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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
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010

Vieux Farka Touré | Fondo

On his extraordinary homonymous 2007 debut, Vieux Farka Touré both paid tribute to his late, legendary father, Malian guitar icon Ali Farka Touré, and began to distance himself from that heritage.
Six Degrees (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 15, 2009

Basic elements

Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008

Famoro Dioubate’s Kakande

The inventive instrumental and choral arrangements add freshness without denaturing the music’s inherent roots appeal.
Dununya | Jumbie
By BANNING EYRE  |  February 12, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Birds of a feather

What continues to make the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport so vital these days isn’t just the variety but the depth of the variety.
The jazz flocks gather at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2007


Salif Keita

Mali’s most celebrated singer, Salif Keita, has long been a musical shape shifter.
M'Bemba | Decca
By BANNING EYRE  |  April 03, 2007

Symmetric unities

Toumani Diabaté is not just on tour, he’s on a mission.
Toumani Diabaté, Somerville Theater, March 29, 2007
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  April 03, 2007

London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007

Vieux Farka Touré

Sons of musical icons, especially late ones, have both bloodlines and a lot to live up to.
Vieux Farka Touré | World Village
By BANNING EYRE  |  February 13, 2007

Too many shows

If this winter’s concert scene were a crazy tag-team wrestling match, rock would be the ass-kicking king of the ring.
A hot winter concert season
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006


Visionary sounds

Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
A year in jazz and pop
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 20, 2006

Final acts

He may be known worldwide as an “African bluesman,” but he never embraced this idea.
Ali Farka Toure’s last recordings
By BANNING EYRE  |  November 07, 2006

Toumani Diabaté Symmeric Orchestra

Toumani Diabaté is widely considered the greatest living exponent of the kora, a West African 21-string harp.
Boulevard De L’independence | World Circuit/Nonesuch
By BANNING EYRE  |  August 21, 2006

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

Ali Farka Touré’s latest album, a dozen duets with kora master Toumani Diabaté, is now something of a requiem.
IN THE HEART OF THE MOON | World CiRcuit/Nonesuch
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 14, 2006