Thomas Waller

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Scholarship gigs

When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009

Violet hour

The color purple describes both kids' icon Barney and a bruise. And sure enough, both child-friendly uplift and florid abrasion are wound into the sprawling, heartfelt musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel about a beaten-down young
The Color Purple is vivid on stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 26, 2009

Modern vintages

Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
By JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2009

Spring awake

Head to the American Repertory Theatre's Zero Arrow Theatre for the world premiere of Christine Evans's TROJAN BARBIE (March 28–April 22).
Local stages bloom
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 16, 2009

Nights out

Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
By JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2008

Stridin’ with Fats

Long live Theatre by the Sea! The shuttered Matunuck barn theater is open for business after being dark for four summers.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ by the Sea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008


Be Kind Rewind

This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
A shambling charmer
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2008

So wrong they're Righteous

Less than two years into their existence, the Self-Righteous Brothers already have a press kit worth of raves.
These brothers make their own rules
By BRETT MILANO  |  July 25, 2007

To Hell in a handbasket

The epic poem The Wild Party is most famous for inspiring two musicals that appeared in the same millennial year.
The Wild Party; Confessions of a Mormon Boy; Buried Child
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2007

Armenian moves

Mark Harootian wanted to create a piece that would celebrate that music and his own Armenian heritage.
Festival ballet's Up CLOSE on HOPE
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2007

Erin McKeown

With Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones as ingrained in the cultural fabric as cockroaches in an Allston student flat, there isn’t much refreshing about yet another pop singer’s taking a whack at a few pages in the Great American Songbook.
Sing You Sinners | Nettwerk
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 16, 2007


Let ’em sing!

Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
A year in jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2006

Fats and Wilde

It’s no surprise that this show is such naughty, irrepressible fun.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Beverly, An Ideal Husband in Wellesley  
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 07, 2006