| Feb 10, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Nominated for contemporary folk album for ‘Helplessness Blues,’ Fleet Foxes is just happy to be part of the group with its classic American sound and contemporary influences....
| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Sandwiched between works by two iconic American composers, Bernstein and Copland, one would think that a mandolin concerto would share elements of its neighbors’ home-spun Americana, especially considering the folk nature of that humble stringed...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 2:28 PM
As I've noted before, I don't get awed by meeting celebrities. Over the years, I've encountered Rainn Wilson, Giada de Laurentiis, Gillian Welch, Kelly Slater and a slew of others, and the feeling is always the same: a second or two of giddiness, followed...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 2:03 PM
Meriden Daffodil Festival
April 30 and May 1, Hubbard Park, 199 Notch Road, Meriden, (203) 630-4259, daffodilfest.com
There's nothing else quite like it: a weekend-long, all-local music festival, featuring the best and most popular rock musicians in...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:31 PM
Did you ever have that artist that you just love, love, love and they release a bunch of great albums and then just kind of go silent? The wait for the next album can be excruciating and when that new record hits you think, 'man, this had better be worth...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 1:45 PM
• Friday: Bella's Bartok, $8-$10. 10 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton; Physical Graffiti — Tribute to Led Zeppelin, $20-$37. 8 p.m. Infinity Hall, Norfolk; Sully's Reunion Event, Sullys Pub, Hartford.
• Saturday: In My Life —...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 1:10 PM
Pesky J. Nixon
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Anna Liffey's, 17 Whitney Ave. $12. (203) 773-1776, ctfolk.com.
Why does any given band play the kind of music they play?
While it's not feasible for every musician to competently respond to this question (that...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 8:10 AM
I have devised a pretty awesome system for randomly selecting the album of the day. However, every now and then I cheat and simply pick an album I want to spend the day with, either because I have a particular song stuck in my head or because I just...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 1:05 PM
8 p.m. Dec. 16, Cafe Nine, 250 State St. $8. (203) 789-8281, cafenine.com.
This has been a year of change for David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, the Rhode Island-based folk/Americana duo better known as Brown Bird. "Duo" is the operative...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 11:54 AM
That tick-tick-tick you're hearing is the clock, not a time bomb. So don't panic. There's still time to find great music for the loved ones on your Christmas list. Here's a look back at some of the best recordings of the year and a few tips on who's...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 7:26 AM
Did you ever hear an artist online and say 'yeah I like this'. Then you see them live and they blow you away so you buy the new album, take it home and realize that it's even better than when you first heard it online? Me too and one of those artists is...