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Out: Dropping some future funk sounds with Jamaica Plain's the Craters at Yes.Oui.Si

Deep impact near the MFA
About 30 kids bopped their heads to tracks from the Craters' 2010 tape Teenage High School , released via JP DIY label Breakfast of Champs, plus newer songs like the soon-to-be-hit "Sunsense."
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 02, 2011
I wrestled a bear once

The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

Metal hedge
The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 03, 2011
Various Artists - True Soul: Deep Sounds

Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Now-Again (2011)
Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 12, 2011
giant list

Plainville, James Farm, and the Infrared Band

Old and new dreams
When Antoine Batiste is looking for a guitarist, the one thing he doesn't want to hear is "white boys with bad hair playin' them cowboy keys."  
By JON GARELICK  |  May 26, 2011
BB list

Beastie Boys | Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Capitol Records (2011)
"Back on the mic, it's the anti-depressor," flows King Ad-Rock over raunchy drums and speaker-busting clavinet in "Make Some Noise," the bravado launching pad of Beastie Boys' eighth studio album.
By RYAN REED  |  May 06, 2011
guitarist Julian Lage

Floating heavyweights

Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
Club d'Elf, Julian Lage, Jérôme Sabbagh, and Michael Feinberg
By JON GARELICK  |  April 13, 2011

Philadanco brings the funk

Ferocious euphoria
The four pieces on Philadanco's program last weekend at the Institute of Contemporary Art had different accouterments — musical, scenic, philosophical — but they still looked very much alike.
By MARCIA B.SIEGEL  |  March 17, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Scandalous

Lost Highway (2011)
The soul revival has been going on long enough now that maybe it's a not a bad idea to stop calling it a revival at all.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 09, 2011

Various Artists | Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970–1978

Now-Again (2010)
I know what you're thinking: Is Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 really as mind-bendingly, earth-shatteringly, consciousness-alteringly awesome as its title would suggest? Abso-fucking-lutely.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2011

Into the groove

Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 12, 2010

Mostly Other People Do the Killing | Forty Fort

Hot Cup (2009)
On their fourth CD, the celebrated young jazz quartet with the indie-rock name continue their audacious updating of the genre's old-school avant-garde.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 21, 2010

John Heartsman | Music Of My Heart

Jazzman (2010)
John Heartsman's career had two modest peaks.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 19, 2010

Henry Threadgill Zooid | This Brings Us To, Volume 1

Pi (2009)
Henry Threadgill has been reinventing his language — and by extension the jazz language — for at least 30 years, beginning with the trio Air in the 1970s.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2009

The Whitefield Brothers | In the Raw

Now-Again (2009)
Now-Again (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 30, 2009

Super Furry Animals | Dark Days / Light Years

Rough Trade (2009)
What better way to say hwyl! to this ponderous decade than with a hulking slab of psych jams from one of its most consistent and chameleonic bands?
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 30, 2009

Master of ceremony

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic live at House of Blues, February 25, 2009
As if Ash Wednesday weren't already the best party night of the year in Boston, George Clinton and his motley crew swung their tour bus through Lansdowne Street last night.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2009

Fat Worm of Error: Windsong On Our Own Mind

Milky Way, January 25, 2009
The air downstairs at the Milky Way was a thick soup of body funk — the kind of stale coloration that a T-shirt stuck at the bottom of a pile of laundry tends to achieve after a few weeks.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 27, 2009

Grupo Fantasma

Middle East Downstairs, January 8, 2009
"When you come to our show, you gotta dance. You dance however you want to dance."
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 12, 2009


Providence gripped by funk shortage
Who's got the funk?
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2008

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