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Music Interview: Singer/Songwriter Peter Case Talks About His New England Connections and “Doctor Moan”

April 13, 2023
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“I go out on the road and the clubs are full everywhere I go,” Peter Case gratefully acknowledges. “People come out to hear me play. It’s an amazing gift to have that.

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Music Interview: Singer-Songwriter James McMurtry — Playing With Words

March 16, 2023
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James McMurtry’s Facebook page describes him as “Steadily Shedding Fans Since 1989.”

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Rock Concert Review: Elvis Costello — Proudly Flaunting his Dependability and Unpredictability

March 10, 2023
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Elvis Costello loves to visit various regions of the past but wouldn’t dare move to any of them permanently.

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Author Interview: Stephanie Schorow on “The Great Boston Fire” — Urban Conflagration

November 9, 2022
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“A lot of people don’t know about this fire today. It’s not really well-known as part of the city’s history.”

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Music Interview: Chatting With Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook

October 1, 2022
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“I remember playing the Rathskeller. I think that was the second gig we had in the US. I remember what a dive that was. I remember how really exciting it was to be there. Just the promise, the potential.”

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Concert Review: Eminent Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Richard Thompson at the Shalin Liu Performance Center

September 27, 2022
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The caliber of Richard Thompson’s voice is undiminished. His always expressive, frequently soothing timbre was perfectly intact.

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Rock Album Review: This Live Album Proves that The Beths Are the Best

February 24, 2022
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It has been a long time since I last felt this passionately about a new artist as I do about The Beths.

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Author Interview: Jan Brogan on a Revelatory Murder in Boston’s Combat Zone

February 22, 2022
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The Combat Zone is more than simply a captivating exposition of legal proceedings and adjacent matters. It is an incisive, vivid, jarring, and meticulous account of — as the subtitle says — “murder, race, and Boston’s struggle for justice.”

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Author Interview: Linda Hirshman on the Battle Against Human Bondage

February 19, 2022
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“I always wanted to write about abolition, because abolition is the most successful social movement in American history.”

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Author Interview: Robert A. Gross on “The Transcendentalists and Their World”

December 10, 2021
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“Concord was actually surprisingly representative of Massachusetts, New England, and maybe even the North in the 19th century. In learning about Concord, you learn about the making of modern America.”

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