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Two turtle doves

Like a mug of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, sometimes a good Christmas gift isn't quite complete without a second one that enhances the pleasures of the first.
Sometimes the best gifts come in pairs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2009

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

The Big Hurt: Deepest sympathies

One writer to another, I offer Mr. Portnow some freebies he can use to wrap up his next few releases.
Our heartfelt condolences to Usher, Sammy Hagar, Courtney Love, and the Verve
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 08, 2008

The Night James Brown Saved Boston

The memory of what Brown and White accomplished 40 years ago should endure.
Documentary that situates the concert in a larger context
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 05, 2008

Soul control

Just as an attention getter, the title of VH1’s new rock-doc treatment of James Brown’s April 5, 1968, concert at Boston Garden — The Night James Brown Saved Boston — is hard to beat.
James Brown rescues Boston, and a whole lot more
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 02, 2008

Anat, Elvis, and Jenny

In the wake of a single solo album on her own label in 2005, Anat Cohen is suddenly everywhere.
Looking ahead to Newport Jazz and Folk, and to Jenny Scheinman
By JON GARELICK  |  July 30, 2007


The Singing Statesman

It’s hard to imagine a better setting for a two-hour solo performance by one of Brazil’s greatest singer-songwriters.
Gilberto Gil, Zeiterion Theatre, March 21, 2007
By DAMON KRUKOWSKI  |  March 27, 2007

Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007

Bad to the bone

What happens when a savvy creative person starts believing his or her own hype?
Has Hank III self-destructed?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 13, 2006