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 →

We just caught the Newport Folk Fest, the musical jewel of the summer… other than its older and meaner brother the Newport Jazz Fest. Why should you head over to the Newport Jazz Fest? Because Bela Fleck and the Most Amazing Living Bassist (ie Victor Wooten) are headlining Friday. Because Rhiannon Giddens, who played one of the best sets at the Folk Fest has a double-header with the always excellent Trombone Shorty. (Giddens fits in incredibly well with the power of her jazz voice, too.) Because you missed the Folk Fest, and you need NEED your fix of the Newport-hosted music scene. There are tooRead More →