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Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream

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When I first ran across Katie Glassman a couple of years ago (review here), I noted her album was exploring a lot of genres.  Her latest release, Dream A Little Dream, hit the streets earlier this week featuring her now-permanent band, Snapshot.  She’s taken a significant step forward as a recording artist with this project. […] more »

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The Twangville 2014 Release Preview, Boston Edition

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This is shaping up to be a great year of music in Boston. All the albums below will be unleashed to the world in January and February. Here’s hoping the following ten months are just as fruitful. RADIO SWEETHEART by SARAH BORGES If there’s such a thing as a rock star quality then Sarah Borges […] more »

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Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines – I Didn’t Want To Do It

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Macy Blackman’s piano playing is a treat for those who enjoy swampy, down home boogie-woogie. His new album, I Didn’t Want To Do It, takes a page from Dr. John’s playbook, featuring spirited New Orleans style boogie-woogie piano – but without the trippier side of the Dr. John experience. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Blackman did […] more »

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Ali Holder – In Preparation For Saturn’s Return

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I can’t say I ever thought about going to a smoky jazz lounge and hearing something twangy.  After listening to Ali Holder’s solo debut, In Preparation For Saturn’s Return, I can now picture that happening.  There are certainly artists fusing jazz and country or bluegrass.  See our coverage of Phoebe Hunt’s latest for an example, […] more »

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Mayer’s Playlist for July and August 2013, Part 1

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH American Ride, by Willie Nile Willie Nile is on a roll. After playing the major label game twice in his nearly 35-year career, Nile quietly self-released 1999’s outstanding Beautiful Wreck of the World. Since then he has delivered three more compelling albums filled with high energy rock songs and touching ballads. […] more »

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Monday Morning Video: Lake Street Dive Say “I Want You Back”

Here’s a fun one for your Monday morning. Talented quartet Lake Street Dive take to a Boston sidewalk for this soulful take on the Jackson Five classic “I Want You Back.” more »

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Ghosts Along the Brazos – When It Rains It Pours

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Some songs, and albums, take you to a particular time in your life, junior year in high school maybe, or the first summer of backyard barbecues in your first home.  Others take you to an era, the 30′s of NY with early Duke Ellington, or Bakersfield in the early 60′s with Buck Owens.  And some […] more »

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Phoebe Hunt – Live at the Cactus Cafe

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I’m pretty sure Phoebe Hunt could sing a used car commercial and make it mesmerizing.  The former lead singer and fiddle player for the Belleville Outfit just released her first full length solo collection, Live at the Cactus Cafe, and it does a great job showing off her musical and vocal range. Several of the […] more »

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Caitlin Rose- The Stand-In

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Writing this review is difficult for me, and not because my feelings about the album are ambiguous. I almost uniformly adore the record. The difficulty arises in attempting to write about the record. Because, despite my adoration of The Stand-In, I can’t really put my finger on the reason why. Every thought comes across as […] more »

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Just For Today

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Unless you are a die-hard blues enthusiast, Ronnie Earl is probably the best guitarist you’ve never heard of.  A sensitive, masterful guitarist, he has been laying down magical licks for close to 35 years.  He is totally in love with his instrument, and, as evidenced by his expressive playing, he has a special connection to […] more »

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Miscellaneous Gems

Over the last 6 months or so I’ve come across a few albums or EP’s that I enjoyed, but for one reason or another didn’t do a full review.  As the year winds down I figured it’s a good time to collect a few of those into a single post. Wasabi – Wide Open An […] more »

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Elephant Revival – It’s Alive

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At some point in just about everyone’s life you meet someone, usually of the opposite sex, who you realize is just so sophisticated and charismatic that you have to readjust your scale for those qualities.  At that point the cold hard truth hits you that no matter how much you practice and work at your […] more »

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The Wood Brothers – Live, Volume 1 & 2

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The best find for me in September’s AMA awards was a couple of live discs from the Wood Brothers that were included in the swag bag.  Volume 1 is entitled Sky High, and Volume 2 is Nail & Tooth.  Regardless of the separate names and release dates, these discs are like, well, two brothers.  Chris […] more »

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SHEL – SHEL

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It’s been my experience that bands who do a Led Zeppelin cover in an album are walking a dangerous line.  As Yoda says, “do or do not, there is no try”.  Tackling an interpretation of Plant and Page requires not just sharp musical insight, but a lot of skill to then pull off the execution. […] more »

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Deanna Bogart – Pianoland

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Having won three past Blues Music Awards for her saxophone playing and a trunkful of Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) in a fertile Washington, DC blues scene that included the likes of the Nighthawks, Tom Principato, Jimmy Thackery, Cephas & Wiggins, John Jackson, and Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart focuses her attention on her magical piano […] more »

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