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James Lidell | Compass

Hey, I love Veckatimest as much as the next wimp, but the prospect of Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor’s offering production to the latest album from Jamie Lidell didn’t seem promising when it was announced earlier this year.  After all,
Warp (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 28, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
Stalemate’s eclectic ways
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2009
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New attitude

The rock career of UK upstarts the Big Pink has been one of finding, at the intersection of sheer bloody noise and haunting melodies, the commonality of hate and love.
The Big Pink accentuate the positive
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Darrell Nulisch | Just For You

This Boston-based blues and soul singer’s seventh album might seem an update of the elegantly funky Stax sound, with its deep grooves and smartly harmonized horns.
Severn (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 09, 2009
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Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009


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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker | Burn It Down

These Nashville-based high ministers of retro-groove — known for their muscular live sermons — broaden their gospel on CD #2.
OuttaSight (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 11, 2009
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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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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 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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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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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
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Review: Anthony Hamilton | The Point of it All

Anthony Hamilton is like a latter-day Bill Withers, with a gruff, straight-talkin' voice that can holler at you from across the room and then downshift to a gentler, fatherly tone once you draw close.
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By ZETH LUNDY  |  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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Various Artists | Love Train: The Sound Of Philadelphia

It took Detroit’s Motown and Memphis’s Stax to pave the way for the Philadelphia International Records of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Philadelphia International/Legacy (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 24, 2008
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Mix nuts

Pop music has a history of great production teams.
An interview with breakout roots-music production stars the Tremolo Twins
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 23, 2008
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Tapes for the taking

Want to make your own compilation of overlooked ’60s female soul singers? Go for it.
All mixed up
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 16, 2008
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Soul men

Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 02, 2008


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Ready to wear

It’s difficult to keep up when Jamie Lidell is talking.
Enough respect — Jamie Lidell wants you to like him
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 02, 2008

Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 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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When Jacko was king

Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008


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Call and response

We’ve had the pleasure here in Portland of watching a number of great singer/songwriters develop their careers into something substantial recently.
Satisfying a growing crowd with a Playtime Music Session
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2008
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Primed

Even among the greatest soul singers, there are probably few who can work a sermon about the evils of the sub-prime-mortgage fiasco into a song and make it hip.
Lee Genesis at Johnny D's, January 9, 2008
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 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