Articles by: Donald James

The Boston Calling Lineup is Growing Up and Going Local

The Boston Calling Lineup is Growing Up and Going Local

Since its inception four years ago, Boston Calling has consistently presented an eclectic lineup, but has had an indie rock heart. The list of headliners from the first few iterations of the festival reads like a list of alternative rock royalty: The Shins, Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, […]

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Songs You Should Know: “A War is Coming” – Jeanne Added

Songs You Should Know: “A War is Coming” – Jeanne Added

Jeanne Added’s debut LP, Be Sensational, dropped last summer in Europe, but those of us on this side of the pond are still waiting for an official North American release. And our breath is bated. The first single from Be Sensational, “A War is Coming,” did show up on a North American release in […]

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Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Preview: An Evening with Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin knows a good music city. The man best known for being the frontman and songwriter in Better than Ezra, has been part of the scenes in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and more recently has become a fixture around Nashville, seeing as he lives with his family in Franklin, Tennessee, about […]

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They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

They Are Scientists, Not Romantics

Keith Murray shifted in his seat and hesitated when I suggested that the lyrics on We Are Scientists’ latest record, Helter Seltzer, are more sincere and less ironic than on past WAS records. “I don’t know if it’s more sincere, but I think, maybe on earlier albums, I was more disdainful of […]

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The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 29-May 6)

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 29-May 6)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Friday, 4/29 – Elephant Revival at Paradise Rock Club The ethereal trappings of Elephant Revival’s sound extends into a spirituality and an ethos the band preaches — one reflecting on […]

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An Enigma? No. Prince Just Made Us Pay Attention

An Enigma? No. Prince Just Made Us Pay Attention

On October 20, 1988, Prince played deep into the night at Citi, one of a series of clubs that haunted 15 Landsdowne Street for the better part of four decades. The concert became an oft-recounted event in the history of music in Boston for a number of reasons. It was […]

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Songs You Should Know: Quilt, Hissing My Plea

Songs You Should Know: “Hissing My Plea” – Quilt

Read any two, five, or ten descriptions of Quilt, and the word “psychedelic” crops up in the first sentence. Rightly so. Listening to Quilt can dredge the most cliché tropes of psych-rock freakouts. But Quilt seem to do something with their psychedelia that few contemporary takes on the 60s do. They get it […]

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“You’ll Have to Ask Prince”

“You’ll Have to Ask Prince”

The story goes that a journalist asked Eric Clapton what it’s like to be the best guitarist in the world. Clapton responded, “You’ll have to ask Prince.” A piece of apocrypha certainly isn’t enough to honor the memory and music of Prince today. Even anecdotally, though, this story of reverence and […]

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Songhoy Blues

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 15-22)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Sunday, 4/16 – Songhoy Blues at Brighton Music Hall It would be tempting to connect Songhoy Blues’ sound to classic Malian singers like Ali Farka Touré, or the duo […]

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Tacocat

The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (April 8-15)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear. Saturday, 4/9 – Smashing Pumpkins at Orpheum Theatre Just a couple of weeks ago, Smashing Pumpkins made it three-fourths of the way to a full reunion of the original lineup […]

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