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Ten Foot Polecats | I Get Blamed For Everything I Do
There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi.
Hillgrass Bluebilly (2010)
| April 23, 2010
Old man riffer
Bluesman James "T-Model" Ford is a survivor, and has been for a very long time.
T-Model Ford turns 90 . . . or thereabouts
| February 26, 2010
“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
| November 06, 2009
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
Rhapsodies in blues
“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.
Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
| October 15, 2008
Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
| September 08, 2008
Indie gets the blues
White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.
The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills
| April 23, 2008
North Mississippi Allstars
This time they’ve hit on a more original strain blending the slimy supercharged guitar tones of stoner rock with old-school boogie and roll.
Hernando | Songs of the South
| January 22, 2008
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
Beyond the White Stripes
There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
| October 30, 2007
Cedric Burnside + Lightnin’ Malcolm
After a flirtation with hip-hop, R.L. Burnside’s drummer and grandson Cedric has returned to exciting, raw-boned blues.
Juke Joint Duo | Soul Is Cheap
| August 29, 2007
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
Teo Leyasmeyer, 1947–2006
Teo Leyasmeyer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 59 from liver cancer, was a special kind of local hero.
| May 25, 2006
A charter member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bishop has just released his first disc since the murder of his daughter Selina in 2000.
Elvin Bishop gets his groove back
| January 13, 2006
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