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Interview: John Legend

Despite being one of the most successful R&B singers of the decade — with six Grammys and three top-selling albums — John Legend is something of an oddball.
A different kind of R&B star
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 07, 2009
John Legend at Bank of America Pavilion

John Legend at Bank of America Pavilion

John Legend — neo-soul’s pre-eminent crooner, songwriter, and collaborator (with, among others, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and sponsor Kanye) — shows up next Friday (look...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 29, 2009

2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

Soul Men

Mac especially is a joy to watch, and a counterpoint to the humor elsewhere, as he breaks out Temptations-style moves with just the right mix of sly fun and respect for the music.
Plot and crass jokes aside, it's a feel-good film
By MARK BAZER  |  November 05, 2008

Going on sale: October 24, 2008

Raveonettes, Duncan Sheik, Jim Gaffigan, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  October 21, 2008


Wasilla rock city

The Republican National Convention hardly attracted as many glitterati as its Democratic counterpart did a week earlier.
Alaskan indie rockers on Palin: WTF?!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2008

History rocks

“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008

A winning combination

Fans of the Sox and of local rock once had at least one thing in common: a big inferiority complex.
Hot Stove, Cool Music at the Paradise Rock Club, January 5-6
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 08, 2008

Boston music news: August 24, 2007

Last summer, it poured on the "Hot Stove, Cool Music: Fenway Park Sessions" fundraiser, putting a damper on an event that was already a bit down.
Notes on the 2007 edition of Hot Stove, Cool Music
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2007

Big + Rich

They once seemed capable of much more.
Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace | Warner Bros.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  July 30, 2007


Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007


The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006

Mad scientists

Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2006

Smoove operator

A capacity crowd was to be expected for John Legend at Avalon last Saturday night.
John Legend, Avalon, November 4, 2006
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  November 07, 2006

On the racks: October 24, 2006

Plus Miho Hatori and Arctic Monkeys.
John Legend, Sparta, the Drones, and Albert Hammond, Jr.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2006


Going on sale: September 28, 2006

Lemonheads, Reel Big Fish, Dear Leader, Dashboard Confessional, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  September 26, 2006

Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006

Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006
Sergio Mendes - Timeless

Sergio Mendes

Better known for packaging ’60s samba and bossa nova into stylized, radio-ready novelties for the US market than for breaking any new ground, venerable piano wiz Sergio Mendes enlists the cream of contempo hip-pop/R&B (the Roots, John Legend, Q-Tip
TIMELESS | Concord/Picante  
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 23, 2006