Valentine’s Day 2019: Food deals and freebies

There’s nothing wrong with doing Valentine’s Day on a budget.Here are deals and freebies at restaurants across the country in honor of the holiday so you can save your cash.Abuelo’s: Get fajitas for two plus a dessert for $32.99, dine-in only, through Feb. 14.Amazon: Get 15 percent off certain Valentine’s Day candies like Dove chocolates,…

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Pentatonix to perform at DCU Center June 8

WORCESTER — Pentatonix is on the “A” list when it comes to the surge of popularity a cappella singing groups have been enjoying in recent years.”A” for awards, for example (including three Grammy Awards). Also, “A” for arenas, as the group is currently on a world tour taking it to an array of large and prestigious…

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Jazz band pays tribute to Nancy Wilson in Plymouth show

Eastham native Emily Wade Adams said she was just a little stunned and mostly intrigued when her friend and bandmate Justin Flynn loaned her an old record, the 1962 Capitol Records release “Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley” and added a warning. “If you don’t like this album,” said Flynn, “I might have to stop being…

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Son Volt rocks Boston

Anyone concerned that Son Volt’s newest material, with some emphasis on topical lyrics, would mean the band wouldn’t rock as hard as usual need not have worried. Thursday night’s one hour and forty minute show before about 800 fans at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston was a roots-rockin’ barnburner from start to finish.Son Volt…

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Music: Son Volt heading to Boston with new album, ‘Union’

From the start, the group Son Volt has explored rock ‘n’ roll’s roots in folk, country and blues music, so in that respect their latest album “Union” is right in line with their particularly sublime blend of Americana. But the latest album is also focused on preserving another cherished tradition of American music, which is…

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10 of the best things to do in the Berkshires

Music plays an underappreciated role in many Shakespeare plays; too often we get some poor actor with a mandolin strumming out a half-hearted rendition of some sleepy ballad, and the show comes to a stop.But Allyn Burrows, artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, sets his “Twelfth Night” in a seaside community in 1959,…

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OFF THE VINE: Screw caps on wine bottles fuel debate

The debate over the use of screw caps on wine bottles continues to stir emotions among wine lovers. While some see them as rather novel, others have a strong aversion to their use. Since the early ’60s screw caps have gained a rather solid footing in the wine industry and today can be found on…

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Newton’s Highland Jazz series winds down its celebrated run

Highland Jazz, the long-running community-based jazz series that started, appropriate to its name, in Newton Highlands in 1983, and has moved around to various venues, is closing up shop with a final show on March 31 at Newton South High School, its home for the past 15 years. It’ll be a triple headliner concert, with…

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Concert review: Santana sizzles in Mansfield

Among the many reasons to celebrate this summer’s 50th anniversary of Woodstock, one of the most invigorating is the tour that proves Carlos Santana is still making exciting and even groundbreaking music in 2019.Actually Santana and his band have something else to celebrate as the current Supernatural Now tour marks the 20th anniversary of his…

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Sounds Around Town: Lyle Brewer’s guitar playing will say it all at Club Passim

It took some time for Lyle Brewer to find the instrument that would allow him to say what he wanted to say … musically. Growing up in Andover, he liked listening to his older brother play saxophone, so he, too, started playing saxophone. When his brother switched to drums, so did Lyle. And he got…

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Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials headline North River Blues Festival

The origin story behind Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials’ debut album is a charming throwback. When Chicago’s Alligator Records, the nation’s premier blues label, was putting together a collection of hot young acts in the genre, Alligator president Bruce Iglauer asked a young quartet that was heating up the Chicago clubs to come in…

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Music: KT Tunstall is coming to Cohasset

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall burst onto the pop music scene in 2005 with her performance of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on BBC’s “Later… with Jools Holland.” It featured Tunstall “building the song” as she likes to say, using only her voice, guitar, tambourine, and looper pedal. It made her famous. A few months later,…

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GEORGE’S GENIUS: Philbrick’s ‘In the Hurricane’s Eye’ highlights Washington’s strategic superiority as a military commander

Nathaniel Philbrick has come full circle with his latest book “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory of Yorktown.” The nation’s first commander-in-chief takes center stage in the final volume of his American Revolution trilogy. And the portrayal of the general as a strategically superior planner may surprise some readers.Instead…

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Music: Drive-By Truckers’ Mike Cooley cruises solo

“I don’t do light-hearted,” said Mike Cooley with a rueful sort of chuckle. “I don’t feel good about writing a song if I don’t have something to say. But you’ve got to remember, there are still plenty of subjects you can write about without always going into topical things.”Cooley is best known as the lead…

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Strait fire: Fans give King of Country Music a royal reception at Gillette

FOXBORO — George Strait’s still got it.It’s been 38 years since his first single hit the charts, and I have no doubt the 67-year-old has it in him to sing a dozen more.Strait hit the stage in Foxboro Saturday night behind modern-day legend Blake Shelton, almost-a-star Cody Johnson and songwriter-turned-musician Caitlyn Smith. It was five…

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James McMurtry talks redneck relatives, cruise ships and a ‘hell of a learning curve’

James McMurtry fascinates me.He gives off an old stoic vibe, Gen X American Gothic.I discovered him a few years back with the brilliant “Choctaw Bingo” — do yourself a favor and YouTube it — and was hooked.McMurtry is writing about Woody Guthrie’s America in the 21st century, but with Townes Van Zandt’s attitude and John…

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