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Jeff Bridges | Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges hit on a successful formula with the rich country sound of the Crazy Heart soundtrack, and he doesn't vary it much on his self-titled major-label debut.
Blue Note (2011)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  August 19, 2011

Review: Elvis Costello | National Ransom

Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Elvis Costello would plot his cosmic knowledge of music history into his own songs, as if they were booty for like-minded music geeks.
Hear Music (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 29, 2010

Buzz not loud enough for Burnett's spectacular 'Speaking Clock Revue'

Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it? This appeared to be the case when artist/producer T Bone Burnett brought his "Speaking Clock Revue" to the Wang Theatre over the weekend.
Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it?
By BY BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2010

Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane

By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010

Jakob Dylan | Women + Country

“Boring” is the sort of adjective used by music snobs (hi there!) to describe the Wallflowers, the band who brought Jakob Dylan’s hoarse and unexcitable voice into the mainstream.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 23, 2010

Review: Crazy Heart

Every great actor has at least one washed-up, alcoholic, award-winning-country-singer role in him. For Jeff Bridges, it's "Bad" Blake, a former C&W legend now reduced to playing bowling alleys and dive bars in tiny towns in the Southwest.
Country discomfort: Jeff Bridges can't be beat
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010


Delayed gratification

"It's the most bizarre, perverse thing," admits guitarist Greg Edwards over the phone from LA. "I don't understand why people haven't abandoned us completely."
At long last, Autolux returns
By MATT PARISH  |  September 04, 2009

Elvis Costello | Secret, Profane and Sugarcane

There are few genres into which Elvis Costello hasn't delved over the years, but he's always seemed particularly comfortable within the traditional back-porch country that occupies this latest session.
Hear Music (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 12, 2009

Heartless Bastards | The Mountain

"I made a lot of choices, most have not been wise," sings Erika Wennerstrom on the third album by her Ohio-based garage-rock trio.
Fat Possum (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 09, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

B.B. King

This is his best since his 2000 collaboration with Eric Clapton, Riding with the King .
One Kind Favor | Geffen
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 10, 2008


John Mellencamp | Life Death Love and Freedom

The arrangements are sparse compared with those of Mellencamp’s pop hits — many don’t even allow drums — but they’re rich with textural detail.
Hear Music
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 15, 2008

Cassandra Wilson | Loverly

Blue Note
By JON GARELICK  |  June 09, 2008

T Bone Burnett

The follow-up to Burnett’s 2006 masterpiece The True False Identity (Sony) is a dark, cynical, vaguely futuristic song cycle triggered by a Sam Shepard play.
Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) | Nonesuch
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 27, 2008

Marc Ribot

If you know Ribot only through his brilliant sidemanning with Burnett and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, you don’t really know Ribot.
Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 — Marc Ribot Plays Masada Book Two | Tzadik
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 27, 2007

Straight Man Versus Jokerman

Those expecting a night of Sinatra-style duets when Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello shared the bill at the DCU in Worcester were sorely disappointed.
Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan, DCU Center, October 2, 2007
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  October 08, 2007


Joe Henry

Joe Henry is an unlikely candidate for a protest CD, even one this subtle.
Civilians | Anti-
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007

Live To Tell

Two-thousand-six was a black year for blues.
A year in blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 20, 2006

The 20 greatest concerts in Boston history: 16

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue | Harvard Square Theatre | November 20, 1975
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

Sense in the sound

In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
By JON GARELICK  |  September 20, 2006

Art and politics

The canny Texas-born songwriter T Bone Burnett hasn’t stepped into the footlights for — at least metaphorically — 14 years now.
T Bone Burnett stakes his claim
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 31, 2006


On the racks: May 16, 2006

Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 16, 2006

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson seemed to have settled into a steady state of artful, loose-tempo, dreamy jazz pop. Which is why it’s so refreshing to hear her singing over actual grooves on  Thunderbird .
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2006