The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA. Mon. 5-21-18, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv., $30 Day of show. The Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA. Fri. 5-25-18. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. $35 adv., $40 Day of show. Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT. Sat. 5-26-18. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. $27.50-$30. NOTE: Lilly Hiatt opens; VIP tickets available all three dates.   Question: this folkie singer-songwriter is reminiscent of a spry James Taylor; he also has a lucky seven full-lengths to his name, hit the Newport Folk Festival in 2011, and looks good in a Portuguese flat cap. That last one is obviously the clincher here, but ifRead More →

Lake Street Dive – Free Yourself Up Nonesuch Records -out May 4 3.5 / 5   Lake Street Dive has come a long way from the dives they (and streetcorners) they’ve performed on. Former Bostonites and now current New Yorkers (no bitterness here!), the quartet digs into a groove similar to their 2014 Bad Self Portraits, a groove of jazzy quartet with pop tendencies and non-standard song choices. Their latest Free Yourself Up hits upon their more whimsical notes (lyrically) in common with 2016’s Side Pony, but it’s in Bad Self Portraits‘ sound where they find their more familiar ground. And that’s what this album is: familiar. It’s a second attempt atRead More →

Shakey Graves – Can’t Wake Up Dualtone Music -out May 4 4.5 / 5 We have some misplaced anger at Austin-ite Shakey Graves. You see, his albums (specifically his last one, 2014’s And the War Came) are incredibly difficult to review. We reluctantly gave this one a 3.5 (see the review here) when, really, it’s one of our favorites of the year. Shame on you, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, for flying under the radar! The “problem” with his music is that it’s difficult to categorize, and to compare to other musicians out there. It’s easy to get confused, to work at it to tune your ear to it; inRead More →

Hello faithful readers! We’ve decided to add the digital pdfs of The Keeper of Dreams Vols. 1 and 2 to our blog right here. And we’re going to drop it from Amazon as well. What’s that? Seriously? How much? Free. Isn’t that great? We’d like to have your email address for our mailing list, that’s all (entirely voluntary). What’s going to be on the mailing list? Drafts of new stories, of course. And links to those that land themselves in lit mags. So stuff to read and keep busy with! Sign up, and we’ll keep in touch once a quarter. Thanks much, and enjoy theRead More →

Today we want you to catch up on your comedic telethon intake; we suspect you might’ve come a bit short after the Super Bowl weekend. On Feb 1st, the Lady Parts Justice League held a telethon celebrating… ummm… vagi- we mean, lady parts (tee hee). Do check out the fundraiser at their satellite site, www.ladypartsjustice.com, and bid on some of the ridiculous items up for auction (see below). These auctions end on Feb. 14th: Valentine’s Day warning! The LPJL is an organization of comics and other artists/activists who look to protect women’s reproductive rights. So if you’re a fan of women, reproduction or rights, thenRead More →

Mark Erelli – Mixtape  Self-Released -out Jan. 26 4 / 5   MA-based folkie Mark Erelli first came to our attention with his 2008 album of political discontent Delivered. It is, in short, a brilliant and beautiful album, and we’ve been following Erelli since. Mixtape is his new covers album pulled from thirteen years of performances at Cambridge, MA’s Club Passim spanning songs from The Grateful Dead to Neko Case and Arcade Fire. While we don’t often review covers albums, Mixtape is a welcome reprieve from our usual modus operandi. It’s nice to mix(tape) things up once in a while. Despite going from pop (“The Boys of Summer“) to aRead More →

Typhoon – Offerings Roll Call Records -out Jan. 12 3.5 / 5   We’ve thought greatly about this double-album fresh from Portland, OR’s Typhoon. There is one word that circles about our head like a persistent muse: Ambitious. There is no doubt here that Offerings, the third full-length studio offering (and the band’s first double-album) is the most ambitious album we’ve reviewed in our ten years of reviewing. This is exactly what we wanted to see from Typhoon, fresh off their brilliant White Lighter in 2013, one of our two 5 of 5 reviews on here. It’s a double album in three movements that plays off of aRead More →

Various Artists – 7″ for Planned Parenthood  A Dizzying Array of Artists -out now digitally, Nov. 17 for vinyl box set Can we state how important this is / 5 ?   First things first: 100% of the proceeds of sales go to Planned Parenthood. If you’re not aware of what Planned Parenthood is, they’re the most important provider of sexual health care in the US. They serve 2.4 million people a year, many and many of them in difficult financial situations (ie broke and working at Wal-Mart); and it’s estimated 1 in 5 women have visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in their lives. Planned ParenthoodRead More →

Wait, book signings you say? What is he talking about?   This:   Coming to Amazon on Nov. 14th (at this link) will be the second volume of my short stories. Ebook format.   And now, the kicker: paperbacks are only available at signings. Such as these card shops in RI/MA:   Scholar’s Games: Friday, Oct. 20th, 5p-9p 244 Liberty St., Brockton, MA 02301 (774) 627-7748 (Located in the right-most building.)   Game King: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2p-7p Come to Game King’s 5th Anniversary! There will be other artists and writers! 120 S. Main St., Fall River, MA 02721 (508) 676-9900   The Annex: Saturday,Read More →