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Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011

Hail the swinging geniuses!

For a tiny state, Rhode Island has offered much to the world — Mr. Potato Head, the Claus von Bulow trial, and a rich local music scene that covers the waterfront from alternative acts to blues, country, and a wide variety of artists in electronic n
A fan's notes on the Young Adults
By TED WIDMER  |  May 27, 2011
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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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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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New York Dolls | 'Cause I Sez So

The big news regarding the New York Dolls’ second album since their reactivation five years ago is the return of Todd Rundgren as producer.
Atco (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 01, 2009

Picaresque journey: 30 years in Rhode Island

Hard though it might be to believe, some things in Rhode Island actually do change.  
What we mostly want is a low-number license plate 
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 23, 2008


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Sharp accents

Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008
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Man of the Century

Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  June 04, 2008
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Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
1928-2008
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008

Other music meccas



By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007
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Duke Robillard

Everything on these CDs is played with total command.
Worl Full of Blues | Stony Plain
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2007


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A Go-Go goes

This Friday, January 26, your friendly neighborhood bowling alley/nightclub, the world-famous Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, transforms into a ’60s wonderland of go-go dancers, wild groove music, and the ubiquitous Brother Cleve. "Bossy (Drop Tha Beat rem
The Milky Way gets sexadelic, plus Braun Bergundy
By DAVID DAY  |  January 23, 2007
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Too many shows

If this winter’s concert scene were a crazy tag-team wrestling match, rock would be the ass-kicking king of the ring.
A hot winter concert season
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006

The Stones

This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
By CAMILLE PAGLIA  |  November 16, 2006
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Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006
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From Belfast to Boston

“You look at the Bosstones," says one veteran punk frontman, "you look at Dropkick Murphys, you look at the Bruisers, the Ducky Boys, and you hear SLF in all those bands."
The explosive impact of Stiff Little Fingers
By ANDREW MARCUS  |  January 17, 2006