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Oooh, la, la: ShaShaSha
A psyched-out solo effort from Dominic Lavoie
He may not have planned it this way, but Dominic Lavoie is definitely striking while the Internet is hot.
| October 31, 2012
Tame Impala | Lonerism
Modular Records (2012)
Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
| October 03, 2012
The Famous Winters’ cold comfort
Melodancholy & the inventive sadness
The Famous Winters co-founders Alex Garzone and Sean Kennedy delivered an eclectic introduction to their new venture last summer with the EP Carnival Sky .
| January 11, 2012
The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III
Music news in brief
James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-sliced cheese singles so you can carry them around in your wallet.
| August 31, 2011
Beady Eye's Liam Gallagher talks new music, the Oasis breakup, and 'shithole' Glastonbury
Back in March, I caught up with Liam post-soundcheck in Paris, when he called to talk about his new gig, Noel taking credit for the success of Oasis, and how he is scaling back the partying -- but not to Chris Martin of Coldplay levels.
| August 17, 2011
J. Biddy at RiRa, March 30
J. Biddy has been a weekly staple at RiRa for quite some time. He's a human acoustic jukebox and takes requests from a printed list of his repertoire.
| April 06, 2011
In an iPod world, Broadway goes vinyl
Dave Lifrieri, owner of Analog Underground on Broadway, was in the eighth grade listening to Beatles and Led Zeppelin on vinyl when the CD player — and the inevitable avalanche of remasters — made their full arrival.
| March 30, 2011
Review: The Music Never Stopped
An exploration of music’s power to heal
An exploration of music's power to heal, this maudlin movie (based on Oliver Sacks's essay "The Last Hippie") features go-to supporting player J.K. Simmons in a rare leading role.
| March 31, 2011
The smooth pop-rock of Zach Jones's Broken Record
Don't fix it
For an album to be more than just a collection of songs, it's more important that the songs all feel the same than sound the same. No one wants 10 tracks all in the same style — that gets old unless everything is terrific — but there should be an aesthetic that carries through ballad and banger both.
| March 16, 2011
The digital delight of Space versus Speed
Out of this world
Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
| January 27, 2011
Jeff Beam navigates the Flying Trapeze
Without a net
Talk about a high-wire act. On his fourth full-length album in as many years, young songwriter/performer/engineer Jeff Beam has set out to make an important album that's listenable, a record that both challenges ideas about pop music and embraces them.
| December 08, 2010
The Big Hurt: NKOTBSB hit the road!
Plus, Justin Bieber vs. Wyclef Jean, Primal Scream vs. Kevin Shields, and Beatles UK vs. Beatles USA
Guys! You guys! Holy shit, guys: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS are teaming up for a headlining tour in 2011.
| December 01, 2010
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Black Mountain scale various rock influences
If, as they say, talent borrows and genius steals, then Vancouver rock collective Black Mountain do a bit of both.
| October 26, 2010
Review: Nowhere Boy
Is that really how the Beatles met?
John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was a handful as a teen.
| October 13, 2010
John Lennon | Signature Box
Part absurdist wit, part domestic romantic, and part quasi-revolutionary, John Lennon had a restless, albeit brief, post-Beatles career.
| October 05, 2010
Getting into the mix
Three more that fans want raw
Raw Power is viewed by many as one of the all-time great rock albums — but its hyper-trebly, David Bowie–mixed brittleness has been almost as infamous as the musical mayhem on the wax.
| August 24, 2010
Darker My Love | Alive as You Are
This makes it six years since Darker My Love got their psychedelic labors under way, and it still seems unusual that guitarist/singer Tim Presley is the same Tim Presley of long-defunct hardcore agitators the Nerve Agents.
| August 10, 2010
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Review: Green Day: Rock Band
Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
| June 24, 2010
Harper's Magazine, 1850-1980
The legacy of Willie Morris and Lewis H. Lapham
It seems but a moment ago that the sound of Dylan and Baez, the Beatles and the Stones reverberated through a world bent on catastrophe. Has it been almost 20 years?
| June 26, 2010
Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
| June 20, 2010
Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
| June 01, 2010
Mousam River Ramblers
At Atlantic Hall, Kennebunkport, May 19
BRIDGET M. BURNS
| June 02, 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.
| May 12, 2010
Dr. Dog have no Shame in their game
A tip for bands out there trying to impress people with blogs: when choosing the decade you’d like to be mistaken for hailing from, choose wisely.
| May 04, 2010
Crossword: ''Burn After Reading''
It's just overkill
It's what remains.
| April 22, 2010
Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more
SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| April 14, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Say anything
The week in YouTube comments
It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
| April 12, 2010
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