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Heart keeps beating

Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 27, 2010


Old-time bangers

The Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the red zone
The one element needed when revitalizing a neglected canon? Verve. Ever since the Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the trad-acoustic scene a few years ago, they've kept this notion front and center.
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 19, 2010


Party like it’s 2010

Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '10.
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 06, 2010


Swing, etc.

10 must-hear jazz discs
The music may suffer plenty of economic slings and arrows these days, but it's still full of thrills galore. As usual, it's looking outside of its orthodoxy for invigorating ideas. Here are titles you truly need.
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 29, 2009


2009: The top 10 in pop music

Music you need to own
Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 22, 2009



10 pop and jazz discs you need
10 pop and jazz discs you need
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 23, 2008


Listen up

Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 2007


Visionary sounds

A year in jazz and pop
Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 20, 2006
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