Stevie Wonder

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Funny you should say that

I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2011

The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans

Platinum shenanigans
Plus more music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2010

Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
From the xx to Jay-Z
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 25, 2010

Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010

Making it sing

If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona
Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
By JON GARELICK  |  March 26, 2010


Dee's so fine

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents co-founders Jen D'Angora (the Dents, the Downbeat 5) and Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit, the Gentlemen) won't come right out and say that they had ambitions of ever forming a '60s-style girl group — they won't even come out and
The girl-group delights of the Deelinquents
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 05, 2010

Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010

The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
Warning: Scorpions content
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 05, 2010

The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 29, 2010

New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

Music Seen: Huak and Readings from 33 1/3 series

There was nothing Sunday-sized about the crowd at SPACE last weekend, when Michael T. Fournier and Zeth Lundy took turns reading from their books, both part of Continuum Press's 33 1/3 series. The series, which so far features 67 volumes with 67 differe
At SPACE Gallery, November 8
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  November 13, 2009

Jackson 5 | I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

If you’ve ever wondered how great it might be to hear a slowed-down version of “ABC” that lacks all the youthful charm of the original, this set of previously unreleased Jackson 5 recordings is for you.
Motown/Universal (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2009

Old school, new school

If fans plan shrewdly next Thursday (October 15), they can hear jazz singing at its best in two completely different styles.
Amanda Carr and Gretchen Parlato do it their way
By JON GARELICK  |  October 09, 2009

Brother Ali | Us

Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
Rhymesayers (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009

Review: Bebe Gilberto | All In One

There couldn’t be a more apropos title than the one Bebel Gilberto has given her fourth album.
Verve (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 25, 2009


The Thriller is gone

With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
For Michael Jackson, Bad aint' good
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 03, 2009

Crossword: ''Pig out''

External appearances count.
External appearances count.
By MATT JONES  |  May 15, 2009

Museum pieces and other pieces

It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
By JON GARELICK  |  April 24, 2009

Make like a leaf

Fall appropriately takes the baton (sorry, Olympics still on the mind) from a stand-out summer of music in Portland.
Fall into local music (and other ironic urgings)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2008

Fight song

Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008

Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008

Celtic tigers

At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008

Bowin' away

Of all the CD-release parties ever thrown by Boston bands, the Cello Chix’ show for their new, self-released Under the Covers featured the best Jethro Tull medley.
Cello Chix at the Lizard Lounge, February 8, 2008
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 12, 2008

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
Trav'lin Light | Verve
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007

Profile polling

Facebook and MySpace represent the easiest and most efficient method of assessing compatibility for a friend, a potential hook-up, or a presidential candidate.
A look at the MySpace and Facebook profiles of the '08 presidential candidates
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  September 27, 2007


R.I.P., Rep. Crowley

Educators, parents, children, and the citizens of Rhode Island will greatly miss state Representative Paul Crowley, who died on Monday.
We’ll miss this champion of education
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 26, 2007

Man of the People

Given the scope of Stevie Wonder’s accomplishments in the ’60s and ’70s, you’d expect him to be writing symphonies by now.
Stevie Wonder, Bank of America Pavilion, September 20, 2007
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 24, 2007

Past, present, future

Boston’s a small enough city that, when you’re working the nightlife circuit fairly regularly, you start recognizing people.
Faces — and phases — of Boston's nightlife
By BY HEATHER BOUZAN  |  July 13, 2007

Other music meccas

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007