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Review: Joyful Noise

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2012
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Erica Brown is more than a pretty girl with a fiddle

Just hitting the backside of her mid-twenties and already coming up on two decades into her career as a fiddle/violin player and singer here in Maine and beyond, Erica Brown is one of the youngest true veterans on the circuit you're likely to find.
Bluegrass connections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 08, 2011
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Cowboy junkie

England in the mid-’80s, gray and depressed by Thatcherism and the Smiths, wasn’t a place folks typically dressed to the nines in ten-gallon hats, bolo ties, and Nudie shirts. But such were the sartorial choices made those days by the members of the Meko
In his paintings and music, Jon Langford resurrects and pays respect to a vanished American past
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2010
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Art in America

The legend of the Old West's cowboys and Indians, flinty pioneers and buffalo killers, sheriffs and gunslingers started with the tall tales that cowboys themselves told of their glorious exploits.
From the Old West to middle-class guys
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009
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Hot ticket

Here's a hot flash for you: dying is easy (in the theatrical sense of bombing onstage); producing a successful show is hard.
Menopause the Musical  summers at Trinity 
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009
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Rock n' Roll saves the day

One way to keep dry, academic art theorizing from getting too, well, dry and academic is to inject some rock and roll.
'Inappropriate Covers' at Brown's Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  May 08, 2009


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Backwoods Barbie

Dolly Parton should run for president.

Dolly Parton rolls out the big guns


By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 30, 2008
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Get CLOSEr

Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” program is a stunning selection of short classical and contemporary ballet, performed with polish and passion.
Festival Ballet’s intimate showcase
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Kathleen Madigan

The problem is that at the end of the day, when the clone figures out they’re a clone, they get mad and kill you.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 05, 2008
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Twang and burn

When Sarah Borges performs in roots-music hot spots like Nashville and Austin, they don’t ask about her country credentials or her alt-rock background.
Sarah Borges lights a roots-rock fire
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 14, 2008
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Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007


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Going on sale: December 21, 2007

O’Death, Sia, Blitzen Trapper, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  December 18, 2007
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Boxed and ready


The cream of the season’s CD/DVD crop
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 14, 2007
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Citadel of sound

Before the digital universe expanded, serious home recording was just a dream.
Nashville’s RCA Studio B celebrates its 50th
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 03, 2007
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Ain’t that America

Photographer Henry Horenstein crossed paths with Jerry Lee Lewis at a Ramada Inn in Boston in 1975.
Henry Horenstein surveys country music in the 1970s
By GREG COOK  |  July 03, 2007
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Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain

Melcher Street in South Boston still feels like a little piece of the late 19th century.
LaMontagne Gallery opens with ‘Regional Highlights’ — plus ‘Endosymbiont’ at Axiom, and Joel Janowitz at Victoria Munroe
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 20, 2007


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The wagonmaster

“Eleven Cent Cotton” is a great country song, a wry, catchy, energetic, swinging two-step that creates a tableau of the bygone rural South.
Country legend Porter Wagoner delivers a gem
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 04, 2007
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At home with home

Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2007
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Prometheus’s fire

One year younger than Dolly Parton, Iggy is an indestructible trouper whose communion with his audience is vulgar, essential, perennial.
Iggy and the Stooges bring it again
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 06, 2007
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Rockin' out!

Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
By MELISSA POCEK  |  March 02, 2007
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Texas two-step

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the late ’70s musical getting an entertaining staging at URI Theatre, is quite a curious little time capsule.
URI stages a wholesome Whorehouse
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2006


Red, white, and the blues

This article originally appeared in the September 30, 2005 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The White Stripes at the Opera House, September 28, 2005
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 25, 2006
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Ballot crunching

For the sake of whetting your whistles, here is a brief primer to the Portland Best Music Poll ballot’s major categories.
Don’t be an uneducated BMP voter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 05, 2006

From the archives

 
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Eleanor Mary Boudreau.
By  |  January 04, 2006