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The Independent Film Festival Boston trends to greatness

 Cures for pain
 Cures for pain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2011
TerrorThon 2010 at Somerville Theatre

TerrorThon 2010 at Somerville Theatre


Face-Melting Mayhem, Burlesque Spookshows, and a Cult Horror Classic: J. Cannibal's Feast of Flesh 10 at the Somerville Theatre For nine fright-filled days, king of horror burlesque J....
By Michael Goetzman  |  October 01, 2010
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Salif Keita | La Différence

If you don't speak Malian French, you might not grasp that this is a concept album about separatism and the triumph of the human spirit inspired by Keita's experiences growing up as an albino outcast in his native land. But that doesn't matter.
Emarcy (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 18, 2010
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Photos: Bettye LaVette at the Somerville Theatre

Photos of Betty LaVette in Boston
Bettye LaVette, live at the Somerville Theatre, April 30, 2010
By TIM BUGBEE  |  May 07, 2010
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Photos: Ingrid Michaelson at Somerville Theatre

Ingrid Michaelson headlines Tufts' annual Jumbo Jam, at the Somerville Theatre, March 2, 2010
Ingrid Michaelson, live at the Somerville Theatre, March 2, 2010
By ANNE WERMIEL  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Ingrid Michaelson at Somerville Theatre

"Am I talking too much? Too loose?" Ingrid Michaelson blithely asked near the middle of her set at the Somerville Theatre.
At the Tufts' Jumbo Jam on March 2, 2010
By ALEX BLUM  |  March 05, 2010


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Jew note

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
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Somerville Theatre

The Carolina Chocolate Drops introduced the penultimate song of their Saturday night Somerville Theatre show as from 2001, "which is about 100 years ago in pop music."
Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Somerville Theatre, January 23, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2010
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Old-time bangers

The one element needed when revitalizing a neglected canon? Verve. Ever since the Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the trad-acoustic scene a few years ago, they've kept this notion front and center.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the red zone
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 22, 2010
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Spring fever

As action-packed as the holidays are, they can be a real dead zone when it comes to decent shows.
Ten shows you didn't know you'd be going to
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010

Play by play: December 18, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of December 18
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 18, 2009


Play by Play: December 12, 2009

Boston theater listings: December 12, 2009
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 11, 2009
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Swine fever: An evening with Hunter S. Thompson

Only Hunter S. Thompson could come up with a line like that; no one else had his knack for the near-Biblical proverb. Few writers outside of Madison Avenue or the New Testament can sum up a zeitgeist so cannily in a phrase.
Buy the ticket, take the ride
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 23, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, October 23, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 23, 2009
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Review: Mirah at Somerville Theatre

The mid-March release date of Portland-based singer/songwriter Mirah’s newest solo album, (A)spera , seemed ill fitting.
 At the Somerville Theatre, October 9, 2009
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 16, 2009


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Photos: Os Mutantes at Somerville Theatre

Photos of Os Mutantes, on tour for their new album Haih or Amortecedor , at the Somerville Theatre
Os Mutantes, live at Somerville Theatre on October 4. 2009
By JEROME ENO  |  October 09, 2009
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Just serious enough

Over the years, I’ve seen many an act try and fail to get folks up out of their seats at the Somerville. On Sunday night, all Os Mutantes had to do was play the opening notes of Jorge Ben’s “A Minha Menina” and we all spilled into the aisles like a flash
Os Mutantes, live at the Somerville Theatre, October 4, 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 09, 2009
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Tropicália storm

When Sérgio Dias takes to the Somerville Theatre stage this Sunday with the current incarnation of Os Mutantes, it's a safe bet he'll be beaming with gratitude. "I'm riding the same wave," he says of his band's legendary Brazilian albums, "but this time
The long awaited return of Os Mutantes
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 02, 2009
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Teachers and students

Several of this fall's promising jazz performances are clustered around the week of October 18. That marks the 40th-anniversary celebration of the jazz-studies program at New England Conservatory, which, created by Gunther Schuller, established NEC as
NEC and Berklee set the jazz stage
By JON GARELICK  |  September 18, 2009


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Photos: Camera Obscura at the Somerville Theatre

Camera Obscura live at Somerville Theatre, June 25, 2009
Camera Obscura live at Somerville Theatre, June 25, 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  June 26, 2009
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Photos: Camera Obscura at the Somerville Theatre

Camera Obscura live at Somerville Theatre, June 25, 2009
Camera Obscura live at Somerville Theatre, June 25, 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  June 26, 2009
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Mixed emotions

When at the end of the title track of her band's new My Maudlin Career (4AD) Camera Obscura vocalist/songwriter Tracyanne Campbell coos "I don't want to be sad again" over a bed of ethereally jaunty chamber pop, you'd be wise to take that with a grain o
The beautiful mood swings of Camera Obscura
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre

Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
Dirty Projectors and Vieux Farka Touré live at Somerville Theatre, June 18, 2009
By LUCY SHERMAN  |  June 19, 2009
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Suite relief

For Longstreth, the pressure's been ratcheted up following the online leak a couple of months ago of Dirty Projectors' fifth LP, Bitte Orca (Domino) which is finally, officially out this week.
Dirty Projectors' breakthrough has but one concept: Rule
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 12, 2009


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St. Vincent's Actor gets a run-through

There were not one but two clarinets on stage at the Somerville Theatre on Tuesday night, and that gives you some idea of how intricate Annie Clark's chamber-pop compositions can be.
St. Vincent, live at the Somerville Theatre, May 19, 2009
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 29, 2009
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Photos: St. Vincent at Somerville Theatre

Annie Clark and co. live on May 19, 2009
Annie Clark and co. live on May 19, 2009
By CHRIS DEMPSEY  |  May 22, 2009
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The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009
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Vieux Farka Touré | Fondo

On his extraordinary homonymous 2007 debut, Vieux Farka Touré both paid tribute to his late, legendary father, Malian guitar icon Ali Farka Touré, and began to distance himself from that heritage.
Six Degrees (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 15, 2009