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A conversation with Chris Pandolfi

Because its musicians play with fiddles and banjos and stand-up basses, there is an idea out there that bluegrass is as old as dirt.
Where is bluegrass going?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 12, 2012
Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011

Gallerist + Panda Bandits + Jesse Pilgrim at Mayo Street Arts, June 25

The Gallerist, an indie-folk band from Boston, could easily ride the success of the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons — singer/songwriter Mike Collins's voice effortlessly fill the room, carrying the band from ballad to anthem.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  July 01, 2011

Flesh and blood

The acclaimed folk/Americana quartet resume the whirlwind promo stretch leading up to their third full-length release, following 2008’s critically-lauded breakthrough Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and their ’07 debut, What the Crow Brings .
Last year, the Low Anthem finished their third album and toured the world. During a freewheeling interview back home, they tell us all about it
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 18, 2011

The Toughcats at One Longfellow Square, February 3

When considering the bands comprising the Portland music scene, in all of its glory, it's easy to forget the Toughcats, because they don't play locally very often.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  February 11, 2011

WFNX's top 101 songs in 2010

WFNX listeners voted online at  for six weeks to create this list of 2010's best songs.
WFNX's most popular songs in 2010
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 07, 2011


Bonnaroo 2010 (Saturday): [Photos] The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, and more

The Avett Brothers, Clutch, Norah Jones, Dawes, and Elmwood, live at Bonnaroo 2010
Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 12, 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 18, 2010

In good Company

Dark Hollow Bottling Company take a piece of their name from an old-school folk/bluegrass tune, "Dark Hollow," possibly made most famous by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's Old and in the Way , but also recorded as early as 1926, with popular versio
Dark Hollow Bottling debut a new old-time sound
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 26, 2010

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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Before the Goldrush

With a name right out of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel and hand-pressed CD packaging graced with images of antique farming tools, Putnam Smith does nothing to dispel the notion that he wouldn't mind living in 1809 instead of 2009.
Putnam Smith can't quite find his way home
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2009

Welcome to Shangri-La

The first annual Shangri-La Festival, which will be held at the Fairgrounds in Blue Hill boasts an impressive lineup that spans generations and genres.
Maine's newest music fest begins Friday in Blue Hill
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008