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Mission of Burma Feature / Roger Miller Q&A (Boston Phoenix, 1.18.12)

February 7, 2012

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It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion. The scrappy Boston band that flew under the radar during their original run between 1979 and 1983 were suddenly selling out shows in places like Irving Plaza. We were in the midst of a post-punk revival — Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be […]

Q&A with William Gibson (Boston Phoenix 1.4.12)

February 7, 2012

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TRYING TO FIND THE NOW: The Randomized Experience of William Gibson William Gibson — the writer who famously coined the term “cyberspace” and whose classic tech-punk novels like Neuromancer and The Difference Engine helped spawn a couple generations’ worth of bleak, busted fantasies — is now on tour promoting his first collection of nonfiction. Comprising essays, articles, and speeches […]

Grantland / Jay Caspian Kang (Boston Phoenix, 12.14.11)

February 7, 2012

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GAME CHANGER: Have Bill Simmons and GRantland made it cool for geeks to like sports? “The paper quickly began its operations, grabbing all of the talent money could buy.” That’s from the intro to an article that ran early on in Grantland’s online publishing tenure this year, chronicling the rise and fall of early-’90s sports […]

Feature: O’Death (Boston Phoenix, 4.12.11)

April 19, 2011

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It must be a relief to realize that when you hit the stage, people know what they’re going to get. O’Death have spent the past several years banging out a reputation as grizzled folk punks who run their sets like moonshine raids. Which is great — you won’t find me complaining about a band who […]

Q&A with Lou Barlow (Boston Phoenix, 3.24.11)

April 18, 2011

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He may have been born in Dayton, Ohio and settled down in Los Angeles, but for a lot of us, Lou Barlow will always be a Western Mass kid. We’d settle more for any of his bands — Dinosaur, Jr., Folk Implosion, Sentridoh — but Barlow returns to Boston this Thursday with the band he’s […]

Feature: The Konks (Boston Phoenix, 1.26.11)

April 18, 2011

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At the end of the day, by what unit can one measure the career of a band like the Konks? Records? Few and far between. Radio play? Not a whole lot. Ticket sales? Never mind. You could argue for “beer” as a decent metric, but it’d be hard to find anyone who hasn’t lost count. […]

Feature: Camper Van Beethoven (Boston Phoenix, 1.11.11)

April 18, 2011

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It was on a whim roughly 25 years ago that a young David Lowery called up a friend at SST Records to see how SST had been promoting records that year. “He just said, ‘Hey, we’ve been sending a lot of our stuff to college radio stations, and they seem to be playing them a […]