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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
Mercury (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011

Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010

Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010

Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010

Open House

I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2009


On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008


Record lows, indies peak

Last week’s number 10 album, Van Morrison’s Keep it Simple, sold just 37,000 copies.
Musical notes
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008

Low and slow

Van Morrison has joined the ranks of ridiculously expensive artists.

Van Morrison at the Wang Theatre, March 14, 2008

By BRETT MILANO  |  March 17, 2008

Celtic tigers

At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008

Van Morrison

You might call this the Van Morrison equivalent of Bob Dylan’s Modern Times .
Keep It Simple | Lost Highway
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 11, 2008

Going on sale: February 8, 2008

Mike Doughty, the Aggrolites, Colin Meloy, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 05, 2008


How I became a Grasshole

If it wasn’t for Buckdancer’s Choice, I wouldn’t be a Grasshole, and I’d be a hell of a lot poorer for it.
Or how my music teacher tricked me into having fun
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007

Britt pop

It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
The spare magic of Spoon
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007


The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
The Aliens and Mystery Jets
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007

Once from the heart

Some people are confused when they talk about musicals.
The musical takes to the streets
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 23, 2007

New Orleans notes

This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007


The flying Scotsman

“I don’t usually come across as all that interesting in interviews,” admits 20-year-old Paolo Nutini over the phone from a gig in Stockholm.
Paolo Nutini soars across the pond
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007

Next steps

There’s a perverse, painful pleasure in recalling a particular New York Times Magazine essay by David Hajdu back in December 2000.
Dominique Eade returns to disc with a new partner
By JON GARELICK  |  November 07, 2006

Making book on rock 'n' rool

Everybody knows that the first rock critics were those sweaty adolescents who got dragged up to American Bandstand’s Rate-a-Record display by Dick Clark.
The dean's list
By MARK MOSES  |  November 06, 2006

Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006

Diamond in the rough

If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006


Counting Crows

For hardcore Counting Crows fans, the California roots-pop band’s live shows have often been more revelatory than their albums, affording frontman Adam Duritz the opportunity to stretch his time-tested Van Morrison impression out to inhumane lengths.
New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall | Geffen  
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 24, 2006

Soul brothers

Hunter and Lidell's music shares something deeper than demographics: an abiding interest in the classic Southern R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Both men prove that blue-eyed soul didn’t die with Hall & Oates.
James Hunter and Jamie Lidell
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 21, 2006

Local heroes

Alongside the Feelies, R.E.M., and the Replacements, Mark Mulcahy’s Miracle Legion was one of the most promising of the indie bands of the mid-’80s.
Mark Mulcahy, Alec K. Redfearn, and more  
By BOB GULLA  |  May 30, 2006

Loose Ends

It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago.
Growing young with rock and roll
By JON LANDAU  |  May 19, 2006

Dream weavers

Dorothy Jungels, founder of Everett Dance Theatre (1986) and the Carriage House School and Stage (1993), has had many dreams for her company and her theater.
Everett celebrates 20 years
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 26, 2006


Going on sale: February 3

Coming soon: James Blunt, the Cult, Jenny Lewis, and more.
Breaking news in the concert-ticket trade
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 04, 2006

Leader of the hacks

We didn’t stick around long enough to see whether U2 played, but we did catch a good chunk of the “Steve Morse Review” at the Paradise on January 9.
Toasting and roasting Steve Morse
By JON GARELICK  |  January 17, 2006