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The Wandas find growth in their pop evolution

Not only does their razor-sharp pop consciousness and reverence for rock and roll classics distance them from the "hard to play/harder to listen to" prog and/or funk trappings of Berklee, site of the bands' 2002 genesis; it also makes them one of the coo
Spinning the wheel
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 09, 2011
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Videos: Mornin' Old Sport pop-up show in the Back Bay

On August 2nd, Mornin' Old Sport and the Boston Phoenix teamed up to produce the Phoenix's first pop-up show on Mass Ave.
Pop-up video
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 12, 2011

Boston Anthem Showdown: "I Got To Have It 2011" vs. "The Boston Song"


Unlike the countless fools who descended upon Government Center this past weekend for the Boston Urban Music Fest (story on that coming soon), we come...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 08, 2011
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Review: It (1927)

Silent-movie stardom gained a new dimension with Clara Bow in It, which was directed by Clarence G. Badger and an uncredited Josef von Sternberg.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 29, 2011

Rethink Music: Where to watch, read, listen, and follow along at home


LIVE: Amanda Palmer and pals writing, recording #8in8 Fair warning: we haven't been keeping track since the beginning, but we think AMANDA PALMER, BEN FOLDS,...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 25, 2011
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Electronic Havana

If you were to hear that a group of Berklee students were spending a week in Cuba, you probably wouldn't be too surprised.
Another side of Cuba, another side of Berklee; plus Jason Stein and the Dymaxion Quartet
By JON GARELICK  |  November 26, 2010


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Flesh and blood: Phil Wilson's Miles and Gil

When I first put on Benny Sharoni's new Eternal Elixir (Papaya), there was, as a composer friend of mine likes to say, "nothing wrong with it." That is, it seemed no better or worse than a zillion other straight-ahead tenor-saxophone discs.
Plus Benny Sharoni's hard bop and Ben Powell's fiddle magic
By JON GARELICK  |  November 12, 2010
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Elizabeth and the Catapult | The Other Side of Zero

It appears that Liz Ziman has been flirting with a busted heart.
Verve Forecast (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 05, 2010
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Esperanza and Kenny

Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
By JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall Jazz Preview: Blindfold test

A search for this fall’s must-see jazz revealed a lot of overlapping personnel — Jim Hobbs, Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum. Hey, you wanted to know what’s good , right?
 Trying new flavors in the new season
By JON GARELICK  |  September 17, 2010
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Giant Steps: Ted Rosenthal, Danilo Pérez, and Vijay Iyer

The sound was maddeningly familiar.
Pianos plus
By JON GARELICK  |  September 03, 2010


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Dare to be filthy

After a few tours, any rock act worth its decibels should be able to name a couple of its wilder shows with little effort, but Justin Tranter’s pick for most memorable Semi Precious Weapons concert sounds especially libertine.
Semi Precious Weapons celebrate partying and poverty
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010
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’Bru Bracket-Busters

Part 1 of the 2010 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finals is in the books, with Santa Mamba and underdogs You Scream I Scream advancing to the finals, and this weekend six more bands will vie for the two remaining spots.
You Scream I Scream and Santa Mamba get to the finals
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 26, 2010
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SXSW 2010 (Thursday): [Photos] On the streets of Austin

Candid shots from the streets of Austin, March 18, 2010
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By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 19, 2010
Live Nation COO Gerry Barad On Mega-Merger Music Biz Apocalypse 2010!

Live Nation COO Gerry Barad On Mega-Merger Music Biz Apocalypse 2010!


Gerry Barad, COO, Live Nation Global TouringIt's hardly been a month since the mammoth Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger plowed through the US Department of Justice --...
By Matt Parish  |  March 10, 2010
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No identity crisis

If great art and great artists are supposed to contain multitudes, then in music, at least, pianists have the edge: 10 fingers theoretically capable of 10 different simultaneous paths for the music to take. Of course, it's not that simple.
Nando Michelin and Matt Steckler know who they are
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2010


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Alternative energy

At the end of August, the seven-month-old Massachusetts Creative Economy Council released its first report on the state of culture here.
GASP marks five years
By GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2009
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Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009
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Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009
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Melody makers

If you’re an up-and-popping band or artist, you first need to find fans, friends, and fiends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and, of course, in real life. But where do you go from there?
So you started a band — now what? Berklee and Topspin are here to help.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009

Wyclef Blesses Berklee Summer Students, Jokes About Lauryn Hill


The sweetest visitor we ever got at Curry College sleep-away camp was Aaron Krickstein – a relatively significant tennis pro from last century, as well...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 30, 2009


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The dark knight

By his calling card alone, Sir John Hargrave sounds like he may be a world-renowned botanist, or the first man to set foot in some remote part of Papua New Guinea.
Merry prankster Sir John Hargrave is a square peg at a round table
By IAN SANDS  |  July 10, 2009
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Music as memory

When I first saw him perform, at Newport last year, I slammed pianist Marco Benevento for playing "bombastic, leadfoot, pedal-to-the-metal instrumental rock." But that was long ago in another country, and besides, the wench is dead.
Marco Benevento, live at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 1, 2009
By JON GARELICK  |  July 10, 2009
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Music as memory

When I first saw him perform, at Newport last year, I slammed pianist Marco Benevento for playing "bombastic, leadfoot, pedal-to-the-metal instrumental rock." But that was long ago in another country, and besides, the wench is dead.
Marco Benevento, live at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 1, 2009
By JON GARELICK  |  July 10, 2009
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He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

Review: The Dilla Ensemble at Berklee


VIDEO: Dilla Ensemble does Pharcyde's "Runnin'." Video by FaraoneIf you follow hip-hop the way stalk...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 05, 2009


Mimi Rabson


Violinist Mimi Rabson has long been one of the elite players on Boston’s jazz-world fusion scene. O...
By Shaula Clark  |  February 11, 2009
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On the cheap: Pho Basil

When I lived in the Back Bay, my suburban friends would coo, "Oooh, you must love the great restaurants!"
Welcome freshness and value too rarely seen in the Back Bay
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 04, 2009
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Fully loaded

One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22.
Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
By JON GARELICK  |  December 30, 2008
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Straight outta Arctic

The West Warwick-based quintet the Noise Campaign have rocked plenty of local dive bars and club stages across Rhode Island in recent months, and this spry crew of 20- and 21-year-olds will begin recording their full-length debut at Strangeways Recordin
The Noise Campaign rock the vote
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 25, 2008