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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
| June 25, 2010
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
| April 16, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
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
| May 07, 2008
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
| March 26, 2008
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
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| October 30, 2007
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
| October 17, 2007
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
| May 08, 2007
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
| April 10, 2007
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
| January 11, 2007
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
| October 05, 2006
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
| September 27, 2006
Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
| August 03, 2006
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
| August 02, 2006
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
| March 16, 2006
Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
| March 14, 2006
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