Folk and blues legend Chris Smithers to perform in Plymouth

Chris Smither sings and plays the acoustic blues better than almost anyone ever has, embodying the way the music is ultimately about triumphing over travails, persevering through troubles, and, not infrequently, having a good time as you walk, or occasionally stumble, through life. Smither was born in Miami but mostly grew up in New Orleans, where…

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Danvers a cappella group Falconize takes flight for Spain’s International A Cappella Festival

The furthest Falconize has ever gone was New York City. But now, the Danvers High School a cappella group is spreading its wings and taking flight overseas for the International A Cappella Festival in Spain.The weeklong festival takes place June 16-23, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain and is incredibly competitive to get into. Groups applied by…

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The North Shore: A burgeoning craft beer destination

There’s something special brewing just north of Boston: craft beer, and lots of it. And with each new brewery and taproom that opens, the North Shore is quickly becoming a destination for beer lovers.In Beverly, Channel Marker Brewing became the first of about 50 breweries expected to open in Massachusetts in 2019, welcoming patrons the…

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OPINION: Cannabis munchies are a gift and a curse

Watch any movie with a stoner character and chances are they are depicted as spaced-out losers with no ambition. Red eyes, scraggly appearance and locked onto the couch, these cartoonish characterizations are no longer relevant — as many professionals and brilliant thinkers are consuming cannabis daily.But there is one behavior displayed by these characters that…

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Seth Rosenbloom brings a blast of the blues at the Burren

Blues guitarist Seth Rosenbloom puts the blame squarely on the movie “School of Rock” for getting him interested in both playing guitar and playing blues on guitar, which is what he’ll be doing at the Burren in Somerville on Jan. 12 during his CD release gig for “Keep on Turning.”Rosenbloom, 26, a Waltham native who…

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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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SOUND AROUND TOWN: Porch Party Mamas rockin’ roots at Amazing Things

There’s going to be a lot of singing and a lot of playing, on many different instruments and in many musical genres when the rootsy Porch Party Mamas return to Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on May 4.The truly democratic quintet – that’s not a political term; it’s about equality within the band –…

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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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The brilliant Bernadette Peters headlines Boston Pops on Opening Night

When it comes to assembling a set list for her concerts, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters need look no further than the scores of the many hit musicals she’s done.That lofty list now includes “Hello, Dolly!” – revived in 2017–2018 with Bette Midler, and subsequently Peters, in the role of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.“I’m going to…

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Valentine’s Day 2019: These are the most romantic restaurants in the country

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Looking for somewhere nice to take your special someone?Yelp just released its list of the top 100 most romantic restaurants across the country.To compile the list, Yelp searched restaurants on its website with a large number of reviews mentioning phrases like “romantic,” “Valentine’s Day” and “date night” and then…

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Music: Lovelytheband gives Boston crowd much to ‘Smile’ about

“I wrote this song at my lowest point..and I’ve had mental health issues throughout my life,” said singer Mitchy Collins of Lovelytheband, in surely one of the most unforgettable song introductions, before a sold out crowd of 525 fans at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Saturday night. “We have an epidemic of this stuff; depression, anxiety, addiction,”…

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FSU professor emerita pens New England story

“My mother is leaving home for the first time in her eighty years of life.” From this opening line you know that Catherine McLaughlin’s searing debut novel Blue Collars is about resilient personalities with strong ties to family and locale.Fiona “Finn” Kilroy, the narrator raised in an Irish-Catholic family, comes of age in New Bedford,…

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