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Review: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons' dazzling new disc

Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons trump their impressive 2007 debut Bury Your Problems with the forthcoming White Lighter . The disc features an all-star array of acclaimed local artists chipping in — and was completed with the aid of fans who hel
White light, white heat
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 03, 2010

Lightning strikes

When Hank Williams sang a song like "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" he could sell it because he'd been down low: born with spina bifida, father with a paralyzed face thanks to a stroke, brother he never knew because he was already dead.
Weather the storm with Roy Davis's third LP
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 22, 2010

The Big Hurt: The decade ahead

As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 15, 2010

Doing what comes naturally

Tallahassee make timeless old town music on Wolfe Moon
Tallahassee make timeless old town music on Wolfe Moon
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 25, 2009

Steve Earle | Townes

In case it wasn't clear already, Steve Earle idolizes Townes Van Zandt, the Texas singer-songwriter who died in 1997 after decades of soul-shaking music and life-obliterating demons.
New West (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 08, 2009

A place of pure love

Far from being morose, Sykes is witty, sharp, and charmingly self-depreciating after each of her lengthy musings on life, energy, and the universe.
Jesse Sykes and her Sweet Hereafter
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 16, 2008

Portland scene report: June 6, 2008

The Liberal Cup will be opening a new place, on Saco Island, around July 1, and they’ll be continuing their Thursday/Sunday music schedule as well.

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

The spirit of giving

While Stone Soup may be one of New England’s most acclaimed and enjoyable venues for the acoustic music set, that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to make financial ends meet.
Stone soup's time of need
By BOB GULLA  |  January 02, 2008

The five-year itch

Fall River is not what you’d think of as a natural home for a “music geek’s paradise.”
The Narrows celebrates a big anniversary; JP Jones helps
By BOB GULLA  |  November 28, 2006

Dave Howard rolls on

For as long as we’ve known him, Dave Howard and his band the High Rollers have been exploring the fertile turf linking the blues and R&B, with forays into rock and roll.
New country disc! New gig with Roomful of Blues!  
By BOB GULLA  |  September 26, 2006


In  an otherwise fine review  of the film Be Here To Love Me (December 9, 2005) about the life of Townes Van Zandt, Ted Drozdowski made a serious error in describing the effect of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on Van Zandt
By  |  January 12, 2006