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The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Space invader
Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2011



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Into the groove

Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 12, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Stalemate’s eclectic ways
Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 09, 2009



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Review: DJ Hero

Hit the decks in DJ Hero
Shortly after DJ Hero ’s release, a couple of craiglist ads popped up from gamers claiming they’ll plug in and play the game at your party for $75 — all you have to provide is the TV and the speakers.
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 12, 2009
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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
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Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Tru Thoughts (2009)
Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 15, 2009
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Looking for Trouble

Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston
As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another passenger that he can't understand why anyone is so worked up about the Angels and what they did in Mattapan.
By KEITH W. JENKINS AND PETER CANELLOS  |  September 04, 2009
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Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

An interview with Steve Swallow
DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2009
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The Thriller is gone

For Michael Jackson, Bad ain't good
With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  June 30, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

Solo contendere
At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

Solo contendere
At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples | Circulations

Faitiche (2009)
My friend Robbie and I once had a brilliant idea: we were going to put out a field-recording LP called Sounds of Guitar Center , 70 minutes of us walking around the monopolistic retailer with a microphone to capture the cacophony.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 02, 2009
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Johnnie's on the Side

The Front of the House is at the head of its class
This large space has always housed attractive restaurants, despite violating two of Nadeau's laws: Eateth Not Within 1000 Cubits of a Government Institution; and Ditto for Sports Stadia.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2008
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Boom-bap diplomacy

International hip-hop hits home
With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008

Crescent City health report

The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Groove infatuation

Sly-Chi carve out Space on the dance floor
This band's cohesiveness consistently shines through on tunes that reference bands as diverse as the Commodores, the O’Jays, the Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008
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Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008
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The cyborg and the sistah

Janet’s Discipline and Badu’s New AmErykah
What’s in a fantasy world?
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 17, 2008

Lord of the thighs

Aerosmith should throw in the towel
This article originally appeared in the March 15, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By DOUG SIMMONS  |  March 11, 2008
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History rocks

Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008
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Karen Beebe

Almost famous
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  January 09, 2008
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Theryl “Houseman” Declouet

The Truth Iz Out | Self-released
It sounds as if the singer had been through some relationship trouble, or at least had been listening to a lot of later Marvin Gaye.
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 17, 2007
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Straight talk

Patty Griffin modestly hits a new peak
You can call Patty Griffin a singer-songwriter if you must, but don’t expect her to tell you exactly what that means.
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  April 17, 2007
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Drama dance

Complexions at the Tsai Center
Half a century ago something known as dance drama occupied a large part of the modern-dance repertory.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 06, 2007
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Boston’s global beat

A Soul Revival revival and the unstoppable Kon & Amir
For a true dance party, there’s nothing in Boston quite like Soul Revival, the monthly throwdown that goes off at Villa Victoria in the South End. Adam Gibbons, "Soul Revival Mix part one" (mp3) Adam Gibbons, "Soul Revivial Mix part two" (mp3) Dragonfly, "Blind (Brother Cleve's rock 'n dhol remix)" (mp3)
By DAVID DAY  |  November 17, 2006

Crossword: 'Cutting corners'

More themeless magic, baby!
More themeless magic, baby!
By MATT JONES  |  November 15, 2006

Bringing up pop

Three enduring English groups
This article originally appeared in the August 10, 1971 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By BEN GERSON  |  October 25, 2006
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The talk of the town

Live jazz to die for
With the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival defunct and no other significant local jazz fest in sight, the Beantown Jazz Festival has been stepping up to fill the void.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 13, 2006

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