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The Big Hurt
Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2012

Local heroes at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Honor Roll
Rick Bellaire, one of the chief organizers of the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, had an early feel for the state's gifts to the national culture.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2012

Chris Isaak | Beyond the Sun

Vanguard (2011)
Critics of Chris Isaak have long considered him a neo-Elvis in a cheaper suit.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011

In Memoriam
While we all await the inevitable "Last Days of Amy Winehouse" report from Rolling Stone , let's take a breather and remember the voice. It was slow, smoky, insinuating, sweet-and-sour, and seemed to conjure a handful of jazz-and-soul divas in a syllable...  
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2011

A bankrobber downsizes

Annals of Crime
There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 13, 2011

Classic burlesque star swings into town

Octogenarian dedication
"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit the stage, something transforms over my face."
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 03, 2010

Grave Spotting

Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 16, 2010

Temptation: Some Like It Hot

A Martha's Vineyard lust odyssey
Cole Porter and I disagree about love. He's always too darn hot. Me? I'm like a lizard: the weather heats me up.
By ELIZABETH WEIL  |  June 18, 2010

Temptation: Some Like It Hot

A Martha's Vineyard lust odyssey
Cole Porter and I disagree about love. He's always too darn hot. Me? I'm like a lizard: the weather heats me up.
By ELIZABETH WEIL  |  June 18, 2010

Cool killer

Ace Atkins runs down Machine Gun Kelly
Ace Atkins’s new novel is what the movie Public Enemies should have been.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 18, 2010

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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Midnight ramblers

Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and opportunity.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 08, 2010


The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Theater listings, March 26, 2010
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 25, 2010

Go for the doughnuts

The French Press is making a name for itself
The French Press occupies the conceptual space matching its geographic location: to the left of Dunkin Donuts — more local, more artisanal, but hitting the same basic notes.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 25, 2010

Play by Play: March 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule.
Boston's weekly theater schedule.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2010

The Big Hurt: Clench and release(1)

The week in awful press releases
Press-release time again!
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2010

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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Knitting Factory (2010)
Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 09, 2010

Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by Bill Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010

Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010

Matador (2010)
The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 06, 2010

Tech Support

Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 08, 2009

Elvis Presley | Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight

RCA/Legacy (2009)
There's a plethora of Elvis Presley albums on the market, most of them compilations and box sets, each focusing on certain hits, eras, and/or styles.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 08, 2009

Rear-view mirror

Albums you shouldn't let slip by
After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 11, 2009

David Bowie | Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition

David Bowie’s 1969 album Man of Music/Man of Words was retitled a few years after its debut, most likely because it was quickly becoming known as Space Oddity and Those Other Eight Songs We Could Care Less About .
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 30, 2009

Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 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

Rosanne Cash | The List

Manhattan (2009)
In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 28, 2009

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