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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
| September 23, 2011
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
| September 16, 2011
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
| February 04, 2011
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
| January 28, 2011
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?
Sugar Hill (2010)
| April 09, 2010
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
| August 07, 2009
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.
| 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
| 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
| May 07, 2008
Going on sale: February 8, 2008
Mike Doughty, the Aggrolites, Colin Meloy, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| February 05, 2008
Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
| September 18, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 70-61
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 12, 2007
Worst in breed: Music
Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
| April 12, 2007
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
| December 28, 2006
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
| November 07, 2006
Is there a place outside the cozy confines of indiedom for a singer-songwriter as literate and prone to period pieces as Colin Meloy?
The Crane Wife | Interscope
| October 30, 2006
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
| October 26, 2006
On the racks: October 3, 2006
...plus the Killers, Sean Lennon, and Totally Hits 2006 .
Beck, the Decemberists, Lindsay Buckingham, Evanescence
| October 03, 2006
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
| September 22, 2006
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
| September 14, 2006
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