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On the Road with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

It's Thanksgiving at the Smith home, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
A backstage diary
By AL GIORDANO  |  March 09, 2012
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Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
Take to the trees
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 03, 2012
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Richard Brown Lethem finds new playing fields

"One thing that's different about this show," Richard Brown Lethem tells me as we stand in the gallery where his paintings currently hang, "is that I'd never done a series before now. I've always tried to fit all the subject matter into one painting."
Content with the unknown
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 19, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Pablo Dylan's 10 Minutes

Bob Dylan's 16-year-old grandson, Pablo Dylan, just dropped 10 Minutes , his first rap mixtape.
Meritocracy news
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2011
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Ty Segall | Goodbye Bread

At just 23 years old, Ty Segall is on his fifth LP, and that's not counting more than a dozen releases with Sic Alps and his four other bands. But Goodbye Bread — his first record for Drag City, in which he plays every instrument — is his most scrupul
Drag City (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 01, 2011
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Levon Helm brings 'Rambles' to Solid Sound

Helm's enthusiasm radiates, whether he's playing one of his "Midnight Rambles" in the 250-seat studio/performance space attached to his rural Woodstock home or at a festival like this weekend's Solid Sound, which he's co-headlining with Wilco.  
A joyful noise
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 24, 2011


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Giving intelligence to simpletons, fools, and Idiots

There are a few reasons not to get overly excited about the debut release from Nuclear Boots.
Going Nuclear
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 24, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Bieber's scent, Foster the People's kicks, Dylan's smack, Tyler and Sara's tiff

Though our wee lad is scarcely old enough to develop a musky scent of his own, he's already prepping his second commercial fragrance.  
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 03, 2011

Pete Kilpatrick Band comes home; Dennis Bailey's Dylan tribute

Congrats to the PETE KILPATRICK BAND . Their "Coming Home" won a national fan-voting-based contest from insurance provider USAA this past week.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 20, 2011
Chris North Dream Quartet at the Haven in Jamaica Plain

Out: The Chris North Dream Quartet help christen the Haven in Jamaica Plain

With the Chris North Dream Quartet, singer/guitarist Chris North Alspach retains the sincere Celt-folk vocal inflection and distinctly New England–influenced lyrics of his other, Best Music Poll–nominated band, the Points North.
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By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011
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Getting down and dirty with Joe Walsh

Seeing Joe Walsh for the first time, down with Jerks of Grass in some of the final days of the Bramhall Pub, he was immediately "the Android".
Mole hunting
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2011


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Review: The Music Never Stopped

An exploration of music's power to heal, this maudlin movie (based on Oliver Sacks's essay "The Last Hippie") features go-to supporting player J.K. Simmons in a rare leading role.
An exploration of music’s power to heal
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 01, 2011
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For Chris Monti, Home is where the heart is

After a few spins through the latest solo release from blues/country/folk maestro Chris Monti, it's clear the man can spin a darn good, engaging tale with guitar (and harmonica and kazoo and fiddle) skills to match.
Nature's way
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 04, 2011
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Old 97's | The Grand Theatre

When Old 97's are on — which they are most of the time on their eighth studio album — they're very, very on.
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By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 15, 2010
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Review: Megafaun | Heretofore

Hometapes (2010)
Hometapes (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  September 03, 2010
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Tom Jones | Praise and Blame

Is it possible that Tom Jones, at age 70, is only now using everything he's got to his best advantage?
Lost Highway (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 30, 2010


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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 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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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010


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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids

How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 12, 2010
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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 15, 2010
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VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009


CLICK TRACKS: Snoop in the front seat, Gaga in the Wang, plus a pungent whiff of MTV's "Jersey Shore"

CLICK TRACKS: Snoop in the front seat, Gaga in the Wang, plus a pungent whiff of MTV's "Jersey Shore"


We may be stretching it a bit here to call this item "music" news, but this is just too damn good to pass up. Tonight,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 03, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009
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Live and on record

To call Darius Jones’s music avant-garde seems almost beside the point. In its way, it’s older than old — it’s ancient.
Darius Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Ben Goldberg’s Go Home
By JON GARELICK  |  November 06, 2009