REVIEW ROUNDUP: Critics weigh in on Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars’

It isn’t even out yet, but critics are already weighing in left and right on Bruce Springsteen’s latest — and it’s sounding like a successful experiment. Originally posted 2019-06-11 00:03:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Music: Three chances to hear Matt Andersen’s booming vocals

Matt Andersen is kind of a living testament to the basis of rock ‘n’ roll, which is to say the skillful blending of many North American roots music forms into something new and exciting. He’s also a prime example of that old music business standby, the “overnight sensation” who’s been laboring at his craft for…

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Music: Get ready to devour the Flesh Eaters

The Flesh Eaters were originally formed as an act of friendship, and sort of “a busman’s holiday” for the musicians involved way back in 1977. All these years and many lineup changes later, that’s still the unifying principle of the legendary Los Angeles punk-roots-rockers.The Flesh Eaters have reunited their classic 1982 lineup and released their…

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Music review: Blues and boogie with ZZ Top in Boston

Two of the most reliable warhorses in the classic rock cavalry charged through Boston’s Rockland Trust Pavilion on Wednesday night, as ZZ Top and Cheap Trick blazed through sets of some of their biggest hits, as well as some surprises, for a crowd of about 4,500 fans. Although the two headliners played nearly equal length sets…

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PREVIEW: Upcoming chamber music season is exciting, accessible

Chamber music society. It sounds expensive just to belong.Fortunately, it’s not an exclusive club. Just accessible and various music, with many concerts tucked away in places you wouldn’t expect.Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (ahchambermusic.org) returns bass-baritone Dashon Burton to open its season Sept. 24. He’s joined by Baroque violinist Julia McKenzie and organist Andrew Sheranian. Here’s…

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Music: Folk rocker Steve Forbert to perform in Plymouth

Steve Forbert has always seemed like a man on the move, the quintessential troubadour going down the road to his next show, and relentlessly creating new music shaped by the here and now. In that vein, he takes a balanced view of the record label difficulties that marked his early career, is grateful for the fans…

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OFF THE VINE: Time to stop playing ‘What’s my Wine’

Back in the 1950’s a television game show titled “What’s My Line” featured celebrity panelists questioning contestants in order to determine what exactly they did for a living. An extremely laborious exercise, if you ask me.So, what does all this have to do with wine? Recently I overheard a customer ask a wine store clerk,…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: Exploring a brave, new world in ‘The Warehouse’

One of the most appealing things about “The Warehouse,” the new near-future, near-dystopian thriller by Rob Hart, is its familiarity. Rob Hart’s version of the United States is just over the next ridge, a place that’s hotter, drier, lesser, but not really so different. It’s as if you turned a page, fell asleep, and woke…

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Fran Drescher, Katherine McNamara, and More Stars Pay Tribute to Iconic Women in Television

Women have been pushing boundaries in the TV industry for decades. In the early 1950s, Lucille Ball fought for I Love Lucy to depict a multiethnic marriage — and eventual pregnancy — like her own. In […] Originally posted 2019-04-02 00:02:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Report: R. Kelly charged with sexual abuse in Chicago area

R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.According to the Daily Beast, the charges stem from a video which allegedly shows […] Originally posted 2019-03-07 12:00:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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For many in state, meal time starts with their cellphone

A lot goes into ordering the perfect burrito. Especially if you have allergies, only like certain kinds of cheese or hate beans.Which is why Sarah Daly often skipped over-the-counter Mexican-style restaurants or was disappointed when her orders didn’t come out exactly right.That was, until she started using mobile apps for her lunch.“There’s a Chipotle right…

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Julia Bomfim brings Brazilian strings to Amazing Things

“It was definitely the influence of my father,” said Julia Bomfim, when asked what first made her want to play an instrument. “He’s a professional flutist, a classical musician, and I grew up listening to a lot of classical music and going to a lot of his concerts.”Bomfim, a native of Rio De Janeiro, who…

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White Denim rocks Boston

White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki told us last week that their live shows tend to favor more of their harder rocking, most energetic songs, and he certainly didn’t lie, based on Tuesday night’s raucous rock show at Brighton Music Hall. White Denim played almost two hours, with a nice selection of tunes from their brand…

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Mile Twelve visits Club Passim with new and traditional bluegrass sounds

There wasn’t any bluegrass spinning around in Evan Murphy’s head when he was growing up in Milton. Nor was he playing guitar, though there was one sitting in a corner, gathering dust.But these days, he’s writing songs, singing, and playing guitar in the bluegrass quintet Mile Twelve, which will be premiering a batch of new…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: Longform nonfiction with a palpable edge

Longform feature writers Christopher Goffard and Marie Brenner have a few important things in common. They are excellent storytellers, they know how to dig for their material and develop a trusting rapport with their sources. Their work is edgy, vivid and experiential. Both have recently published compilations of some of their more notable pieces. Originally…

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