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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.
Bluegrass connections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
Fantasy (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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.
By JAMES PARKER  |  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.
Hear Music
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 15, 2008

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
Party Intellectuals | Pi
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008

Going on sale: February 29, 2008

Dosh, M83, Rihanna, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By 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

Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007


Marc Ribot

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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 27, 2007

Bettye’s business

The battles of a blues belter
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007

Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

What would Guthrie say about America in 2007?

This year’s edition of the Newport Folk Festival was almost perfect.
Just folks
By BRIAN C JONES  |  August 15, 2007


On the racks: September 26, 2006 Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  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
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006