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The top 10 jazz events in town this fall

As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011

A local covers album that doesn't focus on the hits

Hopefully, the awesomeness that was Beautiful Locals hasn't slipped from the Portland consciousness yet.
Ambassador Beam
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 22, 2011

Musician + Author = Crap

On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
Worst of Both Worlds
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010

Choir power

The Romantic notion of artistic merit is that one must plumb the depths of despair to emerge with great work — and that the finest triumphs are often born of the direst misery.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo raise their voices
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 05, 2010

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009
ted crowd list

Ted's turn

A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Sen
Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009

Hail to the chief

Phillipe and Jorge are delighted to see that Paul Suttell, our pick for Chief Justice of the Vo Dilun Supreme Court, smoothly sailed through the General Assembly to assume that grand position.
The supreme Suttell. Plus, Newport news, and more on Michael.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 03, 2009


Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

The Big Hurt: The year in not really giving a shit

In the annals of American pop history, 2008 will surely go down as a year when our nation had more-important shit to worry about than music.
Maybe next year, music
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 23, 2008

Still crazy after all these years

Since Dorothy Parker died, in 1967, Carrie Fisher is probably the most hilarious screwed-up person alive.  
The Force is with Carrie Fisher in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 15, 2008

David Byrne and Brian Eno

Everything That Happens is a brilliant addition to a creative partnership that has yielded so much and shouldn’t have taken 27 years to rekindle.
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today | Self-Released
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 26, 2008

Crossword: ''Hard body''

Seven parts of one
By MATT JONES  |  April 23, 2008

Jackson's sweet dream

This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign

By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008


As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

Reelin’ ’n’ rockin’

Deer Tick singer John McCauley’s lived-in anthems harken back to the old-school traditions of Nashville, a boozy world of dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music.
Deer Tick runs the gamut
By ANDREA FELDMAN  |  February 06, 2008

Cover girls

On Cat Power’s second album of covers, she might be traveling the same territory Elvis did in “Kentucky Rain” — a country road with low clouds on a chill, gray afternoon.
Cat Power and Shelby Lynne
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 04, 2008

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

It’s been two decades since Paul Simon ushered this South African a cappella group onto the world stage.
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zula | Heads Up
By BANNING EYRE  |  January 14, 2008


Pop in a hard place

The norms Black Dice resist are significant and strong and worth resisting.
Black Dice’s Load Blown
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  January 10, 2008

Bert Jansch

Jimmy Page admitted being “absolutely obsessed” with him.
Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning | MVD
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 13, 2007

The ‘x’ factor

The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007


I had to make an early exit and think about how great it is that postmodernism has come a long way.
Music seen, two sentences on many bands
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

Masters of Muppets

Here are some of our fave muppet musical moments.
The 20 best musical moments on the original Muppet Show .


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

Cultural exchanges

CHRIS ROCKSWELL, the official DJ for the club-rap phenom SPANK ROCK, says people are always asking him, “What does your neighborhood sound like?” DJ Dolores & Isaar "De Dar Dó (remix)" (mp3)
Spank Rock’s Chris Rockswell and Brazil’s DJ Dolores
By DAVID DAY  |  July 03, 2007

Sam Yahel Trio

Sam Yahel’s expressive approach to the Hammond B3 organ has made him one of the most sought-after sidemen in jazz.
Truth and Beauty | Origin
By ADAM GOLD  |  June 27, 2007

Vusi Mahlasela

Mahlasela is among Africa’s best singer-songwriters, and here he delivers 16 largely acoustic-based tunes that span kwela, reggae, swing jazz, mbaqanga, and rock.
Guiding Star | ATO
By BANNING EYRE  |  March 19, 2007