CD Shorts: Bob Dylan and The Band, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11
Feb25

CD Shorts: Bob Dylan and The Band, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11

Bob Dylan and The Band The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Complete Basement Tapes (Columbia/Legacy) It’s about time. Ever since Columbia launched this series over 20 years ago, the release of Bob Dylan’s most famous bootleg has been eagerly anticipated. A 24-song version of The Basement Tapes surfaced in 1975 — freshly manicured via overdubs — but everyone knew there was much more in the vaults. With this deluxe six-disc set, comprising...

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The Arts: Saving their own lives
Feb25

The Arts: Saving their own lives

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Nightcrawler: Give ’Em The Boot
Feb25

Nightcrawler: Give ’Em The Boot

Nancy Sinatra’s boots may have been made for walkin’, but the way Ludlow Firefighter Dan McKenney sees it, his Rock The Boot Winter Jam — slated for Feb. 28 in the town’s Gremio Lusitano Club — will serve two decidedly different purposes. For starters, music fans won’t have to wait for his other, larger (rock the) boot to drop this summer to get a sonic fix locally. And secondly, this annual winter installment will give the summer...

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CD Shorts: Brothers Born, Knife Wounds
Feb18

CD Shorts: Brothers Born, Knife Wounds

Brothers Born Knife Wounds (Nine Mile) Brothers Born is the new, Easthampton-based project of Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage and Michael Wyzik, who’s been part of Red Door Exchange and Storm The Ohio. It’s worth noting up front that Brothers Born sounds pretty much nothing like any of those bands. That said, there are two main directions in evidence here, and the tension between them provides the album’s energy. There are some...

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Nightcrawler: The The Band Band Plays On
Feb18

Nightcrawler: The The Band Band Plays On

On the back of such seminal works as Goodfellas and Casino, Martin Scorsese is roundly regarded as an authority on all things mafioso. Less famously — at least, when considering his body of work in its entirety — Scorsese also filmed and released the final concert by The Band. And how does this cinematic coincidence relate to bassist/drummer/fiddler Gary Solomon and his tribute act, the The Band band? There’s a classic line in the...

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CD Shorts: Of Montreal, “Aureate Gloom”
Feb11

CD Shorts: Of Montreal, “Aureate Gloom”

Of Montreal Aureate Gloom (Polyvinyl) Of Montreal — which is not a band from Montreal, but from Athens, Georgia — taps into a distinctive, if monolithic aesthetic on its 13th album. Determining whether that stylistic unity is evidence of imaginitive shortcomings or of a singularly realized vision may come down to taste. The elements are clear from the first song. The air in the studio where Kevin Barnes and band recorded seems to have...

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