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Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further

Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
Pina envy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
"Pina" on Best Foreign Language Film shortlist; here's Wim

"Pina" on Best Foreign Language Film shortlist; here's Wim


 The Academy just announced its short list of nine candidates for Best Foreign Language Film Oscars. They are: Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director; Canada,...
By Peter Keough  |  January 18, 2012
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Cuban and Brazilian imports, plus homeboy Ran Blake

Groove isn't everything, but it'll do.
Groove again
By JON GARELICK  |  October 29, 2010

Primo Cubano at Havana South, September 15

I hadn't planned on going out that Wednesday, but sipping a cocktail while getting some writing done sounded too good to pass up.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  September 24, 2010
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Spring fever

As action-packed as the holidays are, they can be a real dead zone when it comes to decent shows.
Ten shows you didn't know you'd be going to
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010
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Battle of the banned

It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
Authorities kick out the jams
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 02, 2009


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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
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Fourth quarter earnings

Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 16, 2008
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Mixed grill

Dave Bryant stood among the folding chairs in the audience before Scarecrow Mobius's gig at Outpost 186 a week ago Monday night, looked at his two-deck keyboard rig, and mused, "Not pretty, but I guess it will do. I had more room at rehearsal."
Scarecrow Mobius, Monique, and Morley
By JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 2008
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Close readings

The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
By JON GARELICK  |  November 18, 2008
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Intimate moves

What began as a way to give audiences a closer look at its dancers and choreographers an opportunity to showcase new work has become an integral part of Festival Ballet Providence’s season: the “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


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Nights out

Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
By JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2008
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Los Zafiros

As with anything Cuban, politics is never far away.
Music from the Edge of Time | Shout! Factory
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 23, 2007
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Omar Sosa

What we get on his latest outing is more often Miles’d-up trancy electric Afropop than what you might think of as Afro-Cuban jazz.
Promise | Otá
By JON GARELICK  |  June 12, 2007

Cuban Revolution

Not only will the revolution be televised, it will be performed to Afro-Cuban rhythms twice nightly with the Buena Vista Social Club all tuxedoed up.
Viva las ropas viejas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 14, 2007
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Live wired

The red-faced trumpet player screeches into the upper register as a jumble of timbales and turntable noise surges through the PA.
The Cat Empire’s circus of sounds
By ADAM GOLD  |  February 06, 2007


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Back to the earth

‘I didn’t want to be a salsa singer — I wanted to be a singer .’
Mili Bermejo’s aesthetic gravity
By JON GARELICK  |  January 30, 2007
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The news from Africa

Top 10 lists are always arbitrary, especially when applied to a “genre” as sprawling as world music.
A year in world music
By BANNING EYRE  |  December 18, 2006
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Music and macho

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul a valiant effort by German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin to match what Wim Wenders did with Cuban music in Buena Vista Social Club : put the fabulously myriad sounds of Turkish music on the international map.
Fatih Akin in Turkey, Valentino in a tie
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 23, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006