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Earthquake Party
Earthquake Party
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 07, 2011


By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 07, 2011


Candy Warpop
Candy Warpop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 07, 2011

first-ever best music poll awards party at brighton music hall

Out: Good times a’Bruin

A celebratory night of Boston rock (and hockey) at the Best Music Poll awards
It was the first time the Boston Phoenix hosted an awards party for its 23-year-old Best Music Poll, but what erupted June 15 at Brighton Music Hall was a drunken shitshow that honored decades of Boston rock and roll, and was capped off by the Bruins' first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 22, 2011

BMP results

Meet the winners: 2011 Best Music Poll

This year's BMP, our 23rd annual, was crystallized by two hard-working, against-the-odds rock bands.
This year's BMP, our 23rd annual, was crystallized by two hard-working, against-the-odds rock bands.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 20, 2011

boston band Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

Local music blogs weigh in on BMP 2011

Polling the InterWeb
We came up with the nominations, you came up with the winners. But what about the blogs, man? Don't they get a say? They sure do.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 17, 2011

free mp3 of the week

MP3 of The Week: The Macrotones

Grab their "Flutenbier"”MP3 at On The Download.
The Macrotunes have evolved into a hybrid fit for freaking fans of jazz, boom-bap, roots reggae, and acid-worthy jam bands.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 09, 2011

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Out: Never mind the rapture, here's Pretty & Nice

Without Judgment
There's a sense of calculated jubilation in Pretty & Nice's frantic brand of caffeinated pop, one that's a bit paranoid, a bit euphoric, and always on the verge of spinning out of control.  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 26, 2011

Ribz list

OUT: Ribs shine through a strobe in Allston, kick off East Coast tour

Rainbows bright
Whereas most bands nurse hangovers on Saturday mornings, the dudes in Ribs spent the one before their tour kickoff party at Home Depot, wandering the tall aisles of suburban fix-it wonderland in search of multi-colored floodlights and thin, four-foot-long fluorescent bulbs.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 10, 2011

cf list

The metallic pop sheen of the Cinnamon Fuzz

Wave of mutilation
On World Coming Down, Type O Negative's 1999 musical exercise in morbidity, the New York doom-metal band closed with a cover of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," again showing off late frontman Peter Steele's obsession with darkening up some of music's more-porcelain pop nuggets.  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 27, 2011

nakedfamous list

The Naked and Famous | Passive Me, Aggressive You

Republic (2011)
Republic (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 27, 2011


Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert

Tough acts to follow
Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 19, 2011

Mellow Bravo at Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

Out: Rock And Roll Rumble preliminary week

Don't call it a Battle of the Bands, k-thx
Midnight was fast approaching late last Thursday, April 7, when Keith Pierce of Mellow Bravo extended perhaps the standout set of this year's Rock And Roll Rumble preliminary week.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 13, 2011

Do not forsake me oh my darling band

The return of the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble

The return of the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble arrives just a few weeks after the Boston-band circle jerk down at SXSW, so it's time to cop an attitude and start pitting the bands against one another.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 31, 2011

Wild Flag photo by Kelly Davidson

The good, the bad, and the indie: Boston may have broken Austin at this year's SXSW

South by South Wasted
The South by Southwest Music and Media Conference hadn't even wrapped up its third day before local news outlets were already bitching about the rowdiest batch of spring-break hipsters Austin has seen in the event's 24-year history.  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 25, 2011

The Bynars

Spring's starting line-up of new Boston rock

Nine volts
In the spirit of the fast-approaching baseball season, let's take a look at nine local rock shows that might offer the city more hits than Carl Crawford in April.  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 18, 2011

Buffalo Tom

Buffalo Tom celebrate 25 years of rock

Hitting the Skins
"If you'd told me 10 years ago I'd be here playing with Buffalo Tom, I wouldn't have believed you," Mean Creek's Aurore Ounjian sheepishly offered up last week at ZuZu, moments before her band closed out a stripped-down, five-song set with a cover of Buffalo Tom's "Would Not Be Denied."
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 15, 2011

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark create a newer wave

Modern-day souvenir
A wise man once said that there's no future in nostalgia, and conspicuously missing from these pre-packaged retro tours have been Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 07, 2011

Banditas and Sleepover Shows

Getting Intimate with Banditas and Sleepover Shows in Jamaica Plain

 Jamming in jammies
It’s just after 7 pm on February 15, and I find myself alone, locked in, trapped after hours at Jamaica Plain vintage-clothing store 40 South Street. I do not work here.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 24, 2011


Mean Creek lead a rocking Allston block party

Out: Choose your own adventure
"Hey, it's my birthday, and I got too drunk," announced Mean Creek's Chris Keene midway through their set before a sizable and affable crowd Saturday at the Brighton Music Hall. "You may remember me from such hits as 'Fucking Up the First Song.' "
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 01, 2011
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