Monthly Archives: January 2011

>Lissie at the Paradise, Boston

>   The second show of my weekend concert extravaganza was quite different than the first. Instead of the sold out large-theater setting of the House of Blues for the Decemberists, I was a mile or so up Comm. Ave. at … Continue reading

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>The Decemberists at the House of Blues, Boston, Jan. 28, 2011

>   “Apparently, we ruined indie,” declared the Decemberists enigmatic lead singer Colin Meloy, in the middle of a small run of new songs off their new latest album, “The King Is Dead” early in the show. Meloy was referring to … Continue reading

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>Lyrically Speaking: April the 14th, Part 1

> Pity us poor Gillian Welch fans!  We keep tapping our toes, checking our watches, paging through our calendars waiting for the next album to drop. I mean, she’s got plenty of time to help her partner David Rawlings put … Continue reading

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>CD review: the Decemberists, "The King Is Dead"

>    My 17-year-old daughter and I both love the Decemberists, but I suspect for different reasons. She loves their wildly dramatic flair, their old-world story songs, and that British tone. I love all that too, but what gets me … Continue reading

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>Lyrically Speaking: For No One

>    It almost feels like cheating to pick a Beatles song for this feature.  I mean, just because everyone knows every note, every lyric by heart — does that mean I shouldn’t be able to share my thoughts? I … Continue reading

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>CD review: Lori McKenna, "Lorraine"

>   It’s easy to hear the appeal of Lori McKenna’s songs to country music stars and fans: the trials and tribulations, thoughts and actions of her everyday characters are those that fill countless country songs.  Yet I certainly didn’t come … Continue reading

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>Album releases update

>January and February are usually pretty light when it comes to album releases. Many bands like to release their albums in time to take advantage of the holiday season or wait till spring. But not this year. There’s a ton … Continue reading

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