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Vanessa Torres sings Without Sight

Vanessa Torres has named her third album Without Sight , and if that title weren't intentionally a polar opposite to her last effort, Witness , the music contained therein is evidence enough she's chosen a new direction.
Ch-ch-changes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2012

Reviewing a review: Reconstructing Silver Tower

Call it an older sibling being protective of their kid brother, but I wholeheartedly disagree with Sam Pfeifle's review of Brenda's Silver Tower .
Letters to the Portland editor, July 2, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  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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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009

Music seen: Pixies vs. Sonic Youth at Empire

The Clash of the Titans has become a Portland staple over the last three years. Since shifting from the Big Easy to the Empire this year, the Tuesday tradition has lost none of its crowd-pulling potential.
Sublime musical match-ups
By DAN CLARK  |  June 12, 2009
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Higher ground

Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009


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Radio days

Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008
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Celtic tigers

At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008
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Broadway's Best at Pops

This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007
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Never poor in spirit

The prospect of New England gospel-soul singer Mighty Sam McClain recording a duet with Jon Bon Jovi or performing onstage with Natalie Merchant seems improbable.
Homeless, not rootless
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 14, 2007
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Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007


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Maria Muldaur

Forget about the camel already — there’s so much more to Maria Muldaur than “Midnight at the Oasis.”
Naughty, Bawdy & Blue | Stony Plain
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 22, 2007
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New Orleans notes

This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007

Praise the Lord

This article originally appeared in the March 13, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mary Lou’s star rises from the Red Line Platform
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 28, 2007
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Sláinte!

There was a time when every block in Boston boasted at least one good Irish pub.
Irish pubs — and their cuisine — get a makeover in Boston  
By LOUISA KASDON  |  March 16, 2007
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Breast friends

When it comes to reality TV, the Brits operate with a pungent, hot-button immediacy that America’s producer tribe must envy.
Stalking Pete Doherty and The Girls Next Door exact their pound of flesh
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 10, 2007


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Crash course

To move up in the world of music, one key is what you know; the other is whom you know.
Cindy Bullens gets down to business at USM
By LISA CRAIG  |  February 21, 2007
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Having more fun

By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 13, 2007
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2007: Same as the old year

And they are off and running, in the 2007 edition of “How Can We Embarrass Little Rhody Even More?”
Relatives of Cicilline and Mollis continue the Vo Dilun tradition
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 11, 2007
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Live To Tell

Two-thousand-six was a black year for blues.
A year in blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 20, 2006
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Laughter from space

A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006


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Boston music news: November 3, 2006

Drop a 10-spot, walk into the Opera House this Wednesday at 7:30 pm, and you’ll find almost the entire line-up of headliners that played Bank of America Pavilion last summer.
Notes on the Rock and Art Auction
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 31, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 5


Bruce Springsteen | Harvard Square Theatre | May 9, 1974
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006
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Going on sale: September 1, 2006

Gregg Allman | October 14 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 29, 2006
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Ones and twos

At first, I thought, there’s no way to get a grip on a string of pop songs with a different dancer in each. But by the end of the first set, Ladies Night Out , things were beginning to add up.
Marcus Schulkind at Green Street, Java Kawistara! at the Dance Complex
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 14, 2006
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Teo Leyasmeyer, 1947–2006

Teo Leyasmeyer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 59 from liver cancer, was a special kind of local hero.
In memoriam
By JON GARELICK  |  May 25, 2006


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Going on sale, March 10, 2006

Sigur R ós, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, P.O.D., and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 08, 2006
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Got live if you want it

Mai Cramer was a beloved figure in local roots-music circles. For 24 years she hosted the popular show “Blues After Hours” on WBGH radio and was a tireless champion of the music.
This spring’s roots and concert rundown
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 08, 2006