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It’s easy to paint Bebe Buell as some talentless pretty face who slept her way to whatever modicum of stardom she has right now.
Bebe Buell returns to town throwing ‘Air Kisses’
| April 30, 2010
2009: The top 10 in pop music
Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
| December 25, 2009
Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust
Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
| December 11, 2009
“I’m looking at the river/but I’m thinking of the sea,” Marianne Faithfull groans on her latest disc, Easy Come, Easy Go (Decca). The line is...
| September 22, 2009
Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009
A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
| September 18, 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."
| March 23, 2009
Review: Mallu Magalhães
Mallu Magalhães is a teenage girl from São Paulo who was raised on a steady diet of old Beatles, Dylan, and Johnny Cash records.
| January 06, 2009
A place of pure love
Far from being morose, Sykes is witty, sharp, and charmingly self-depreciating after each of her lengthy musings on life, energy, and the universe.
Jesse Sykes and her Sweet Hereafter
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| September 16, 2008
In Sam Garbarski’s improbable British melodrama, chanteuse Marianne Faithfull plays a working-class granny who takes work in a Soho sex parlor in order to pay for a grandson’s expensive operation.
Marianne Faithful dispenses handjobs in this unrealistic romance
| April 30, 2008
Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
| March 26, 2008
At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
| March 12, 2008
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)
| August 15, 2007
Still going strong
“It’s not that often that a 54-year-old woman achieves her greatest success,’’ said Lucinda Williams from the Orpheum stage last Saturday.
Lucinda Williams, Orpheum Theatre, March 24, 2007
| March 27, 2007
As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, cinema is not a slice of life but a slice of cake. Watch the trailer for Marie Antoinette (QuickTime) Fate’s pansy: Another view of Marie Antoinette. By Clea Simon.
Sofia Coppola’s not so sweet Marie
| February 20, 2007
Having more fun
By the time Car Wheels on a Gravel Road came out, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty had all recorded Williams’s songs.
Lucinda Williams goes West
| February 13, 2007
Boston music news: January 12, 2007
Rock and pharmaceuticals may have a long history, but what about rock and pharmacies?
Notes on Tarbox Ramblers and Opera Boston's Kurt Weill program
| January 08, 2007
And three more boxes
Among post-punk offshoots, perhaps the hardest to define is “goth.”
Gift ideas for the music fan on your list
| December 12, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
An essay on the older
| November 16, 2006
“Remember what you used to do before there were computers?” Bebe Buell asks. “Start living your life like that again.”
And she wants to know if you’re ready to rock
| September 13, 2006
Diamond in the rough
If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
| August 01, 2006
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