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  • Cracker

    published August 12, 2009

    Cracker's latest, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, may scream clear-eyed optimism in its title, but longtime crumbs David Lowery and... More >>

  • James Galway

    published August 5, 2009

    A septet of young musicians classically trained at a premier Havana music conservatory, the now-Miami-based Tiempo Libre not only specialize in... More >>

  • Alejandro Escovedo

    published August 5, 2009

    On last year's Real Animal, Alejandro Escovedo took an autobiographical stroll through a history as remarkable as any rock 'n' roll... More >>

  • The Builders and the Butchers

    published August 5, 2009

    Although all five members of the Builders and the Butchers are from Alaska, and the band is currently based in Portland, Oregon, acute Southern... More >>

  • The Moody Blues

    published August 5, 2009

    Emerging at the height of the British Invasion, the Moody Blues scored an immediate hit with "Go Now," a catchy ballad with a classic Merseybeat... More >>

  • Paul Cebar

    published July 29, 2009

    It's always a pleasure to hear Paul Cebar, but especially so in summer, when his vast array of scintillating grooves—mostly from places that... More >>

  • Hot Tuna

    published July 29, 2009

    Like many survivors of the 1960s' proverbial long, strange trip, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have maintained the journey,... More >>

  • Marcia Ball

    published July 29, 2009

    When long, tall Marcia Ball tickles the ivories with a rollicking rash of triplets inherited from Professor Longhair and spiced with a little... More >>

  • Red Pants Jam: A Tribute to Peter Nelson & Shangoya Reunion

    published July 29, 2009

    From our relatively enlightened perspective near the end of the first decade of the 21st century—African bands at the Dakota, Caribbean... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published July 22, 2009

    Even if you didn't know Townes Van Zandt was such a friend and mentor to Steve Earle that Earle named his son Justin Townes Earle, you could... More >>

  • Lyle Lovett

    published July 22, 2009

    Lyle Lovett, the quirky Texan with the arid wit and virulent cult following, dubbed his last album It's Not Big It's Large. Presumably... More >>

  • Average White Band

    published July 22, 2009

    Emerging from Scotland with nary a bagpipe in sight and all original members showing off a notably pale complexion, the impishly dubbed Average... More >>

  • Jazz at Orchestra Hall: the Irvin Mayfield Quintet

    published July 22, 2009

    Irvin Mayfield is showing all indications of following another talented New Orleans trumpet player into iconic territory. He's tackling one... More >>

  • Sonic Youth

    published July 15, 2009

    With the band closing in on the big three-oh, the latter half of Sonic Youth's moniker may be getting a bit disingenuous. As for SY's splendid... More >>

  • Gov't Mule

    published July 15, 2009

    Guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes is a busy man these days, juggling roles in the Allman Brothers, the Dead, and Gov't Mule, which he leads,... More >>

  • Bowerbirds, Megafaun

    published July 15, 2009

    This is a mini-jamboree of freak folk, featuring a fine pair of North Carolina-based bands. Bowerbirds play sparse, entrancing acoustic music... More >>

  • Arlo Guthrie

    published July 15, 2009

    In a career now longer than his iconic, incomparable father's, Arlo Guthrie has not only honored the family folk and activist traditions, but also... More >>

  • Christopher O'Riley

    published July 15, 2009

    On the surface, Christopher O'Riley is a curiosity, both for being a serious classical pianist with a Radiohead fixation and for this late booking... More >>

  • 2009 Deep Blues Festival

    published July 15, 2009

    With an outrageously brilliant concept for a music gathering, the Deep Blues Festival launches its third incarnation this summer in a new setting,... More >>

  • Graham Parker

    published July 8, 2009

    Brit's Pub again celebrates Bastille Day (approximately) with a free performance on the bowling green by the brilliantly acerbic, erstwhile pub... More >>

  • Lura

    published July 8, 2009

    Alluring Lura Criola has a gloriously rich, sensuous voice that's equally evocative sighing dramatically in the expression of saudade, the... More >>

  • Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses

    published July 8, 2009

    With a dust-caked, desiccated voice that at 28 is already comparable to Tom Waits's and a hard-scrabble sound that would be a perfect... More >>

  • Julian Lage Group

    published July 8, 2009

    A child prodigy, guitarist Julian Lage had already played with heavyweights such as Carlos Santana and was the subject of an Academy... More >>

  • Earth, Wind & Fire; Chicago

    published July 1, 2009

    Both of these bands were huge in the 1970s, but came at things from entirely different angles. EW&F, formed by brothers Maurice and Verdine White... More >>

  • Dr. John

    published June 24, 2009

    The good gris gris doctor of New Orleans keyboards, the hoodoo guru otherwise known as Mac Rebennack, has been puttin' some serious medicine on... More >>

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