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On December 18, 2021
I think it’s time for my long-awaited Dead themed post. There’s no real reason for the timing other than that I don’t have anything better to talk about. However, it is worth noting that Martin Scorsese is now making a feature film on the Dead, starring Jonah Hill as Jerry Garcia. I am skeptical, yes. […]

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On December 11, 2021

The big music news for me this week was seeing Sarah Jarosz play at the Narrows Center in Fall River, Massachusetts. It’s a great venue, albeit with higher prices than nearly anywhere else you w

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On December 4, 2021

I grew up outside of Eugene and the thing about that city is that while it is great in many ways, it has a terrible music scene. Somehow, Michelle Zauner from Japanese Breakfast is from Eugene, which

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On November 20, 2021
I was so happy to see my first jazz show in two years last Friday at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. It was Bill Lowe’s Signifyin’ Natives, effectively a post-colonial jazz group on people of color speaking the truths. This is a large band format–currently seven players. It includes Bill Lowe (tuba, bass trombone), Hafez […]

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On November 13, 2021

I haven’t written a Music Notes column in a long time, largely because I’ve been traveling so much, often for shows. So let me highlight a couple and then I will hold the show I saw last n

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On October 23, 2021

I’ve been reading a couple of music books and since I don’t have any gigantic stories to tell today or any shows I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks, seems like a good idea to disc

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On October 11, 2021
I spent last weekend at Shoalsfest in Florence, Alabama, followed by a trip to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. While there is plenty of music news and interesting articles to report, I am going to delay them all for the next issue, as there is plenty to talk about here. Shoalsfest is Jason Isbell’s festival. […]

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On September 25, 2021

Last Saturday, I saw Yo La Tengo play at the Columbus Theater in Providence. It was my second Yo La Tengo show and the better of the two, I think. In the first set, the band really went to their quiet

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On September 11, 2021

I spent last weekend at the Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown, Rhode Island. This is an annual folk festival on the coast near the Connecticut border. I’d never gone before, largely bec

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On September 4, 2021
Last night, I saw Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney at the Columbus Theater in Providence. This was my first indoor show since the pandemic began. There was a vaccination requirement and a masking requirement. This, my friends, is the definition of safety. The show was great. Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) is known for […]

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On August 28, 2021

Another week, another major musical death to note here. This time, it’s Don Everly, the remaining half of The Everly Brothers. I don’t have as much to say about Everly as I did last week a

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On August 21, 2021

This week’s issue of Music Notes will only discuss one issue before we get to reviews, and that’s the death of Tom T. Hall. Tom T. was one of the all-time greats. A true humanist, no one c

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