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Thin Lizzy | Jailbreak
For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.
| February 16, 2011
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.
| May 05, 2010
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.
| March 03, 2010
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.
| February 05, 2010
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.
| February 06, 2009
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.
| October 09, 2008
Record lows, indies peak
Last week’s number 10 album, Van Morrison’s Keep it Simple, sold just 37,000 copies.
| April 16, 2008
Low and slow
Van Morrison at the Wang Theatre, March 14, 2008
Van Morrison has joined the ranks of ridiculously expensive artists.
| March 17, 2008
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
| March 12, 2008
Keep It Simple | Lost Highway
You might call this the Van Morrison equivalent of Bob Dylan’s Modern Times .
| March 11, 2008
Going on sale: February 8, 2008
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
Mike Doughty, the Aggrolites, Colin Meloy, and more.
GOING ON SALE
| February 05, 2008
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.
| November 28, 2007
The spare magic of Spoon
It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
| October 09, 2007
The Aliens and Mystery Jets
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
| September 19, 2007
Once from the heart
The musical takes to the streets
Some people are confused when they talk about musicals.
| May 23, 2007
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.”
| May 08, 2007
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.
| January 29, 2007
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.
| 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.
| November 06, 2006
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.
REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN
| September 28, 2006
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)
| August 01, 2006
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.
| July 24, 2006
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.
| June 21, 2006
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.
| May 30, 2006
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.
| May 19, 2006
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.
| April 26, 2006
Going on sale: February 3
Breaking news in the concert-ticket trade
Coming soon: James Blunt, the Cult, Jenny Lewis, and more.
| 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.
| January 17, 2006
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
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The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
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