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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’
| January 18, 2013
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.
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
| 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 .
| October 15, 2010
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
| 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
| June 18, 2010
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...
| 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
| December 11, 2009
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
| October 02, 2009
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
| August 14, 2009
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
| June 05, 2009
Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| 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
| 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
| June 05, 2008
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
| June 02, 2008
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.
| May 27, 2008
Dolly Parton should run for president.
Dolly Parton rolls out the big guns
| 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
| 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
| January 29, 2008
Who is Kate Walsh?
Tim's House | Verve Forecast
| 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
| 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
| December 17, 2007
Shankar, who’s now 26, has been paying dues as a sitarist since she was eight.
Anoushka Shankar joins forces with Karsh Kale
| 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
| 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.
| October 22, 2007
McKay is an odd duck — a true musical eccentric.
Nellie McKay, Paradise Rock Club, October 2, 2007
| October 08, 2007
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
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| August 13, 2007
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