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John Cunningham | 1998 - 2002

This reissue compiles two out-of-print albums from British songwriter John Cunningham — 1998's Homeless House and 2002's Happy-Go-Unlucky .
Ashmont Records (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 23, 2010
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Love by the numbers

Khaela Maricich, of the Portland, Oregon-based, low-budget electro-pop group the Blow, and Britain’s dauntingly young and talented folk star Laura Marling don’t, frankly, deserve to be lumped together like this.
The Blow and Laura Marling make their cases at SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2010
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5 for '10

I love baby bands, and I hope the ones I mention here don't mind my calling them that.
New locals to love right away
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
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Slow emotion

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned reflection?
John Cunningham’s songs are worth the wait
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 15, 2010
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Best in their field

The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
By JON GARELICK  |  January 01, 2010
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A cut above

From out of blearily luminous pools of spiraling orange fractals, the disembodied head of a stately-looking man emerged, coaxing us to attention with little more than his calming gaze and an invitation to “a new beginning.”
The Books, live at the ICA, April 10, 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 17, 2009


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Swede relief

“It’s great to be back here,” intoned lead Soundtracker Ebbot Lundberg, looking not completely unlike Brendan Gleeson unconvincingly playing St. Francis Of Assisi.
Soundtrack of Our Lives, live at the Paradise, March 9, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 12, 2009
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Us and Them

Written here in Maine (her fist album written here, actually), but recorded back in her old stomping grounds in the Northwest, Carolyn Currie's fourth full-length is a warm and smart disc, with fine arrangements of tunes that manage to explore a wide ra
Carolyn Currie speaks loudly on Waves of Silence
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 03, 2008
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Horse Feathers | House With No Home

It’s not a sad album, but it is mournful, in the hushed and satisfying way that Sunday afternoons in November can be.
Kill Rock Stars (2008)
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 23, 2008
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Japanamayhem

Although Boris might seem just another Japanese drone-happy drop-tuned stoner-rock outfit, close inspection reveals instead a 16-year investigation of the meaning of sound and music itself.
Boris are completely out of control
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2008
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The T and the Tube

From time to time, upon discovering that I moved here from my native London, a well-meaning Bostonian will make the conciliatory observation that our two cities are not, after all, so very different.
London’s Underground is seething with danger. Boston’s T has cuckoo juice
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 30, 2008


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Less is best

González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008
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Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008
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18 big hits

This year, the number of great albums increased twofold across all genres, from hip-hop to metal, from swing to punk.
Providence local music: 2007 in review
By BOB GULLA  |  December 18, 2007
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Brain power

It’s a brittle, pulsating blast of synth rock all sneering and robotic, as if someone shined a strobe on the band and recorded them breakdancing.
Chinese Stars push the limits of decency and reason
By BOB GULLA  |  October 24, 2007
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Standards

For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007


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Out of the dark

Needham native Marissa Nadler got her start as a singer-songwriter.
Marissa Nadler breaks into Boston
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 16, 2007
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Irish sprung

Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan answers straightforward questions with beguiling sidesteps.
Fionn Regan makes his way to America
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 24, 2007
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Nick Drake

Thus the paradox of a man who left three albums of eloquent songs about his inner life and little else.
A film about an enigma
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  August 01, 2007
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Sister act

There’s nothing conventional about Tegan and Sara.
The unconventional rise of Tegan and Sara
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007
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Family Tree is not a Ramones album.
Family Tree | Tsunami
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 17, 2007


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The National

The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
Boxer | Beggars Banquet
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 19, 2007
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Nowhere man

The buzz about Jandek is . . . is . . . Well, let’s try again.
The mysterious Jandek apparently exists — and he’s coming to Boston
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 25, 2007
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Éminence grise

When I first met Joe Boyd, I knew him only as a legend, the force behind the psychedelic and folk-rock movements of the 1960s.
Joe Boyd remembers; remembering Joe Boyd
By DANA KLETTER  |  March 27, 2007
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No reason to complain

There are at least two ways to approach the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Escaping corporate rock — and the panel discussions — at SxSW
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 20, 2007
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Miller time

Local boy Ben Miller started in Providence a few years back as a solo artist.
The Low Anthem's fragile wonder
By BOB GULLA  |  March 14, 2007


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Stockholm calling

In “Young Folks,” the hipster hit by the Stockholm-based indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Peter Morén boasts that “we don’t care about the young folks.”
Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro del Mar, and Lo-Fi Fink lead the new Swedish invasion
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 03, 2007
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Size matters

The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007
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Poor Nick

His miraculous guitar technique was a protective force field shielding him from the sadness in his own songs.
A folk legend’s brief life’s journey
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 09, 2007
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Northern neighbors

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, is full of promising, undiscovered acts.
Ontario musicians worth listening to  
By IAN SANDS  |  November 28, 2006