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Reimagining Porgy and Bess
In the new production at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Diane Paulus, Messrs. Heyward and Gershwin have been reworked by two actual African-Americans: two-time Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray and Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-Americ
The A.R.T. takes on the Gershwins' classic and prep it for Broadway
| August 12, 2011
Arborea sail across a fossil sea
When critics say a band have a timelessness about them, people generally mean the band's music is sort of universally appealing, outside of trends or genres.
| April 22, 2011
Hot summer moves
The 2010 Bates Dance Festival's first main stage performance, a concert by Monica Bill Barnes and Company, was hot — playfully theatrical, intensely human, ardently physical.
Bates Fest opens with Monica Bill Barnes
| July 16, 2010
Bettye LaVette | Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.
| June 04, 2010
Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
| February 26, 2010
Review: Tom Russell | Blood and Candle Smoke
This LA-born troubadour with a Dustbowl voice works voodoo on his 24th studio album, conjuring ghosts of the ’60s and ’70s along with apocalyptic visions as he relates tales of gun-toting madmen and dark rifts of the heart.
Shout! Factory (2009)
| September 25, 2009
Levon Helm | Electric Dirt
Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
| June 26, 2009
Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
| June 05, 2009
Perhaps it's due to the delicate gentility of his demeanor, or the soft warble of his signature trill, but Antony Hegarty tends to be described in the airiest of terms.
Antony and the Johnsons, live at Berklee Performance Center, February 22, 2009
| February 26, 2009
A voice from on high
On his new album The Crying Light, Antony Hegarty lifts his voice without raising it.
The second coming of Antony and the Johnsons
| February 18, 2009
Review: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement
In any given Black History Month, the three-disc Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement would be a powerful anthology.
| January 06, 2009
Review: Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story
Nina Simone was her own gospel, a sinuous force of uncompromising power and righteous beauty.
| December 09, 2008
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
| December 01, 2008
SPACE Gallery showcased a "Seven Sirens" all-lady lineup last Friday, in front of a packed house.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, November 14
SONYA TOMLINSON AND JEFF INGLIS
| November 19, 2008
Live: Andrew Bird in Portland
For his nearly-sold-out show in Portsmouth’s Music Hall, Bird compensated for the absence of bandmates by doing, well, everything himself.
Music seen at the Music Hall, October 8, 2008
| October 16, 2008
Who brought the cool kid?
“For me, punk is the new idea, always the new idea, forever the new idea. That’s why punk can never die. Because as long as there are people, there will be new ideas.”
Ian MacKaye visits Tufts
| April 15, 2008
Less is best
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
| March 04, 2008
Finding a voice
Closer inspection, however, shows a choreographer making a series of perplexing musical choices that don’t always serve him well.
Battleworks at the ICA
| February 29, 2008
A whole new rush
You are obviously not a brilliant musician who appreciates the grand gifts that Rush displays.
| February 28, 2008
Working with producer Buddy Miller, Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’ , giving each track its own distinct personality.
Mockingbird | New Line
| February 26, 2008
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
| January 15, 2008
Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
Trav'lin Light | Verve
| December 31, 2007
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
Billie Holiday unstuck in time
| December 07, 2007
Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
| November 20, 2007
The lack of focus on the main characters and some bad artistic choices cause the film to slip beneath the waves of its own ambitious vision.
A vast but uneven period piece
| June 13, 2007
A pleasant Reminder
Canadian singer Feist’s third solo album is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
Feist comes into her own
| June 04, 2007
At home with home
Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
| May 30, 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
Not quite phenomenal
Fans of deep-roots blues and soul are always looking for new heroes and heroines.
Ruthie Foster, Johnny D's, March 28, 2007
| April 03, 2007
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