James Reed

Reed is a pop music critic covering everything from indie rock and folk to Latin pop and hip-hop. He previously worked at The Standard-Times of New Bedford and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in journalism and Spanish.

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Music Review

Bashful Banks a ghost among the machines at Paradise

By James Reed , Globe Staff

Buzzed-about California R&B performer Banks put on a surprisingly tentative, shaky, and inconclusive show at Paradise Rock Club.

Blake Mills brings his spirited heartache to the Sinclair

By James Reed , Globe Staff

Singer-songwriter Blake Mills faces heartache with high spirits on sophomore set “Heigh Ho,” which he’ll play at the Sinclair on Tuesday.


Lucinda Williams, ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’

By James Reed , Globe Staff

Williams’s 11th album settles into a deep groove that suggests she was fired up and couldn’t whittle her latest to a standard 10 songs.