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Tom Jones | Praise and Blame
Is it possible that Tom Jones, at age 70, is only now using everything he's got to his best advantage?
Lost Highway (2010)
| July 30, 2010
The Black Keys | Brothers
Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
| June 04, 2010
I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
| February 04, 2009
Saturday night at Good Life, veteran hip-hop scenester Ricky Powell blessed a roomful of wide-eyes with his world-famous slide show, in which he flashed and joked about his pics of celebs ranging from Jam Master Jay to John Lee Hooker.
Wally Sparks cracks local rap with Heir 2 tha $treetz
| December 16, 2008
What good can the blues do?
You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
| September 17, 2008
Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
| November 14, 2007
Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection
What pioneering American indie label issued records by both the Beatles and John Lee Hooker?
| October 30, 2007
Sound Session 07’s musical melting pot
King and his crew’s “genre-defying” tag is real, and at no time is it more real than in the coming week.
| July 10, 2007
The roots of rock
In 1939 Arthur Goldberg went to Hollywood and crowned himself Art Rupe, a suitably slick moniker for an entrepreneur in the booming post-war culture industry.
Concord unearths the Specialty catalog
| January 02, 2007
Live To Tell
Two-thousand-six was a black year for blues.
A year in blues
| December 20, 2006
Laughter from space
A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
| December 12, 2006
Letters to the Portland editor: September 8, 2006
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 06, 2006
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Ali Farka Touré’s latest album, a dozen duets with kora master Toumani Diabaté, is now something of a requiem.
IN THE HEART OF THE MOON | World CiRcuit/Nonesuch
| March 14, 2006
Flashbacks: February 17, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| February 16, 2006
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