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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 […]

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 […]

An open letter to ‘fans’ who talk incessantly through concerts

Dear Biggest Fan Ever of the Band Onstage, SHUT UP! Why is it you who claims to be the biggest fan never stops talking while your band is performing onstage? Am I the only one who always finds himself trapped by you, who instead of listening to your FAVORITE BAND EVER, jabber on (loudly) as […]

Issue No. 35, December 2011

To download the full magazine, click HERE It seems like ages ago, but it was actually only 11 or so months when the year began – with a bang. January and February exploded with concerts and new albums like no other year we can remember. We spent time on the tour bus with Josh Ritter […]

Newport folk festival, random thoughts

Some random thoughts about what I saw at Newport Folk Festival. Hopefully soon I’ll have more than 10 minutes to think about what I saw and write it down. But for now…. 1. Colin Meloy is very funny 2. Red Rocks and the Gorge look beautiful (never been to either), but Newport on a sunny […]

>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. […]

>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 […]

>Issue No. 30, September 2010

> The Heights of Summer – Scenes from our busy day at the Newport Folk Festival As much as winters are for hunkering down in a small, packed club with a pint of Guinness and a band playing ethereally on the stage, summers are for getting outside, celebrating the nice weather (hot, but not too […]

>Newport Folk Festival, Aug. 1, 2010

> Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Cory Chisel   The challenge for a music festival is striking the right balance in the acts, mixing new and old, loud and soft, energetic and laid back. Too much one way or the other and you lose portions of your audience.  Festivals also require a philosophy that the vibe […]