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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
| 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)
| May 15, 2009
Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
| 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
| 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
| 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
| August 15, 2007
Mali’s most celebrated singer, Salif Keita, has long been a musical shape shifter.
M'Bemba | Decca
| April 03, 2007
Toumani Diabaté is not just on tour, he’s on a mission.
Toumani Diabaté, Somerville Theater, March 29, 2007
| April 03, 2007
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
| 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
| 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
| December 28, 2006
Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
A year in jazz and pop
| December 20, 2006
He may be known worldwide as an “African bluesman,” but he never embraced this idea.
Ali Farka Toure’s last recordings
| 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
| 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
| March 14, 2006
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