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Review: Alvin Ailey's Revelations headed to PPAC

Over the years, choreographers and dance companies have been feted in many ways, but there has never been another dance piece that inspired not only a US postage stamp and a US Senate resolution and a special Barbie doll!
Heart, spirit, and soul
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2011
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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
An interview with Steve Swallow
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2009
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Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy | Spirit Moves

One of the most genial CDs in Douglas's vast discography is also one of his most accomplished.
Greenleaf Music (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  June 19, 2009
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Lee Fields and the Expressions | My World

It's hard to dislike Lee Fields. He's an almost archetypal jobbing soul singer in the shouter/grunter/talker/improviser tradition of Otis Redding and James Brown, and he's currently undergoing something of a revival as a Sharon Jones collaborator and fea
Truth and Soul (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 19, 2009
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Come on home

What's that about the apple and the tree? With college degree in hand, Lyle Divinsky returns to his Portland stomping grounds with a debut CD, Traveling Man , that not only features dad Phil Divinsky's drummer (Marty Joyce), bassist (Peter Masterson),
Lyle Divinsky croons his way back into town
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 05, 2009


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The Detroit Cobras give new life to old soul

There's nothing lazier than the typical cover band: musicians taking the easy way out for listeners who don't want to be challenged — or, worse yet, revisiting the glory years when their shitty taste in music was current and therefore socially acceptabl
Blessed versions
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 05, 2009
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Golden years

The last thing I had in mind when I went to the Opera House Tuesday was raining on Alvin Ailey's parade — particularly since the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1959, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year while making it
Alvin Ailey at the Opera House
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009
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A voice from on high

On his new album The Crying Light, Antony Hegarty lifts his voice without raising it.
The second coming of Antony and the Johnsons
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 18, 2009
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Review: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement

In any given Black History Month, the three-disc Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement would be a powerful anthology.
Time/Life (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 06, 2009
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Behind closed doors

Ricky Gervais meets Dick Cheney in The Receptionist.
Trinity fires off The Receptionist
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008


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Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008
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Gossip=Truth

On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008
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Hollerpalooza

Eli “Paperboy” Reed seems dubious about my following him for a few hours before and after his five o’clock Lollapalooza show in Chicago’s Grant Park last Sunday.
Eli Reed says he’s better than Otis
By DEVIN KING  |  August 05, 2008
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Lobby Bar & Kitchen

We walked into Lobby the same day the Boston Globe ’s critic slammed the place — meaning, she gave it only one star.

Room for improvement


By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 30, 2008
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New bottle

“A lot of today’s music is a little bit ironic," says Reed, and I don’t have any of that. It’s not about irony.”
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s vintage sounds
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 07, 2008


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Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year, California’s Concord label took ownership of Memphis’s greatest musical treasure chest, the Stax Records catalogue.
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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 17, 2007
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Smoken’ Joe’s Authentic Southern Barbeque

You wouldn’t have told Otis Redding to sing faster, so take a hint from him and slow down the cooking.
It's time to turn up the heat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 10, 2007
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Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

On Lifeline , Ben Harper’s latest disc with the Innocent Criminals, the soulful slide-guitarist captures the feel of an intimate live concert.
Lifeline | Virgin
By BRETT SINGER  |  September 17, 2007
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The heart of soul

“At Stax Records, I learned the formula for success,” says William Bell.
At 50, Stax Records keeps on beating
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 20, 2007
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Dennis Ferrer

Dennis Ferrer now has a full-length CD out after a decade and a half of single-track releases, many of them hits.
The World as I See It | MVD
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  February 26, 2007


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James Brown

Brown was arguably the only rock and roll era performer to equal Elvis Presley in vocal authority, charisma, stage presence, song interpretation, and sexual magnetism.
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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006
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R.I.P., Godfather of Soul

Regular readers of the Cool, Cool World obviously recognize the musical genius of James Brown.
James Brown stood his ground against Cianci
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  December 27, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 30


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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006
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Southern accents

It wasn’t so long ago that a Cat Power show was a roll of the dice. Cat Power, "The Greatest" (mp3)
Cat Power reveals the secrets of her stability
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 01, 2006

Flashbacks: September 1, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands and Paul Babin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By BOSTON PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 30, 2006


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Soundoff: McNallica

McNallica , the hardest rocking rocker of rock, weighs in on songs by Ruler of the Raging Main and Ray LaMontagne.
Weighing in on Rulers of the Raging Main and Ray LaMontagne
By SOUNDOFF  |  August 18, 2006

Flashbacks: August 4, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  August 02, 2006
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French revolution

Boston’s 31st annual Bastille Day street party this Friday commemorates events in Paris, but the soundtrack will be West African.
Afropop conquers Bastille Day
By BANNING EYRE  |  July 14, 2006
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Soul brothers

Hunter and Lidell's music shares something deeper than demographics: an abiding interest in the classic Southern R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Both men prove that blue-eyed soul didn’t die with Hall & Oates.
James Hunter and Jamie Lidell
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 21, 2006