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Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Come on home

What's that about the apple and the tree? With college degree in hand, Lyle Divinsky returns to his Portland stomping grounds with a debut CD, Traveling Man , that not only features dad Phil Divinsky's drummer (Marty Joyce), bassist (Peter Masterson),
Lyle Divinsky croons his way back into town
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 05, 2009
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Something for everyone

In the last three years Hands and Knees have been signed to the Beatings' Midriff Records and racked up ample gold stars from critics; late last month they also dropped their splendid sophomore record, Et tu, Fluffy?
Hands and Knees' vintage-to-Fraggle rock
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 15, 2009


Vital overtones



By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  November 25, 2008
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Lucky, beautiful, and, now, holy

He was the king of rock, there was no higher . The sucker MCs, they should call him sire .
Rev Run runs straight
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2008
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Three in one(1)

As this most prolific summer of local album releases stretches into August, it’s getting hard to keep up.
Discs to get you through the late summer
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 05, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: J.J. Leslie

Kool-Aid is the ultimate energy drink, and it smashes through walls with its character, so it makes transportation easier.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 08, 2008
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Al Green

The Reverend Green gets his sexy groove back after the three uneven releases that followed his 2003 secular comeback.
Lay It Down | Blue Note
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 03, 2008


Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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New bottle

“A lot of today’s music is a little bit ironic," says Reed, and I don’t have any of that. It’s not about irony.”
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s vintage sounds
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 07, 2008
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Cover girls

On Cat Power’s second album of covers, she might be traveling the same territory Elvis did in “Kentucky Rain” — a country road with low clouds on a chill, gray afternoon.
Cat Power and Shelby Lynne
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 04, 2008
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Primed

Even among the greatest soul singers, there are probably few who can work a sermon about the evils of the sub-prime-mortgage fiasco into a song and make it hip.
Lee Genesis at Johnny D's, January 9, 2008
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2008
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A Bridge to the past

Anybody out there old enough to remember Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special ?
Citadelle build a tower that spans the decades
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2007


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Birds of a feather

What continues to make the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport so vital these days isn’t just the variety but the depth of the variety.
The jazz flocks gather at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2007
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The late show

Boston lives after 2 am. It’s just a different city, more of a landscape than a community. Audio Slideshow: Allston, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Cambridge, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Downtown Boston, 2 to 6 am
Boston, from   2 am to 6 am
By CAMILLE DODERO, MIKE MILIARD, AND WILL SPITZ  |  January 31, 2007
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James Brown

Brown was arguably the only rock and roll era performer to equal Elvis Presley in vocal authority, charisma, stage presence, song interpretation, and sexual magnetism.
1933-2006
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006
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Angels in America

It’s been 21 years since “We Are the World,” and maybe it’s surprising we haven’t seen much like it since.
 Tony McNaboe leads an all-star cast for a holiday single
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 13, 2006

Making book on rock 'n' rool

Everybody knows that the first rock critics were those sweaty adolescents who got dragged up to American Bandstand’s Rate-a-Record display by Dick Clark.
The dean's list
By MARK MOSES  |  November 06, 2006


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Aaron Neville

Post-Katrina, we all could use some comfort, and Aaron Neville, who lost his home in the flooding, knows how to provide it.
Bring It On Home . . . The Soul Classics | Burgundy
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 02, 2006
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Sax machines

In our guitar-centric culture it’s easy to forget that the first rock-and-roll instrument was the saxophone. Deric Dyer, "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (mp3) Paul Ahlstrand, "Sunday Hang" (mp3)
Local luminaries Deric Dyer and Paul Ahlstrand
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2006
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Solo shots

Since neither Henry Binns nor Sam Hardaker is a singer anyone cares much to hear, the duo’s ascent has also produced a small fleet of Zero 7–branded vocalists.
Sia, Mozez, and Tina Dico minus Zero 7
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 02, 2006
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Cat Power

It may be her own fault, but Chan Marshall can’t seem to win for losing.
THE GREATEST | Matador
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 16, 2006