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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.
| 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
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| 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
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
| 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
| June 12, 2009
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
| January 14, 2009
Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
| November 24, 2008
At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
| March 12, 2008
Broadway's Best at Pops
This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
WGBH Boston Video
| December 10, 2007
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
| November 14, 2007
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
| September 12, 2007
Forget about the camel already — there’s so much more to Maria Muldaur than “Midnight at the Oasis.”
Naughty, Bawdy & Blue | Stony Plain
| May 22, 2007
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
| 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
| March 28, 2007
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
| March 16, 2007
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
| March 10, 2007
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
| February 21, 2007
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
| February 13, 2007
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
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| January 11, 2007
Live To Tell
Two-thousand-six was a black year for blues.
A year in blues
| December 20, 2006
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
| December 12, 2006
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
| October 31, 2006
The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 5
Bruce Springsteen | Harvard Square Theatre | May 9, 1974
| October 25, 2006
Going on sale: September 1, 2006
Gregg Allman | October 14 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| August 29, 2006
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
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| June 14, 2006
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.
| May 25, 2006
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
| March 08, 2006
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
| March 08, 2006
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