Christopher Paul Stelling at Thunder Road

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What Christopher Paul Stelling can do with a guitar, including playing it behind his head, qualifies him as a virtuoso. His lyrics are thought provoking and emotionally evocative.  Jonah Tolchin, a pretty amazing guitar player in his own right, played … Continue reading

Prince and the Soundtrack of My Life

Prince at Coachella.

Prince at Coachella.

It was my best friend from the neighborhood who first introduced me to Prince. Hanging out at his house one day, he played one of the earliest albums, either Controversy of the self-titled debut album. At that time, I was a good Catholic school boy trying to fit in, and Prince was kind of out there for me, with his erotic lyrics and a reputation for performing in underwear. I don’t remember my reaction as I listened to the songs with my friend, but my determination not to like this man’s music did not last long. Those songs stuck with me, echoing in my head.

Prince kept churning out great music, scoring bigger and bigger sales. Soon enough, even the suburban prep-school kids whose opinions I was too concerned about, were also listening.  It would be hard Continue reading

Gallery Cory Branan and Chuck Ragan at the Sinclair

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I don’t know of anyone who can rock and acoustic guitar as well as singer-songwriter Cory Branan, even all alone on stage!  He was a powerhouse opening act for Chuck Ragan and the Camraderie.  The gravely voice of this Punk-infused … Continue reading

Mashrou’ Leila at Middle East Downstairs

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Mashrou’ Leila are a phenomenally talented band from Beirut that plays music that we’ll call Alternative Rock, for lack of a better term.  The fact is that it defies easy characterization.  The songs are in Arabic, and clearly influenced by … Continue reading

Robbie Fulks at Passim October 13

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Just a small gallery of images from the Robbie Fulks show at Club Passim on October 13.  It was a great show.  If you’ve heard his music, you know that Robbie Fulks has a great sense of humor.  He’s also … Continue reading

Boston Calling

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The Boston Calling Festival is, in my humble opinion, the best annual music festival in this area, since the Life is Good Festival ended at least.  City Hall Plaza is a great setting, the music is an nice mix of … Continue reading