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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan
In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
| February 05, 2010
Blackshaw's good vibrations
Blackshaw's low-key career has evolved as organically as one of his songs: at 28, the Londoner has amassed a body of instrumental guitar music that defies tidy categorization. What he does isn't really folk, jazz, or new age — and it's far too accessible
James Blackshaw keeps his ears (and strings) open
| January 29, 2010
Nels Cline | Coward
| February 18, 2009
Time of Rivers returns
The surprising success of the Time of Rivers Festival can be credited both to shrewd marketing and Portland’s increasingly robust presence in a niche music scene.
Round two of the (mostly) solo guitar, (mostly) unplugged destination festival
| October 09, 2008
Brethen of the Free Spirit
The Brethren of the Free Spirit are Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem and English guitarist James Blackshaw.
All Things Are from Him, through Him and in Him | audioMER
| March 12, 2008
Tyler Ramsey is currently touring the country pulling double duty as both a solo singer-songwriter and a recent-addition guitarist in Band of Horses.
Interview: Tyler Ramsey splits the difference with Band of Horses
| January 16, 2008
September has seen an embarrassment of acoustic-guitar riches here in Boston, with performances by three of the world’s finest.
James Blackshaw brings his talents to town
| September 24, 2007
Play by play
Being an annotated schedule of the guitary greatness on offer at the festival.
| August 29, 2007
“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
| June 19, 2007
One of my favorite shows of 2006 was Glenn Jones on solo guitar at the Lizard Lounge.
Against Which the Sea Continually Beats | Strange Attractors
| January 29, 2007
Cul de Sac
When Cul de Sac first released this album, 15 years ago on Rough Trade, they were peers of Sonic Youth, aural and textural spelunkers with a knack for discovering the emotional explosions in colliding, fricative, and harmonious slabs of sound.
Ecim | Strange Attractors
| January 08, 2007
Rising star in Indieville
Indie singer-songwriter M. Ward has been attracting attention of late — enough to fill the Somerville Theatre last night, September 17.
M. Ward, Somerville Theater, September 17, 2006
| September 18, 2006
"I like music to miss the beat because it produces that sense of time expanding," says Six Organs' Ben Chasny. "All the drummers that I love, their timing is slightly off — it just fucks with you.”
Six Organs of Admittance
| July 20, 2006
The late guitarist’s best tribute is his own legacy of recordings, but those already familiar with this troubled master of the six-string’s work may dig hearing how various indie rockers from Boston’s Cul de Sac to neo-hippie Devendra Banhart to ex-Pli
I AM THE RESURRECTION: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN FAHEY | Vanguard
| January 18, 2006
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