Category Archives: Music

Putting It Another Way: Music, Money, and Piracy

In a recent post, I talked about issues surrounding music piracy—i.e., the reproduction of music without the consent or compensation of the artist and other interested parties—in light of a column published by David Byrne in The Guardian. In this … Continue reading

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David Byrne, David Lowery, Creative Content and Money

I can’t remember when I first read David Lowery’s impassioned polemic directed at an NPR intern all the companies who profit from the exploitation of musicians and other creative artists, but I decided to revisit it after reading David Byrne’s … Continue reading

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Two Shows: Kurt Rosenwinkel and Chris Potter, Regattabar, March 2013

It’s been a week since I saw Chris Potter play with his quartet (David Virelles (p), Larry Grenadier (b), Nate Smith (d)) and two weeks since I saw Kurt Rosenwinkel with his (Aaron Parks (p), Eric Revis (b), Justin Faulkner … Continue reading

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Dinosaur, Jr.

A friend won some tickets so I got to go see Dinosaur, Jr. on Friday night at the Paradise. They were loud, of course, but not as loud as the last time I saw them. This time, I appreciated and … Continue reading

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Tinariwen, Paradise, Boston, MA, 10.12.12

A Brief Holiday in Other People’s Misery Before I went to see Tinariwen the other night, I read up on the political situation in Mali and it is pretty grim. A quarter million people have fled the country since January … Continue reading

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Three Things I Learned Watching Joe Lovano’s Us Five at Scullers on 9.13.12

Us Five, a jazz ensemble led by reedman Joe Lovano and featuring James Weidman on piano, Esperanza Spalding on bass, and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, opened their two night stand at Scullers last night. I saw the group … Continue reading

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Radiohead. Mansfield, MA. May 29, 2012

Saw the Radiohead last night at Great Woods (they call it the Comcast Center now, but it will always be Great Woods to me). The show was solid. They’re a good band; they played (with two encores) for about two … Continue reading

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The Mosh Pit’s One Foundation

The other night I saw Bad Brains at the Paradise. “These guys were gods to us,” I told my friend Ken. He and I had played together in a band that was inspired by the Bad Brains and even had … Continue reading

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Revisited

I saw Kurt Rosenwinkel and his New Quartet (Aaron Parks, piano; Eric Revis, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums) last night at the Regattabar, almost a year to the day after I last saw him with his “old” quartet. While it took … Continue reading

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Does Intensity Belong in Music?

I came to consider the question posed in the title of this post after seeing Tinariwen on a Friday night and then, three days later, Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan. The second concert was undeniably “intense.” Dillinger Escape Plan play … Continue reading

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