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Schemes for going back in time

In this ongoing and new roots revival, there is a fine line to walk, one tip-toed expertly by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor at the State Theatre a couple weeks back to a sweltering mass of a sold-out crowd.
Bones, roots, and harmony
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 24, 2012

Remember when

A celebration of our nation's founding is as good a time as any to dig into some old-time country music, either from this country or another. Whether a reissue from 1976 (the Bicentennial!) or a release from just last week, Mainers give you plenty of bac
Getting back to roots for the Fourth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2010

Tough enough

It’s hard to do genuinely new things with roots music, but the Toughcats have proven with their second album what everybody suspected after hearing their first: They are one of the most creative and inventive bands going today.
Stroll, hop, or Run to the Mill
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 02, 2010

Bela Fleck's Africa Project

After introducing his new project with the film Throw Down Your Heart, Bela Fleck brings his Africa Project to Bowdoin College's Pickard Theater tonight for...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009

More than guitar

"I like using songs to change the environment — to get the listener's ear to be a little skewed."
Julian Lage's talent isn't just in his fingers
By JON GARELICK  |  September 11, 2009


Time to Dance? Dance. Dance!

Although Island Moving Co. has moved their summer dance concerts inside, after 20 years of battling the elements at outdoor venues around Newport, they have chosen an unusual and historic site — the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, the oldest surviving
Island Moving Co. Takes It Inside
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2009

Review: Throw Down Your Heart

Hip-hop, funk, and jazz artists are not the only cats who trace creative roots to Africa. So do such banjo-plucking white boys as Béla Fleck.
Magical mystery tour
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009
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Up in the County

Is it bluegrass if it doesn't have a banjo? Or a fiddle, for that matter? Hamilton County, a three-piece acoustic outfit who debut their first CD, Brokedown Breakdown , next week, sure do a good impersonation of a bluegrass band, even if purists might
Hamilton's Brokedown Breakdown
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 05, 2009
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Making a connection

"Everything old is new again" never seems more true than with the evanescent art form of dance.
Island Moving Co.'s Passions Collide
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2009

Home, at last

Other than two tracks on the Greetings from Area Code 207 series, there has been nothing to bring home and put on the stereo for fans of what has been at times Portland’s hardest-working band.
Jerks of Grass deliver a disc 10 years in the making.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 23, 2008


Going on sale: March 21, 2008

Colbia Caillat, Eddie Izzard, Laura Viers, and more.

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade

By GOING ON SALE  |  March 18, 2008

Going on sale: February 22, 2008

Kimya Dawson, Paramore, Busdriver, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 19, 2008

Going on sale: February 15, 2008

The Kills, Cloud Cult, Jay-Z, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 13, 2008

Rooting for Rhythm

You can bet that this week Rhythm & Roots Festival producer Chuck Wentworth will be spending a lot of time looking up at the sky — and hoping.
Digging deep in Charlestown; plus, the Complaints
By BOB GULLA  |  August 28, 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


Don't call it clawhammer

Of the 3877 songs currently on my iPod (generation two, 20 gigs) none had “unclassifiable” in the genre description until I loaded the Toughcats’ debut full-length into my iTunes.
The Tough cats hit the mainland with Piñata
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 29, 2006

Cheap thrills

Summertime inevitably raises the question: what are we going to do with our crazy, hot selves? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Paw Sox, Penny Slots, and Ponies — so cheap, it might cost you
By ELLEE DEAN  |  June 14, 2006

Going on sale, April 21, 2006

(International) Noise Conspriracy, Killswitch Engage, Brand New, Bela Fleck, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 18, 2006