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On December 3, 2022
This week’s musical highlight for me was seeing Patterson Hood play City Winery in Boston. This is exactly two weeks after his Drive By Truckers bandmate Mike Cooley played there so that was a great November. It’s so wonderful to see these guys play solo shows because they play a bunch of songs that never, […]

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On November 26, 2022

The musical highlight of my last two weeks was seeing Mike Cooley from Drive-By Truckers do a solo show at City Winery in Boston. An unfortunately low-attendance show I should say, which reminds me th

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On November 12, 2022

I was unfamiliar with the Wabanaki bassist Mali Obomsawin but I saw she was playing with some of my favorite contemporary jazz musicians–the trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum and the drummer Tomas Fujiw

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On November 5, 2022
This week’s big music news for me is seeing The Gibson Brothers at the Narrows Center in Fall River, Massachusetts. I’d listened to these guys for about 20 years, particularly their albums from that period., I sort of lost track of their releases, but still enjoyed what I heard. While one does not think of […]

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On October 29, 2022

We lost the Killer yesterday. Jerry Lee Lewis was the last of a generation. All of the major early rock stars are now gone (I think anyway). Moreover, Jerry Lee is my favorite of that generation, by a

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On October 22, 2022

The last two weeks saw me mostly in Texas for a conference and extended visit. What that meant was exposure to the amazing shows one can see in that musically fertile place. Specifically, I got to see

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On October 8, 2022
The big personal news for my musical week was seeing Fontaines D.C. at House of Blues in Boston on Thursday night. Those Dublin boys make for one hell of a great live act. I guess this must be what seeing Gang of Four or The Feelies or The Replacements was like. The sheer energy of […]

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On October 1, 2022

This week’s big musical event was seeing Amyl and the Sniffers at Big Night in Boston on Sunday. This Aussie punk band really knows how to bring it. Amy Taylor likes to sing about how ugly and a

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On September 24, 2022

We lost Pharoah Sanders today. This is just terrible. One of the great saxophonists in jazz history and other than Coltrane, probably the single most important figure in the free jazz scene of the lat

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On September 17, 2022
I was supposed to see Amanda Shires in Providence Friday night, but a band member tested positive for Covid, so the show was cancelled. Life in the late pandemic I guess. Hopefully, she reschedules. But that was also going to be the lede for the this week’s music column. So I don’t have anything totally […]

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On September 10, 2022

This week’s musical highlight was seeing Neko Case at the astounding Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston. First, the theater. This is a really famous place. For many years, it was the place that

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On August 20, 2022

Having spent a week in Ireland, I was curious to figure something out. To what extent is traditional Irish music (or “trad,” which is a word I hate for reasons I can’t quite pinpoint

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