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Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak

Mercury (2011)
For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 16, 2011
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Music for the love of it

From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 05, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt
The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 03, 2010
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Flanagan’s empire

Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — discusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and Behind the Music .
Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of one of the world's biggest bands.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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Open House

After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 06, 2009
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Gossip=Truth

Ray LaMontagne on his new Gossip in the Grain
On LaMontagne’s new Gossip in the Grain (RCA), he’s having a lot more fun.  
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 09, 2008
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Record lows, indies peak

Musical notes
Last week’s number 10 album, Van Morrison’s Keep it Simple, sold just 37,000 copies.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008
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Low and slow

Van Morrison at the Wang Theatre, March 14, 2008
Van Morrison has joined the ranks of ridiculously expensive artists.
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 17, 2008
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Celtic tigers

Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008
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Van Morrison

Keep It Simple | Lost Highway
You might call this the Van Morrison equivalent of Bob Dylan’s Modern Times .
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 11, 2008
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Going on sale: February 8, 2008

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
Mike Doughty, the Aggrolites, Colin Meloy, and more.
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 05, 2008
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How I became a Grasshole

Or how my music teacher tricked me into having fun
If it wasn’t for Buckdancer’s Choice, I wouldn’t be a Grasshole, and I’d be a hell of a lot poorer for it.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007
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Britt pop

The spare magic of Spoon
It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007
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Quirk-pop?

The Aliens and Mystery Jets
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007
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Once from the heart

The musical takes to the streets
Some people are confused when they talk about musicals.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 23, 2007
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New Orleans notes

A city holds fast to its soul
This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007
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The flying Scotsman

Paolo Nutini soars across the pond
“I don’t usually come across as all that interesting in interviews,” admits 20-year-old Paolo Nutini over the phone from a gig in Stockholm.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007
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Next steps

Dominique Eade returns to disc with a new partner
There’s a perverse, painful pleasure in recalling a particular New York Times Magazine essay by David Hajdu back in December 2000.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 07, 2006

Making book on rock 'n' rool

The dean's list
Everybody knows that the first rock critics were those sweaty adolescents who got dragged up to American Bandstand’s Rate-a-Record display by Dick Clark.
By MARK MOSES  |  November 06, 2006
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Remembering Randy Hien

A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006
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Diamond in the rough

Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon live in London (YouTube)
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006
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Counting Crows

New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall | Geffen  
For hardcore Counting Crows fans, the California roots-pop band’s live shows have often been more revelatory than their albums, affording frontman Adam Duritz the opportunity to stretch his time-tested Van Morrison impression out to inhumane lengths.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 24, 2006
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Soul brothers

James Hunter and Jamie Lidell
Hunter and Lidell's music shares something deeper than demographics: an abiding interest in the classic Southern R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Both men prove that blue-eyed soul didn’t die with Hall & Oates.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 21, 2006
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Local heroes

Mark Mulcahy, Alec K. Redfearn, and more  
Alongside the Feelies, R.E.M., and the Replacements, Mark Mulcahy’s Miracle Legion was one of the most promising of the indie bands of the mid-’80s.
By BOB GULLA  |  May 30, 2006

Loose Ends

Growing young with rock and roll
It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago.
By JON LANDAU  |  May 19, 2006
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Dream weavers

Everett celebrates 20 years
Dorothy Jungels, founder of Everett Dance Theatre (1986) and the Carriage House School and Stage (1993), has had many dreams for her company and her theater.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 26, 2006
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Going on sale: February 3

Breaking news in the concert-ticket trade
Coming soon: James Blunt, the Cult, Jenny Lewis, and more.
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 04, 2006

Leader of the hacks

Toasting and roasting Steve Morse
We didn’t stick around long enough to see whether U2 played, but we did catch a good chunk of the “Steve Morse Review” at the Paradise on January 9.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 17, 2006

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