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Selling points

Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 14, 2007


Choir boy

Travis Morrison and his Hellfighters
Former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison has a new album, and though he says it’s not a solo disc, you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 15, 2007


Adam raised an Eve

Why Patti Scialfa matters
Why do some Bruce Springsteen fans have such a big problem with Patti Scialfa?
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 14, 2007


The people's choice?

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, in case you hadn’t heard, is the 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor who’s going to save classical music.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 08, 2007


Double visionary

The two sides of Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer was the embodiment of punk, up till his final day, December 22, 2002.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007


Organized chaos

Jessica Rylan’s flowering electronics
When people think of synthesizers, it’s usually in the context of a well-ordered pop song.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 06, 2007


The ‘x’ factor

The roots pedigree of Boston’s Mystix
The Mystix want you to know they’re not fortune tellers.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007


Freestyle fellowships

The indie rap of Busdriver and Von Südenfed
Although crunk partisans probably won’t care for the comparison, LA rapper Busdriver might be thought of as the indie hip-hop analogue to Lil’ Wayne.
By: FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  November 06, 2007


Bettye’s business

The battles of a blues belter
The battles of a blues belter
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007


Beyond the White Stripes

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007


The Writ stuff

Cass McCombs finds his indie-folk footing
Cass McCombs upends standard persona-building moves.
By: FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  November 01, 2007


Perfect pairing

Drug Rug turn a relationship into a band
Sarah Cronin and Tommy Allen have just opened a box of T-shirts sent by their record label.
By: JEFF BREEZE  |  November 08, 2007


Beyond bhangra

Anoushka Shankar joins forces with Karsh Kale
Shankar, who’s now 26, has been paying dues as a sitarist since she was eight.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 30, 2007


High techno

‘Make It New’ turns three, plus Hauschka at the Goethe
A prime place to go if you wanted to hear cutting-edge and classic techno from Germany, Detroit, and beyond has been “Make It New” every Thursday at Middlesex Lounge.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 30, 2007

Chronicle of a death foretold

Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
What a difference a death makes.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  October 24, 2007


Freak scene

The ongoing saga of Dinosaur Jr.
It’s been more than a year since Dinosaur Jr. announced they’d be re-forming for the first time since Mascis kicked Barlow out of the band in 1989.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 23, 2007


Back to ‘Bassic’

Dubstep comes to Boston
Dubstep is one of those genres that’s more often talked about than heard.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 23, 2007


Plaid to the bone

The return of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Dicky Barrett is on his cellphone from Atlanta.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 23, 2007


Prime time

Heeere’s . . . Johnny Cash!
To many political conservatives during Vietnam, championing the music of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell was the equivalent of French-kissing Chairman Mao.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 23, 2007


Sexual Halen

The little Dutch boys who could
Good news from the literary delivery room: the ignoble genre of rock biography has just given birth to its first genuine comedy.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  October 23, 2007


A hero of our time

Ivan Moravec at the Metropolitan Museum
I never doubt Moravec unless I’m measuring him against himself. There isn’t a pianist alive I’d rather hear.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 18, 2007

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