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Neil Diamond | The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings

Neil Diamond is a pretty upbeat guy — or at least as upbeat as can be expected from a man who made his claim to fame writing "Solitary Man."
Columbia/Legacy (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011

The future is boring

More dispatches from the year 2311.
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 26, 2011

A Red Sox aural history

Going to a ballgame for the music is like visiting a bus station for bouillabaisse. You shouldn't get your hopes up.
How I learned to face the music
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011

How I Learned To Face The Music

Going to a ballgame for the music is like visiting a bus station for bouillabaisse. You...  Originally posted on Chris Faraone's book, "How I Learned...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 06, 2011

Brian Johnson at Alisson’s Restaurant, June 27

After three full days of filming for the Travel Channel's Food Wars, the staff and supporters of Alisson's Restaurant in Kennebunkport were ready to party.
Music Seen
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  July 02, 2010

Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009


Echo and the Bunnymen | The Fountain

Less dour than the Cure but more somber than New Order, with a thorny mix of sadness and sunshine, Liverpudlian gloom-pop masters Echo & the Bunnymen were far weirder than they get credit for being.
Ocean Rain (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 13, 2009

Interview: Keith Lockhart

"There's always some set of events, positive or negative, that color the lens that people see the Fourth of July through."
America's bandleader prepares for another Fourth
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 03, 2009

Super Furry Animals | Dark Days / Light Years

What better way to say hwyl! to this ponderous decade than with a hulking slab of psych jams from one of its most consistent and chameleonic bands?
Rough Trade (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 30, 2009

Fleecing, stealing, shilling, and sucking with impunity

Over the busy holiday season, a tremendous wealth of worthless music-news tidbits slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by a lethargic, goose-sated America.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2009

Mobile-home game

The intersection of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, in the hours before, during, and after a Red Sox game, is not unlike a trading floor on pre-crash Wall Street: it’s chaotic, teeming with people, and everyone’s trying to make a buck.  
Cross the Mayor of Lansdowne Street at your peril, Sox fans: you might be jinxing your team in the process
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 01, 2008


Interview: Amanda Palmer

So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 23, 2008

Neil comes to Fenway

First song: “Sweet Caroline”— that Fenway anthem that booms throughout the park in the middle of every eighth inning. An hour later, Diamond  played the thing again “for anyone who came late to the show.” And then, one more time .
Hot Diamond-on-Diamond action
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 27, 2008

Photos: Neil Diamond at Fenway Park

August 23, 2008 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
By BRYAN MASTERGEORGE  |  August 25, 2008

Socks appeal

Rico swaggers down the aisle of the Art House Theatre in Provincetown, oozing confidence and brazenly flirting with the cheering women who’ve claimed every available seat for the sold-out show.
Drag kings flip the script on gender impersonation. We go undercover to get to the meat of the matter.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 09, 2008

The Huff post

Listening to him now, it’s clear that Brad Huff’s career was just getting started with his former act, the Jim James Band.
Brad’s Very Hardly Barely is very really worthy
By BOB GULLA  |  March 19, 2008


Tazer rock

There’s a lot about Pretty & Nice that’s surprising.
The rapid rise of Pretty & Nice
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 20, 2008

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

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Got game?

A guide to the city's best sports bars
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  May 21, 2007

Fast forward filmmaking

You wouldn’t think that spending six hours thinking about a tree elf is an exhilerating way to spend a Friday night. 
Taking part in the 48-Hour Film Project
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 10, 2007


How Jewish is it?

In addition to the usual fare of Messiah and Nutcracker performances and bands dressed up in Santa suits this past holiday season, Boston got an unusually large dose of Jewish culture — far more than the electric menorah in Kenmore Square or the klez
Rockin’ out with Matisyahu, the LeeVees, and other mensches
By ADAM GOLD  |  January 17, 2007

Five jewels in the Rubin crown

Since launching the pioneering rap label Def Jam out of his NYU dorm room, Rubin has threaded his fingers through almost every genre, from the dirty boogie of the Black Crowes to the metal of Danzig to the pop ephemera of God Lives Underwater to, well, N
Five Rubin classics
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 27, 2006

Second chances

When Rick Rubin went looking for Johnny Cash in 1993, he found a master songwriter and a living depository of American folk lore who’d been left behind by the changing tides of the industry and the times.
Rick Rubin’s parting gift to Johnny Cash
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 27, 2006

Keeping Up with the Steins

Nowhere is the over-the-top bar mitzvah scene more ripe for satire, according to Scott Marshall’s family film, than in Los Angeles, where planning the reception can require almost as much energy, money, and BS as producing a feature film.
Neil Diamond steals the show
By MARK BAZER  |  May 24, 2006

Super Diamond

Neil Diamond himself occupies a cultural space not far from Tom Jones: older folks love him genuinely, and the younger set do so too, only with a little tongue-in-cheek.
Guilty pleasures
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 01, 2006

A rewarding ride

Comfortable lives aren’t the usual stuff of theater.
Mixed Magic’s Driving Miss Daisy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 01, 2006

Solitary man?

It’s easy to forget just how hard it’s been to pin down Neil Diamond over the years.
Getting to the heart of Neil Diamond
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 17, 2006