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Pete Kilpatrick keeps the home blazes burning
If anyone has grown up right in front of his fans, it's Pete Kilpatrick.
| March 23, 2012
Dreadnaught’s Justin Walton has a solo release
If you've followed Justin Walton's work in the likes of Dreadnaught and the old Actual Size, you'll probably be comfortable with the scope and variety of his sprawling debut solo release, It Takes a Toll .
Some steak and sizzle
| January 13, 2012
Twos for the road
| June 19, 2010
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | Before Today
If the gradual polishing of Ariel Pink’s sound — and it’s not all that much more polished — puts his loyalists at odds with his albums, I count that as good news.
| June 04, 2010
Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo
Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
Sub Pop (2010)
| May 28, 2010
Chinnock of the North
How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
| April 23, 2010
Reeling in the years
Call John Pizzarelli a mensch — he's smart, chatty, and a hot ticket. Hell of a guitarist, too.
John Pizzarelli keeps jazz moving on
| February 26, 2010
Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan
In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
| February 05, 2010
The Funn(k)y Drummer
Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
| August 14, 2009
Madeleine Peyroux | Bare Bones
You could say that Peyroux's third album for Rounder in five years is just more of the same.
| March 03, 2009
My memories of Thom Enright and his big talent and bigger heart go way back to when I was a young teenager growing up in East Greenwich.
Tales from bandmates and a lifelong fan
| November 05, 2008
A history of violins
To paraphrase (very loosely) Ben Franklin, wherever you go in this world of ours — and that includes Sweden, native land of Dungen mastermind Gustav Ejstes — nothing is certain but death, taxes, and being picked on mercilessly if you’re a kid who plays
The bigger, better sound of Dungen
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| October 21, 2008
Dungen | 4
The playing is looser and rougher than you might expect, with tons of drum fills that teeter on the verge of sloppy, but this adds to Dungen’s trademark unpredictability.
| September 23, 2008
The history of rock, as a technical story, is a mix of skilled craftsmen and total doofuses sticking their fingers in wall sockets over and over.
The best pedals ever to happen to rock music
| September 08, 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
| February 26, 2008
Death Cab’s Chris Walla aims for the heart and the mind
Chris Walla knows he’s never going to make a Steely Dan album.
| February 05, 2008
This New York City instrumental quartet hold their ground somewhere in among Morphine, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and Bitches Brew–era Miles.
Rudder | Rudermusic.com
| October 01, 2007
One of these days, in a British crime movie, there will appear a gangland boss with a fetish for the Police.
They never were your average punks
| July 27, 2007
Back to the '80s
If one thing’s changed about the Psychedelic Furs since their heyday in the ’80s, it’s frontman Richard Butler’s stage presence.
Psychedelic Furs, the Fixx, and the Alarm, Avalon, July 10, 2007
| July 16, 2007
Age seems to agree with Steely Dan, whose leaders are looking more like the kind of jazz musicians they used to idolize.
Steely Dan, Bank of America Pavilion, May 29, 2007
| June 04, 2007
New Orleans notes
This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
| May 08, 2007
A Kind of homecoming
The scene: four chairs, four acoustic guitars, four semi-famous, sensitive singer-songwriters on a small stage in a room with a few dozen chairs.
Dave Gibbs returns to Boston with Low Stars
| March 14, 2007
The Autumn Defense
An amiable soft-rock duo comprising two members of Wilco, the Autumn Defense provide a refuge for alt-country traditionalists vexed by Wilco’s increasing artiness.
The Autumn Defense | Broadmoor
| March 12, 2007
From the top
The scene was not atypical for a Thursday night at the Lizard Lounge. Club d'Elf, "Intro/Bass Beatbox" (mp3)
Mike Rivard and Club d’Elf finally rehearse
| October 04, 2006
It wasn’t until the third song, “Josie,” that, 20 minutes into their nearly-two-hour set at the Tweeter Center last Sunday, Steely Dan found their hypnotic groove.
The mechanized hum of another world
| August 29, 2006
Want it all
Morgan Fogg & Grimmett, like Medeski Martin & Wood, eschew the comma on their debut release together, but they embrace the period on This Is What You Want.
Morgan and Grimmett find themselves in the Fogg
| August 02, 2006
Brothers Laurent “Branco” Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai fidget in a Left Bank café in the spring of 2004.
Phoenix try to loosen up
| May 02, 2006
For the sake of whetting your whistles, here is a brief primer to the Portland Best Music Poll ballot’s major categories.
Don’t be an uneducated BMP voter
| April 05, 2006
Crossing over again
The latest assault on the jazz crossover audience comes to town this Saturday in the form of “What Is Jazz?”, a touring caravan headlined by the Christian McBride Band with support from the Charlie Hunter Trio and drummer Bobby Previte with DJ Logic.
“What Is Jazz?” comes to town
| April 04, 2006
For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh.
Donald Fagen takes a solo shot
| March 09, 2006
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