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A peek inside the world of Harmonix
Jessica Smith has spent years booking death-metal shows around Boston. On top of loads of meat-and-potatoes nights at O'Brien's in Allston and Dee Dee's in Quincy, two of her shows — Origin and Malevolent Creation — actually sold out the Middle East upstairs.
By MATT PARISH  |  August 19, 2009

Mommy, what's with Michael?

State of the art
" After I got HIStory , I played it incessantly. It was the greatest, strangest, angriest, most bizarre thing I ever heard. Michael Jackson is this iconic persona..."
By MICHAEL ENDELMAN  |  June 30, 2009

Photos: 25 years of WFNX music

Notable photos from WFNX's 25-year history
Notable photos from WFNX's 25-year history
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  December 05, 2008

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

Fast-breaking music

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

Rhapsodies in blues

Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008

Please shut up!

Our salute to a few of the most obnoxious people of the week
How can we miss you if you won’t go away?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2008

Geography lessons

Street Dogs remain Boston to the core
"You could put us in Anchorage or Alaska or Antarctica or even somewhere in the Himalayas, and at heart we’d still be from Boston.”
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 24, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008


Super Roots 9 | Thrill Jockey
Certain sounds were not made to mix, in my view: a brass section should never be blowing over heavy-metal guitars, and you should never play drums behind a choir.
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 18, 2008

Hometown Throwup, Pt. 1

Darkbuster at Harpers Ferry, February 17, 2008
Darkbuster have their “Hometown Throwup,” an eight-night stand with an affectionate wink and nod in the general direction of the Bosstones.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2008

A winning combination

Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008

Throwing Down Again

Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Middle East Downstairs, December 26, 2007
The air was thick with nostalgia and Boston pride, not to mention the more tangible sweat that was dripping from the pipes downstairs at the Middle East.
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 31, 2007

Throwing down with Dicky

Barrett and the Bosstones are back
For years — nine to be exact — Dicky Barrett celebrated every Christmas with his band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 18, 2007

Plaid to the bone

The return of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Dicky Barrett is on his cellphone from Atlanta.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 23, 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

Boston music news: October 19, 2007

Notes on Club D'Elf, Bang Camaro, Gang Green, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Club D'Elf, the local electronic-music collective helmed by bassist Mike Rivard, have two new albums in the works.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 15, 2007

Living large

Boston’s Hard Rock expands its reach
The Hard Rock was donating all bar proceeds to the Boston anti-violence charity Peace Games.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007

Working girl

Amanda Palmer reflects on the Dresden Dolls’ breakthrough year
It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists.
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2007

Hometown throw up

Darkbuster, Abbey Lounge, February 21, 2007
For years, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones celebrated the holiday season and their Boston roots with a week of club gigs they dubbed the “Hometown Throwdown.”
By JEFF BREEZE  |  February 27, 2007

Boston music news, February 16, 2007

Notes on Darkbuster, Frank Smith, and Bang Camaro
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones started it with their yearly Yuletide multi-night “Hometown Throwdown,” which ended after 2002. Now Darkbuster have revived the tradition with their “Hometown Throwup,” which in its second year takes over the Abbey Lounge February 18-24.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 13, 2007

Boston music news: January 26, 2007

Notes on the Tanya Donelly-Girl Authority connection, and the next Darkbuster Hometown Throwup
Not long ago, John Virant, label president at Rounder, was chatting up the nine-girl Boston pop group Girl Authority to Tanya Donelly.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 23, 2007

From Belfast to Boston

The explosive impact of Stiff Little Fingers
“You look at the Bosstones," says one veteran punk frontman, "you look at Dropkick Murphys, you look at the Bruisers, the Ducky Boys, and you hear SLF in all those bands."
By ANDREW MARCUS  |  January 17, 2006

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