians as there are in Portland, the occasional "super-group" is inevitable.
By DAN CLARK  |  September 30, 2009

Brother Ali | Us

Rhymesayers (2009)
Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2009

On the town with ProTown

Hip-hop heads fill the Bucket
Last Friday, a hip-hop showcase courtesy of upstart label ProTown Records, founded by Provy rap vets Romen Rok and DJ Al Bums (among others), invaded the Grant Building in Pawtucket, and the showcase was a rousing success.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 29, 2009

The roar of the crowd

‘Opening Night at Symphony,’ Russell Sherman, the Discovery Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Bostonians
I wasn’t there, but the opening-night dissatisfaction with the Met’s new Tosca was widely reported.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 29, 2009

Me, myself, and I

Three ill-fated trios
I have a theory that musical trios are as cursed as any non-musical threesome. Alliances of two against one and ego imbalances are inevitable. Dinosaur Jr. were able to reconcile, but here are three archetypical power trios who just couldn't keep it together.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 29, 2009

Photos: Sunny Day Real Estate at House of Blues

Sunny Day Real Estate and the Jealous Sound , live at HoB on September 28, 2009
Photos of Sunny Day Real Estate plus Jealous Sound at the House of Blues in Boston
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  September 30, 2009

Soul training

Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 22, 2009

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