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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 10, 2012

Fun with mirrors

Wax Tablet
The dark lounge band JOHNNY CREMAINS are putting the final touches on their first full-length, tentatively titled Leave It To Believers .

Exploring the countryside with Max García Conover

Take to the trees
There are so many guys with guitars nowadays.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2012

Max Creek celebrate 40 years of creativity

Still jamming after all these years
Imagine if the guys who started Max Creek never went to the famous Watkins Glen Summer Jam in 1973.
By JIM MACNIE  |  April 27, 2011
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Review: The Music Never Stopped

An exploration of music’s power to heal
An exploration of music's power to heal, this maudlin movie (based on Oliver Sacks's essay "The Last Hippie") features go-to supporting player J.K. Simmons in a rare leading role.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 31, 2011

Jackie Greene comes alive

Guitarist breaks from the Dead
It doesn't take much to prove that modern-day Americana owes more to the Grateful Dead than it ever wanted to admit — one listen to Wilco's two most recent albums ought to do the trick.
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 03, 2010

Crossword: ''Movie Madness''

Be kind, can't rewind
Be kind, can't rewind
By MATT JONES  |  June 16, 2010

In good Company

Dark Hollow Bottling debut a new old-time sound
Dark Hollow Bottling Company take a piece of their name from an old-school folk/bluegrass tune, "Dark Hollow," possibly made most famous by the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's Old and in the Way , but also recorded as early as 1926, with popular versions from Bill Browning, Jimmy Skinner, and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, with Del McCoury singing.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 24, 2010

Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind

Domino (2009)
This nifty little five-track postscript to January's celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion demonstrates further how adept the members of Animal Collective have become at deploying their bottomless bag of electro-psych tricks in the service of songs.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 16, 2009

Ghost stories

For all of the excitement that surrounded Wilco on the Maine State Pier or Sufjan Stevens at Port City Music Hall or the various sold-out Ray LaMontagne shows of the past year, there is no question that last Sunday's Phish show at the Cumberland County Civic Center was the biggest thing to hit our fair city in a very long time.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 07, 2009

Rear-view mirror

Albums you shouldn't let slip by
After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 11, 2009

Review: Taking Woodstock

Ang Lee sums up the counterculture in style
If there ever was a way to inject fresh interest into events that most people born after the baby boom couldn't care less about, it's to involve Eugene Levy and a shame-to-fame plot line made for reality television.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 27, 2009

Beginning? Or end?

Woodstock 40 years later
Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes because they had tickets to Woodstock.
By ED WARD  |  August 12, 2009

Beginning? Or end?

Woodstock 40 years later
Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes because they had tickets to Woodstock.
By ED WARD  |  August 12, 2009

Interview: Michael Lang

Going back to Woodstock
"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 22, 2009

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The moving pictures

Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past through cultural reference.
By DEVIN KING  |  May 12, 2009

The Big Hurt: Devil music

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When I was around 10 years old, I wandered into a rural flea market and found one of the greatest pieces of music journalism ever written: a forgotten crank masterpiece called Backward Masking Unmasked that had been written in 1983 by Texan minister Jacob Aranza.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 05, 2009

Crossword: ''Go digital''

Turning over a new page
Turning over a new page
By MATT JONES  |  April 01, 2009

The wild bunch

The 15 craziest athletes in Boston sports history
Stephon Marbury is just the latest in a long and illustrious line of Boston athletes whose tenure here was marked by kooky, flamboyant, inscrutable, or bad behavior.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 04, 2009

Got sustainability?

Apeiron’s annual festival points the way to different possibilities
Growing numbers of Americans are taking up bicycling and gardening, and perhaps reconsidering the more costly habits of the not-so-distant boom times.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 04, 2008

Excuse them while they kiss the sky

The Boredoms at the Paradise Rock Club, March 29, 2008
A friend of mine has a six-year-old son who has named each of his testicles. He calls one “Earth” and the other “Space.”
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008


Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

Gram Parsons

Archives Vol. 1 | Amoeba
These two discs go a long way toward supporting the notion that Parsons was a pivotal player in the rise of country rock.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 07, 2008

Night work

Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew go solo
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew don’t play in the kind of rock bands that privilege streamlined sonics over the expression of individual creative wills.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 25, 2007

Get Ready, Here Come... The '70s

Shout Factory!
Okay, so they missed a few things, but Get Ready manages to be a whole lot of fun by ignoring the music that mattered.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 12, 2007

Music with a message

Providence Rockers for Life takes on drunk driving
It’s impossible to not take note the alarmingly high number of teen traffic fatalities.
By BOB GULLA  |  July 31, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Blues plus

Ryan Montbleau finds a home in the jam scene
Boston’s Ryan Montbleau doesn’t mind if you call his quintet a jam outfit. Ryan Montbleau Band, "Inspired By No One" (mp3)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2007

Crossword: ''Lack of true substance''

There's no there there
There's no there there
By MATT JONES  |  June 06, 2007

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