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Photos: Newport Folk Festival, part three

Andrew Bird, April Smith, Calexico, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and more
More from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
By P. NICK CURRAN AND ADDISON POST  |  August 06, 2010

Photos: Newport Folk Festival, part one

The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
The Low Anthem, Yim Yames, John Prine, Sharon Jones, Edward Sharpe and more, live from Newport, July 30 - August 1, 2010
By JEAN HANGARTER  |  August 06, 2010

Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 07, 2010

Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010
gypsy list

Finding even better days

Gypsy Tailwind have been a slow build. Though Halo Sessions was one of the best local albums of 2008, it seems no one really heard it until 2009, thanks largely to the radio success of "So Lonely," a single whose melancholy bounce was heartbreakingly
Gypsy Tailwind show power and Grace
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 19, 2009

Review: Sunshine Cleaning

What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
Not “completely pie free,” but close
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 18, 2009


Peaceful Easy Feeling

The members of Calexico look like dads. They play a little like dads too.
Calexico at the Somerville Theatre, November 16, 2008
By RICHARD BECK  |  November 18, 2008

Calexico: Carried to Dust

True to its title, Carried to Dust moves along with wraith-like grace, a haunting and beautiful drift of songs about codebreakers, gravebound ghosts, and stars that “shone in slowness.”
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 02, 2008

Kevin Ayers

His philosophizing is rarely twee, and his fine-oaked voice gives new authority to his pastis-and-mushroom-fueled musings.

Unfairground | Gigantic

By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 07, 2008

Covering Dylan

Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007

Proud to be loud

So what would prompt a person to fly to Chicago for a long weekend only to stand around at a music festival whose headliners were on the level of the unpronounceable !!!, the Steve Albini/Bob Weston noise machine Shellac, and Arizona Giant Sand mates Cal
Inside Touch and Go’s indie empire
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 20, 2006


Soundoff: Lauren Wayne

Lauren Wayne weighs in on a song from Loverless' new album and one from Moss Mountain Project.
Weighing in on songs by Loverless and the Moss Mountain Project
By SOUNDOFF  |  September 06, 2006


Joey Burns and John Convertino celebrate 10 years together as Calexico on Garden Ruin  by embracing the Southwestern twang that’s always come so naturally to them and also by leaving it in the dust.
Garden Ruin | Quarter Stick
By JED GOTTLIEB  |  May 08, 2006