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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Feature: “Buy Me, Boston” — A City of Ads by Noah Schaffer

The volume is devoted to print ads and event flyers for local eateries, concert venues, theaters, stores, and community events that were printed in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Music Feature: The Power of Boston Disco — Celebrating an Era by Noah Schaffer

Disco is back in town! DJ Joey Carvello returns to Boston and the compilation Boston Goes Disco is released

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Music Feature: Toots & The Maytals — Cranking and Skanking in Worcester by Noah Schaffer

By Noah Schaffer Nearly 40 years ago Toots Hibbert, already a reggae veteran, recorded a song called “Never Get Weary” with his group the Maytals. The song was about resilience in the fa…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lowell Folk Fest Preview: Mariachi Mexico Antiguo’s Journey to New England by Noah Schaffer

Besides passing along the tradition of mariachi to their students, the members of Mariachi Mexico Antiguo perform as an ensemble at local events, including this weekend's Lowell Folk Festiva…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Music Interview: The Oak Ridge Boys Get Hip With Gospel by Noah Schaffer

The mainstream country trappings of the Oak Ridge Boys have obscured their crowning achievement: they helped bring the white gospel quartet tradition to the pop charts.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Music Interview: Ernie Isley Keeps R&B Guitar Alive by Noah Schaffer

The Isleys remain bizarrely underrated by mainstream media outlets, but they’ve never been forgotten by music fans.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Feature: Roots & World Music Live Highlights of 2017 by Noah Schaffer

Here's a look at the good stuff among last year's live music events.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Music Interview: Evie Sands Won’t Quit Making Pop by Noah Schaffer

Instead of wallowing in pity, singer Evie Sands has had the last laugh by remaining active as a performer, songwriter, and guitarist of original material.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Music Interview: Dave Stuckey — Rockabilly Hero by Noah Schaffer

Dave Stuckey of the Lucky Stars and the Hukilau Hotshots comes to the New England Shakeup.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Outside the Box: No Endowment — But the Festival will return in 2018 by Noah Schaffer

The free Outside the Box arts festival is taking the year off, but its head vows that it will return next year.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Music Interview: Rench Explains the Shuffle and Flow of Gangstagrass by Noah Schaffer

What unites country and hip-hop? An outlaw narrative.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

No Outside the Box Festival in 2017 by Noah Schaffer

Boston will not have a large-scale free music and arts festival in 2017.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Music Feature: Shor’ ty Billups — The Last Boston Soul Man by Noah Schaffer

A celebration of a man who is one of the only remaining Boston R&B and soul artists who recorded in the 1960s.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Film Interview: WJIB Owner Featured in IFFBoston Documentary Short by Noah Schaffer

Derek Frank's film tells the story of radio station owner Bob Bittner, whose one-man network has generated a cult following.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Music Interview: Danilo Brito — Master of the Choro Mandolin by Noah Schaffer

Danilo Brito was a child prodigy who originally began playing both the mandolin and the four-stringed cavaquinho.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Music Feature: Peter Kuhn’s Long Journey to “The Other Shore” by Noah Schaffer

Peter Kuhn, a master jazz improviser, returns after decades away from the music.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Music Interview: Morgan Heritage — Pushing Reggae Forward by Noah Schaffer

Surprise! The New England roots of reggae’s sibling act Morgan Heritage.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Music Interview: Tish Hinojosa on Coming Home by Noah Schaffer

"Being an independent musician is kind of like having an organic farm."

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Music Interview: Digging into “Porcupine Meat” with Bobby Rush by Noah Schaffer

Singer Bobby Rush is not just a world-class entertainer, but also one of the last masters of traditional blues.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: The Revelers Serve Up Swamp Pop Gold by Noah Schaffer

The swamp pop revival is receiving a big assist from The Revelers, whose members helped found two of Cajun music’s most prominent combos.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fuse Preview: The Lowell Folk Festival at 30 — A Family Affair by Noah Schaffer

Most of the can't-miss acts on this year's Lowell Folk Fest roster are artists who make preserving musical traditions a family business.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fuse Interview: A Peek Inside Outside the Box by Noah Schaffer

"Every year is a new adventure, but the goal has always been to have this as an annual event."

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: Bishop Harold Branch celebrates 62 years of “Down Home Gospel” by Noah Schaffer

Bishop Harold Branch’s decades of supporting the gospel scene have not been ignored..

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: Soul Singer Freda Payne Goes Back to her Jazz Roots by Noah Schaffer

While Freda Payne still sings “Band of Gold” on soul package revues, she has recently rekindled the jazz side of her career.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fuse Arts Commentary: Outside the [Pricey] Box Festival? by Noah Schaffer

The Outside the Box Festival going to need much more substance to justify its new 3-figure price tag.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fuse Interview: Gary DeCarlo Lets Off Steam — Nah Nah Don’t Kiss Him Goodbye by Noah Schaffer

"Nah Nah Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" lead singer Gary DeCarlo finally lands the spotlight.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fuse News: City Winery Signs Canal Street lease by Noah Schaffer

An October 2016 opening that could fill some of the gaps created by the shuttering of Johnny D's next month.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fuse Feature: Best Live Shows of 2015 — As Well as Some Disappointments by Noah Schaffer

The magazine's Roots and World Music critic looks back at a year of live performances: here are the winners and a few losers.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fuse Rock Interview: Rod Argent — Keeping the Zombies Alive by Noah Schaffer

Rod Argent of the Zombies on the second incarnation of psychedelia.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fuse Music Review: Spain’s Rototom Sunsplash — Bad Politics and Good Music at Major Reggae Fest by Noah Schaffer

This year's fiasco at Rototom Sunsplash proved that political energies can drive great art but have no place when it comes to programming and curation.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fuse News: Boston’s Caribbean Carnival — A Must-See Celebration by Noah Schaffer

Boston Caribbean Carnival, an explosion of color and sound, shouldn’t be missed.

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