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Allen Toussaint with Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio at the Garde Arts Center

Allen Toussaint with Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio at the Garde Arts Center

The last time I caught Allen Toussaint, I was knocked back a bit. I always knew the superb songwriter was a graceful pianist, but the...
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010

Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010

Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010
Allen Toussaint at Scullers

Allen Toussaint at Scullers

  One of America’s finest pop songwriters (and producers), Allen Toussaint, recently turned his hand as a pianist and vocalist to a bunch of blues...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 18, 2009

Levon Helm | Electric Dirt

Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2009

Making it right

Whatever increments of recovery New Orleans has made since Hurricane Katrina, in many ways the city never changes. The only shocker was a lower-left-hand piece, "Crime is down sharply in N.O."
New Orleans drops the guns and dances
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2009


Giant step

Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009

Holy rollers

The double bill of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Hall on Friday is a match made in New Orleans.
The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

Soul men

Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 02, 2008


The Young@Heart Chorus was formed in Northampton in 1982 by whip-cracking director Bob Cilman.
Pleasantly predictable
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  April 16, 2008


The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys today are as much an American institution as a singing group, with a history that stretches through the last seven decades and every fabric of 20th-century gospel music.
Down in New Orleans | Time Life
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 03, 2007

Joe Henry

Joe Henry is an unlikely candidate for a protest CD, even one this subtle.
Civilians | Anti-
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007

Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle

The opening “Go-Go’s Theme,” with its heavy backbeat and bar-band tenor-sax theme, screams: “We’re jazz, but not boring!”
Battery Milk | Hyena
By JON GARELICK  |  February 20, 2007

Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

When a big band take a big stage, the finer touches can get lost.
Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade | Hip-O
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 28, 2006

The Radiators

Like the other great album to come out of post-Katrina New Orleans, Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello’s The River in Reverse , the Radiators’ latest consists mainly of songs written before the deluge.
Dreaming Out Loud | Sci Fidelity
By BRETT MILANO  |  November 20, 2006


Crescent City queen

It’s a little more than a year since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and Irma Thomas’s life, like those of most residents of the city, has yet to return to normal.
Irma Thomas comes to Tanglewood
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 30, 2006

Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint

Elvis Costello long ago established himself as the best songwriter of his generation.
Foray to Funkytown
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 14, 2006

Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint

Although it was Allen Toussaint who lost his home in the flood, it’s Elvis Costello who sounds angriest, snarking out the title track.
The River in Reverse | Verve Forecast
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 27, 2006

On the Racks: June 6

David Lee Roth, AFI, Cheap Trick, Camera Obscura, Elvis Costello, and Live
From Strummin' with the Devil to a revived Live
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2006

Certified Grooves

It’s clear from the first refrain of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” that the Soul Band don’t fool around.
The Soul Band's blueprint for great R&B
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 17, 2006


Revival meeting

Everywhere you looked during the first weekend of the 37th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the big theme was, of course, recovery.
Music, T-shirts, and other matters of life and death in post-Katrina New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  May 10, 2006

Jamie Cullum

A young English jazz-pop crooner who’s intent on proving how much hipper he is than Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum updates his crisp throwback sound on the follow-up to his more conservative American debut, 2004’s Twentysomething.
CATCHING TALES | Verve Forecast
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 27, 2006