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Kollective soul

Kris Hansen's ever-evolving sound
Singer/songwriter Kris Hansen and longtime pal Bob Giusti certainly are no stranger to the local music scene, having played out and hosted scores of gigs and all-star, open-mic jam sessions for more than a dozen years as Kris Hansen's Left Hand Band, a tight-knit jazzy/folky-type trio. Their 08 self-titled debut (at and iTunes) zigged and zagged across acoustic blues and roots-rock, with Hansen's pen celebrating a second chance at life after the Scituate native battled a near-fatal brain aneurysm on the eve of his 24th birthday, as well as Hansen, drummer Giusti, and bassist/engineer George Dussault all becoming dads during the recording process.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 12, 2009

The Dead Weather | Horehound

Third Man (2009)
It's no coincidence that four of the 11 songs on the Dead Weather's debut — "I Cut like a Buffalo," "3 Birds," "Rocking Horse," and a cover of Bob Dylan's "New Pony" — make reference to the animal kingdom.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 22, 2009
vul list

In the blood

VulGarrity is humming on all cylinders
“We don’t have five dudes on stage pounding out power chords, so we need to find other ways to fill up all that space,” said Shawn Garrity, one-half of the multitasking siblings known as VulGarrity (sister Tracy is three years younger). “It forces us to think differently than before, and that’s proven to be a breathe of fresh air.  
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 10, 2009

Lovers' rock

Think just being in a relationship is tough? Meet five bands who've combined work and play — and against all odds ended up making sweet harmonies
Ever want to throttle your co-worker, that well-meaning but slack-jawed doofus always peering over your cubicle? How about your partner at home, always leaving the seat up or making a Hansel-and-Gretel popcorn trail from the kitchen to the couch?
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 12, 2008

Fast-breaking music

You heard it here first
WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 03, 2008


Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008

Keys to our hearts

Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 06, 2008

Indie gets the blues

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills
White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008

Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007

Live and kicking

Live reviews: 2007 in review
Yes, we suffer from an embarrassment of riches when it come to live music here in the Boston area.
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2007

The year the music thrived

National pop: 2007 in review
Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

They’ve got issues

The bookworm’s gift that keeps on giving
As newspapers and magazines slim and shift their focus to online content and revenue streams, it has become sadly commonplace to overlook the unique capabilities of periodically printed matter.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 12, 2007

Dax Riggs

We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2007

Electric Six

I Shall Exterminate Everything around Me that Restricts Me from Being the Master | Metropolis
ITunes has Detroit’s Electric Six filed under “blues,” and the acoustic-guitar riff that kicks off the band’s new disc is bloozy in a LedZep/White Stripes sorta way.
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007

Bettye’s business

The battles of a blues belter
The battles of a blues belter
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007

Beyond the White Stripes

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007

Crossword: ''Mix it up''

Random words, lest your language get stale
Random words, lest your language get stale
By MATT JONES  |  October 10, 2007

Sound and silence

Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007

Hollywood hit

Grace Potter makes a major-label smash
Grace Potter is going to be a star.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 04, 2007

Boston music news: September 7, 2007

Notes on Gary Cherone's latest musical venture
Two years ago, Extreme frontman Gary Cherone and his guitar-playing younger brother Markus formed a one-off band to cover Who’s Next .
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 04, 2007

Sister act

The unconventional rise of Tegan and Sara
There’s nothing conventional about Tegan and Sara.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007

Maxed-out minimalists

The White Stripes, Agganis Arena, July 23, 2007
One busty female drummer, one spitfire guitarist, and a deep fondness for raw Motor City rawk reduced to its grittiest garage-punk essence.
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 30, 2007

Icky stunt

The White Stripes keep it transitional
For a band as image-conscious as the White Stripes, it’s notable how little they’ve given their fans in the way of ideology.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

The Go

Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride | Cass
Fear not, Nuggets heads: on their new long-player, Jack White’s old bandmates in the Go sound as if they hadn’t heard a note of music made since 1972.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2007

June tunes

From Beastie Boys to the White Stripes and more
Mark Twain once observed that it’s “better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 25, 2007

Early and often

Summer heats up quick and stays hot
There’s plenty to get excited about looking forward into the scant three months that make up the only great time to be in Maine.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 13, 2007

Gotta go

White Stripes, at the Cumberland County Civic Center, 8 pm July 22, 2007
Break out your best red-and-white ensemble: the White Stripes are coming to town.
By JOEL C. THERIAULT  |  June 13, 2007

E-hanging out

Curious about: the White Stripes, Ryan Adams, Spoon, and Interpol
Uh, we definitely didn’t download any of the albums illegally and therefore can’t tell you that Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is Spoon’s finest work and a contender for album of the year.
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 11, 2007

Serious simians

A day spent with Arctic Monkeys reveals the band to be, well, regular guys
It’s a rock star’s prerogative to get up every morning in the afternoon.
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 18, 2007

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