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Jens Lekman

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[live review] Jens Lekman @ the Somerville Armory


It was a veritable 7-UP for the ears. Sweet and sour, lymon even. The sweetness of course was provided by English-singing Swedish songwriter JENS LEKMAN,...
By Jonathan Donaldson  |  October 12, 2011
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Review: Jonathan Richman at Middle East upstairs

The closing show of Jonathan Richman's three-night stand at the Middle East upstairs hit an early peak on the second song. "My Baby Love Love Loves Me" (from 2004's Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love ) smothered the audience with the intensely romantic
Jonathan Richman, live at Middle East upstairs, February 18. 2010
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 26, 2010
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Swede heart

Few contemporary singers achieve as perfect a confluence of sound and image as Sarah Assbring. It's deeply reassuring to hear mournful, stylized '60s pop coming out of a melancholic beanpole who resembles a recently bereaved Edie Sedgwick.
El Perro del Mar cheers up — a little
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 19, 2010
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Dancing with himself

Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 24, 2009
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Andrew Bird's whistled, wily works

"Steamy, fecund, decaying, kind of mossy, woodsy . . . cloudlike, thick, saturated."
Setting the mood
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 27, 2009
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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008


Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008
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Going on sale: January 18, 2008

Jonathan Richman, Sons & Daughters, Beach House, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  January 16, 2008
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Pure genius

Amid all the hysteria about Internet music downloading, major labels are still trying to hold on to a paradigm that no longer exists.
Some indie labels embrace the new technology
By BRUCE COHEN  |  June 25, 2007