This has been a great year for music in and around Boston. I hesitate to break these out into a separate regional list as they would all feature prominently on my overall Best of 2014. That said, taken together they make a great statement on the vibrancy of the Boston music scene. GIRLS GUNS AND […]
Album of the Year: Noah Gundersen, Ledges My pick for album of the year is Noah Gundersen’s Ledges. The up and coming singer-songwriter from Seattle, nails it with Ledges. It’s a family affair as his sister, Abby, joins in on vocals including album opener “Poor Man’s Son” which simply stops time as it blends effortlessly into […]
You know those idiots who scream “Free Bird” at every show that they attend? Sometimes dreams really do come true.
I’m fortunate enough to live in an area with a tradition of supporting live music. It’s not Austin or Nashville, but Santa Cruz holds its own when it comes to getting some great Americana tour stops. I’m also lucky enough to be able to travel to some music festivals every year. So while I don’t […]
Here, in no particular order, are a few more favorites from 2014. And the War CameShakey Graves The Shipwreck From the ShoreAnthony D’Amato HealStrand of Oaks Parker MillsapParker Millsap All or Nothin’Nikki Lane Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyDave Alvin and Phil Alvin Eli Paperboy […]
This has been a great year in music, a feast for the ears but a challenge when it comes to picking my favorite albums for the year. A good problem to have, I suppose. Without further ado…. #1. MATTHEW RYAN, Boxers Ryan has never been one to pull his punches so why should we expect […]
You picked MARK KOZELEK, Sings Christmas Carols as your favorite holiday album of 2014. Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll:
How about some vintage Uncle Tupelo (circa 1994) to start your work week? Why yes, that sounds good.
From the opening lines of “Carissa”, you realize this isn’t a happy go lucky listen. Not that Sun Kil Moon ever is. Even when covering Modest Mouse, it’s pretty slow going and dark. But this album is 11 originals that stick in the gut like…hell, I don’t know. It’s just powerful stuff. The storytelling is […]
One of my favorite things about seeing live shows (well, after the music) are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from Fall 2014. This song is for everyone having a bad day. If you’re having a good day, sit this one out. Andrew Duhon No “Freebird,” […]