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Erica Brown is more than a pretty girl with a fiddle
Just hitting the backside of her mid-twenties and already coming up on two decades into her career as a fiddle/violin player and singer here in Maine and beyond, Erica Brown is one of the youngest true veterans on the circuit you're likely to find.
| July 08, 2011
Black Prairie | Feast Of The Hunter’s Moon
Admire the Decemberists’ meticulous sea-shanty soundscapes but can’t stand Colin Meloy’s word-nerd volubility?
Sugar Hill (2010)
| April 09, 2010
Rickie Lee Jones | Balm in Gilead
It’s astonishing to think that Rickie Lee Jones would turn out an album this organic and free of cynicism 30 years after her debut with the star-making, retro-hipster hit “Chuck E.’s in Love.” Particularly since her songwriting has always been so acutely
| December 04, 2009
Interview: Zack Snyder
"Every movie I've made, starting with Dawn of the Dead, has been, like, death threats."
Zack Snyder is a cheerful dude who's mounting one of the most perilous assaults on pop culture.
| March 03, 2009
John Mellencamp | Life Death Love and Freedom
The arrangements are sparse compared with those of Mellencamp’s pop hits — many don’t even allow drums — but they’re rich with textural detail.
| July 15, 2008
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
Party Intellectuals | Pi
| June 24, 2008
T Bone Burnett
The follow-up to Burnett’s 2006 masterpiece The True False Identity (Sony) is a dark, cynical, vaguely futuristic song cycle triggered by a Sam Shepard play.
Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) | Nonesuch
| May 27, 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
| May 06, 2008
Going on sale: February 29, 2008
Dosh, M83, Rihanna, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| February 26, 2008
Portland scene report: December 28, 2007
Our favorite SoPo troubalords, Fire on Fire , continue to rack up praise on the Web and beyond.
Sibilance starts now
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 26, 2007
Guest lists 2007
Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
| December 21, 2007
If you know Ribot only through his brilliant sidemanning with Burnett and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, you don’t really know Ribot.
Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 — Marc Ribot Plays Masada Book Two | Tzadik
| November 27, 2007
The battles of a blues belter
| October 30, 2007
Beyond the White Stripes
There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
| October 30, 2007
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
| September 12, 2007
What would Guthrie say about America in 2007?
This year’s edition of the Newport Folk Festival was almost perfect.
BRIAN C JONES
| August 15, 2007
On the racks: September 26, 2006
...plus Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
| September 26, 2006
Forward into the past!
Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
| September 14, 2006
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