Sideman Zachariah Hickman takes center stage at Passim

Ask Zachariah Hickman a straightforward question, and you get an honest answer. The host of, performer in, and creator of the upcoming “Songs and Strings” shows at Club Passim on Oct. 9 and 10, is best known as a bass man – both double and electric – and often picks away on an acoustic guitar…

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Singer Didi Stewart takes another musical turn at the Lilypad

It’s difficult to keep track of the kinds of music Didi Stewart has been singing throughout different phases of her career. When the New Jersey native first arrived in Boston – after convincing her parents that she was going to attend Berklee College (she only lasted a semester before quitting to join a band ……

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Music: Lucinda Williams sill cruising 20 years after ‘Car Wheels’

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of Lucinda Williams’ 1998 album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” That’s the record that finally allowed her to break through to a wider audience, and it is often cited as the album that more or less established the Americana category. It also would win Williams a Grammy for…

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New book gives voice to the ‘strong women of Southie’

At a time when women are speaking up about painful, personal experiences, the book “Women of Southie” is particularly timely.Subtitled “Finding Resilience During Whitey Bulger’s Infamous Reign,” the book is the story of six South Boston women whose lives were shaped by varying combinations of abuse as children and adults, drug addiction, and the loss…

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Music: Marshall Crenshaw joins the Smithereens for Scituate show

The Smithereens had a handful of hits in the late 1980s, as their gritty power pop found an audience that appreciated their classic garage rock sound with its punky intensity. Their star had faded with the arrival of grunge, in the 1990s, but they were enjoying a nice resurgence with the original lineup in the…

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Heed the Bard’s lessons on politics, says Harvard professor

Harvard University professor Stephen Greenblatt saw a sign. Or, more accurately, he didn’t.As the 2016 presidential election was stumbling toward the finish line, the pollsters, number crunchers and media outlets that had so accurately predicted the 2012 presidential election, confidently forecasted a victory for Hillary Clinton.Greenblatt wasn’t so sure.”I’m no prophet and I have no…

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LISTEN: The Wicked Kitchen Witches go apple picking

In episode three, join the Wicked Kitchen Witches – Chris Stevens, Nell Escobar Coakley and Jennie Oemig – as they venture out into the orchard at Connors Farm in Danvers to take part in some pick-your-own fun.The ladies all picked out a half-peck of apples, then went to their separate kitchens to make something delicious…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’

Already a bestseller, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” is a testament to author Michelle McNamara’s obsession with the madman Golden State Killer we now know is ex-police officer James DeAngelo Jr. She was up front about the time, energy and expense that her true crime fascination demanded of her and her family. Originally posted…

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Homecoming: Boston crowd gives Norwell’s Susan Tedeschi and band a hearty welcome

There is apparently no limit to the enthusiasm Boston area fans have for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and thankfully, apparently no limit to the number of songs that can be transformed by that stellar 12-person musical troupe.Friday night was the middle night of the band’s three-night stay at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, with nary…

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MERRY MUSIC: Celebrity Series performances celebrate the season

 Whatever your religious beliefs, the holiday season is about finding light in a time of darkness, hope during periods of despair, peace amidst violence. And that seems more possible when singers and musicians voice these visions.During three Celebrity Series concerts in December, these universal desires will be expressed by a South African gospel choir, a…

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