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This Way's new tack for album number two

Theoretically, Goodbye Forever is This Way's sophomore album, but you'd have a hard time identifying this as the same crew that produced 2008's We Could All Make History .
No, actually, This Way
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Snoop PO'd

Last week, I reported extensively ( ahem , Pulitzer judges) on the bizarre mural of JUSTIN BIEBER found within the favela manse of a Brazilian druglord. However, as I dug deeper into the story this week, I discovered an incredible new twist: the lette
Plus Biebs trades up, Liam tracklists, willcanthear, Hucknall busy, anagrams and headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 17, 2010
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Coming back to life

The season at Maine State Music Theatre opens with the beautiful music of Always...Patsy Cline , Ted Swindley's feel-good celebration of the remarkable singer (Jenny Lee Stern) and her charms both on and off the stage.
MSMT rolls out a wonderful Patsy Cline
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 18, 2010
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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Interview: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson

Vampires may have taken a bite out of the popular zeitgeist in the past couple of years, but the nearly $25 million in ticket sales that greeted the opening of Zombieland, as it shuffled into theaters this past weekend, just goes to prove that while fles
 Picking the brains of Zombieland 's stars 
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 09, 2009
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Review: Dr. John and the Neville Brothers at House of Blues

Even long-time fans probably didn't expect the generous, inspiring show Dr. John and the Neville Brothers delivered as part of a "Mardi Gras Mambo" tour stop at the House of Blues last Friday.
Dr. John and the Neville Brothers, live at the House of Blues on August 28, 2009
By JON GARELICK  |  September 04, 2009


Reconfiguring the Other Paper

Last Friday P&J noticed an article on the Providence Business News Web site concerning a major design change being planned by the Urinal. According to the source for the story, veteran BeloJo scribe and Providence Newspaper Guild president John G. H
The 'New' Urinal. Plus, Richard Walton on Frank Mccourt  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 24, 2009
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Artful dodger

Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 17, 2009
Bob Dylan + John Mellencamp + Willie Nelson at McCoy Stadium

Bob Dylan + John Mellencamp + Willie Nelson at McCoy Stadium


When it comes to huge shows maddeningly far away from (yet within reach of) Boston, Pawtucket's got us covered. Tonight, musical trifecta Bob Dylan, John...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009
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Creedence-meets-Waylon

No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers (myspace.com/jayberndt) in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys
Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2009

Old fart at play

Richard Walton, our favorite lefty who we bring in from the bullpen in tight situations, is having his 80th birthday party in Pawtuxet (that's Gaspee Plateau in Cranston, for youse Vo Dilun ignoramuses), right next to the river. For details, contact ri
Richard Walton's birthday bash. Plus, Super Susan, and a farewell to Dom.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 15, 2009


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Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009
Any Questions?: Everything you wanted to know about Phosphorescent, but were afraid to ask.

Any Questions?: Everything you wanted to know about Phosphorescent, but were afraid to ask.


The gentleman pictured above is actually not that guy that keeps hitting up your match.com pr...
By Michael Brodeur  |  February 23, 2009
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Phosphorescent | To Willie

No stranger to ragged, defeatist country/folk, Matthew Houck and friends sound right at home on To Willie.
Dead Oceans (2009)
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 03, 2009
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Three Day Threshold take pride in roots

Three Day Threshold take pride in their roots
The undiscovered country
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 26, 2009

Music News And Notes: Or, the Phuzz


Depressing cover albums, entertaining Kanye commentary, British alter-egos and iTunes-related woes abound as we at The Phoenix ease ourselves into the new year, one day at...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 14, 2009


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On with the shows . . .

If freezing your ass off builds character, music fans should prepare to develop way too much character over the next few months.
Winter 2009's got plenty in store
By MICHAEL BRODEUR AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008
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Dirt merchants

In the hegemony of mid-’80s mega-rock-star benefits, Farm Aid stands as the American blue-collar uncle to Live Aid’s international whiz kid.
Farm Aid crops up in Massachusetts
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008
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Crowded stage

Portland Ballet Company will present its annual Portland Dances! New Works Showcase, a sampler of original jazz, modern, point, and experimental choreography.
Ballet showcase grows and grows
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  August 12, 2008
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Going on sale: July 25, 2008

Ratatat, Jamie Lidell, Street Dogs, Cut Copy and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  July 23, 2008

Portland scene report: July 11, 2008

Brzowski is back.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 09, 2008


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Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever

Nelson turns 75 in April, but this disc sounds fresh and timeless next to other recent albums from Nashville’s Music Row.
Lost Highway
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008
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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price

With a collective age of 225, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price live up to this concert DVD’s title, which it shares with an equally superb studio album released last year.
Last of the Breed | A+E
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 28, 2008
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Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Every so often in Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 you can see the beaming host, Eric Clapton, behind a stack of amps shooting photos of his fellow performers.
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By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 22, 2008
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Bring on the blues

There’s lots of music in store just around the proverbial corner for local music aficionados.
New discs on tap by Roomful, Al Basile, and Ronnie Earl
By BOB GULLA  |  December 04, 2007
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Comedy Rambo

Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007


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Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard has always been a keen observer of American thought and spirit.
The Bluegrass Sessions | McCoury Music | Working Man’s Journey | Cracker Barrel
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  August 28, 2007
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An old poet

Sometime after the lights went out, Willie Nelson walked on stage.
Willie Nelson, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH, June 15, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  June 19, 2007
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Bon appétit

With apologies to those of my readers who were expecting a poignant analysis of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Shalom in the Home .
Sometimes you eat the bull and sometimes . . .
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 28, 2007

The new year is full of promise

Local music took a few hits in 2006, with the shuttering of more venues, leaving us with a small cluster of fully functioning outlets for homegrown bands: AS220, the Ocean Mist, Cats, and the Living Room.
Things we'd like to see happen this year in local music
By BOB GULLA  |  January 02, 2007