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Nite Jewel | One Second of Love

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzalez began home-recording dark dance music in 2008, attracting the attention of blogspots and boutique labels with her soulful voice, lo-fi post-disco beats, and distinct sense of weirdo minimalism.
Secretly Canadian (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 09, 2012

Photos: George Clinton at The Wilbur Theatre

George Clinton, "Dr. Funkenstein, PhD.," played The Wilbur Theatre on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
George Clinton | Wilbur Theatre | Sunday, February 12, 2012.
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  February 24, 2012

George Clinton takes a victory lap through Boston

We are all George Clinton's babies.
Dr. Funkenstein, PhD
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2012
Off the record: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour | Out of Frequency

Getting a boost with songs from their 2009 debut, Fruit , featured in iPod and Heineken ads, and getting handpicked as concert openers by a then-still-functioning Amy Winehouse in their native Copenhagen, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour rode a lucky streak o
BMG Rights (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 03, 2012
Everyday Sunshine: Short Take

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's documentary details Fishbone's quarter-century journey from musically-diverse South Central middle school classmates to becoming one of the most influential Los Angeles bands of the '80s.
Fishbone's quarter-century journey
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  November 18, 2011

Rubblebucket | Omega La La

Although bands often sacrifice musical quality for the sake of maintaining a weirder image, Rubblebucket keep buzzing forward, as impressive as they are idiosyncratic.
Sin Duda Records (2011)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 02, 2011


Out: Dropping some future funk sounds with Jamaica Plain's the Craters at Yes.Oui.Si

About 30 kids bopped their heads to tracks from the Craters' 2010 tape Teenage High School , released via JP DIY label Breakfast of Champs, plus newer songs like the soon-to-be-hit "Sunsense."
Deep impact near the MFA
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 05, 2011
I wrestled a bear once

The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
Metal hedge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011
Various Artists - True Soul: Deep Sounds

Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
Now-Again (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2011
giant list

Plainville, James Farm, and the Infrared Band

When Antoine Batiste is looking for a guitarist, the one thing he doesn't want to hear is "white boys with bad hair playin' them cowboy keys."  
Old and new dreams
By JON GARELICK  |  May 27, 2011
BB list

Beastie Boys | Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

"Back on the mic, it's the anti-depressor," flows King Ad-Rock over raunchy drums and speaker-busting clavinet in "Make Some Noise," the bravado launching pad of Beastie Boys' eighth studio album.
Capitol Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  May 06, 2011

guitarist Julian Lage

Floating heavyweights

Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2011

Philadanco brings the funk

The four pieces on Philadanco's program last weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art had different accouterments — musical, scenic, philosophical — but they still looked very much alike.
Ferocious euphoria
By MARCIA B.SIEGEL  |  March 18, 2011

Various Artists | Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970–1978

I know what you're thinking: Is Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 really as mind-bendingly, earth-shatteringly, consciousness-alteringly awesome as its title would suggest? Abso-fucking-lutel
Now-Again (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 11, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Scandalous

The soul revival has been going on long enough now that maybe it's a not a bad idea to stop calling it a revival at all.
Lost Highway (2011)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 11, 2011

Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010


John Heartsman | Music Of My Heart

John Heartsman's career had two modest peaks.
Jazzman (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 22, 2010

Mostly Other People Do the Killing | Forty Fort

On their second CD, the celebrated young jazz quartet with the indie-rock name continue their audacious updating of the genre's old-school avant-garde.
Hot Cup (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  January 22, 2010

Henry Threadgill Zooid | This Brings Us To, Volume 1

Henry Threadgill has been reinventing his language — and by extension the jazz language — for at least 30 years, beginning with the trio Air in the 1970s.
Pi (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  October 30, 2009

The Whitefield Brothers | In the Raw

Now-Again (2009)
Now-Again (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 30, 2009

Super Furry Animals | Dark Days / Light Years

What better way to say hwyl! to this ponderous decade than with a hulking slab of psych jams from one of its most consistent and chameleonic bands?
Rough Trade (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 30, 2009


Master of ceremony

As if Ash Wednesday weren't already the best party night of the year in Boston, George Clinton and his motley crew swung their tour bus through Lansdowne Street last night.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic live at House of Blues, February 25, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2009

Fat Worm of Error: Windsong On Our Own Mind

Milky Way, January 25, 2009
Milky Way, January 25, 2009
By MATT PARISH  |  January 27, 2009

Grupo Fantasma

"When you come to our show, you gotta dance. You dance however you want to dance."
Middle East Downstairs, January 8, 2009
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 12, 2009


Who's got the funk?
Providence gripped by funk shortage
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2008