Billy Bragg

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From Sun Volt to Guthrie with Jay Farrar

Putting together the New Multitudes project, singer-guitarist Jay Farrar had access to a treasure trove: thousands of lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
Multitudes of challenges
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 16, 2012

Decades and Days of the new

After the bombast of Grace , Gypsy Tailwind’s sophomore record, full of strings and horns and big arrangements worthy of a Nashville studio, the opening to their brand-new Decades and Days seems decidedly intentional.
Gypsy Tailwind’s with Gervasi, and don’t skip a beat
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2010

Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

Music seen: Wilco

My first car was a big green Buick LeSabre, and my only options then for music were Extendo-Ride, who were awesome, and a mix tape my older sister had made, full of Wilco songs off Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Live at the Maine State Pier, July 18, 2009
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  July 24, 2009

Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009

Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009


Photos: Billy Bragg

Live at the Somerville Theatre, October 21, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER KONTOES  |  October 24, 2008

Interview: Billy Bragg

English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg once called himself “a one-man band who thinks he’s the Clash.”  
Mr. Love & Justice on the Clash, the Queen, and preaching to the choir
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 15, 2008

Going on sale: June 20, 2008

Built To Spill, The Dandy Warhols, The Duke Spirit, Black Kids and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 17, 2008

Billy Bragg

There is no irony in the title of Billy Bragg’s first album in six years.
Mr. Love and Justice | Anti-
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 06, 2008

Hitting Bottom

Lamb may insist he’s an everyman — “My heart is valve and ventricle and flesh” — but this Brown Bird truly soars.
Brown Bird return on the spring winds with an aching beauty
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008


Anat, Elvis, and Jenny

In the wake of a single solo album on her own label in 2005, Anat Cohen is suddenly everywhere.
Looking ahead to Newport Jazz and Folk, and to Jenny Scheinman
By JON GARELICK  |  July 30, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Éminence grise

When I first met Joe Boyd, I knew him only as a legend, the force behind the psychedelic and folk-rock movements of the 1960s.
Joe Boyd remembers; remembering Joe Boyd
By DANA KLETTER  |  March 27, 2007

What’s the frequency, Kevin?

For all his strengths as a songwriter, it’s Kevin Ouellette’s talent for finding excellent musicians to work with that really impresses.
Subject Bias explains, And This Is Why You Can’t Have Nice Things
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 04, 2006

Holy, Molenes

The Seacoast Scene can lay claim to a hotbed of roots rock, so when two of its leading members, Martin England and Jon Nolan, agree on the next big band, you might want to pay attention even if you don’t get south to Portsmouth very often.
Riding the art of the lonely Hunter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 27, 2006


Apologetic masterpiece

Recently, on WBUR’s On Point , I heard Harvard conservative Harvey Mansfield plug a book he’s written in praise of “manliness,” a trait he finds embodied today in Donald Rumsfeld.
Reality is nice in Mutual Appreciation
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  September 13, 2006

Flashbacks: September 8, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  September 06, 2006

Harmonic convergences

Beyond their artful, crackling, dueling-guitar geometrics and layers of cunning rhythms, the Futureheads' most distinguishing and potent weapon is their four-part vocals.
The Futureheads get past the post-punk blues
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 28, 2006

Harmonic convergence

“I don’t know what to do with myself,” Ross Millard mutters, shrugging at his mates as he sets his guitar down at the rear of the small stage at the back of Seattle’s East Street Records and ambles toward his mic stand.
The Futureheads get past the post-punk blues
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 28, 2006

Folk re-revival

The laugh that opens Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is the first clue that what’s about to follow might actually be fun.
Springsteen rediscovers faith and fun in Seeger
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 24, 2006


Army of one

The vociferously leftist punk-folkie from East London hasn’t sold his soul to AmEx just yet.
Billy Bragg gets boxed  
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  March 16, 2006