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Jesse Winchester, In Memoriam

April is shaping up as a difficult world in the world of music. This past week we lost Jesse Winchester, whose soft-spoken style belied the power of his songs. Here are two magical Winchester performances. The first is an early (and often covered) classic “Defying Gravity.” The second is the celebrated appearance on Elvis Costello’s […] more »

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SXSW 2014 — The Scene

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For me, the true harbinger of spring is the arrival of the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. Or rather, spring begins for me when I arrive in Austin for SXSW. With upwards of 2,500 bands and 20,000 attendees from around the world, SXSW is the world’s premiere music conference. Even better, it […] more »

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In Memoriam – Dave Lamb

Dave Lamb of the Providence, RI-based duo Brown Bird passed away this past weekend. The circumstances are heart-wrenching. Lamb fell ill with mysterious symptoms while touring Texas last year. In a tale that is all too familiar, Lamb had no insurance. Fortunately, he was able to get home and secure insurance for what became a […] more »

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Music With a Purpose — Matthew Ryan’s “An Anthem for the Broken”

Let me get straight to the point. Buy this song. Buy it not because it is a great song, although it is. Buy it because when you do, you’ll be supporting a fellow music fan and longtime friend of Twangville who is waging a fierce battle with ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Click […] more »

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Shane Sweeney’s Morning Drawings

For all the magical moments spent performing, I gotta imagine that life as a touring musician has plenty of shortcomings. Set aside the extended drives and junk food sustenance, there are undoubtedly hours of monotony and boredom. In those instances it pays to have a hobby to occupy the time. Two Cow Garage’s Shane Sweeney […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Boston Music Awards Winners

The Boston Music Awards were held in, um, Boston last night. Congrats to all the deserving winners, a list that included several Twangville faves: Kingsley Flood — Album of the Year Girls, Guns and Glory — Americana Artist of the Year + Male Vocalist of the Year (Ward Hayden) Session Americana — Best Live Ongoing […] more »

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A Thanksgiving Toast 2013

Well it’s Thanksgiving again and that means it’s time to thank all who helped out with Twangville this year. First and foremost we have to thank all the Twangville readers who read our reviews and participate in our weekly polls. More importantly, we have to thank all the musicians who give us things worth talking […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Charlie Chesterman

The Boston music scene recently lost one of our favorite sons. Charlie Chesterman earned his stripes in Scruffy the Cat back in the 1980′s before settling in as a solo artist, ably backed by a band known as the Legendary Motorbikes. His songs always had a classic 1950′s vintage rock sensibility, compact three minute pop […] more »

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Americana Music Conference 2013: The Awards Show

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Every fall, The Americana Music Association gathers members, artists and music fans together in Nashville for its annual conference. Starting with the annual Americana Music Awards and continuing through four days of showcases and panel discussions, it is a tremendous celebration of Americana music. Any discussion of the Americana Music Conference has to begin with […] more »

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Music with a Purpose: A Compilation for Nuci’s Space

This post continues our series about music that serves a higher purpose. Beyond pure listening enjoyment, these releases raise awareness about important issues that impact countless people in their day-to-day lives. Our friends at Country Fried Rock have just released an awesome new compilation. The release supports Nuci’s Space, a not-for-profit that provides mental health […] more »

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The Boston & New England Festival Circuit

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It’s a good time to be a music lover in New England. The region is awash with great music festivals, both long-standing and new. Not surprisingly, my list starts with the recent Twangville Music Festival and the famed Newport Folk Festival. Here, however, are a host of new festivals bringing great music to New England. […] more »

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Twangville Presents …. Sarah Borges

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On her last record with longtime backing band the Broken Singles, Sarah Borges recorded covers ranging from X to Smokey Robinson to the Lemonheads. As incongruous as it may look written down, Borges has made it sound damn near perfect over the first decade of her music career. Wowing audiences across the country and recording […] more »

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Twangville Comes to Boston: A Special Live Music Festival

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The Twangville Posse – we’ve got writers across the United States – like to get together from time to time to, well, talk music. This year we’re gathering near Boston and you’re invited to the party! Twangville will be taking over the Lizard Lounge on June 28th and 29th for an incredible weekend of music. […] more »

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SXSW 2013: The Scene

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For me, the true harbinger of spring is the arrival of the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. Or rather, spring begins for me when I arrive in Austin for SXSW. With upwards of 2,500 bands and 20,000 attendees from around the world, SXSW is the world’s premiere music conference. Even better, it […] more »

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The Wisdom of Rock and Roll

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I expect that most of us have been inspired by a song lyric at one time or another. From the Beatles’ “and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make” to the Lumineers’ “the opposite of love is indifference,” these lyrics offer distinct perspectives on the lives that we […] more »

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