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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Mike + Ruthy celebrate joys of community

By , Globe Staff

Mike + Ruthy’s new album “Bright As You Can” is a joyful document of a band rounding a corner and into a wide-open field of possibilities.

Album Review | Pop

Hot Chip defies pigeonholing with ‘Why Make Sense?’

By , Globe Staff

The album is full of infectious pop riddled with bigger questions that ripple well beyond the dance floor.

Music review

Boston Calling’s lineup fits with city’s musical identity

By , Globe Staff

This weekend’s spring edition, which attracted nearly 50,000 spectators, was across the musical map.


Boston Calling returns in Sept. with diverse lineup

By , Globe Staff

The music festival’s fall lineup will include the Avett Brothers, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, Father John Misty, and more.