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Here is the video of Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold covering Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock


It's true: at a recent show in Oakland, Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (lead singer of Fleet Foxes) continued the time-honored tradition of indie rockers...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 03, 2010
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CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

Freak-folk fans disappointed by the relative accessibility of recent efforts by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom should check out CocoRosie’s latest.
Sub Pop (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 21, 2010

In brief: Joanna Newsom at the Sanders Theatre


Joanna Newsom, "Emily," live at Town Hall in New York, March 18.Joanna Newsom tunes her own harp.I found this fascinating for some reason. Shouldn't someone...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 19, 2010
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Pluck and determination

People have always thought that Joanna Newsom was indulgent. At first, it was about her voice — the kind of nasal yelp that usually keeps a performer from getting on stage at all. Then, on her second album, it was about her vocabulary and her instrumen
Joanna Newsom's masterful Have One On Me
By RICHARD BECK  |  March 12, 2010
So close! Joanna Newsom's new one leaks just days before its release

So close! Joanna Newsom's new one leaks just days before its release


"Have one on me," indeed, it would seem.Drag City almost pulled it off.Joanna Newsom's widely-anticipated new album, Have One On Me, is scheduled to be...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 19, 2010

VIDEO: New Joanna Newsom, "Jack Rabbits (Love You Again)"


Last week, Joanna Newsom announced her new album, Have One On Me, via a cryptic webcomic on the Drag City site. And so on Monday,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  January 19, 2010


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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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Review: Mirah at Somerville Theatre

The mid-March release date of Portland-based singer/songwriter Mirah’s newest solo album, (A)spera , seemed ill fitting.
 At the Somerville Theatre, October 9, 2009
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 16, 2009
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Bat for Lashes | Two Suns

Natasha Khan became a sort of viral video sensation a couple of years ago with her inventive video for "What's a Girl To Do."
Astralwerks (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 10, 2009
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Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008


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Insides out

The everyday interaction with animals other than domestic pets has become a whimsical thing of the past. Which leaves those musicians who still write numbers with furry protagonists in a bit of a throwback situation, their songs almost instant period pi
The projective folk of Mr. Sister
By MATT PARISH  |  December 02, 2008
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Podcastic!

If you’re flummoxed by the dizzying breadth of our rock scene, a good place to start deflummoxing might be the trifecta of Band in Boston podcasts.
Band in Boston escapes to the web
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008
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Fuming through the dog days

In preparation for another three months of endless days and sweaty nights, here are five new albums to get you through the summer.
Five new albums to soundtrack a passive-aggressive summer
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2008
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A Peapod grows in Portland

Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
A young label sports sonic wisdom
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008
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White Hinterland

In January, Scituate native Casey Dienel blogged: “For the present and foreseeable future, there won’t be any more Casey Dienel.”

Phylactery Factory | Dead Oceans


By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 22, 2008


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Just the two of us

I almost slept over at Nat Baldwin’s house once.

Nat Baldwin lugs his bass into your heart


By CAMILLE DODERO  |  April 22, 2008
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The Writ stuff

Cass McCombs upends standard persona-building moves.
Cass McCombs finds his indie-folk footing
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  November 01, 2007
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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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Trees outside the museum


Video: Thurston Moore live at the MFA
By BOSTON PHOENIX VIDEO  |  October 04, 2007
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Post-traumatic asceticism

If Songs III: Bird on the Water didn’t begin on a such a stirring note, it would be a lot easier to fault Marissa Nadler for icy detachment.
Marissa Nadler’s icy, transporting gothic folk
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007


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Cool papa, hot mama

Between Phil Spector’s becoming rock and roll’s first teen millionaire and the rock tycoons who emerged some decades later lies the rise of the hippie aristocrat.
John Phillips’s solo album, Karen Dalton’s In My Own Time
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 30, 2007
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A muse amused

There are a few good reasons to admire Kristin Hersh’s latest solo album, Learn To Sing like a Star . Hersh's bar: The essentials. By Brett Milano
Kristin Hersh discovers the bright side of life
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007
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Dead of winter

The theme of the weekend in Portland’s nightlife was “Fire and Ice.”
February 10, SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007
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Slow grow

The great-great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson rocks out. Grizzly Bear, "On a Neck, On a Spit" (mp3)
The steady triumph of Grizzly Bear
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 30, 2007
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Covering all the bases

Anais Mitchell took the Club Passim stage with hair freshly cut at Cambridge’s Judy Jetson salon and polled the crowd as to whether it was okay to switch hairdressers within the same establishment.
Anais Mitchell and Mike Merenda, Club Passim, January 5, 2007
By JEFF BREEZE  |  January 30, 2007


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Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007
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Visionary sounds

Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
A year in jazz and pop
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 20, 2006
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On the racks: November 21, 2006

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead
Army of Anyone, Joanna Newsom, the Game, (+44)
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 21, 2006
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Poetic justice

Hang your heads, folk pretenders, because this it what it means to write lyrics.
Joanna Newsom rises to the occasion on Ys
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 09, 2006