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The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010
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Worcester rock city

When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
By MATT PARISH  |  April 16, 2010
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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
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Good to great

Harrity attributes the reverb’s warmth to the location of the recording, but there is also a collective consciousness here.
Dead End Armory offer treasures by the ounce
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008
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Spring cleaning

Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008
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Band of Horses

Much has changed for Band of Horses and their mercurial frontguy, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell, since they quietly released their debut album.
Cease to Begin | Sub Pop
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 30, 2007


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We're all the Hold Steady

When’s the last time you fell so hard for a band you drove 339 miles — alone — to see them?
Fans’ notes on the band that’s sharing joy and changing lives, one gig at a time
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 17, 2007
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Evolution rock

For the past 11 years, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy has been trying to carve his band’s image into the Mount Rushmore of Great American Rock.
Jeff Tweedy takes Wilco to the next level
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007
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Son Volt

The usual rap against Son Volt is that the group adhere too tightly to roots-music orthodoxy — in other words, that they’re dead boring.
The Search | Transmit Sound/Legacy
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 10, 2007
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Shades of Grey

We know at least two things after Roy Davis’s January 4 Big Easy CD-release show: he’s got good taste — and a brass pair of balls.
Roy Davis debuts with a ramshackle warmth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2007
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Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006


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Holy, Molenes

The Seacoast Scene can lay claim to a hotbed of roots rock, so when two of its leading members, Martin England and Jon Nolan, agree on the next big band, you might want to pay attention even if you don’t get south to Portsmouth very often.
Riding the art of the lonely Hunter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 27, 2006
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Missionary man

Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 03, 2006
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Oh brother, where alt thou?

In the summer of 1995, Grant Alden was documenting “the tail end of the grunge years” as managing editor of a Seattle music weekly, the Rocket . Alejandro Escovedo, "Broken Bottle" (mp3 via MySpace) Drive-By Truckers, "Feb. 14" (mp3 via MySpace)
A popular cult genre searches for its lost highway
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 02, 2006
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30 songs to spill beer on your iPod to

No song captures the quiet desperation of a hard-drinking, hardscrabble nowhere town better than this one.
The greatest drinking songs of all time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 16, 2006
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Roots canals

Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 14, 2006