Mayer’s Playlist for January 2015

ALBUM OF THE MONTH Fear and Saturday Night, by Ryan Bingham Bingham sets the tone for his latest album right out of the gate. “I’ve been carrying my troubles in this pack strapped to my shoulder,” he confesses in the opening “Nobody Knows My Trouble.” What follows are twelve songs that are filled with life […]

Readers’ Pick: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists

THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World edges out RYAN BINGHAM, Fear and Saturday Night as your favorite for the week of January 20, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top Picks – Winter 2015 JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (13) RYAN […]

Readers’ Pick: Absent Fathers by Justin Townes Earle

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers beats out ERIC SARDINAS, Boomerang as your favorite for the week of January 13, 2015. Poll Results Readers’ Top Picks – Winter 2015 JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) ERIC SARDINAS, Boomerang (7) JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways (2) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, The Balcony (1) New Poll

The Twangville 2015 Release Preview, Boston Edition

I expect that these releases are just the beginning of another great year of Boston music. MAKE TIME by THE SUITCASE JUNKET(6 January) Singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz knows how to make one heck of a racket. His one-man band sound leans heavy on fuzzy guitar and ragged percussion, augmented by occasional throat-singing that gives the songs […]

Readers’ Pick: JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways

A quiet start to the year, but that shouldn’t last long. JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways edges out CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, The Balcony as your favorite for the week of January 6, 2015. Readers’ Top Picks – Winter 2015 JOSHUA RADIN, Onward and Sideways (2) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, The Balcony (1) Don’t forget […]

Todd’s Best of 2014

I make lots of lists. Mostly lists of things I have to get done. It calms me to do this and makes anything seem possible if I put it on a list. It’s even more satisfying when I get to scratch something off the list.  In keeping with that, here’s my Best of 2014 list, […]