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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
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  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
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 29, 2010

Nels Cline | Coward

Cryptogramophone (2009)
Cryptogramophone (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  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
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 12, 2008

Second job

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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 16, 2008


Acoustic alchemy

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
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 24, 2007

Play by play

Being an annotated schedule of the guitary greatness on offer at the festival.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

Folk heroics

“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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007

Glenn Jones

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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By IAN SANDS  |  September 18, 2006

Time bandits

"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
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 20, 2006
I Am Resurrected: A Tribute to John Fahey

Various artists

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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 18, 2006