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The free-wheeling efforts of Anne Heaton

Singer and keyboardist Anne Heaton never wanted to be a solo artist, but it's been that way since her first album in 2002.
Solo perch
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 24, 2012

Necessary shelter: Crosby and Emmet record month-long Covers Project

Yes, it’s shit-central outside, an icy mess of dirty slush and Masshole road rage that’s keeping most sensible folks locked indoors. Thankfully, RYAN LEE CROSBY...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 02, 2011
Lau and Aoife O'Donovan at Club Passim

Lau and Aoife O'Donovan at Club Passim

Dipping deep into the well of trad Brit folk to create their originals, the trio Lau haul up rich arrangements of guitar, fiddle, and accordion...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 11, 2010
Two Man Gentlemen Band at Club Passim

Two Man Gentlemen Band at Club Passim

The Two Man Gentlemen Band bill themselves as playing "elements of hot jazz, rhythm & blues, Tin Pan Alley, and Western swing" - or you...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 03, 2010

Quiet riot

I'm sick and tired of music bossing everybody around.
The Points North don't need to be pushy
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 25, 2010
Sean Altman's Jewmongous at Club Passim

Sean Altman's Jewmongous at Club Passim

There hasn’t been much of a protest since Sean Altman & Rob Tannenbaum’s comedy/music duo What I Like About Jew broke up back in 2006....
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010

Morgan Taylor's Gustafer Yellowgold at Club Passim

Morgan Taylor's Gustafer Yellowgold at Club Passim

It seems a shame to file away singer/songwriter/graphic artist Morgan Taylor's Gustafer Yellowgold project under kids' music. Sure, his multimedia concerts feature songs and animated...
By webteam  |  March 03, 2010

Review: Tom Russell | Blood and Candle Smoke

This LA-born troubadour with a Dustbowl voice works voodoo on his 24th studio album, conjuring ghosts of the ’60s and ’70s along with apocalyptic visions as he relates tales of gun-toting madmen and dark rifts of the heart.
Shout! Factory (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 25, 2009

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

Owing muses

A few days after I graduated from high school, the Internet showed up. "Well," I thought to myself. "That's just fucking great."
Brian King sings his life in Venus As a Boy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009
Andrew Vladeck at Club Passim

Andrew Vladeck at Club Passim

Somewhere between Tom Waits, Dire Straits, and Jonathan Richman, there's Andrew Vladeck. Best known for his backup banjo work in the Honey Brothers (a troublingly...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 17, 2009

Campfire Music Festival

Campfire Music Festival

Smokey Bear better get his ass over to Harvard Square, as the Campfire festival brings with it the Forest Fires, the smoldering, faintly mesquite-scented side...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 20, 2009

King Wilkie | King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers

Today, "risk" is less popular than George W. Bush, but this former Virginia band — now in NYC — are rolling the dice hard.
Dead Oceans (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 01, 2009
Julian Lage

Julian Lage

 The brilliant young guitarist Julian Lage — who played in Gary Burton’s band as a teenager — ...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 25, 2009
Live review: Antje Duvekot at Club Passim

Live review: Antje Duvekot at Club Passim


Midway through her set at Club Passim last Friday, right before covering Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee,” Antje Duvekot remarked on something she’d read about the Great Depression. “Lighthearted entertainment became important to people,” said the Somerville-based singer-songwriter. “They needed it to get them through it.” A beat of silence, and then laughter rose from the crammed, brick-walled, basement folk club.

The unstated punch line of Duvekot’s self-depreciating joke had been made evident by the first half of her show, the second of four sold-out gigs promoting her just-released second studio album, The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer (Black Wolf Records). Duvekot, who’s become one of Boston’s folk darlings over the past five years or so, writes songs soaked in
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  March 24, 2009



 Rockapella crooner SEAN ALTMAN may have had his trademark Samson-like mullet of luxurious blo...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 23, 2008


Dirge overkill

Against the grainy mix of plucky guitars and water-drop bells in "Burning Hearts," Flora Reed recalls a long-ago tryst that she traces from Paris cafûs across tarmacs and ancient ruins.
The sad songs of Winterpills
By MATT PARISH  |  December 09, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Baratunde Thurston

I saw Biz Markie in concert. He remixed “Just a Friend” to “Obama, you got what I need. Ooooobama youuu!” This is obviously the next big thing.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 26, 2008

Julie Fowlis

The back-up is fine, but it’s Fowlis’s soughing voice, all wind and water and machair and peewit, that’s Cuilidh ’s treasure.
Cuilidh | Spit + Polish
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 16, 2008

Chatham County Line

Over four albums, this quartet from Raleigh, North Carolina, have retraced the evolution of bluegrass.
IV | Yep Rock
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 02, 2008