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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
| March 09, 2012
Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover
There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
Take to the trees
| February 03, 2012
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
| August 19, 2011
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.
| August 05, 2011
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)
| July 01, 2011
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
NICK A. ZAINO III
| June 24, 2011
Giving intelligence to simpletons, fools, and Idiots
There are a few reasons not to get overly excited about the debut release from Nuclear Boots.
| June 24, 2011
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
| 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.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| May 20, 2011
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.
| May 06, 2011
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".
| April 30, 2011
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
| April 01, 2011
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.
| March 04, 2011
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.
New West (2010)
| October 15, 2010
Review: Megafaun | Heretofore
| September 03, 2010
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)
| July 30, 2010
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
| 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.
| June 25, 2010
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’
| May 07, 2010
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 .
| April 09, 2010
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’
| March 26, 2010
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 .
| March 05, 2010
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
| February 12, 2010
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.
| February 05, 2010
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
| January 15, 2010
VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009
The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
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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"
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,...
| December 03, 2009
Play by Play: November 13, 2009
Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
| November 13, 2009
Play by play: November 6, 2009
Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
| November 06, 2009
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
| November 06, 2009
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