We’re sorry! We’re slackers! But here’s vital voting information for New Englanders looking to vote in the Republican (or Democratic) Primaries. YOU NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE, AAAAACK! In order of soonest to latest: MA: Register by Feb 10th, 8pm Eastern. That’s tomorrow! ME: Register by Feb 19th VT: Register by Feb 24th RI: Register by March 27th CT: Register by April 21 Keep in mind, if you want to choose between Bernie or Hillary, most states you have to register as Democrat, or can register as Independent. Play it safe, register Democrat if that’s who you want to vote for. You’re not committed toRead More →

Speak softly and carry a large guitar. Guthrie, Woody. Almost 30 years ago, a crazy old coot of a politician recorded some protest songs from the 60s. Armed with static-prone hair, no musical talent, and an uncanny ability to point in the air with his finger while talking, he gathered some local state musicians who, apparently, were immune to common sense. Not realizing that mixing politics – and specifically, politicians – in music is not dissimilar to mixing (often crude) oil in water, these brave artists soldiered on with their labors and produced some of the least-known independently released covers ever to grace this country.Read More →

As appears in the collection, The Keeper of Dreams. Painting courtesy of Dylan Kubic, @flaeschama on Instagram. Happy Holidays!-Mgmt The tour bus groaned to a halt; the troubadour kicked back in his seat and looked out the window. Cars passed by in the southern heat; the air conditioner kept blowing against a few loose papers. He opened the fridge and poured another cup of lemonade. “This damned heat,” he said. His tour manager nodded and returned to his phone. The troubadour sighed. The guitar from last night still rung in his ears. It was true: he was old. Even worse, he was famous: he couldn’tRead More →

“The best country singers die in the back of classic cars” – Rawlings and Gillian Welch and Impala, Chevrolet. Higher Ground, S Burlington, VT. Thurs. 11-12-15, doors 7pm, show 8pm. $30 adv, $35 day of.State Theatre, Portland, ME. Fri. 11-13-15, doors 7pm, show 8pm. $37.50.Lupo’s, Providence, RI. Sat. 11-13-15, doors 7pm. $32-$39.50Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA. Mon. 11-16-15, 8pm. $34.50. You’ve always liked Dave Rawlings. You just haven’t known it. He’s the male-half to Gillian Welch (check out everything from Time (The Revelator) to The Harrow and the Harvest) and everything the two touch is blissful earnest country. Now take your always-scintillating Welch-Rawlings duo, add aRead More →

Tyler and Maggie Heath + band (+ waterfall). Photo (C) Laurie Heath. The Met, Providence, RI. Thurs. 11-12-15, 7pm. $15 adv, $17 day of.Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA. Fri. 11-13-15, doors 7pm, show 8pm. $15 adv. A glorious return to the East Coast cometh a band with a sound like a tidal force. Having left us jaw-gaping at Newport in 2014 (do excuse the poor sound quality), siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath (with about a dozen other musicians) have been on a tear with their sophomore Dear Wormwood. We will admit this: we adore their folksy harmonies. We adore their exuberance, their bright energy. AndRead More →

Sallie Ford (+SOS, -electricity) at Newport, 2011 In a few more weekends, the sheet (music) will hit the fan. It’s that time (of the season) for probably our favorite festival. Probably? Almost certainly. Almost certainly? We can do better than that.It’s about time for the Newport Folk Festival. It took us a little while to do another writeup on it. Why? Lack of inspiration, laziness, lack of direction. Working on a book (or two). But last night, we realized why we had to come back; speaking to a friend, whom we’d met at last year’s, there really is something different about this “little” fest. ARead More →

It’s the time. The time of that season.Whether you’re a fan of the local music scene (see Deer Tick below) McCauley, just a-rockin’ (NFF 2012) or a fan of Louisville, KY: The art of Zen. Via Jim James (Also NFF 2012) You’re gonna want to beg, borrow, and steal your tickets to the Newport Folk Festival. Only Friday tics are up on the site, so hopefully you have a REALLY REALLY GOOD FRIEND to help you out with Saturday and Sunday. Here are our pics (so far) for the three-day music extravaganza. Friday: Iron and Wine and Ben BridwellHaving appeared on Calexico’s latest album together,Read More →