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Photos: Newport Folk Festival 2012

The Newport Folk Festival takes over Adams State Park in Newport RI on July 28-29, 2012.
Adams State Park, Newport RI | July 28-29, 2012
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  August 03, 2012

A weekend of wonder at Newport Folk

Everyone was talking about Woody Guthrie at this year's Newport Folk Festival.
All for Woody  
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 03, 2012

Review: ''Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie'' at A.R.T.

At American Repertory Theater at the Loeb Drama Center through June 3.
Dust up
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 18, 2012

From Sun Volt to Guthrie with Jay Farrar

Putting together the New Multitudes project, singer-guitarist Jay Farrar had access to a treasure trove: thousands of lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
Multitudes of challenges
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 16, 2012

Max Creek celebrate 40 years of creativity

Imagine if the guys who started Max Creek never went to the famous Watkins Glen Summer Jam in 1973.
Still jamming after all these years
By JIM MACNIE  |  April 29, 2011

Playing Trial & Error by the Bonfire

Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire do a couple things pretty well on their debut record, Trial & Error , that are hard to do well: create an album with a sense of place, and create an album with something to say.
Pilgrim's progress
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2011


In good Company

Dark Hollow Bottling Company take a piece of their name from an old-school folk/bluegrass tune, "Dark Hollow," possibly made most famous by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's Old and in the Way , but also recorded as early as 1926, with popular versio
Dark Hollow Bottling debut a new old-time sound
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 26, 2010

Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

Woody Guthrie | My Dusty Road

The agit-pop songwriter of "This Land Is Your Land," "Going Down the Road," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Philadelphia Lawyer," and a passel of other bedrock American folk classics carried a business card that identified him as "Woody, Th' Dustiest of the Dustb
Rounder (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 21, 2009

Nature's way

Evoking the great outdoors with live jazz, live hoofing, and spoken text.
The atmospheric Jazz and Tap Odyssey
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009


On their way to Memphis

Their name sort of gives them away.
The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 11, 2009

Nice package

As the largest stimulus package in world history winds its way through Congress, the critics are already out in force.
Poetry not prose
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 28, 2009

What rhymes with Barack?

The story of underground hip-hop these days often seems like the inverse of Barack Obama’s story.  
Mr. Lif takes on the headlines
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 27, 2008

Interview: Billy Bragg

English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg once called himself “a one-man band who thinks he’s the Clash.”  
Mr. Love & Justice on the Clash, the Queen, and preaching to the choir
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 15, 2008

Billy Bragg

There is no irony in the title of Billy Bragg’s first album in six years.
Mr. Love and Justice | Anti-
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 06, 2008


Chris Teret

Chris Teret can fit a guitar and a campfire in his back pocket.
Music seen at One Longfellow Square, November 30, 2007
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 05, 2007

Agent Zimmerman

I had just removed his hand — gently, I hope — from my knee when the man in the off-white linen suit told me that he was the one who recruited Bob Dylan into the CIA.
Bob Dylan? A CIA spy? Wait . . . now it all makes sense. (Or as much sense as his lyrics make, anyway.)
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 20, 2007

The unnamable

If Bob Dylan were a real movie director, I’m Not There is probably the movie he’d make about his own life
Todd Haynes’s not-Dylan movie
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2007

History tour

Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007

Irish sprung

Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan answers straightforward questions with beguiling sidesteps.
Fionn Regan makes his way to America
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 24, 2007



It’s payback time for Boston’s blues and roots music scene.
The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007

Happy endings

The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
Bad news begets good tunes
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

The best of times

On Boston Harbor’s Long Island, two miles out in Quincy Bay, the Curley Building stands hulking and decrepit.
More than a decade into their career, Dropkick Murphys accept success — and pay tribute to the people and the city who helped them earn it
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 07, 2007

Revving it up

The Wrong Reasons have mustered a gallant comeback, and this time it’s for all the right reasons.
The Wrong Reasons tough it out; plus, Machines with Magnets
By BOB GULLA  |  September 04, 2007

Punks find their inner Americana

Punk might have been swept along, cleaned up, dirtied again, then separated into a million different subgenres created to simplify things when really it only complicated everything.
The altered aesthetic of punks playing folk
By JON MEYER  |  August 31, 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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2007

The John Doe Thing

In the wake of X’s first break-up, John Doe distanced himself from whatever punk he had left in him and pursued a rootsier, more singer-songwriterly muse. The John Doe Thing, "Hwy 5"  (mp3)
For the Best of Us | Yep Roc
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006

The IFC Soundtrack

The bridge between independent film and indie rock has been getting easier and easier to cross with the rise of a new generation of directors weaned on music videos and the multimedia underground.
Indie rock for indie movies
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 04, 2006

Portland scene report: November 24, 2006

The Poor Valley Salvation Society, purveyors of the old-school and old-timey, have said goodbye to drummer Diane Toepfer.
By SIBILANCE  |  November 21, 2006