Music review: With guitars blazing, Ocean Alley soars

 For that not-so-insubstantial subset of rock fans who savor guitar sounds, the Australian sextet Ocean Alley is a (relatively) new outfit you have to hear. Three of the musicians are guitarists, and the way lead singer Baden Donegal, Mitch Galbraith, and lead guitarist Angus Goodwin weave their guitar lines together, along with keyboardist Lach Galbraith,…

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Courteney Cox Revisited Her Friends Apartment and We Couldn’t Be Any More Nostalgic

The cast of Friends might not (ever) be ready for a revival of the series, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get as nostalgic for the beloved sitcom as we do sometimes.Over the years, the stars […] Originally posted 2019-03-22 00:05:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Next Draft: Brewery, taproom to open at Brookfield farm

BROOKFIELD — Over the last few years, the overgrowth of grass and weeds has vanished from Oakholm Farm, and people have returned to wander through its pastures and gardens or stroll along Quaboag Pond.Still a decades-old hay barn sits dark, dusty and empty. For now.In and around the old barn, Andrew Woodward has pictured his brewery…

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Do you miss Black Sabbath? Check out Worshipper at ONCE in Somerville

Leading the pack of Boston’s loud music renaissance, Worshipper has a sound that walks the fine line between modern and vintage. The fuzzy stoner metal style, courtesy of vocalist, guitarist and Salem resident John Brookhouse, guitarist Alejandro Necochea, of Melrose, drummer Dave Jarvis, of Billerica, and bassist Bob Maloney, from Saugus, is on par with…

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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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Travel guru Rick Steves joins the Pops for a musical journey through Europe

Travel guide book author and television show host Rick Steves has led travelers through Europe for decades, but fans may be surprised to know that he is also a musician who explores countries through music. At two Boston Pops programs this week, Steves will host “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey” where he will guide audiences…

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REVIEW: Durand Jones and the Indications light up Boston

There are few things more satisfying for music fans than seeing a worthy performer or band start to make serious headway in the always challenging music business. That’s why there were lots of smiles amid the return customers in the audience of Sunday night’s sold out show by Durand Jones and the Indications before about…

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Robert Cray, Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama open Music Circus with a blues bash

The South Music Circus in Cohasset opened its 2019 season Saturday night with a show that legitimately had two headliners, with soul and blues titan Robert Cray, and songwriter Marc Cohn with his new pals, gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama. Both acts did approximately 75-minute sets, and the crowd of about 1,500 fans…

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Bloomsday explained: You’ve got a week to read James Joyce’s massive ‘Ulysses’

This June 16 is the 115th anniversary of “Bloomsday” (June 16, 1904), that fictional day in the groundbreaking novel “Ulysses” by Irish writer Jame Joyce (1882-1941). Written between 1914-1922, with its setting in Joyce’s native Dublin, it is long (almost 1,100 pages) but lively, and famously known for its liberties with the norms of grammar.True…

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A nutritionist claims pizza is a healthier breakfast than most cereals

Who among us has never wandered into the kitchen first thing in the morning and opened a cold pizza box from the night before?Yeah, I’m looking at all of you. No judgement here.As it turns out, pizza may not be that bad for breakfast. Or at least, it may not be worth feeling super guilty over.According…

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Concert review: Songwriting genius John Hiatt performs solo in Plymouth

John Hiatt’s songwriting is as universal as it gets, storytelling that is concise and relatable, emotionally resonant and yet still witty, serious at times and silly at others, but always utterly human and authentic. That’s the main reason his music strikes a chord with so many people, but his melting pot of styles is another…

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Music: Americana ensemble Chatham County Line swinging through area with multiple shows

The four musicians in Chatham County Line had all been in rock or country-rock bands, working away at the usual array of noisy roadhouses and bars. Then in a move reminiscent of the old Steve Martin gag – “Let’s get really small!” – they all decided to try getting really quiet. The move to acoustic music…

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Musician Ezra Furman talks about his faith and the fight against homophobia

At first glance, the song title “Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 At Goodwill,” might read like an ode to the bargain glamor of thrift store browsing, but according to rocker Ezra Furman, the track is among the most painful he has penned.“That song is brutal for me; it’s just brutal,” said the 32-year-old queer musician, who graduated…

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Seen Behind The Scenes: What cast members of ‘Oklahoma!’ look like off stage

The cast does more than horse around in the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!”The show includes plenty of singing and dancing with songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and,…

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Seen behind scene: What cast members of ‘Oklahoma!’ look like off stage

The cast does more than horse around in the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!”The show includes plenty of singing and dancing with songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and,…

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