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Interview: Dick Smothers

Mom always liked him best
The Smothers Brothers have spent 50 years in funny business.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 17, 2008


B.B. King

One Kind Favor | Geffen
This is his best since his 2000 collaboration with Eric Clapton, Riding with the King .
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 10, 2008


Basic elements

The international and roots-music scene heats up
Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008


Bill Burr

Why Do I Do This? | Comedy Central
The tirades he delivers here, always laced with self-depreciation, amount to a lovingly mean-spirited string of barbs aimed at racists, idiots, girlfriends, bikers, and well, just about everybody.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 26, 2008


Blues juniors

Back Door Slam rejuvenate a British tradition
A guitar howls through the streets of downtown Chattanooga just as the sun begins to set, pealing out an elaborately improvised solo pasted onto the end of “Red House.”
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008


For olde times’ sake

The return of the Squirrel Nut Zippers
Squirrel Nut Zippers aren’t just a cult band — they’re practically a cult.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 15, 2008



Jimmy Tingle runs again
Comedian Jimmy Tingle is on the stump.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 15, 2008


New Guitar Summit: Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin

Shivers | Stony Plain
This cool, sleek soundtrack for a night of cocktails, sophisticated banter, and, hell, maybe even nookie brings the elegance of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s jazz blues crisply into the present.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 08, 2008


Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Party Intellectuals | Pi
Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2008


Preacher Jack gets it from on high

Boston rock legend and 66-year-old piano wrangler keeps hammering the keys
“I get my energy directly from Jesus,” says Preacher Jack Coughlin.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 02, 2008


Dr. John

City That Care Forgot | 429
Strident as it is, this CD was meant as a tonic for the people of the Crescent City.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 09, 2008


Al Green

Lay It Down | Blue Note
The Reverend Green gets his sexy groove back after the three uneven releases that followed his 2003 secular comeback.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 03, 2008


Soul men

Hucknall, Hunter, and Burke
Classic soul music’s timelessness has come again.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 03, 2008


T Bone Burnett

Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) | Nonesuch
The follow-up to Burnett’s 2006 masterpiece The True False Identity (Sony) is a dark, cynical, vaguely futuristic song cycle triggered by a Sam Shepard play.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 27, 2008

Emergency music

Clinic offer urgent care with Do It!
Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore’s last words were, “Let’s do it!” The next sound was gunfire.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 06, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008


Backwoods Barbie

Dolly Parton rolls out the big guns
Dolly Parton should run for president.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 30, 2008


Jackie Greene

Giving Up the Ghost | 429
This ex-blues prodigy’s latest has the verve and emotional depth of Clapton’s best singer-songwriter outings.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 22, 2008


The Boston Horns

Shibuya Gumbo |
These primal-funk black belts led by former Heavy Metal Horns leaders Henley Douglas Jr. and Garret Savluk spare no grease on their sixth studio album.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 09, 2008


Chatham County Line

IV | Yep Rock
Over four albums, this quartet from Raleigh, North Carolina, have retraced the evolution of bluegrass.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 02, 2008


Home body

The Laurie Anderson world view
Laurie Anderson is the world’s pre-eminent performance artist — a musician, writer, and electronics and visual wizard.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 24, 2008

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