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The hipster Harry Potter

The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 23, 2011
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10 authors — and a couple of artists — make the rounds this fall

Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Colin Meloy, Touré, the Boston Book Festival — just trucking out to all these "shows" could keep a person from ever actually getting around to reading a book.
Word and image
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 16, 2011
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Photos: The Decemberists at the House of Blues

The Decemberists play an acoustic set at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues on January 29, 2011.
The Decemberists | House of Blues | January 29, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  February 04, 2011
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The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011
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Black Prairie | Feast Of The Hunter’s Moon

Admire the Decemberists’ meticulous sea-shanty soundscapes but can’t stand Colin Meloy’s word-nerd volubility?
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 09, 2010
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Photos: George Wein's Folk Festival 2009

Photos from George Wein's 50th annual Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park, Newport.
Photos of Deer Tick, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and more at the Newport folk festival
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  August 07, 2009


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Sincerely yours,

There is a surge in polyglot music, but despite its force, a strain of conservatism (one that has always run through indie rock) is keeping pace.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new homonymous album is filled with well-worn lyrics.
By DEVIN KING  |  February 10, 2009

Stars Kill Rock

With the Paper Chase coming to town (June 25, Middle East upstairs) in support of their new Kill Rock Stars disc, Now You Are One of Us , we decided to check out some of the other stuff the Olympia indie imprint and its sister label, 5RC, have put out l
KRS's latest
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 27, 2008

Hot and cold

Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 07, 2008
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Going on sale: February 8, 2008

Mike Doughty, the Aggrolites, Colin Meloy, and more.
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By GOING ON SALE  |  February 05, 2008
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Shop talk

Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
By RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007


The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 70-61


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Music

Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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Neo-new-what?

The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006
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Lit rock and roll

In his ill-fitting khaki blazer, button-down shirt, and floppy necktie, Colin Meloy looked every bit the rumpled college professor as he stood with the Decemberists in front of a Japanese-themed backdrop. Slideshow: The Decemberists at the Orpheum Thea
The Decemberists, Orpheum Theatre, November 4, 2006
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 07, 2006
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The Decemberists

Is there a place outside the cozy confines of indiedom for a singer-songwriter as literate and prone to period pieces as Colin Meloy?
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By MATT ASHARE  |  October 30, 2006


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Who is that girl?

Petra Haden is making a career out of covering the un-coverable.
Petra Haden, Museum of Fine Arts, October 25, 2006
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 26, 2006
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On the racks: October 3, 2006

...plus the Killers, Sean Lennon, and Totally Hits 2006 .
Beck, the Decemberists, Lindsay Buckingham, Evanescence
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 03, 2006
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Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006