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Photos: Elvis Costello + Head & the Heart at the Newport Folk Festival

Elvis Costello and Head & the Heart perform at the Newport Folk Festival on July 31, 2011.
Harbor Stage + Fort Stage | July 31, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 05, 2011

Grupo Esperanza bids farewell

After eight years of being one of the most in-demand party bands in town, GRUPO ESPERANZA have just one last show left in them: April 1 at the Empire. People looking for a working band, starting practicing your Latin beats.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Elvis Costello | National Ransom

Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Elvis Costello would plot his cosmic knowledge of music history into his own songs, as if they were booty for like-minded music geeks.
Hear Music (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 29, 2010
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Buzz not loud enough for Burnett's spectacular 'Speaking Clock Revue'

Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it? This appeared to be the case when artist/producer T Bone Burnett brought his "Speaking Clock Revue" to the Wang Theatre over the weekend.
Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it?
By BY BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2010
The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #22 - Elvis Costello

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #22 - Elvis Costello


   Todays artist has done it all. Punk. New Wave. Straight ahead pop. Even classical. He also has appeared in movies, on tv shows and...
By MorningIntern  |  August 04, 2010


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The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming

Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 16, 2010
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Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010

Ghouls on parade

The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make yo
Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2010

Home and away

For many songwriters, home is where the art is.
Zach Jones's diasporic Fading Flowers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2010
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Spoon | Transference

Any year now, Spoon will release an album consisting of one 35-minute unfailing groove anchored by bass and peppered with erratic guitar-chord grunts and Britt Daniel's wordless exclamations ("Awright!") — an idealized endgame that distills the band's
Merge (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 15, 2010


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Lowe life

Nick Lowe is a rare creature, a punk rock founding father who has endured and evolved gracefully.
 Nick Lowe on growing up and growing old in the music business
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  October 09, 2009
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Girls | Album

On their debut long-player, Girls gorge themselves on the all-you-can-eat buffet that is rock's storied past. Somehow, though, they forgot the crucial dollop of excitement or charisma, so we're left with an earful of directionless heartbreak and failure.
True Panther (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 02, 2009
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Rosanne Cash | The List

In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
Manhattan (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 02, 2009
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Recap: Bonnaroo 2009

Live from Bonnaroo 2009
Blog posts, slideshows, and more from Bonnaroo 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009


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Elvis Costello | Secret, Profane and Sugarcane

There are few genres into which Elvis Costello hasn't delved over the years, but he's always seemed particularly comfortable within the traditional back-porch country that occupies this latest session.
Hear Music (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 12, 2009
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The Irish rovers

"The Pogues and Boston go together in ways that belong in the realm of the unexplainable."
The Pogues return to their other 'old main drag'
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 17, 2009

Thaww, yeah

Ah, wintertime. It's dark, it's cold, it seems like you might lose a few extremities to frostbite on the way to the club. You know what? Just go for it.
Local CDs to help you make it until spring
By MATT PARISH  |  December 29, 2008
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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008
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Fourth quarter earnings

Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 16, 2008


Let the rabble eat cake

Isn't it comforting to know that Dubya II McCain’s top economic advisors are Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina?
The economy is in shambles, and McCain doesn’t get it
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2008
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Sight unseen

Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
The fall TV season flies without pilots
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 08, 2008
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Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
Freaking delicious
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

Crossword: ''Never A Good Sign''


Watch out for these
By MATT JONES  |  June 18, 2008
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The Dresden Dolls

No, Virginia ranks with Elvis Costello’s Taking Liberties as a B-sides/leftovers album that turns out to be more fun and more revealing than a thought-out official release.
No, Virginia | Roadrunner
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 27, 2008


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Elvis Costello and the Imposters

“I’m a limited primitive kind of man,” Costello sings in “Drum & Bone,” and for better and worse, that’s the truth.
Momofuku | Lost Highway
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 12, 2008
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Bonus rounds

How long before this year’s This Year’s Model becomes last year’s This Year’s Model ?
Elvis Costello, the Lemonheads, and Whiskeytown get the deluxe treatment
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 08, 2008
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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson always sounds best when at least some of his original quartet are on board.
Rain | Rykodisc
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 01, 2008
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Celtic tigers

At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008