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Gnarls Barkley + Hercules and Love Affair

Wilbur Theatre, August 6, 2008
To the cynic, the scene milling around in front of the sold-out Wilbur could merely have been proof of the power of a hit single.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008


Modern Guilt | DGC
It’s music for summer nights of muggy confusion and post-sunset soul searching, and when Beck takes the mic, he rocks some straight-up Shiva shit.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2008

’Round the outside

The most popular artists in our BMP have indie roots
Although music isn’t necessarily getting more political in content these days, it does seem to be borrowing a trope from the political world.
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 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

Déjà vu

Spring Arts Preview: R.E.M., B-52’s, Counting Crows, Breeders: what year is it again?
Prepare yourselves: R.E.M. have decided to become a rock band again.
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2008

Free culture: what it is, why it matters

Copyright reform in the digital age
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 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

Stealing culture

A free must-see movie
The following review of Good Copy Bad Copy does not appear in the Phoenix ’s film section.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 26, 2007

Warm and Scratchy

14 new and exclusive tracks from "Adult Swim"
The Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” isn’t just about programming smart animation for Futurama and Family Guy addicts.
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 29, 2007

London falling

Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007

King of the hill

Mark Linkous revives his Sparklehorse
“I didn’t think anyone would come to these shows. I figured the venues would be half-empty, and it hasn’t been that way at all,” says Sparklehorse mastermind Mark Linkous.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  February 20, 2007

Bootleg beats

Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2007


A year in national pop
The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, and New Order.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006

Hunting the wild Klosterman

Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads from Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (mp3)
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006

On the racks: September 5, 2006

Beyoncé, the Rapture, Audioslave... Grizzly Bear, Bob Mould, and more.
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 05, 2006

Gnarls Barkley: Rebirth of soul

Gnarls Barkley at Avalon, August 12, 2006
I’m probably not the only one who went to the Gnarls Barkly show Friday night at Avalon wondering if the costumes would be the most interesting part. Slideshow: Gnarls Barkley at Avalon, August 11, 2006
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 14, 2006

Hype writers

Gnarls Barkley punch all the right keys
St. Elsewhere has songs about Inspector Gadget, Transformers, necrophilia, and various kinds of monsters. Fun fun fun. Fantastic Voyagers: your soundtrack to summer . By Nick Sylvester
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 08, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006

Wicked games

Hanging with Giant Drag at Coachella
There was a time, not that long ago, when the two-or-three-day rock-festival experience was reserved for the Brits.
By JEFF MILLER  |  May 12, 2006

Frontier justice

As the Internet and other shifting technologies dominate our lives, is the EFF the new ACLU?
Log on. Check your Gmail. Click the URLs your friend just sent. One’s a blog entry about electronic voting machines, the other is a news story about warrantless wiretapping. Grit your teeth.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006
The Alkaholics - Firewater

Tha Alkaholiks

FIREWATER | Koch/Waxploitation
Tash, J-Ro, and E-Swift’s final album after 10-plus years of perpetual inebriation features guest shots from some of the biggest names in the industry.
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 18, 2006

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