Marc Ribot

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Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Dan Capaldi steps out from behind the kit

In addition to plenty of other projects, Dan Capaldi has played drums now for two of Portland's most important bands of the last five years: the brightly burning Cambiata and the still-on-the-rise Holy Boys Danger Club.
On the Level
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

Marc Ribot | Silent Movies

This exceptional, eccentric guitarist has traced a slow evolution from screamer to dreamer.
Pi (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 05, 2010
Marc Ribot at the Narrows Center for the Arts

Marc Ribot at the Narrows Center for the Arts

He makes Tom Waits and Elvis Costello records more interesting places; he brings the beauty of Cuban grooves to a place where spirit is paramount;...
By webteam  |  September 14, 2010

Jakob Dylan | Women + Country

“Boring” is the sort of adjective used by music snobs (hi there!) to describe the Wallflowers, the band who brought Jakob Dylan’s hoarse and unexcitable voice into the mainstream.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 23, 2010

Drear leaders

On the Black Heart Procession’s first visit to Boston, back in ’98, the duo hunched on chairs at the Middle East downstairs surrounded by equipment — keyboards, guitars, a musical saw, an array of percussion.
The Black Heart Procession stick to the low road
By MATT PARISH  |  October 30, 2009


Marianne Faithfull | Easy Come Easy Go

The CD cover is deceptively retro Sinatra: here's Marianne encased in a lady's tux in front of a vintage microphone with "Easy" twice on the title and the subtitle "12 Songs for Music Lovers."
Decca (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 23, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

Griot act

Some albums are extraordinary because they capture their time. Others are great because they transcend it.
Rokia Traoré breaks through with Tchamantché
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 09, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Wandering star

Cleaning the kitchen of her Brooklyn apartment a few weeks ago — shortly before hitting the road in support of her fourth full-length, The Living and the Dead (Anti-) — singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was struck by an idea for her fifth album.  
Jolie Holland’s got demons on her trail
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 27, 2008


Jolie Holland | The Living And The Dead

Holland doesn’t really need the added rock-band muscle; she’d be worth hearing accompanied only by the tap of her own toe.  
Anti- (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 08, 2008


Maybe next time Auktyon should have a little more Stoli before hitting the “RECORD” button.
Girls Sing | Geometriya
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2008

Marc Ribot

If you know Ribot only through his brilliant sidemanning with Burnett and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, you don’t really know Ribot.
Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 — Marc Ribot Plays Masada Book Two | Tzadik
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 27, 2007

Sweet and Lowe down

Quoting Lowe, Jews represent “a cult without a leader, freelance wise-asses without portfolio.” Who am I to argue?
Jews in Hell chronicles Portland’s ultimate outsider(s)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 15, 2007

Portland scene report: March 23, 2007

Like we didn't know that already.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 21, 2007


Avant gardener

In 30 years, he’s progressed from hippie cabaret crooner to experimenter to visionary. The many modes of Waits. By Ted Drozdowski Tom Waits, "Bottom of the World" (mp3)
Three sides of the prolific Tom Waits
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 20, 2006

Steady rollin’ man

“Right now I’m more happy than ever,” says Duke Robillard.
Duke Robillard on touring with Tom Waits, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  September 19, 2006

Side by side by the waterside

Gold Sounds were in the middle of a hellacious set of Pavement covers at the JVC-Newport Jazz Festival last Saturday afternoon when a woman who appeared to be in her 70s turned to me and said, “This is the sleeper of the day! I was going to get a lemonad
A disparate diet of sounds at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2006

Art and politics

The canny Texas-born songwriter T Bone Burnett hasn’t stepped into the footlights for — at least metaphorically — 14 years now.
T Bone Burnett stakes his claim
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 31, 2006

On the racks: May 16, 2006

Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 16, 2006