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Marc Ribot

Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 — Marc Ribot Plays Masada Book Two | Tzadik
If you know Ribot only through his brilliant sidemanning with Burnett and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, you don’t really know Ribot.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 27, 2007


The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Wolfgang’s Big Night Out | Surfdog
Sure, this is a lowdown take on uptown music, but Setzer’s standards stay elevated through all the high jinks.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 19, 2007


Never poor in spirit

Homeless, not rootless
The prospect of New England gospel-soul singer Mighty Sam McClain recording a duet with Jon Bon Jovi or performing onstage with Natalie Merchant seems improbable.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 14, 2007



R.E.M. LIVE | Warner Bros.
Unless you’re a diehard fan, wait for their new album in the spring.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 13, 2007


Robert Wyatt

Comicopera | Domino
The sweetest instrument is Wyatt’s voice, whose fragile, high, quavering tone is honest to the core.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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


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


Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

What pioneering American indie label issued records by both the Beatles and John Lee Hooker?
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 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


Joe Bonamassa

Sloe Gin | J+R Adventures
Six CDs into his solo career, this singer and six-stringer from upstate New York has hit his artistic stride.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 22, 2007


John Fogerty

Revival | Fantasy
Fogerty is again in full command of his talent for blending heartfelt writing with irony-free meat-and-potatoes rock.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 15, 2007


Kid at play

Teddy Thompson ’ s country jag
Slouching on a Marriott lobby couch in jeans, T-shirt, and sandals, blond-haired Teddy Thompson looks like a California surfer.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 16, 2007


Family affair

Linda Thompson’s Versatile Heart
Linda Thompson’s voice is a powerful instrument.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 16, 2007



Rudder |
This New York City instrumental quartet hold their ground somewhere in among Morphine, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and Bitches Brew–era Miles.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 01, 2007


Punch lines

Eddie Brill and the Boston Comedy Festival
A tide of laughter breaks over comedian Eddie Brill as his high-speed spiel about an antic bar pick-up recounted in a string of clichés halts.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 01, 2007


PJ Harvey

White Chalk | Island
As the next 10 songs in this cryptic gothic fairy tale unreel, she experiences a drug-induced nightmare, a moon tide of guilt, and, seemingly, death.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 24, 2007


Paler than thou

Jim Gaffigan’s off-white superheroes
Comic-book-style superheroes have been a staple of TV since George Reeves put on Superman’s red cape and blue tights in 1951.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 19, 2007


10,000 Laughs: The Best of the Boston Comedy Festival

“People have to remember that there’s one big difference between Bush and Hitler,” he says. “Hitler wrote a book.”
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2007


Joe Henry

Civilians | Anti-
Joe Henry is an unlikely candidate for a protest CD, even one this subtle.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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

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