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Dance, Monkey!: Jess Sutich

On beachfront property in Ohio, idealistic pizza, and interspecies relations
Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim is...
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009

The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

Music news in brief
I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

Interview: Greil Marcus

Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009

Muck and the Mires

Dorren EP | Dirty Water
If Phil Spector could produce the Ramones, then Kim Fowley can produce Muck and the Mires, local faves whose sound has always been two parts Ramones to five parts British Invasion.
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 15, 2008


Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008

Ringo Starr

Liverpool 8 | Capitol
Ringo Starr has never made an album that’s less than entertaining, and there aren’t many Beatles you can say that about.
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 28, 2008

Cold remedies

Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

Girl Group Redux

The Pipettes, Great Scott, November 15, 2007
I don’t imagine that the Pipettes are doing any more to curtail carbon monoxide emissions or save the rain forest than the Spice Girls.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007

Chairmen of the boards

Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Lucky 13

Our producers Hall of Fame
Our producers Hall of Fame
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2007

Britt pop

The spare magic of Spoon
It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007

Wall of shame

A definitive life of Phil Spector
In a moment of weakness, he licensed the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” for an ad for the erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis.
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 22, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
They were, by definition, misfits.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Cool papa, hot mama

John Phillips’s solo album, Karen Dalton’s In My Own Time
Between Phil Spector’s becoming rock and roll’s first teen millionaire and the rock tycoons who emerged some decades later lies the rise of the hippie aristocrat.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 30, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 30-21

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Music

The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Newsmakers

The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Heart of the matter

Doc Pomus’s blues
Even among the oddballs of the music business, Doc Pomus was unusual.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 03, 2007

Stockholm calling

Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro del Mar, and Lo-Fi Fink lead the new Swedish invasion
In “Young Folks,” the hipster hit by the Stockholm-based indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Peter Morén boasts that “we don’t care about the young folks.”
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 03, 2007

Magic shows

The Charms become Wicked Cool
It’s a recent Sunday near midnight, and Charms leaders Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda have their ears to the radio. The Charms, "So Romantic" (mp3)
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007

The new tastemakers

Does Pandora know you better than you do?
It’s a cliché by now, but the Internet allows you to be whomever you want to be.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 31, 2007

2007: Same as the old year

Relatives of Cicilline and Mollis continue the Vo Dilun tradition
And they are off and running, in the 2007 edition of “How Can We Embarrass Little Rhody Even More?”
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 11, 2007

Import only

The Pipettes bring on the pop
Whether or not the Pipettes ever make good on the flabbergasting confidence and effrontery of their debut, We Are the Pipettes (an import on Memphis Industries), they’ve already earned themselves a dissident footnote in the history of girl-group pop.
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 28, 2006

Hanging ten or hanging on?

Brian Wilson: Dead on survival
This article originally appeared in the April 26, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By GREIL MARCUS  |  November 14, 2006

Timothy Leary's dead

The psychedelic revival
This article originally appeared in the March 17, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By MARK MOSES  |  October 25, 2006

Diamond in the rough

Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon live in London (YouTube)
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006

Flashbacks: May 26, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966 .  
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 24, 2006

The Concretes

In Colour | Astralwerks
The title of the latest release from this Swedish indie-pop outfit suggests that the Concretes have until now stuck to a pared-down black-and-white sound.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 01, 2006

Kronos Quartet with Asha Bhosle

You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman’s Bollywood | Nonesuch
The Kronos Quartet has long been classical in format only — recent projects have included work with Café Tacuba, Taraf de Haïdouks, and the Tiger Lillies.
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  April 04, 2006

Flashbacks, March 17, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
By  |  March 15, 2006

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