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Solid Attitude
Solid Attitude
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 06, 2011


Clones of the Queen
Clones of the Queen
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 11, 2011

ATR list

Atari Teenage Riot | Is This Hyperreal?

Dim Mak (2011)
Returning after 11 years of officially not existing, what's left of ATR could've focused their energies on kicking lots of ass. Instead, they indulge spoken-wordy, freshman-year non-profundities...
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 22, 2011


Gamers gather for retro glory in New Hampshire

Cathode-ray dreams
A person prone to dumbass assumptions might have confused this past weekend's 13th annual International Classic Video Game Tournament with a four-day-long exercise in retro-fetishism.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 10, 2011

Phoenix interview with Mighty Tiny band

Getting under the musical masks of Mighty Tiny

Carnival folk
Getting under the musical masks of Mighty Tiny
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 12, 2011


The goggles-and-corset crowd invades the watch city

Steam power
Broken clocks are getting hard to find in this part of the country. At least that's what a Santa Claus archetype who introduced himself as Professor William Whatley told me, shortly after the clouds exploded.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011

msi list

Mindless Self Indulgence | Tighter

The End (2011)
If MSI's convulsive rave rendering of Method Man's "Bring the Pain" had been rap rock's definitive anthem, history would have changed trajectory.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 17, 2011

Pains list

The twee glide of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart

A lack of friction
Kip Berman has obviously listened to enough pop music to know damn well his band totally kick ass, even if he won't admit it.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 26, 2011

Rumble winners John Powhida International Airport

Out: John Powhida International Airport wins the 2011 Rock And Roll Rumble

We have liftoff
The de-facto demise of WBCN might have been the best thing that could've happened to the Rock And Roll Rumble, if the finals Friday at T.T. the Bear's – capped off by a curtain call/group hug decreeing John Powhida International Airport the 2011 champs – was any indicator.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 26, 2011

Hunx list

Pushing pop boundaries with Hunx and His Punx

Punk cock
In journalism school, they taught us not to mention anybody's sexual orientation, or race, or creed, or what-have-you, unless it was germane to the story.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 09, 2011

Cellars list

Haunting 'hoods new and old with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!

Psychobilly freakout
It's natural to freak out a little when inanimate objects autonomously zoom around the room, the walls bleed, and the phrase "GET OUT" mysteriously appears on your bathroom mirror.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 11, 2011


Steampunk's not dead

In which our hero attends a convention
Two hours after listening to a talking ape named Rupert Cornelius swat down inane inquiries from a panel of probable drama-club alumni, I watched a guy shove a needle through his face.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 31, 2011

Dropkick Murphys

A pint with Ken Casey and Al Barr of the Dropkick Murphys

"I didn't know we were associated with Faneuil Hall"
For whoever's interested, here's the full transcript of my chat with Ken Casey and Al Barr at McGreevy's from a few weeks back, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The story we ran made it seem like Barr didn't say much. In fact, he shared a whole bunch of observations on punk-related matters.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 24, 2011


The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Chunksaah Records (2011)
Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 17, 2011


Against Me! survive the major labels ... barely

Achieving clarity
Against Me! played the best rock show I've ever seen. This was almost seven years ago at Jackson Mann K-8 School in Allston, for a capacity crowd of about 300 people. Or maybe closer to 600. Or maybe fewer. I didn't take a head count.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 11, 2011

Pariah Beat

The evolving dark carnival of Pariah Beat

Collective bargaining
Pariah Beat's new album, Bury Me Not , is all about death. Some songs are about death itself; others chronicle types of transitory phases.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 23, 2011

Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys remain Boston's most treasured punk success

The tightest ship in the business
Dropkick Murphys are the best tourist trap in this city. Maybe in any city. Maybe in the world.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 28, 2011


Interview with the BDSM vampire: Lord Ramirez's guide to life

Evil love
We know from TV and movies that vampires have more aphrodisiacal allure than almost any other type of magical creature. So, to sex up the Phoenix 's Valentine's issue, I decided to ask a vampire a bunch of questions.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 10, 2011


Laura Stevenson moves from aggression to affirmation

Yes we Cans
Fuck math. All teenagers should be forced to play in punk bands.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 01, 2011


Trabants | Highwire Surfing

Lifted and Gifted (2011)
Only the future knows whether Boston's Trabants made a commercially savvy choice by disseminating a record of scorching surf rock during one of the snowiest winters in memory.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 19, 2011


Hooray for Earth find new life in the dirty Apple

C'mon get happy!
Sometimes it's well and good to wave the flag of home-town pride and condemn New York City as an overhyped, overcrowded, unholy chore to drive through. Other times, you've got to get the fuck out of Boston.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 18, 2011

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