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Mexican president flubs it at the Kennedy school
Only a day before the Massachusetts Senate showed its true colors by approving a set of anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget — a recent change of heart that would probably not have happened had it not been for the so-called Arizona effect — the
Yo No Tengo Huevos Dept.
| June 04, 2010
The good old days
As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
| March 12, 2010
Joe Cuba | El Alcalde Del Barrio
Fania kicks off 2010 with what is sure to end up being one of the year's most important archival releases of Latin music.
| March 12, 2010
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
| January 29, 2010
Best in their field
The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
| January 01, 2010
Various Artists | Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966–1970
Girl-group records are great and everything, yet the countless compilations out there were becoming a little hit-or-miss until 2005, when the great Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found box set finally gave this diverse genre a proper taxonomy.
| December 18, 2009
Various Artists | Panama! 3
If you purchase a copy of Soundway’s wonderful Panama! 3 — and you should — you get two things for the price of one. First, this is a carefully curated CD of “Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Típica on the Isthmus 1960-75” that will keep you
| November 27, 2009
The most substantial item in the assortment of dances by the Trey McIntyre Project last weekend was an oddly proportioned 20-minute meditation on climate change and Glacier National Park. McIntyre, whose company appeared at the ICA as part of the CRASH
Trey McIntyre at the ICA
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| November 27, 2009
Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
| November 20, 2009
I keep finding good, inexpensive food in Boston in unlikely places: a commercial shipyard, a construction-company lot, a mall food court, and what looks like someone's house in a residential neighborhood.
A place to dance, drink, and maybe get a little Puerto Rican nosh
MC SLIM JB
| July 31, 2009
Last year's Boston French Film Festival featured Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two , and that, combined with this year's Chris Marker retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive and Agnès Varda's fine new The Beaches of Agnès , made it seem almost plau
The new-wavers at the French Film Festival
| July 03, 2009
Diana Krall | Quiet Nights
Jazz as the language of love is the theme of this hitmaker's 12th album, an achingly pretty tribute to the spirit, pace, and sound of the bossa nova.
| March 23, 2009
Various Artists | Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-vous in Young Nuyorica
There's been a continuum of Latin music in the US for as long as there've been Latin musicians in the US — that is, pretty much since forever.
Honest Jon's (2009)
| March 03, 2009
Having Antonio Sanchez explain the difference between "straight 8's" and "swing 8's" is a bit like having Einstein explain long division — total waste of the dude's time.
Antonio Sanchez's ambidextrous mind, and Cirkestra's big top
| February 09, 2009
Various Artists | Tom Feminino/Tom Masculino
These two compilations of female and male singers addressing the Jobim songbook span five decades of idiosyncratic interpretations by a galaxy of mostly Brazilian stars.
| October 22, 2008
Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
| June 30, 2008
Featuring Congolese rumba tinged with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Shiko Mawatu’s debut CD is compelling enough to transcend the oft-dubious distinction of “world music.”
Kimbanda Nzila | iMak
| March 12, 2008
PerSushi-Teq starts with a really mediocre idea — pairing sushi with tequila and salsa music — and drops it into a glass cube with a two-wall color organ.
Perfect sushi, imperfect concept
| February 13, 2008
Country for old men
A youthful 80-year-old Sir Colin Davis was back in front of the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend with one of the pieces he loves most.
Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, BMOP, Marc-André Hamelin, and Sasha Cooke
| January 29, 2008
Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era
The bachata genre comes from the Dominican Republic, and since the 1980s it has become a globally popular party music.
| December 10, 2007
Phillipe + Jorge are surprised and sad to see that state Senator Stephen Alves of West Warwick is being investigated by the FBI.
Senator Alves comes under scrutiny
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 03, 2007
Weekend Warriors, or WKND WRYRZ, is the Sunday-night lounge party at ZuZu in Central Square.
DJ Lupe Loop and Paul Dailey
| September 06, 2007
Three for the road
Maybe it’s Larry Klein’s world and the rest of us just live in it.
Herbie Hancock, Renee Rosnes, and Luciana Souza
| August 21, 2007
For the 32nd consecutive summer, the French Library’s Bastille Day Street Dance promises to be a world-music highlight.
Francophone acts bring it home on Bastille Day
| July 10, 2007
Nights on the town
By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
| May 16, 2007
Boozewise, I roll with the purists
Is your cocktail more than the sum of its parts?
| May 07, 2007
A taste of Olé Mexican Grill
Make your Cinco de Mayo celebration about more than margaritas.
| May 02, 2007
Longing for a Reminder
The Reminder is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
Feist's inevitable breakthrough
| April 25, 2007
As one of the darlings of electronic music, Amon Tobin has seduced millions with layered blends of techno, jazz, and samba, all buoyed by kinetic beats.
Amon Tobin stays on the edge of technology
| April 23, 2007
Released in 2005, Ozomatli’s CD/DVD Live at the Fillmore is a crash course in how to put on a live show.
The explosive fusions of Ozomatli
| April 17, 2007
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