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Taking up Arms

As might be expected from a band who take their name from Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, Arms Against a Sea appear conflicted on their debut full-length, The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price .
Deliberating on The Martyr, the Culprit, the Price
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 19, 2010

Music seen: Pixies vs. Sonic Youth at Empire

The Clash of the Titans has become a Portland staple over the last three years. Since shifting from the Big Easy to the Empire this year, the Tuesday tradition has lost none of its crowd-pulling potential.
Sublime musical match-ups
By DAN CLARK  |  June 12, 2009
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On the cheap: T-Rex Taqueria

In restaurants, as in life, timing is everything.
Indie fresh Mex and Tex-Mex that suits the tenor of the times
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 10, 2008
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Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008
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What good can the blues do?

You can’t ask too much of the blues. Like the raw emotion they’ve become synonymous with, the blues are not cerebral. They are not progressive or revelatory.
Pam Baker and the SGs help you drown your sorrows
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 17, 2008

The (other) British invasion


Five great bands from UK blues’ back pages
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008


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Bob Enos, 1947-2008

“He could always hit those high notes,” said Roomful’s former bandleader Greg Piccolo.
Remembering one of a kind
By MARC LIPKIN  |  January 16, 2008
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Guitar leaders

Boston is known for the ’60s folk boom, the garage-y “Bosstown sound,” and as one of the birthplaces of alternative rock.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 31, 2007
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Colony collapse disorder

If you get a chance, check out the trailer for the movie 2 on YouTube.
Covered in Bees Kill Louder Than Fire
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 05, 2007
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Travis Tritt

Georgia-born Tritt has always been a country musician with a rock-and-roll soul, but this time he’s put the accent on “soul” as a genre.
The Storm | Category 5
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2007
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Finding a balance

He’s a romantic, that’s for sure, but he’s also a realist.
Craig DeMelo’s Whiskey Poet; plus, Jerimoth Hill
By BOB GULLA  |  February 20, 2007


The show

This article originally appeared in the January 27, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
James Brown, takin' it to the Stage
By HOWARD LITWAK  |  January 23, 2007
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Growing up in public

Ricky Valente, former wiz kid, has transformed himself into a legitimate and gifted songwriter.
Ricky Valente’s compelling new Loveless Letters
By BOB GULLA  |  August 22, 2006
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The hell with free speech

Phillipe & Jorge used to think that the constitutional flag-burning amendment championed by a number of Republican solons was merely a cheap sideshow.
Some patriotic thoughts on flag desecration
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 05, 2006
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Certified Grooves

It’s clear from the first refrain of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” that the Soul Band don’t fool around.
The Soul Band's blueprint for great R&B
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 17, 2006