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Talking beer with brewmaster Sean Larkin

Hey, summer's almost gone! We caught up with Larkin to fill us in on his latest endeavors.
Meeting Revival
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who hel
White light, white heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 03, 2010
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Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010
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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Peter Wolf | Midnight Souvenirs

This Boston music legend’s metamorphosis from party animal to monster songwriter became complete with his previous solo album.
Verve/UME (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 02, 2010
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Rosanne Cash | The List

In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
Manhattan (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 02, 2009


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Those Darlins | Self-titled

If summer finally decides to arrive this year, it'll have a heckuva soundtrack waiting for it.
Oh Wow Dang (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 17, 2009
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Roots of spring

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

If there’s still any debate over who was the soul of the Band, it ends with this album.
Dirt Farmer | Vanguard
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008
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Boston hits Detroit

There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008
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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price

With a collective age of 225, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price live up to this concert DVD’s title, which it shares with an equally superb studio album released last year.
Last of the Breed | A+E
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 28, 2008


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Prime time

To many political conservatives during Vietnam, championing the music of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell was the equivalent of French-kissing Chairman Mao.
Heeere’s . . . Johnny Cash!
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 23, 2007
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Kid at play

Slouching on a Marriott lobby couch in jeans, T-shirt, and sandals, blond-haired Teddy Thompson looks like a California surfer.
Teddy Thompson ’ s country jag
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 16, 2007
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Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard has always been a keen observer of American thought and spirit.
The Bluegrass Sessions | McCoury Music | Working Man’s Journey | Cracker Barrel
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  August 28, 2007
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Dave Howard rolls on

For as long as we’ve known him, Dave Howard and his band the High Rollers have been exploring the fertile turf linking the blues and R&B, with forays into rock and roll.
New country disc! New gig with Roomful of Blues!  
By BOB GULLA  |  September 26, 2006
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Missionary man

Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 03, 2006


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Get ’em while they’re hot!

I’ll admit, my country-music credentials are piss-poor, but the first time I heard the Patrons album All That Is Tied , I liked it because I thought it was good country music. The Patrons, "Didn't Love You Anyway (mp3)
The Patrons carry on Boston’s country-rock tradition
By JON GARELICK  |  August 01, 2006
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Mixed metaphors

For Dave Alvin, music gets interesting when it produces friction.
Dave Alvin’s California DNA
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 05, 2006
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30 songs to spill beer on your iPod to

No song captures the quiet desperation of a hard-drinking, hardscrabble nowhere town better than this one.
The greatest drinking songs of all time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 16, 2006