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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010
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Old man riffer

Bluesman James "T-Model" Ford is a survivor, and has been for a very long time.
T-Model Ford turns 90 . . . or thereabouts
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2010
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Election controversy rocks and roils Boston bluesmen

Looking for a name for your Boston-based blues band? How about "Hanging Chad"?
Blues Clues Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2009
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Mystic muso

“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009
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Real Guitar Heroes

Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire's legacy is carved in stone around these parts, from his shredding with the Amazing Royal Crowns to his Lucky Diamonds and, most recently, a re-gathering of his beloved Cobra-Matics crew.
Zing go the strings at the Colonel’s Super Dooper Guitar Party
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 16, 2009


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Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: Jesse Fuller | Move on Down the Line

If you were a real hip folkie circa 1961-'64, chances are you were into the inimitable Jesse Fuller.
Fledg'ling (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 11, 2009
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Joy, not jamming

In 1992, Nigerian juju master King Sunny Adé and his African Beats played the Park Plaza Hotel ballroom as part of the Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival. What I remember most vividly is the hypnotic overlap of undulating guitar lines.
King Sunny Adé and his African Beats, live at the Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 15, 2009
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009
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Iggy Pop | Préliminaires

Astralwerks (2009)
Astralwerks (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 03, 2009
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Style meets stylus

It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009


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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
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Various artist | Chicago Blues: A Living History

The first two generations of electric Chicago blues are either dead or on the endangered list, but this double-disc set proves the style still has teeth and claws.
Raisin (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 17, 2009
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Unextinct

The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2009
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Loren Connors | The Curse of Midnight Mary

Recorded in 1981, The Curse of Midnight Mary illustrates one genesis story for Loren Connors's affected and distended interpretation of solo blues guitar. Like Robert Johnson.
Family Vineyard (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  February 24, 2009
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Loren Connors | The Curse of Midnight Mary

Recorded in 1981, The Curse of Midnight Mary illustrates one genesis story for Loren Connors's affected and distended interpretation of solo blues guitar. Like Robert Johnson.
Family Vineyard (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  February 24, 2009


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Open House

I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2009
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Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself
Music speaks volumes
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  December 11, 2008
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Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964

The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
Acrobat (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 18, 2008
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Testifying

My memories of Thom Enright and his big talent and bigger heart go way back to when I was a young teenager growing up in East Greenwich.
Tales from bandmates and a lifelong fan
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 05, 2008
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Wandering star

Cleaning the kitchen of her Brooklyn apartment a few weeks ago — shortly before hitting the road in support of her fourth full-length, The Living and the Dead (Anti-) — singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was struck by an idea for her fifth album.  
Jolie Holland’s got demons on her trail
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 27, 2008


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30 lists

30 things mentioned in the first issue of the Newpaper, 30 things that we miss, 30 things that weren't around 30 years ago, and more.  
Looking forward and looking back, list-style
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 22, 2008
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Back to the future

Since leaving Roomful of Blues, the vintage guitar hero Duke Robillard has moved forward by reaching back into the annals of American blues, swing, jazz, and R&B and by doing so, he’s told a pretty incredible story.
Duke Robillard unveils Sunny and Her Joy Boys
By BOB GULLA  |  October 22, 2008
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Rhapsodies in blues

“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008
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Mix nuts

Pop music has a history of great production teams.
An interview with breakout roots-music production stars the Tremolo Twins
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 23, 2008
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What good can the blues do?

You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2008


The (other) British invasion


Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008
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Remembering a Rhode Island icon

There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2008
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New Guitar Summit: Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin

This cool, sleek soundtrack for a night of cocktails, sophisticated banter, and, hell, maybe even nookie brings the elegance of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s jazz blues crisply into the present.
Shivers | Stony Plain
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 08, 2008
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All You Need is Love

Never less than fascinating and informative, although the narration tends toward the droll (it’s British, remember).
Voiceprint
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 01, 2008