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Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters

Tanya Donelly, solo artist and star of monumental bands such as Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly, has teamed up with the Parkington Sisters, a trio from Cape Cod.

An album of covers is scheduled for August. Expect songs by Leonard Cohen, Kirsty MacColl, Echo & The Bunnymen, Wings, Pretenders, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Linda Rondstadt, and Split Enz.

Here they perform Automatic by the Go-Gos.


Courtney Barnett

One of the most important artists to emerge in recent years is Courtney Barnett.

Tell Me How You Really Feel will be the title of this Australian’s 3rd album due in the spring.

As a precursor, we have the song Nameless, Faceless with Kim Deal of The Breeders on backing vocals.

Nameless, Faceless


In December I was asked to put together a compilation of Boston artists as a soundtrack for the Boston Music Awards’ celebration.

While no means comprehensive (there are some noticeable absences), it is a cross-section of some of Boston’s finest if not quirkiest musicians over the years, and includes some of the best songs to emanate from this fair city.

As we await the release of new music in 2011, hear the diversified talent that is Boston.

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Boston Music Awards

Willie Loco Alexander- “Mass. Ave.”
Peter Wolf-“Tragedy” featuring Shelby Lynne
Human Sexual Response-“What Does Sex Mean to Me?”
Rick Berlin-“If I Wasn’t Such a Bum”
The Breeders-“Cannonball”
Johnny A-“Sometime Tuesday Morning”
The Cars-“Heartbeat City”
Passion Pit-“The Reeling”
The Modern Lovers-“Roadrunner”
The Real Kids-“All Kindsa Girls”
Belly-“Feed the Tree”
Buffalo Tom-“Sodajerk”
Mission of Burma-Academy Fight Song”
Dropkick Murphys-“Barroom Heros”
Bodega Girls-“She’s Into Black Guys”
The Lyres-“Don’t Give It Up Now”
Chip Rives-“4th and Long”
Mary Lou Lord-“His Latest Flame”
Amanda Palmer-Idioteque”
Casey Desmond-“To Myself”
Bleu-“”Somebody Else”
Aimee Mann-“Dear John”
Throwing Muses-“Green”
Tracy Bonham-“Mother Mother”
Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents-“You’re the Best Thing”
Juliana Hatfield-“Universal Heart-Beat”
Eli “Paperboy” Reed-“Come and Get It”
Morphine-“Honey White”
The Neighborhoods-Prettiest Girl”

Evelyn Evelyn

The Breeders, Tegan & Sara, Good Charlotte, the Doves, Múm, the Veronicas, Blonde Redhead, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all have one thing in common: twins are in the band. Move over Thompson Twins, Cocteau Twins, Olsen Twins. For the first time in rock history, just when you think that you have seen it all, conjoined twins have taken to the stage. Evelyn Evelyn debuted last night in Cambridge, Massachusetts. United with two arms, two voices, four eyes, and one liver (oh pity that liver), Evelyn and Evelyn sang and played piano, ukulele and accordion as the stunned audience heard the story of their tragic life. Yes it was somewhat of a freak show, but then isn’t most rock partly a freak show? Coming to a town near you soon, Evelyn Evelyn have just released their self-titled album. “My Space” is taken from this disc. As Mick Jagger once intoned: “but what can two poor girls do, but sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band”.

“My Space”
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