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Watch Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash, and Ben Folds unveil #8by8 at #Rethink Music

Watch Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash, and Ben Folds unveil #8by8 at #Rethink Music

rethinkmusic on Broadcast Live Free They made it: Almost. What was supposed to be an eight-hour ninja album session at Mad Oak Studios -- christened...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 26, 2011

Rethink Music: Where to watch, read, listen, and follow along at home

LIVE: Amanda Palmer and pals writing, recording #8in8 Fair warning: we haven't been keeping track since the beginning, but we think AMANDA PALMER, BEN FOLDS,...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 25, 2011
music industry ideas

10 ideas that can save the music industry

If you're a music fan, over the past few years you've had to wrestle with the moral question of our time: to pay or not to pay.  
Rethinking music
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 22, 2011
Amanda Palmer and friends

Doing It Ninja Style(1)

Take three notorious singer-songwriters and one famous author. Give them eight hours to write and record an eight-song album. Broadcast the session on the internet. Release the album online the next morning, and perform it live in front of an audience t
The music industry is slow to change. Here's how four stars are speeding it up.
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 22, 2011

Lonely Avenue Gets Burnt

I was pretty thrilled when this week's installment of excellent NPR rock and roll talk show Sound Opinions (not syndicated on WBUR for whatever reason, but available via...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 21, 2010

Musician + Author = Crap

On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
Worst of Both Worlds
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010


Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
Sparking it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 24, 2010

Calling Clark Kent

It's definitely been too long since we've heard from Will Gattis, the piano-player and singer-songwriter who showed himself to be a young voice to be reckoned with on 2005's Dullard .
Re-introducing the mild-mannered Will Gattis
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 27, 2010

Flying Machines | Flying Machines

It really is a bitch nowadays for young musicians not only to come up with their own voice but to do so in a way that will draw attention. One can go the petulant-brat route, banking on notoriety to lead to eventual absolution through some sort of awesom
Meteor (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2009

Folds + Friends

Ben Folds — witty dude, catchy lyricist, so-so singer, and animated pianist — is always looking to do something a little different. So a chunk...
By webteam  |  October 07, 2009

Wanted: Opening band for Boston Pops. Pays $1000. No drums. Self-defense skills a plus.

The Boston Pops has announced a contest in conjunction with SonicBids to choose an opening band for the Boston Pops/Ben Folds gig in October. Considering...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 31, 2009

putnam list

Before the Goldrush

With a name right out of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel and hand-pressed CD packaging graced with images of antique farming tools, Putnam Smith does nothing to dispel the notion that he wouldn't mind living in 1809 instead of 2009.
Putnam Smith can't quite find his way home
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009
propellers list

Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.

The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2009

The way things will be

The Goodnight Process have a little bit of the next-big-thing about them.
The Goodnight Process offer a strong debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009

Keyed up

Johnny Lingo just may be the unabashed king of piano-pop ditties here in Li'l Rhody, as showcased on his recent full-length debut Shake It Off.
Piano man
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  January 27, 2009

Photos: Ben Folds at the Orpheum

By JAMIE SPEAR  |  October 02, 2008


Rate expectations

Grim economic news makes me pretty nervous.  
The Big Hurt: World-class criticism priced to move!
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2008

Gag reflex

“You are in the elite first wave of people to hear this stuff,” Ben Folds told us Friday night with a smirk, possibly no longer able to be serious on stage after nearly two decades of tongue planted firmly in cheek.  
Ben Folds at the Orpheum, September 26, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 01, 2008

Ben Folds | Way To Normal

His attitude may remain young at heart, but his irony’s over the hill.
Epic (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 23, 2008

Interview: Amanda Palmer

So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 23, 2008

All Dolled up

Last night, Amanda Palmer kicked off this season of the Boston Pops EdgeFest.
Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops, Symphony Hall, June 19, 2008
By RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH  |  June 20, 2008

Portland scene report: October 12, 2007

Be on the lookout for hip-hop releases from Tuff Skull Records, Portland’s nascent indie label aimed toward the boom-bip set.
Sibilance starts now

Comings and goings

Low Anthem’s new record is a barnwood-built corncrib of pastoral vibes.
Low Anthem, Scarce, Johnny Lingo, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  October 02, 2007

Boston music news: August 10, 2007

The Dresden Dolls played Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” tour this summer.
Notes on the Dresden Dolls-Aberdeen City connection
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 07, 2007

All dolled up

We have seen the face of Boston rock and roll, and it’s got painted-on eyebrows.
Yes, Virginia, but there’s more to the local scene than Amanda and Brian
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 06, 2007

Working girl

It’s no surprise that the big local winners in our Best Music Poll tend also to be the hardest working bands and artists.
Amanda Palmer reflects on the Dresden Dolls’ breakthrough year
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2007


Putting the pop into the Pops

The screams came from the second balcony at Symphony Hall on Wednesday.
Boston Pops! Opening Night, Symphony Hall, May 9, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 11, 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

On the racks: May 16, 2006

Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 16, 2006

Talkin’ trash

The first thing to understand is that it’s not “Football Players ’ Wives,” which means that this is real football, played on a pitch, not a “field,” and no pads and helmets. Roit!
Footballers Wives and Love Monkey
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2006