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[live review] Power trio: The Holmes Bros. at the MFA

[live review] Power trio: The Holmes Bros. at the MFA

Maybe it was because they were especially energized by the hefty Boston Community Choir that opened the show, and by the racially mixed audience they...
By Jon Garelick  |  July 07, 2011

Homophobe to headline Boston's GospelFest

Donnie McClurkin is one of gospel music's biggest stars. But McClurkin has also drawn fire for his homophobic sermons. Which makes him a curious choice to headline a City of Boston–produced event here later this summer, the annual GospelFest on City Hall
Gay Old Time Dept.
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  June 25, 2010

Sweet inspiration

For more than three decades, until her death in 1972, Mahalia Jackson’s powerful contralto voice raised the spirits of even nonbelievers through her inspiring gospel singing. In an original production, Mixed Magic Theatre is reminding us about her legacy
Mixed Magic’s When Mahalia Sings
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010

Soul survivors

Gospel recordings go back to the 1920s, the beginning of commercial recording.
A short list of gospel essentials
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009

Holy rollers

The double bill of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Hall on Friday is a match made in New Orleans.
The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009

Soweto Gospel Choir

Last Sunday afternoon, the Soweto Gospel Choir made Symphony Hall history — surely this is the first time that august venue has seen anyone perform a percussion arrangement on a dinner table with plates, knives, and forks.
Hymns from the 26th parallel
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 02, 2008


Real folks

With the release in late 2003 of the six-disc Goodbye, Babylon box set of gospel music from the era of 78s, the Dust-to-Digital label set the standard for reissue collections of American folk and roots music.
Dust-to-Digital’s Art of Field Recording, Volume 1
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 20, 2008

Remembering Cast King

At 81, J.D. “Cast” King had attained rock-star notoriety — which doesn’t make much sense.

A downloadable discography

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 26, 2007

The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys today are as much an American institution as a singing group, with a history that stretches through the last seven decades and every fabric of 20th-century gospel music.
Down in New Orleans | Time Life
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 03, 2007

Gorillaz at the Apollo

There were puppets, singing and dancing middle schoolers, a gospel choir, a 14-piece string section from Juilliard, a who’s who of guests, including Neneh Cherry, De La Soul, Ike Turner, and a lollipop-sucking Shaun Ryder. But no Jamie Hewlett animations
Animated sans animation
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 10, 2006

Recovery projections

You might not be able to tell from the glazed psych-pop glimmer of We’re Already There , Mazarin’s new disc for the NYC indie I and Ear, but singer/guitarist Quentin Stoltzfus counts old-time gospel and country among his favorite and earliest infl
The return of a rejuvenated Mazarin
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  January 23, 2006


Soweto Gospel Choir

If you haven’t heard much African gospel, that’s because few acts rise to the level of the Soweto Gospel Choir.
BLESSED | Shanachie
By BANNING EYRE  |  January 13, 2006