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Do you believe in Magic?

Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 01, 2007


Political beats

Filastine’s activist groove
Don’t let the name fool you: producer/DJ Grey Filastine is a sophisticated and well-heeled sonic traveler.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 01, 2007


High volume

Japan’s Suishou No Fune keep it loud
As Suishou No Fune took the small stage at P.A.’s Lounge a week ago Tuesday, all the high-voltage warning signs were there.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 01, 2007


Night work

Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew go solo
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew don’t play in the kind of rock bands that privilege streamlined sonics over the expression of individual creative wills.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 25, 2007


Bands of Gypsy

Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box
The explosion of neo-Gypsy-hybrid music started, you might say, with a cleverly worded flyer spied years ago by Eugene Hütz.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 25, 2007



Freezepop just wanna rock
In the hands of almost any band, “Just give us more rock” would be, at best, a wry throw-away, at worst a lazy cliché.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 24, 2007


Irish sprung

Fionn Regan makes his way to America
Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan answers straightforward questions with beguiling sidesteps.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 24, 2007


Flying high

Kurt Weill in Stow; Ziegler and Lima sing Mahler
Cantata Singers director David Hoose must feel that Weill’s music is more timely than ever.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 26, 2007


Slideshow: Austin City Limits 2007

 Bjork, M.I.A., Regina Spektor, and more
 Bjork, M.I.A., Regina Spektor, and more
By: CARINA MASTRACOLA  |  September 24, 2007


Holding steady

Craig Finn returns to BC
When you think about it, the Hold Steady are the perfect Boston band.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 19, 2007

The benefits of stage fright

Tulsa find their inner noise
Like Tanton’s opposing halves, Tulsa’s music is marked by a sort of push-pull between melody and dissonance, concision and unhinged sonic exploration.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  September 18, 2007


Shop talk

Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
By: RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007


Outer limits

The return of Apples in Stereo
Sooner or later, most of us come to need at least some support in the mental world as well as the physical.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 12, 2007


Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007

Generic for tenor
Luciano Pavarotti was so famous, so beloved, he became the first classical musician since 1940s violinist Jascha Heifetz to have his name become generic.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2007


War of the words

50 Cent versus Kanye West
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  September 12, 2007


Taking charge

Shepherdess puts Hilken Mancini in the lead
If Hilken Mancini’s ego were bigger, her new album would be billed as the career breakthrough.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  September 10, 2007


Basstown nights

The new scene emerges; Halloween preparations
If 2006 was the year Boston germinated, 2007 is the year it grows up.
By: DAVID DAY  |  September 12, 2007



The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues
It’s payback time for Boston’s blues and roots music scene.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007


World music

The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 12, 2007


Singles scene

Local bands dig in with digital
It’s old news: this series of tubes they call the Internet has revolutionized the way music is distributed.
By: WILL SPITZ  |  September 12, 2007


Happy endings

Bad news begets good tunes
The end is nigh! And I’m not talking about the mortgage market.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

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