Back to the future

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Hip-hop luminary Ishmael Butler, frontman of Shabazz Palaces, is always content to let the experimental group’s astral soundscapes and lyrical dualities speak for themselves. However, the...

Out of the past

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Robert McClung is righting historical wrongs one album at a time. He’s doing it under the guise of Telergy, a progressive rock band featuring musicians...

Now Hear This

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Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales by Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales Label: self-released File under: soul, R&B, funk Sounds Like: Sharon Jones and...

Music Notes

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Public NME number one What does a photo of Michael Jackson on the cover of a 1981 issue of a British magazine have to do...

Alone, together

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Angel Olsen’s brand of indie folk veers between the fiery and the ambrosial, weaving together dynamic combinations of vintage Americana and rock and roll. Her spellbinding...

The Landladys play musical chairs

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All four members of The Landladys are singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists, and each is lending his full array of talents to the band’s forthcoming album....

Seven days of classical music

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The second annual Halcyon Music Festival is upon us, bringing world-class musicians to Exeter, Portsmouth, and Durham. The chamber music festival kicked off with a...

Grazier gets full Berklee scholarship

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Portsmouth-based multi-instrumentalist Max Grazier is on the path to a career in music. Grazier, 18, is the 2015 recipient of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship,...

No words required

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Ehud Ettun and Haruka Yabuno met each other for the first time five years ago outside the New England Conservatory in Boston. Yabuno, a pianist...

Record growth

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The life of Tan Vampires frontman Jake Mehrmann has changed incredibly in the past six months. Not long after he and his wife, Julia, relocated to...

Breaking out

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Boston’s Ruby Rose Fox closed out 2014 with a successful residency at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge, Mass., a “Best Female Vocalist” award at the Boston...

Get up, get down

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For a decade, San Francisco’s Thao Nguyen has been making idiosyncratic, emotional pop music that doesn’t sound like anyone else. Her rich, expressive voice blends...

Now Hear This

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“Cape Snow,” by Cape Snow Burst and Bloom Records File Under: Dream pop, indie rock, Americana Sounds Like: Beth Orton, Neko Case, Aimee Mann, Mazzy Star...

Bright Beginnings

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We earned this summer. Though spring has not been unkind, let us recall this past winter and the desperate wishes we made while digging out of...

BBQ and country music unite

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If you like barbecue and you like country music, you’ll want to be in Rochester this weekend. The Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Music Festival takes...

Parma Music Festival takes shape

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It’s still nearly two months away, but the Parma Music Festival continues to announce local and national acts for its three-day contemporary music event in...

Blakeslee releases the mermaid

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South Berwick, Maine native Dan Blakeslee has long been recognized for his signature pick guard, an octopus with tentacles wrapped around his acoustic guitar. But,...

Slow and low

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Baltimore’s Lower Dens released its third album in March. The band’s leader, Jana Hunter, has been a fixture in the independent music community for years,...

Gems and roses

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Christopher Barnes formed Gem Club in Boston about five years ago, inspired by the RPM Challenge to write and record an album in a month....

Now Hear This

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“Stay Home,” Soft Eyes Eye Vybe Records File Under: psychedelic, vibe-rock, lo-fi Sounds like: Morgan Delt, Quilt, (early) White Fence, Allah-Las There’s a moment during every...

Songs and stories

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Martha Redbone wanted to follow her 2006 album “Future Street” with a project that would honor her family’s years in the mountains and coal mines...

Deep cuts

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Humor can be a surprisingly sharp weapon in hip-hop these days, but it’s a double-edged sword. Through jest and wordplay, MCs can engage listeners and...

Keeping hope alive

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On a recent afternoon, John Fullbright was at home on his family farm in Bearden, Okla., walking around the same little town where he grew...

The next step

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It’s hard to imagine Natalie Cressman as anything but a musician. The daughter of two West Coast jazz musicians is in her early 20s, with...