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RIP, Richard Walton; speaking truth to power; folks we love

Flags have been at half-mast at Casa Diablo all week as your superior correspondents mourn the passing of a great man.
An irreplaceable man
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 04, 2013

Lisa/Liza’s folk should not be left alone

Folk music has always been the great unifier, its traditions loaded with neighbors coming together both merrily and melancholic by way of porch, campfire, or dance hall.
Songs for the off hours
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 30, 2012

Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores get ‘accessible’

"Alec K. Redfearn" and "accessible" sharing the same sentence?
Death becomes them
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 05, 2012

Going off-off-road with MV & EE

As fans recently remembered what would have been the 70th birthday of Jerry Garcia, less sympathetic bystanders might have experienced the lingering taste left by the Grateful Dead.
Rural rock
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 17, 2012

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

Jonah Tolchin’s Criminal Man is a product of the environment

As if there was any question regarding the impassioned subject matter found on Jonah Tolchin's recent full-length debut Criminal Man , the 19-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist decidedly sets me straight during our interview earlier this week.
Straight outta Shannock
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 08, 2012


Dar Williams goes Greek

Like the spinners of ancient myth, singer-songwriter Dar Williams has long used storytelling as a way to interpret the world around her.
Modern mythology
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 01, 2012

Homegrown trans rocker Evan Greer keeps her music political

Last month, when Tommy Gabel of Against Me! announced via Rolling Stone that she's transgender (and will now go by Laura Jane Grace), I immediately wondered what Evan Greer might be thinking.
Mother knows best
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 25, 2012

Amy Allen travels to Neptune

There were a couple directions Amy Allen could have taken to follow up her 2010 pop-lovely debut EP, Honey, released just as she headed off to the big city for college.
Shooting for the stars
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 18, 2012

The folk battlecry of Bryan McPherson

There's no shame in baring your soul for the pleasant old folkees who haunt open mic nights at your favorite independent coffee shop.
Bad company
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 27, 2012

The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012


Delta Spirit | Delta Spirit

The characters in Delta Spirit's songs— wistful daydreamers, hopeless romantics, and clear-eyed pragmatists alike— are as rich and complex as the music.
Rounder (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 16, 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

Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012

The Woodrow Wilsons | The Devil Jonah

The Woodrow Wilsons are a haushold name — to anyone familiar with Jamaica Plain's Whitehaus Collective, that is.
Whitehaus Family Records (2012)
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Inside the theatric folk appeal of You Won't

"It's about trying to let things come without judgment," says You Won't frontman Josh Arnoudse.
Willing Participants
By RYAN REED  |  February 10, 2012


Cate Le Bon stars in her own folk reality

There is a trend among critics to describe the songs of Welsh performer Cate Le Bon as something new, but with a bit of listening the music of the 28-year-old songwriter is actually pleasantly familiar.
Life vérité
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 03, 2012
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012

Teddy Thompson becomes his own man

Sometimes a writer winces at the thought of having to ask the obvious but necessary question. So I'm grateful to Teddy Thompson for answering before I can even ask.
About a boy
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 20, 2012

Gracious Calamity say 'yes'

The Whitehaus has a way of feeling warm, even when the rest of Jamaica Plain is cold enough to see your breath.
Our haus
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  January 06, 2012

Tristen brings candor and contradiction to folk

Ordinarily, the end of days isn't a very enticing prospect, but after hearing Tristen Gaspadarek chant "Doomsday" repeatedly, you might welcome horsemen on the horizon.
Old sound, modern means
By REYAN ALI  |  December 09, 2011

Tales from the Golden Age: Review

Review: Tales from the Golden Age

The ironically titled film refers to the dreadful Alice-in-Wonderland years when Nicolae Ceausescu was the Communist strongman of Romania.
Panorama of black-humor stories
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011

The Poison Oaks | Pine

It feels unfair for the Poison Oaks to release , their debut 7-inch, on the cusp of another New England winter.
Self-released (2011)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  December 02, 2011

Taking an emotional shine to City And Colour

When Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire announced in August that they were disbanding, Dallas Green should have been relieved.
Bright lights
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 02, 2011

Interview: Patrick Norton has a knack for mixing it up at the Narrows

The Narrows Center for the Arts — the bastion of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and various stripes of singer-songwriter fare — has a decade of action under its belt.
Where the music comes first
By JIM MACNIE  |  October 28, 2011

Content within brutality

Perhaps sped-up three-chord angst anthems and ugly haircuts fell out of relevance long before the kid from A Walk To Remember started singing for the Germs.
The Swaggerin' Growlers just don't give a folk
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 30, 2011


The Mekons | Ancient & Modern

Considering that the Mekons have made almost 20 albums and have been around since CHiPS debuted on television (1977), they are keeping it pretty fresh.
Bloodshot (2011)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 23, 2011

I wanna Jamericana

For some of us, the title of Dirigo's debut album makes perfect sense. But I can't tell you how many times I've been asked: "So, it's like Jamaican reggae, but played in America?"
Carry on, wayward sons (and daughter)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 02, 2011

Photos: Bon Iver at the House of Blues

Bon Iver performs at the House of Blues on August 5, 2011.
House of Blues | August 5, 2011
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  August 12, 2011

Photos: Freelance Whales + Delta Spirit at the Newport Folk Festival

Freelance Whales and Delta Spirit perform on the Quad Stage at the  Newport Folk Festival  on July 30, 2011.
Quad Stage | July 30, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 05, 2011