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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.
By MARCELA GARCIA  |  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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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.
Fania (2010)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2010

Best in their field

The jazz scene continues to struggle — along with everyone else — through hard times.
An early 2010 harvest
By JON GARELICK  |  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.
Domino (2009)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  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
Soundway (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  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
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 27, 2009

Mixed media

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
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2009

El Mondonguito

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
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 31, 2009

French disconnections

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
Verve (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 03, 2009

Musical acrobats

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
By JON GARELICK  |  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.  
Universal (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 22, 2008

Sharp accents

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
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008


Shiko Mawata

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
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  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.
By ANGELA SAWYER  |  December 10, 2007

Dollar Bill-ed

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
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 03, 2007


Party pros

Weekend Warriors, or WKND WRYRZ, is the Sunday-night lounge party at ZuZu in Central Square.
DJ Lupe Loop and Paul Dailey
By DAVID DAY  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  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
By BANNING EYRE  |  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
By JON GARELICK  |  May 16, 2007

Quality control

Boozewise, I roll with the purists
Is your cocktail more than the sum of its parts?
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  May 07, 2007


A taste of Olé Mexican Grill

Make your Cinco de Mayo celebration about more than margaritas.
May 5
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  May 02, 2007

Longing for a Reminder

The Reminder is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
Feist's inevitable breakthrough
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 25, 2007

Tone poet

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
By DAVID DAY  |  April 23, 2007

Crash course

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
By ADAM GOLD  |  April 17, 2007