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The Molenes get dark and low-down

Roots music is a big tent. The Molenes have poked their noses into just about every corner of it over the course of their first two records, trying out everything from bluegrass to rockabilly and moving from ripping twanged-out guitar solos to more ref
Good and evil
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 15, 2010
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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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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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The doctor is in

That Stanley Sagov plays jazz at all is impressive. That he plays it at such a high level is stunning.  
Stanley Sagov’s jazz remedies, plus Saxophone Summit
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2008
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Unplugged

Four friends, two bands, and nine years laer, Arcadia Landing is closed for business, according to a statement posted on their MySpace page on July 25.
Arcadia Landing call it quits
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 27, 2008
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Preacher Jack gets it from on high

“I get my energy directly from Jesus,” says Preacher Jack Coughlin.
Boston rock legend and 66-year-old piano wrangler keeps hammering the keys
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 17, 2008


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Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin’ Pins live it up

Over the years, Providence’s Johnny Carlevale has served as a kind of musical archivist.
Gettin' real gone
By BOB GULLA  |  June 10, 2008
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Unauthorized!

I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008
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Prime time

To many political conservatives during Vietnam, championing the music of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell was the equivalent of French-kissing Chairman Mao.
Heeere’s . . . Johnny Cash!
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 23, 2007
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Playlist: August 24, 2007

Jerry Lee Lewis, Percy Faith, Huey Lewis & the News, and more.
Matt Parish of Ho-Ag: “Five favorite records I got at my grandparents’ house in West Virginia this year”
By MATT PARISH  |  August 21, 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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New Orleans notes

This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007
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Piano play

The history of musical étude is rooted in piano pedagogy.
Senior recital of yesterday, études of today
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 14, 2007
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In the right field

In his third year as resident composer and professor at the University of Southern Maine, Daniel Sonenberg is making his mark in the field.
Daniel Sonenberg gets everyone into the compositional league
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 12, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007
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Sex, clubs and rock ’n’ roll

The first thing you’d have noticed about the Dresden Dolls’ CD-release show at the Orpheum April 21 was how different it felt to be seated in a theater while the duo played.
The Dresden Dolls shift into harder-rockin’ mode
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 02, 2006


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Folk hero

Richard Thompson’s fans can be a bit smug about the singer/guitarist’s ongoing failure to achieve a commercial breakthrough.
Richard Thompson’s Free Reed box
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 29, 2006
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30 songs to spill beer on your iPod to

No song captures the quiet desperation of a hard-drinking, hardscrabble nowhere town better than this one.
The greatest drinking songs of all time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 16, 2006