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Eli ''Paperboy'' Reed | Come and Get It!

Capitol Records (2010)
Local boy Eli "Paperboy" Reed isn't so local anymore.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 10, 2010
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Talking ’bout a revolution

 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a political rally.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 05, 2010
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Review: Jonathan Richman at Middle East upstairs

Jonathan Richman, live at Middle East upstairs, February 18. 2010
The closing show of Jonathan Richman's three-night stand at the Middle East upstairs hit an early peak on the second song. "My Baby Love Love Loves Me" (from 2004's Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love ) smothered the audience with the intensely romantic side of his persona.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 24, 2010
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New edition

Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 09, 2009
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Come on home

Lyle Divinsky croons his way back into town
What's that about the apple and the tree? With college degree in hand, Lyle Divinsky returns to his Portland stomping grounds with a debut CD, Traveling Man , that not only features dad Phil Divinsky's drummer (Marty Joyce), bassist (Peter Masterson), and guitarist (Andy Argondizza) from the ToneKings, but plays in a Motown/R&B sandbox.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2009
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Review: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Time/Life (2009)
In any given Black History Month, the three-disc Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement would be a powerful anthology.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 06, 2009
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Nights out

Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 10, 2008
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I see a darkness

A battle-scarred wonder from Micah Blue Smaldone
Micah Blue Smaldone’s live performances suggested his recorded work was about to enter a realm more detached from the blues and folk archetypes he’s studied.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 17, 2008
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The Night James Brown Saved Boston

Documentary that situates the concert in a larger context
The memory of what Brown and White accomplished 40 years ago should endure.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 05, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Playing with fire

Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2008

Crescent City health report

The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Fearful asymmetry

Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008
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New bottle

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s vintage sounds
“A lot of today’s music is a little bit ironic," says Reed, and I don’t have any of that. It’s not about irony.”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 07, 2008
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Soul control

James Brown rescues Boston, and a whole lot more
Just as an attention getter, the title of VH1’s new rock-doc treatment of James Brown’s April 5, 1968, concert at Boston Garden — The Night James Brown Saved Boston — is hard to beat.
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 02, 2008
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Call and response

Satisfying a growing crowd with a Playtime Music Session
We’ve had the pleasure here in Portland of watching a number of great singer/songwriters develop their careers into something substantial recently.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2008
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Across countries

The Mercy Brother's Mike Dinallo gets around
So much for keeping it local.
By BOB GULLA  |  January 30, 2007



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The roots of rock

Concord unearths the Specialty catalog
In 1939 Arthur Goldberg went to Hollywood and crowned himself Art Rupe, a suitably slick moniker for an entrepreneur in the booming post-war culture industry.
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 02, 2007
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Seminal ska

More gems from the Studio One vaults
Heartbeat Records’ Studio One reissue series continues not only to shore up the legacy of Studio One honcho Coxsone Dodd but to present an expansive, rich portrait of Jamaican popular music.
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  December 06, 2006
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Mad scientists

Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2006
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Moving fast and standing still

Bill Frisell, Berklee Performance Center, November 12, 2006
Every melody was a rhythm, every rhythm a melody, and the pieces developed slowly, big, cloud-like shapes building up to thunderheads, only occasionally breaking into thunder.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 13, 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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Q&A: Billy Bragg

 
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG: Thanks for taking the time to chat. How are you?
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  March 16, 2006
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Our kinda Blue

Diane’s masterful Here I Am ; Monty's goes national  
She may currently live outside of Boston, but Diane Blue is, in her heart and on record, an Ocean Stater.
By BOB GULLA  |  March 08, 2006
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Catfish Haven

PLEASE COME BACK | Secretly Canadian
Ever wonder what it would sound like if the hypothetical lovechild of Sam Cooke and Janis Joplin wrote and sang a souped-up 21st-century version of his daddy’s “Bring It On Home to Me”?
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 07, 2006

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