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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)
| July 23, 2010
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
| May 07, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned reflection?
John Cunningham’s songs are worth the wait
| January 15, 2010
Best in their field
The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
| January 01, 2010
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
| April 17, 2009
“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
| March 12, 2009
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
| December 03, 2008
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)
| September 23, 2008
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
| July 07, 2008
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
| April 30, 2008
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
| March 04, 2008
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
| January 04, 2008
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
| December 18, 2007
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
| October 24, 2007
For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
| October 23, 2007
Out of the dark
Needham native Marissa Nadler got her start as a singer-songwriter.
Marissa Nadler breaks into Boston
| October 16, 2007
Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan answers straightforward questions with beguiling sidesteps.
Fionn Regan makes his way to America
| September 24, 2007
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
| August 01, 2007
There’s nothing conventional about Tegan and Sara.
The unconventional rise of Tegan and Sara
| July 30, 2007
Family Tree is not a Ramones album.
Family Tree | Tsunami
| July 17, 2007
The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
Boxer | Beggars Banquet
| June 19, 2007
The buzz about Jandek is . . . is . . . Well, let’s try again.
The mysterious Jandek apparently exists — and he’s coming to Boston
| May 25, 2007
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
| March 27, 2007
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
| March 20, 2007
Local boy Ben Miller started in Providence a few years back as a solo artist.
The Low Anthem's fragile wonder
| March 14, 2007
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
| March 03, 2007
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
| February 06, 2007
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
| January 09, 2007
Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, is full of promising, undiscovered acts.
Ontario musicians worth listening to
| November 28, 2006
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