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2014 Favorites of Year

To download the full issue pdf, click HERE. FAVORITE ALBUMS “Numbered Doors,” by Lori McKenna and “Milltowns,” by Mark Erelli These two locally produced albums are as authentic and moving as any released nationally. After making two very personal albums, McKenna steps back a bit, lyrically creeping around the hallways of hotels and motels capturing […]

Two New England festivals are all about the music

Here in the New England, we have no Bonnaroo, no Coachella, no Lollapalooza, no New Orleans Jazz Festival: summer music extravaganzas with lineups filled with pop superstars, celebrity spotting and amusement park activities. We don’t have venues like Red Rocks in Colorado or The Gorge in Washington state, where the vistas are even more amazing […]

Lake Street Dive at the Lizard Lounge, April 19

Lake Street Dive just wants you to have fun. I could end my review right there and you would have enough information to get you to go see them the next time they come to your town. You won’t find a more spirited group of musicians than the quartet of singer Rachael Price, acoustic bassist […]

>CD reviews: Lake Street Dive, Lucinda Black Bear, the Bowmans

>Lake Street Dive, “Lake Street Dive“   Band members Rachel Price, Michael Olson, Bridget Kearney and Michael Calabrese met at New England Conservatory, but don’t let that dissuade you from putting on this album and dancing around your living room because as Lake Street Dive they play … a wicked mix of country/bluegrass/soul music.  Price’s voice is […]

>Issue No. 31, December 2010

>Way Down With ‘Hadestown’Anais Mitchell’s stellar folk opera tops our list of Favorites of 2010   It seems every year there’s one album we cannot stop listening to: In 2004, Patty Griffin’s “Impossible Dream” blew our minds; a few years later, a neo-bluegrass band named Crooked Still shook us up with their “Shaken by a Low […]