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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)
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)
| 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 BRETT MILANO
| October 22, 2010
Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane
| 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.
| 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
| January 08, 2010
"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
| 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)
| 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)
| February 09, 2009
Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps
| December 22, 2008
This is his best since his 2000 collaboration with Eric Clapton, Riding with the King .
One Kind Favor | Geffen
| 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.
| July 15, 2008
Cassandra Wilson | Loverly
| 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
| May 27, 2008
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
| 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
STEVEN LEE BEEBER
| October 08, 2007
Joe Henry is an unlikely candidate for a protest CD, even one this subtle.
Civilians | Anti-
| September 12, 2007
Live To Tell
Two-thousand-six was a black year for blues.
A year in blues
| December 20, 2006
The 20 greatest concerts in Boston history: 16
Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue | Harvard Square Theatre | November 20, 1975
| 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
| 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
| 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
| May 16, 2006
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 .
THUNDERBIRD | Blue Note
| April 24, 2006
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