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Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
Swan song
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012
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Moving out

At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 06, 2011
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Following the blighted example of Gulliver, Kelly Asbury's vapid adaptation takes a great classic and makes it stupid for the kids.
Inevitable movie allusions and a hideous flamingo don't do this animated flop any favors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: The Lion King inspires at PPAC

The Lion King is roaring at the Providence Performing Arts Center through February 20, and the theatergoing denizens of this urban jungle are happy.
A roaring success
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011
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Buzz not loud enough for Burnett's spectacular 'Speaking Clock Revue'

Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it? This appeared to be the case when artist/producer T Bone Burnett brought his "Speaking Clock Revue" to the Wang Theatre over the weekend.
Supposed they gave a splashy benefit show and almost nobody knew about it?
By BY BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2010
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Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
Sparking it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 24, 2010


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Coming soon, unfortunately

Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010
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Cindy Bullens to run for state senate

Is Cindy Bullens the first Grammy-nominated musician to run for Maine Senate?
Rock and Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2010
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Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunn
The belles lettrist tells all
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010
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Pop music for picky people

Lincoln-based quartet Stalemate host their CD release party at the Blackstone on December 23 in honor of their sophomore effort, We Will Carry You Out to Sea .
Stalemate’s eclectic ways
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Season's bleatings

One of the great things about being in the music industry is that you get to change your name. So why are we hearing records from a guy named Landon Pigg?
Plus unholy names and office shredders
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 02, 2009
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Review: Brüno

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 10, 2009
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I'm coming out!

I'm not one of those naive assholes who believes that I'm inherently in tune with the LGBT experience because I have a gay friend, or because I totally made out with girls while I was a freshman at Sarah Lawrence.
Leaving the closet just isn't what it used to be. Thank God.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 29, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Rock in a hard place

Fear not, broke American: the music industry feels your pain.
The economy makes music its bitch
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 22, 2009
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Guilty pleasure

A.C. Newman is on fire. One of indie rock's most prolific songwriters and performers, Newman has six albums to his credit this decade...
A.C. [Carl] Newman talks pop and the making of his new album
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  March 10, 2009


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Keyed up

Johnny Lingo just may be the unabashed king of piano-pop ditties here in Li'l Rhody, as showcased on his recent full-length debut Shake It Off.
Piano man
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  January 27, 2009
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Higher ground

Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009
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The Big Hurt: The year in not really giving a shit

In the annals of American pop history, 2008 will surely go down as a year when our nation had more-important shit to worry about than music.
Maybe next year, music
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 23, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Frequently asked questions

Who wrote the book of love? Book of Love (1990) was a low-budget teen comedy that I rented once on a whim.
Pop's great rhetorical inquiries answered in uncomfortably erotic detail
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 16, 2008
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Ben Folds | Way To Normal

His attitude may remain young at heart, but his irony’s over the hill.
Epic (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 23, 2008


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Sight unseen

Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
The fall TV season flies without pilots
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 08, 2008
UPDATE: Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi and WTF

UPDATE: Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi and WTF


Fixed broken link to audio. - c Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, The Soup Nazi stops in (seriously) and we check the WTF Line,...
By Charlie  |  September 03, 2008
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Beating up on Chris (times two)

It’s nice to see the rest of the world picking up on something we Vo Dilunduhs have known for years.
Matthews gets dissected; Young goes egotistical in ATM contretemps
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2008

February 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  January 31, 2008
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From ’Ye to mixtapes

To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007


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Free culture: what it is, why it matters

“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007
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Lorca without Lorca

Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007
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Smooth moves

The music of Underworld is almost supremely funkless.
Underworld and John Digweed, Bank of America Pavilion, September 15, 2007
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 18, 2007
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Masters of Muppets

Here are some of our fave muppet musical moments.
The 20 best musical moments on the original Muppet Show .
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  August 27, 2007