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Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
Documentary searches for the heart of autism
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011
Life is Good Festival at Blue Hills

Life is Good Festival at Blue Hills

The Life Is Good T-shirt company hosts a two-day fest in the shadow of the Blue Hills put together by Superfly Productions, the folks who...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 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

Bare bones

His press materials tell me the young Benjamin Burgess is "uniquely compassionate."
The burgeoning Benjamin Burgess
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 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

Action Jackson

Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009


Soul men

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

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

On Lifeline , Ben Harper’s latest disc with the Innocent Criminals, the soulful slide-guitarist captures the feel of an intimate live concert.
Lifeline | Virgin
By BRETT SINGER  |  September 17, 2007

Going on sale: July 27, 2007

Soulive, ZZ Top, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 24, 2007

G. Love

When in 1994 G. Love emerged as a rapping white-boy Boston transplant from Philadelphia’s old-school blues scene, the temptation was to write him off as a one-shot, “Cold Beverage” curio — a left-field indulgence of the alt-rock era. G Love, "Rhyme for
Lemonade | Brushfire/Universal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 15, 2006

Going on sale: June 23, 2006

Peaches and Eagles of Death Metal, Rick Springfield and Eddie Money, Ben Harper and Damian Marley, Aerosmith and Motley Crue
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 20, 2006


Chops and attitude

“If Americans aren’t taking to the streets for this administration and its actions, what are they going to be in the streets for?”
The many sides of Ben Harper
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 04, 2006

Digging deeper

Last year should have been a very good one for Yellowcard — five guys in their mid 20s who had seen their under-the-radar, Los Angeles–based indie pop-punk band evolve into a multi-platinum major-label behemoth in less than two years.
Yellowcard’s Lights and Sounds profits from pain
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 27, 2006