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Raise your hands for the Reverie

The chorus rules all. The songs that capture the public imagination repeat with vengeance, feeding the human mind's taste for predictability.
And they all shall be ‘Joyful Captives’
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 18, 2013
Kin - Crowell and Karr

Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell | Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

Kin is a finely crafted country ode to home and family from a couple of writers who know the territory.
Vanguard (2012)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
Documentary searches for the heart of autism
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

Belle and Sebastian | Write About Love

As the obviousness of Write About Love 's title implies (it could have been called Play and Sing! ), Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005's tremendous The Life Pursuit .
Matador (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010

Creature feature

While much of Clara Berry’s new EP, Creature , is alluring and captivating, the first 45 seconds of her “Siren” might be the best 45 seconds recorded this year.
Stay up late for Clara Berry
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 (Saturday): [Photos] The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, and more

The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, Dawes, and Elmwood, live at Bonnaroo 2010
Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 12, 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 18, 2010

Norah Jones at the Wang

Norah Jones at the Wang

On last year’s edgy-ish The Fall, Norah Jones was going for an overhaul of her image. (Something tells us she caught MADtv’s advert for a...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010


In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas
The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009

North 26

I never call chefs before writing a review, but if I did speak with Brian Flagg of North 26, I'd ask him if Jasper White has ever paid a visit.
A Jasper White protégé branches out with great success
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 02, 2009
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Moving on up

In the R&B and soul the very talented vocalist Jaye Drew purveys, you need something real, a grit and substance that allows you to rise above sentimental pap and make people actually give a fuck about you. She finds — and shows — just that on A Movi
Jaye Drew proves herself a smooth operator
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 14, 2009

Mixed messages

Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
By JON GARELICK  |  June 05, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Please release me

If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2008

Keys to our hearts

"I’ve never been someone that goes to the ‘it’ places and does the ‘it’ things and goes to the ‘it’ restaurant and go to the ‘it’ club. I like more off-the-beaten-path kind of things."
Interview: Alicia Keys on first love, the White Stripes, and being a Bob Dylan muse
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 05, 2008

Split personality

Jenny Scheinman is such an unassuming, modest musician that it’s easy to underestimate the radicalness of her two new CDs, Jenny Scheinman and Crossing the Field .
Jenny Scheinman gets herself together
By JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2008

Jenny Scheinman

You might recognize Jenny Scheinman’s name from the liner notes of one of the many high-profile releases on which she’s appeared as a jazz violinist.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 27, 2008


Backwoods Barbie

Dolly Parton should run for president.

Dolly Parton rolls out the big guns

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 30, 2008

My Blueberry Nights

Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
Sexy but emotionally failing
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008

The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008

Kate Walsh

Who is Kate Walsh?
Tim's House | Verve Forecast
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2008

The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007


Skimming the cream

Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

Beyond bhangra

Shankar, who’s now 26, has been paying dues as a sitarist since she was eight.
Anoushka Shankar joins forces with Karsh Kale
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 30, 2007

Arts and craftsmen

The stage at the Berklee Performance Center last Friday was strewn with Stars and bouquets of flowers.
Stars and New Buffalo, Berklee Performance Center, October 19, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  October 23, 2007

Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

This packed two-disc set gathers all the usual suspects and more for a Tipitina’s Foundation project to rebuild Domino’s Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 22, 2007

Subversive chanteuse

McKay is an odd duck — a true musical eccentric.
Nellie McKay, Paradise Rock Club, October 2, 2007
By MATT AHSARE  |  October 08, 2007


Herbie Hancock

Herbie isn’t fooling around — the guest stars are here, yes, but Hancock is stretching out, with languid, meditative takes on the Mitchell songbook.
River: The Joni Letters | Verve
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007

Putumayo Presents Americana

Most of what you’ll find here is about as appealing as the disc’s candy-colored cover, which has got to be in the running for one of the ugliest of the year.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 18, 2007

Three for the road

Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
By JON GARELICK  |  August 21, 2007

The band's the thing

Jenny Scheinman has become the go-to gal for mixed-genre violin.
Jenny Scheinman, Regattabar, August 6, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  August 13, 2007