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Paul Lewis in Boston

Even in a city like Boston with so many stars in its musical firmament, concerts in which great musicians triumphantly tackle the very greatest literature is still rare.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2013
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Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 28, 2011
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Paul Lieberman's Brazilian accent

How did a middle-class Jewish kid from New Jersey become a first-call session musician in Rio de Janeiro?
Bilingual
By JON GARELICK  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Pianomania

You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy The King of Kong. The Vienna-set documentary burrows into the professional life of Steinway & Sons' chief technici

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 24, 2011
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Putnam Smith laments, We Could Be Beekeepers

Reviewing his sophomore full-length, Goldrush , I accused Putnam Smith of wishing it were 1909 instead of 2009.
Back in black (and yellow)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2011
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Moving out

At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 06, 2011


[live review] Dan Tepfer Trio @ the Regattabar


After three songs at the Regattabar with his trio on March 16, Dan Tepfer introduced the next number as “the only tune that really swings...
By Jon Garelick  |  March 24, 2011
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A Deathwish comes true

If you've lived in Boston for more than a few months, you've surely felt the pang of "Whoa" that runs up and down your spine the first time you see their trucks: huge black-and-gold behemoths stocked with intimidatingly jacked dudes all dressed in black
Psycho Pirates Dept.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 11, 2011
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Photos: The Decemberists at the House of Blues

The Decemberists play an acoustic set at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues on January 29, 2011.
The Decemberists | House of Blues | January 29, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  February 04, 2011
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Elizabeth and the Catapult | The Other Side of Zero

It appears that Liz Ziman has been flirting with a busted heart.
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By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 05, 2010
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Kate Schrock picks up a backbeat

This happens in music all the time, of course: People with no obvious commonality come together because the music they make sounds good. Thus we have Kate and the Rocket.
Rocket fuel
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 01, 2010


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True romance

Bright Star  is the best movie ever made about John Keats, the great Romantic poet who died at the age of 25. According to the Internet Movie Database, however, it is also the only one.
Jane Campion beams on her Bright Star
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2009
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Takeo Toyama | Etudes

Takeo Toyama's song experiments here run the gamut from sublime to unsettling. The first half offers mannered, consonant melodies.
Karaoke Kalk (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 24, 2009