Four artists, all with new albums out, celebrate the music of legends and lesser-knowns in a slate of new shows.

If you’re looking for some new music suggestions as spring arrives, tune to Guest Mix, a WUMB-FM radio show I host that, this month, will feature four artists who play guest DJ for an hour, every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Jesse Colin Young | April 3

Jesse Colin Young at his South Carolina studio.

Jesse Colin Young was surrounded by guitars and other instruments in his South Carolina studio during a conversation over Zoom on February 23, 2021. Most folks know Young from “Get Together,” the 1967 hit on which he sang lead as…


She fearlessly performed, and so should you.

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Most of us who pursue music can name someone who inspired us along the way. John Coltrane often cited Coleman Hawkins. For Bill Monroe it was his Uncle Pen. Bonnie Raitt talked about the influence of Sippie Wallace.

While it makes sense that such a fundamental influence be either a music legend or a close family relative, in my case, it is a musician who never recorded and whom I never heard perform. I doubt that you know who Valerie Papillo is, but her story is exactly the sort that we music makers—especially aspiring ones—need to hear.

I met Valerie…


If you delve deeply into a place’s ads and flyers, you’ll learn a lot about its passions, ambitions, and struggles.

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Many of us look at advertising in all of its forms as something to ignore, mute, or otherwise avoid.

But for historian, journalist, and hip-hop writer Brian Coleman, advertising and flyers produced by the Boston-based artists, entrepreneurs, activists, musicians, and educators of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s reveals a narrative that is revelatory and hopeful, and certainly not one to avoid. …


Learning and teaching with well-made audio

Few undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music, where I teach, say they listen to podcasts. I am surprised to relearn this every time I bring it up in the classroom, but I shouldn’t be; Edison’s 2018 podcast consumer study indicates that only 11% of all listeners are 17 years old or younger.

It surprises me nonetheless because, young musicians — like most of us — watch a lot of video, but they also carry headphones and take in aural information all day long.

Shouldn’t podcast listening be a part of their daily experience since it’s such a close neighbor…


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We can all agree that San Francisco was the center of American psychedelia in the late 1960s, but Boston might have been the East Coast capital of the movement, albeit with a darker twist.

Ryan H. Walsh’s new book, Astral Weeks: A Secret History, lays out the case by focusing greatly on the music scene of that period, but the book also shows that the Boston media of those days—more perhaps than the music— has had an enduring impact on American culture.

Before I delve into all of that, understand that this article is my take on one particular aspect…


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Think you go to a lot of concerts? You don’t. Steve Morse did. When Morse was senior pop critic for the Boston Globe beginning in the 1970s, he went to about 250 concerts per year for 30 years.

As a journalist—and fan—Morse witnessed some of rock history’s most transcendent moments, including the Rolling Stones at London’s Hyde Park in 1969, a young Tom Petty at Boston’s tiny Jazz Workshop in 1976, and Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985.

He also interviewed many of the biggest names in modern music—several on multiple occasions, including Bob Marley, Bono, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt…

Rob Hochschild

Focus: media, writing, music, creativity. Teach at Berklee. Podcast: The Media Narrative. Host, Guest Mix (WUMB) https://themedianarrative.com/

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