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Interview: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller

This weekend (January 20-21) brings a two-night stand at Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers Mission of Burma, who have somehow morphed into a band that's equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific local underdogs.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 18, 2012

Six Star General and the Blood Moons hit the vinyl

Spin the black circle
It was another year and another 20 or so releases from 75orLess, the Warren-based independent label run by Mark MacDougall, which cleaned up in our Best Music Poll, with 75orLess artists voted victorious in nine categories.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 18, 2012

Mission of Burma's sonic fury still burns

It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 18, 2012

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Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Career in rock
Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nirvana), after all.
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 16, 2011

New discs by Skinny Millionaires and Suicide Bill & the Liquors

Newport calling
Our friends at 75or Less Records continue to crank out quality product, and February 2011 marks their fifth anniversary, as the Warren-based label founded by Six Star General bassist Mark "Slick" MacDougall approaches its 100th release.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 09, 2011

Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane

The heart of Boston rock
Billy Ruane died on a Tuesday night.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2010

Tommy Keene | Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983 - 2009

Second Motion (2010)
If you've heard one Tommy Keene song, it's probably "Places That Are Gone," a certified power-pop classic released in 1984.
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 16, 2010

Sick sense

There's a madness to Bunnies' method
We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 12, 2010

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Off the record?

Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
Pity the album. After a half-century of embarrassingly public body issues, our essential rock unit has not entered the new millennium looking very healthy. EPs are way more in vogue, MP3s have intangibility on their side, and 12-inches just sound impressive.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 14, 2009
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Rock of wages

Huak intertwine politics, sentiment, and decades of influences
Huak are the rare local band who, in the two-plus years they've been playing regular gigs, sound bolder and more self-possessed every time you see them.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 26, 2009

Birdsongs on the road

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .
By MATT PARISH  |  July 22, 2009

Psalms For The Deaf

Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Records, Providence."
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 21, 2009

The old is new

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger Miller
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
By MATT PARISH  |  July 22, 2009

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Music seen: Christopher Teret + Huak

Christopher Teret at SPACE Gallery and Huak at Empire Dine and Dance, March 20
Chris Teret's singing is just as unassuming as his songwriting.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2009

Accidental purist

Stephen Drury takes on Stockhausen
In one of Karlheinz Stockhausen's weirdest creations, the ensemble is instructed to "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space." Stephen Drury doesn't mind that so much. But fasting for four days? "No."
By MATT PARISH  |  February 18, 2009

Volcano Suns | The Bright Orange Years and All-Night Lotus Party

I'm one of those rare specimens who, thanks to the vagaries of time and fate, got into Volcano Suns before Mission of Burma.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 03, 2009

The ignorami

Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

On with the shows . . .

Winter 2009's got plenty in store
If freezing your ass off builds character, music fans should prepare to develop way too much character over the next few months.

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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

Sweet release

The Urinals can’t hold it in any longer
I don’t want to waste your time waxing philosophical about the problematic logic behind qualifying music “good” or “bad,” much less pontificating on whether “sophisticated punk” is an oxymoron.  
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 08, 2008

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Mission Of Burma at Pitchfork Music Fest, Union Park, Chicago, July 18, 2008
The band, as always, sounded fantastic, especially if you’d been listening to the record all week in preparation.
By DEVIN KING  |  July 22, 2008

Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 24, 2012

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