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Favorites of the Year 2015

My end of the year extravaganza is called Favorites of 2015 because I just don’t listen to enough new music through the year to warrant calling it a Best Of list – though I do believe many of the musicians or the albums mentioned should be considered. Anyway, sorry there is no magazine version this […]

Favorites of 2011

OUR ANNUAL LIST OF FAVORITES OF THE YEAR FAVORITE ALBUMS / SURPRISE ALBUMS “The King Is Dead,” the Decemberists and “The Harrow & the Harvest,” Gillian Welch In a surprising return to their roots the Decemberists stripped down their sound, mixing a ’70s Neil Young vibe with some R.E.M. guitars and became one of the […]

Newport Folk Festival, July 31

It’s clear that the musicians that play the Newport Folk Festival get it. Yes, it’s a beautiful scene, with its view from the stage looking beyond the crowd to the bay filled with folk-loving yachters. But there are other scenic venues – Red Rocks in Colorado and the Gorge in Washington state come to mind. […]

>Favorites of 2010

>Way Down with ‘Hadestown’ and more!Our annual list of Favorites: 2010To read the whole issue, click HERE FAVORITE CD “Hadestown,” Anais MitchellA concept album in itself is very tough to pull off. A folk opera about the Orpheus myth? Please. Top it off with an incredible cast – Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Justin Vernon, etc. […]

>Dave Rawlings Machine at the Paradise

>Here’s my surefire remedy for temporary relief of serious back pain: Start with some exquisite acoustic guitar solos. Add some beautiful harmonies. And a dash of dueling fiddles with some tasty harmonica.This works so well you might even find yourself moving your hips a little when you could just barely stand upright hours earlier.Yes, my […]

>Issue 27, Dec. 2009

>I Survived Dragonforce We all have have things we have lost tolerance for. Animated kids’ films? No more, thank you. Musical theater? Not unless our kids our in it. Costume parties? No invite necessary.But it is good occasionally to step outside your comfort zone and take in experiences you don’t consider your style. Sometimes they […]

>CD Review: David Rawlings Machine

>David Rawlings Machine – “Friend of a Friend” (out now)It’s been six long years since Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have released an album. Their avid fans, us included, have been asking – no – begging for some new music. Yes, we have scoured YouTube for clips of a tune we call “Throw Me a […]

>New album from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings!

>Actually it’s a David Rawlings album with Gillian on it. The website Broken Wave Music has the info (editor’s note: It’s acually a Billboard story I found on Broken Wave), and it looks like the first David Rawlings Machine album, titled “A Friend of a Friend,” will be released Nov. 17. This is pretty exciting […]

>The Big Surprise Tour, House of Blues Boston

>On the night Paul McCartney was playing right across the street at Fenway Park, my wife and I instead took a left turn on Lansdowne Street, away from nostalgia and ended up in a rollicking, ramshackle hoedown called the Big Surprise Tour. OK, it wasn’t a total surprise, I had bought tix months before when […]