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Peter Gabriel reflects on So, his pop oddity

In the annals of rock/pop history, 1986 is often an underappreciated year.
Progressive by nature
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 14, 2012

Vulgarrity's haunting Dance 2 the Grave

There's a musty funk emanating from the new VulGarrity disc, Dance 2 the Grave , as the acclaimed Provy-based sibling duo (Tracy and older brother Shawn Garrity) follow up their excellent '08 debut, If You Sing it, They Will Hum . . ., with 15 more t
Creatures of the night
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2010

Field Music | Field Music (Measure)

It takes some serious balls to release a double album in an age when Peter Gabriel would rather go bald than wear a fox pelt on his head.
Memphis Industries (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 19, 2010

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

Girl gone wild

"My hair may be blond, but my heart is brunette," announced Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — a/k/a Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga, live at the House of Blues, March 30, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 10, 2009

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


Soweto Gospel Choir

Last Sunday afternoon, the Soweto Gospel Choir made Symphony Hall history — surely this is the first time that august venue has seen anyone perform a percussion arrangement on a dinner table with plates, knives, and forks.
Hymns from the 26th parallel
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 02, 2008

We got everything

Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2008


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

Ogre Ferreus

This is the album Ogre have been meaning to make all along.
The proto-man comes home on Plague of the Planet
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2008

From prog to pop

Much of the set came from the post-Gabriel, pre- Touch era, when Genesis mastered their orchestral soundscapes.
Genesis, TD Banknorth Garden, September 11, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007



Joseph Arthur rounds the corner of a wall displaying his artwork, squinting into the soft, perfect light of the main gallery space.
Joseph Arthur’s abstract expressions
By SCOTT FRAMPTON  |  July 30, 2007

There is a Light

What began as a pair of Rustic Overtones reunion shows at the Asylum has turned into what you might call a tour.
Is it at the end, or just the beginning?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2007

Other music meccas

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007

To “Brooklyn” and back

Laurel Brauns shows it’s positively de rigueur to employ a harem of guest musicians in crafting an album that’s perfectly cohesive.
Laurel Brauns travels (the East Coast) on Closed for the Season
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 11, 2007

Brit flops?

Bloc Party have gotta be one of the more misunderstood — or at least mislabeled — Brit exports of the past couple of years. Lily Allen, "Smile" (mp3)
Bloc Party rise to the occasion, plus Lily Allen on SNL
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 06, 2007


Too many shows

If this winter’s concert scene were a crazy tag-team wrestling match, rock would be the ass-kicking king of the ring.
A hot winter concert season
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006

TV on the Radio

Fearful that a major-label deal has ironed the kinks out of this Brooklyn-based collective?
Return To Cookie Mountain | Interscope
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 10, 2006

Boston music news: August 11, 2006

Greg “Skeggy” Kendall is best known in town for his music, both playing it and promoting it. Bullseye, "Duck Taped Shut" (mp3) Aberdeen City, "God Is Going to Get Sick of Me" (mp3)
Notes on Bullseye and Aberdeen City
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 08, 2006

Cex machine

Detroit’s cartoonish thug MCs Insane Clown Posse have an unexpected admirer in Rjyan Kidwell, a/k/a Baltimore-based laptop improv artist Cex. Cex, "Jump Off a Bridge" (mp3)
Rjyan Kidwell’s campaign to repeal repression
By TONY WARE  |  August 08, 2006
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King of Kingpins

Kingpin Wrecking Crew are set to release their sophomore album and label debut, Abolition Strategy , so it’s worth writing about how they are and are not just like all the other bands in town.
The Wrecking Crew’s Abolition Strategy sounds like a winner
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 28, 2006

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Screening sounds

Great moments in film have always relied upon great music — and often Hollywood’s most memorable scenes are birthed from that perfect juxtaposition of song and image.
Great music moments at the movies -- from Portland and beyond
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006

Kristin Hoffman

The 26-year-old Juilliard grad's first major-label release is pleasant pop that oozes confident training.
REAL | Interscope
By LINDA LABAN  |  January 13, 2006

Soweto Gospel Choir

If you haven’t heard much African gospel, that’s because few acts rise to the level of the Soweto Gospel Choir.
BLESSED | Shanachie
By BANNING EYRE  |  January 13, 2006