• July 15, 2011
    By Jon Garelick

    The word around the room was that SWAMP DOGG hadn’t played in these parts since the Lowell Folk Fest of 2010. Before that, no one could remember how long. Born Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Virginia, Swamp Dogg recorded some R&B singles in the ’60s and broke through, as it were, with the 1970 LP Total Destruction to Your Mind.

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  • January 05, 2011
    By Jon Garelick

    The English Beat peppered their two-hour-plus show with comments about the ’80s at Johnny D’s Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t call what they had to say about Margaret Thatcher nostalgic, exactly, though references to Boston’s late Channel nightclub were. And it was a Channel crowd — both age-wise and in alcohol consumption (a friend said that a waitress had commented, “It’s like New Year’s Eve in here”).

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  • November 11, 2010
    By Jon Garelick

    It’s a funny thing about live music. Where’s the added value over a recording? Sometimes it’s being in the physical presence of a hero. Sometimes what you’re seeing helps you hear — the instruments and gestures that create the sound. And sometimes it’s the thrill of being part of an audience. Certainly in pop and jazz, where just about everything comes through an amplifier and PA, you can’t beat the purity of sound and the controlled environment of recordings.

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  • December 04, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    Forget Jay-Z; and to hell with Mariah Carey’s frontal massage therapist. If I could switch places with anyone on earth it would be esteemed reggae photographer and king Trustafarian Peter Simon.

    But while I’m clearly jealous of the man, I have no resentment. Just because Simon (as in Simon & Schuster) was born into opulence doesn’t mean I hate him.

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