A Walk Through Whitsett Guitar Works

Bill Whitsett thinks he isn’t an artist, but he’s wrong. “There’s a big art scene here in Lowell,” he explains. “When I first came here people said ‘Oh you’re an artist, you fix guitars,’ but I don’t think of myself that way. I’m a mechanic. Although I appreciate there’s a difference between this and fixing an Oldsmobile.”   More...


Caffe Lena: The Legacy of
Lena Spencer’s Coffeehouse

Imagine the echoes of applause reverberating in the walls of an old café. The mind conjures ageless melodies and envisions beat up hands dancing on the neck of an old guitar. Throughout the history of American music these timeless places, reminiscent of another era have always existed. Such places call to mind ghosts of the past, creating a sense in a present day visitor that they are stepping back into the far reaches of history...   More...

Barry Scott's: The Lost 45s

Something Old is New Again

Terrestrial radio may be in a crisis. MP3 technology has saturated our lives, and Satellite radio has begun its quest to do to terrestrial stations what cable has threatened to network TV. Ironically, the future of terrestrial radio may lie in its past. What could save radio as a viable medium is for it to give to its audience what they can’t get anywhere else: #1 hit music that is likely not to be on your MP3 player, and the stories and interviews to go with it.   More...


When Brian Wilson Smiles

by Edward Morneau

Leave it to the enigmatic former Beach Boy Brian Wilson—composer of our permanent themes of summer, architect of the musical spheres that lifted the craft and technology of recording songs to a place in the sun, magician of harmony, master of melody, poet of simple joys, collaborative surf rider of musical tidal motifs of discovery and loss, broken child of inspiration, shaman of introspection...   More...


We are living through an amazing period of technological development. Just look around yourself as you read this: email, the Internet, MP3's, and the computer itself, have all exploded into our lives in recent years. And there are more revolutionary changes to come; technologies so pervasive that you will literally not be able remember how you were able to live without them -- that is, how you're living right now.



Summer Reading

Nine Books About Music

If you’re looking for a good non-fiction book this summer, look here first.  Boston Beats contributing editor Matt Robinson has picked out nine great summer titles on the topic of music, with a broad enough selection that you’re certain to find something that piques your interest.  And if not, there’s always next summer…  More...

The Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center

A look back over almost fifty years of music and more at Boston's definitive folk music venue

by Jenn Osgood

The Boston area has one of the most active music scenes in the country. For many, the heart of that scene is Cambridge, home to numerous live music clubs, and the birthplace of the original House of Blues (may it rest in peace – for now). For over 45 years, the...   More...


A Tribute to Johnny Cash

by Martin England

I cried like a baby when I woke to the news: Johnny Cash died this morning.  After his wife June Carter Cash passed a few months prior, we all knew it wouldn't be long before Johnny would join her, but like the passing of Ted Williams, it did nothing to lessen the blow.  In the past two months, Johnny looked like death, and a blood-sick media exposed every crease in his face, every depression in his cheek, and every tremble in his hand.   More...




Boston Music Scene, Boston Music Scene Interviews, Boston Music Scene Bands, Boston Music, Boston Music, Boston Music, Boston Music, Boston Music