MUSIC REVIEW: Standout classical CDs of 2018

 Selling recordings has never been a strength of classical music. In fact, now it’s not strength of any kind of music. But classical music ensembles have found a way — with limited pressings, direct sales from web sites, recording live performances, touring and selling disks like the entrepreneurs they are — to make the economics…

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LISTEN: The Beer For Everyone Project tries Athletic Brewing’s non-alcoholic beers

He thinks there’s a beer out there for everyone. She thinks he’s nuts. We’ll find out who’s right in The Beer for Everyone Project. This week, Norm and Nicole try non-alcoholic beer. Originally posted 2018-11-17 00:11:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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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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Big Something keeps on groovin’

Although they hail from Burlington, North Carolina, there is surely no moss growing on the Big Something.   The independent rock/funk/jazz band is completing a year of touring, while also celebrating their fifth studio album, which is their sixth overall. The sextet’s nearly two-hour show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday night was…

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Holiday Pops opens 45th season with conductor Keith Lockhart on the podium

Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart may not be the most in-demand person this holiday season, but he’s one of them – just ask his family.“As my wife, Emiley, explained to two of my sons, then three and five, a few years ago, ‘Dada is very busy at this time of year, just like Santa Claus,’”…

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Athletic Brewing offers non-alcoholic craft options

Sometimes you want a beer, but you don’t want to consume alcohol.Options for non-alcoholic beers in the U.S. have always been relatively limited – mostly poor imitations of mass-produced lagers.Athletic Brewing Company is hoping to change that. The Stratford, Connecticut-based brewery only brews non-alcoholic beers. Co-founder Bill Shufelt assures you – these aren’t the non-alcoholic…

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Here we go again: Broadway’s Mansfield returns to her roots with North Shore’s ‘Mamma Mia!’

With NSMT’s ‘Mamma Mia!,’ Broadway’s Erica Mansfield returns to the show that started her career — but in a big new role. Originally posted 2018-08-21 19:23:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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LISTEN: The Wicked Kitchen Witches welcome Frank Imbergamo

For their second episode, the Wicked Kitchen Witches had a very special guest join them in the studio: Frank Imbergamo, a local celebrity chef who won a Food Network meatball contest with Emeril Lagasse.And he even brought with him some meatballs to share with them. While you may not be able to taste the goodness,…

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Cape Ann Museum exhibit honors 75th anniversary of Virginia Lee Burton’s ‘The Little House’

It’s taken six years and a team of collaborators that stretches from Gloucester to Tokyo. But at last, Virginia Lee Burton’s “Little House” has come home to the North Shore.The Cape Ann Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Burton’s children’s book “The Little House” with an exhibit that will feature drawings,…

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LISTEN: The Beer For Everyone Project tries Wormtown’s Norm beer

He thinks there’s a beer out there for everyone. She thinks he’s nuts. We’ll find out who’s right in The Beer for Everyone Project. This week, Nicole can’t escape Norm’s face. Originally posted 2018-10-20 00:03:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Off the Vine: Too much wine not that good a thing

The last time I checked, the Olympics did not include events such as downing a bottle of wine in record time. Sure it’s delicious, pairs well with a wide variety of foods and makes getting together with family and friends extra special. I totally agree with all of that. But one fact must never be…

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THE BEER NUT: Lord Hobo to open taproom this week, Smuttynose gets hazy

Boom! It’s almost time to get some Boomsauce on draft at the source.Lord Hobo Brewing Company founder Daniel Lanigan announced that Lord Hobo Brewing Company is expected to reopen its 5 Draper St., Woburn, taproom this week after a major renovation.The new taproom will have seating for more than 150 people, and will serve food…

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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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The multifaceted Christine Lavin returns to Amazing Things in Framingham

Good-humored singer-songwriter-raconteur Christine Lavin had an inauspicious start in the world of music. As a 6-year-old, she was taking piano lessons from a teacher whose preferred method of dealing with a student’s mistakes was with a crack across the knuckles.“I would come home crying and beg my parents to let me quit piano lessons,” said…

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Concert review: Counting Crows kick it back to the ’90s at Xfinity Center in Mansfield

Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz might most resemble Bob Dylan as a songwriter, and most resemble Van Morrison as a singer. Like both of those two, he and his band like to transform even their old favorites into new arrangements, new interpretations and often unexpected directions. That can be a bountiful source of pleasure for devoted…

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New book by Mendon native views Cuban missile crisis from 3 perspectives

From high altitude U-2 spy missions to tense White House negotiations, two area authors bring alive the drama of the Cuban missile crisis in an exciting new history that provides insightful lessons for today’s dangerous world.In “Above & Beyond,” authors Michael J. Tougias, of Mendon, and Casey Sherman, of Marshfield, provide a harrowing account of…

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Country strong: Kenny Chesney – and friends – host a bash at Gillette

 Nobody said Kenny Chesney wasn’t energetic. Bobbing around on stage Friday night, the 50-year-old’s age didn’t show as he clapped, screamed and skipped from one side of the stage to the other. While his energy fed into the crowd and his band jammed to some of the biggest hits of the genre, one thing did suffer:…

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