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After All, the Nebs debut a disc

Just about two years into their life as a trio, the Nebs deliver their first release this week, a four-song EP, After All . Therein, frontman Matt Grassi announces himself as a bit of a songwriter.
Out of the dark
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2011

Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010

Party like it’s 2010

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '1
Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010

Fly by night?

For a decade, Eric Johnson's primary songwriting vehicle has been Fruit Bats, but the Portland-via-Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist has always dipped in and out of other projects — Califone, Vetiver, Ugly Casanova among them.
Fruit Bats aren't a Shins side project
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 11, 2009


It looks like the road does go on forever for the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, the jam band patriarchs who have built a four-decade career on...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  August 25, 2009

Portland Music News: March 20, 2009

We got a chance this weekend to finally see ALL THE REAL GIRLS in action and we were certainly impressed,
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 18, 2009


Blues juniors

A guitar howls through the streets of downtown Chattanooga just as the sun begins to set, pealing out an elaborately improvised solo pasted onto the end of “Red House.”
Back Door Slam rejuvenate a British tradition
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008

Where has all the Gonzo gone?

On top of everything else they’ve blighted over their awful eight-year reign, the Bushies did this: they killed Hunter S. Thompson.
In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008

The Big Hurt: Tragic kingdom

The whole Hard Rock enterprise — which started as a café and has since branched out into hotels, casinos, and a vast nationwide network of lame T-shirts — has built great success on the idea of “rock.”
Hard Rock Park about as awesome as it sounds
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 2008

Good to great

Harrity attributes the reverb’s warmth to the location of the recording, but there is also a collective consciousness here.
Dead End Armory offer treasures by the ounce
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008

Boston hits Detroit

There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008


North Mississippi Allstars

This time they’ve hit on a more original strain blending the slimy supercharged guitar tones of stoner rock with old-school boogie and roll.
Hernando | Songs of the South
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008

Country cousins

The Republicans may want to keep their opinions of Carter to themselves.
Mike Huckabee and GOP b ête noir Jimmy Carter share few political views, but Huckabee’s rise mirrors that of Carter’s 1976 campaign
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 12, 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

Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007

New Orleans notes

This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007


Evolution rock

For the past 11 years, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy has been trying to carve his band’s image into the Mount Rushmore of Great American Rock.
Jeff Tweedy takes Wilco to the next level
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007

Of pols and pop culture

The Tote Board’s preliminaries are almost over, meaning next week we begin to set the odds.
A fifth, and final, cardinal rule for presidential wannabes
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 28, 2007

Nashville underground

Solomon Burke’s no stranger to Nashville. Music city dos: Where to go in Nashville. By Ted Drozdowski
There’s more to the Music City than Alan Jackson and Toby Keith
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 24, 2007

Permanent shuffle

Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
Box sets and jazz history
By JON GARELICK  |  December 12, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 12

Led Zeppelin | Boston Tea Party | January 23-26, 1969
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006


Saint Steven

One of Boston’s more notorious late-’60s artifacts, this is the psychedelic album that a 19-year-old Steve Cataldo recorded a few years before forming the Nervous Eaters, and it’s making its CD debut on a prog-specialist UK label.
Over The Hills/The Bastich | Eclectic Discs
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 10, 2006

How Taylor Hicks plans to get his groove back

It will be a great evening of blues at the Asylum in Portland on Thursday.
By JANE JENSEN  |  September 20, 2006

Southern accents

It wasn’t so long ago that a Cat Power show was a roll of the dice. Cat Power, "The Greatest" (mp3)
Cat Power reveals the secrets of her stability
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 01, 2006

Crossword: 'You're a Tiger'

Tony would be so proud
By MATT JONES  |  July 19, 2006

The Derek Trucks Band

Derek Trucks regains the eclectic mastery of his early recordings with the dozen tunes here on his group’s first full-length studio album in four years.
Songlines | Columbia
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 21, 2006

Steve Wynn at the Lizard Lounge

At the end of Steve Wynn’s set at the Lizard Lounge a week ago Thursday night, he uncorked “Days of Wine & Roses,” one of the few old Dream Syndicate songs that he still plays at nearly every show.
Three's a charm
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 14, 2006