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That's not all right, Mama: Memphis on tour

If ever there was an example of the perils of Broadway-ization, Memphis is it.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012
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Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
The soul of a city
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012
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Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
Omnivore (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2012
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The Great Tattoo Protest of 2011

Last Saturday was just another typical day in the Cool, Cool World. Joe Kernan, the features editor and author of the best police log reports in the Biggest Little for the Beacon Communications string of newspapers, was coming to my place.
An inky situation; Weekly World News; Farewell to Cornell
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 20, 2011
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Homophobe to headline Boston's GospelFest

Donnie McClurkin is one of gospel music's biggest stars. But McClurkin has also drawn fire for his homophobic sermons. Which makes him a curious choice to headline a City of Boston–produced event here later this summer, the annual GospelFest on City Hall
Gay Old Time Dept.
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  June 25, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010


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Review: Soundtrack For A Revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution provides an uplifting history lesson.
Images of brutality and triumph
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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Cool killer

Ace Atkins’s new novel is what the movie Public Enemies should have been.
Ace Atkins runs down Machine Gun Kelly
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 21, 2010
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Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010
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Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings | I Learned The Hard Way

Just to prove how serious they are about their commitment to retro soul, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings recorded I Learned the Hard Way using an eight-track Ampex tape machine, the kind their heroes and heroines in Memphis and Muscle Shoals might have
Daptone (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 02, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010


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Alex Chilton, 1950 - 2010

When Alex Chilton had a fatal heart attack while mowing his lawn last week, he was, statistically speaking, just a 59-year-old New Orleans resident, nothing more than an edit on some census forms. What Chilton represented, however, was a true American ic
In memoriam
By JEFF BREEZE  |  March 26, 2010
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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010

The Village Haven

We were headed to a concert in Cumberland and we thought we'd make a slight detour to North Smithfield — the village of Forestdale, to be precise.
Traditional (and bountiful) fare in Forestdale
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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There will be blood

This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009


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Election controversy rocks and roils Boston bluesmen

Looking for a name for your Boston-based blues band? How about "Hanging Chad"?
Blues Clues Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2009
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Erik Deutsch | Hush Money

Having played in projects from jam bands to jazz and as a singer-songwriter accompanist, keyboardist Erik Deutsch led an acoustic jazz album for his debut.
Hammer and String
By JON GARELICK  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: The Blind Side

It’s tough for any self-respecting critic to refrain from joyously tackling a Sandra Bullock movie — so it’s a good thing The Blind Side isn’t one.
Despite what you may think, it's not a Sandra Bullock movie
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 20, 2009
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Mystic muso

“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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009
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Make-believe Main Street

WaterFire, bocce, oh my!
Lifestyle centers create public squares in private places. Can a nation undone by sprawl be saved by the Mall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 06, 2009


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Stuck in his Throat

Growing up in Sudbury, David Bertolino’s upbringing was strictly G-rated.
Suburban, family-oriented David Bertolino has a dream: to stage a play about  Deep Throat , one of the most controversial films of all time
By JON HART  |  October 30, 2009
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Darrell Nulisch | Just For You

This Boston-based blues and soul singer’s seventh album might seem an update of the elegantly funky Stax sound, with its deep grooves and smartly harmonized horns.
Severn (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 09, 2009
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker | Burn It Down

These Nashville-based high ministers of retro-groove — known for their muscular live sermons — broaden their gospel on CD #2.
OuttaSight (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 11, 2009
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Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall

Jay Reatard is the Lil Wayne of the Memphis garage-rock scene.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Checking the Billboard Hot 100

As usual, I won't be able to make it through the full 100, but seven is just as good, right?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 28, 2009
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Interview: Paula Deen

"I'm just looking so forward to coming up there. And having lobster. In some butter. Did I mention I like butter?"
Storming the Bean
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 28, 2009
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Heart and claw

Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard act out
Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard act out
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 28, 2009
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Elvis Presley | From Elvis in Memphis

Elvis Presley temporarily avoided the obvious (and, one could argue, tragic) destiny of a washed-up parody with The '68 Comeback Special , a TV show that lifted the retaining wall of nodding yes men and lucrative movie contracts to reveal a mythic for
RCA/Legacy
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 31, 2009