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Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Eli ''Paperboy'' Reed | Come and Get It!
Capitol Records (2010)
Local boy Eli "Paperboy" Reed isn't so local anymore.
| August 10, 2010
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.
| May 05, 2010
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.
| February 24, 2010
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.
| December 09, 2009
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.
| June 03, 2009
Review: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement
In any given Black History Month, the three-disc Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement would be a powerful anthology.
| January 06, 2009
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.
| November 10, 2008
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.
| September 17, 2008
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.
| August 05, 2008
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.”
| 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.
| May 06, 2008
Carla Bley’s Lost Chords, Bill Frisell’s 858 Quartet
Carla Bley’s local appearances are so rare that each one is an event.
| April 09, 2008
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.”
| April 07, 2008
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.
| April 02, 2008
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.
| February 20, 2008
The Mercy Brother's Mike Dinallo gets around
So much for keeping it local.
| 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.
| January 02, 2007
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.
| December 06, 2006
Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
| November 21, 2006
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.
| November 13, 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
Q&A: Billy Bragg
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG: Thanks for taking the time to chat. How are you?
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| March 16, 2006
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.
| March 08, 2006
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”?
| February 07, 2006
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