Rufus Wainwright

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Rufus Wainwright | Out Of The Game

Out of the Game is being billed as the most "pop" album of Rufus Wainwright's career, which is to say that it dismisses many of his trademark classical and/or stagey affinities.
Decca (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  April 27, 2012

Delta Spirit | Delta Spirit

The characters in Delta Spirit's songs— wistful daydreamers, hopeless romantics, and clear-eyed pragmatists alike— are as rich and complex as the music.
Rounder (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 16, 2012

The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell

Many of us have embarrassing moments in our past, but when one of the hippest jazz dudes around admits to donning a leisure suit and playing in a show band, you prepare for a wince on the seismic level.
Rolling with the changes
By JIM MACNIE  |  June 17, 2011

Review: The many tentacles of Jason Spooner's Sea Monster

Jason Spooner is an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer — great songs and great hair, all in one package. Their aesthetics are similar, too. Sure, there are important and wounded songs in the bag, but these guys aren't afraid to have a good time,
Get kraken
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2010

Tom Jones | Praise and Blame

Is it possible that Tom Jones, at age 70, is only now using everything he's got to his best advantage?
Lost Highway (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 30, 2010
Rufus Wainwright at the Boston Opera House

Rufus Wainwright at the Boston Opera House

Born to folk singers, Rufus Wainwright grew up more interested in Schubert lieder and Verdi's Macbeth than the simple, relaxed songs of the flower era....
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 29, 2010


Rufus Wainwright | All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu

Songs for Lulu features Wainwright alone at his piano — where, on previous records, the Canadian songwriter has mostly been as part of sprawling pop ensembles.
Decca (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 23, 2010

Bold and beautiful

Alison Sudol, the LA-based artist who records and performs as A Fine Frenzy, just loves it when I bring up the first show of her first-ever tour.
A Fine Frenzy emerges, swift as a shadow
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 30, 2009

Rosanne Cash | The List

In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
Manhattan (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 02, 2009

Rufus Wainwright at the Merrill Auditorium

Next weekend is totally bananas, guys. Along with the Camden International Film Festival (see pages 8 and 35), Sacred & Profane, Sufjan Stevens, and so...
By webteam  |  September 23, 2009

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009


Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy | Spirit Moves

One of the most genial CDs in Douglas's vast discography is also one of his most accomplished.
Greenleaf Music (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  June 19, 2009

Marianne Faithfull | Easy Come Easy Go

The CD cover is deceptively retro Sinatra: here's Marianne encased in a lady's tux in front of a vintage microphone with "Easy" twice on the title and the subtitle "12 Songs for Music Lovers."
Decca (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 23, 2009

Arresting developments

Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008

Scenes from the city

I missed more things in two and a half days last week than I managed to take in, so whatever I might infer about dance in the New York vortex could have come out a different way if I’d reversed my priorities.
The Kirov at City Center, plus Jerome Robbins, Stephen Petronio, and Cloud Gate
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 08, 2008

Mark Weiner for President?

There has been much hand-wringing recently over whether superdelegates will hijack the Democrats’ presidential-selection process.
Superdelegates are not so super in a punitive democracy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 13, 2008


Rock and roles

A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007

Kid at play

Slouching on a Marriott lobby couch in jeans, T-shirt, and sandals, blond-haired Teddy Thompson looks like a California surfer.
Teddy Thompson ’ s country jag
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 16, 2007

Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers are throwbacks to a time when pop was lighter than air.
Those the Brokes | Capitol
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  August 14, 2007

Joan as Police Woman

Ex-Bostonian Joan Wasser spent more than a decade carrying other musicians’ trains.
Real Life | Cheap Lullaby
By RENÉ SPENCER SALLER  |  July 02, 2007

Panoramic pop

The Pavilion was P-town for a night.
Cyndi Lauper and "True Colors," Bank of America Pavilion, June, 16, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 19, 2007


Going on sale: June 22, 2007

Hanson, Rusus Wainwright, Gov't Mule, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 18, 2007

Something for everybody

As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007

Rufus Wainwright

Despite Rufus Wainwright’s intentions, Release the Stars could be his most lavishly appointed disc yet.
Release the Stars | Geffen
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 11, 2007

On the Racks: May 15, 2007

Don’t feel bad if you find yourself thinking of Tio Bitar as the sophomore album by the Swedish neo-psychedelic band Dungen.
New discs by Dunger, Dolores, Rufus, Wilco, and Linkin Park
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 15, 2007

Self singer

“One’s self I sing, a simple separate person. . . . Of physiology from top to toe,” goes one of the Walt Whitman poems set by Rufus Wainwright for Stephen Petronio’s Bloom.
Stephen Petronio at the Barbara Leee
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 17, 2007


Dancing across the city

The ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, with its sprung wood dance floor and wrap-around windows framing the harbor, is positioned to become Boston dance’s most significant venue.
Between the opening of the new ICA and Bank of America's de-funding of Celebrity Series, will Boston be a city on the move or on the make in 2007?
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 27, 2006

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

If you’re already a Leonard Cohen fan, this documentary/concert film is a must; if you’re not, you may not understand his music any better after watching it. Watch the trailer for Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (QuickTime)
Cohen talks without revealing anything
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 12, 2006

Family matters

“I wouldn’t really say that my music is introverted and sad,” Teddy Thompson says on the road from a Chicago venue.
Teddy Thompson takes after the ’rents
By KEN MICALLEF  |  March 28, 2006