A sound connection

Music

Reggae singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuni divides his time between a successful music career and global humanitarian efforts. The second oldest of eight siblings, Dawuni grew up...

Now hear this

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“Horn Hill” by Tiger Saw Burst and Bloom Records File Under: indie, slow-core, basement soul Sounds like: Low, Songs: Ohia, The Microphones While Maine’s Monhegan Island...

Good advice

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Bright As You Can,” the new album from Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, better known as Mike + Ruthy, is a family affair. In any...

Photo/Album

Books, Music

Guy Capecelatro III and Michael Winters sit at a conference table in The Sound’s office. Capecelatro, a wordsmith who rarely (if ever) declines a project,...

Influences and intersections

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In modern punk and hardcore, Defeater is one of only a few bands able to bridge the gap between the worlds of headstrong aggression and insightful...

Reinventing radio

Music

When Rick Dirck became Portsmouth Community Radio’s program director two years ago, the first thing he did was conduct an “ad hoc” survey in the...

Love letter

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The imperfect symmetry of twin dancers Billy and Bobby McClain has been captivating audiences around the world for the past 35 years. With a love...

Transcendent songs

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As the brightly hued foliage begins to fall in layers on the landscape, we’ve started shuffling our sweaters to the front of the closet and...

More life

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Chad Clark’s heart nearly killed him. In 2007, the frontman for the Washington, D.C.-based band Beauty Pill thought he had a bad case of the...

Music notes

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Gypsy jazz in Kittery It was nearly 80 years ago that Django Reinhardt developed his unique jazz guitar technique, spawning the fiery style of music...

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“No Worse For Wear” by Soggy Po’ Boys Self-released File Under: New Orleans jazz, blues, funk Sounds like: Sidney Bechet, Tom Waits, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins...

All together

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Music has always been a family affair for Ruthie Foster. She grew up in rural Texas in a family of gospel singers. In church, she...

Original alternative

Books, Music

Al Barr’s 17-years-and-counting with the Dropkick Murphys are a little more than half of his lifelong performance career. It’s fair to say that what Barr...

Art and vision

Music

Nothing Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Lucius does is accidental. The band’s aesthetic is inspired by 1960s girl groups, but the quintet’s sound is pure 21st-century sonic...

Sliding scale

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Trombonist Kendall Moore moved from Miami to the Seacoast in March, and the day after he arrived, he already had a gig with trumpet player...

Ladys’ night

Music

There’s no pretention behind The Landladys’ infectious brand of indie rock and the camaraderie that facilitates its creation. Filed somewhere between The Microphones and Brian...

Talking up the Takedown

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Spend the day at the annual Pawtuckaway Takedown music festival in Nottingham and, along with a great line-up of local bands, you’ll also see tree...

Family band

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Claire Roeth In the beginning, Mexo-Americana was a self-applied tagline for the David Wax Museum. As fans of the band have long known, front man...

Write big

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Josh Ritter rarely writes about himself. The singer-songwriter is more at home building narratives and dipping into the lives of fictional characters in his songs....

Laughing in the dark

Music

Old Man Gloom is an experimental sludge metal juggernaut with a reputation for monkeyshines that’s almost as well known as their innovative output. The unpredictable...

Convening of Congress

Music

It started as a small backyard gathering of musicians in 2010. That gathering became an annual tradition, taking place at The Stone Church in Newmarket...

The kids are alright

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And The Kids describe their creative interpretation of indie pop as “accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music.” The trio, made up of Hannah...

A long, happy trip

Music

For even the hardiest touring superstars, playing over 100 shows in a year is a test of endurance. For Baltimore’s transcendent psych-drone duo Darsombra, every...

Tear down the wall

Music

According to Parma Recordings CEO Bob Lord, the mission of the Parma Music Festival is essentially the same as the company’s mission: “To combine different...