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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Music: Marshfield’s Anthony Geraci is happy to sing the blues

Marshfield resident Anthony Geraci has recorded enough albums to know what makes for a good session; like-minded musicians who also get along. Luckily for music fans, Geraci has a boundless list of friends among some of the country’s foremost blues musicians, which is one of the things that makes his new album, “Why Did You…

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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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Seven hours of tunes at the free Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Just as it has for its first eight editions, the Ninth Annual JP Music Fest will boast a program of music that’s all over the place. And that’s a good thing.Taking shape on two adjacent stages at Pinebank Field, next to Jamaica Pond, in Jamaica Plain, on Saturday, Sept. 7, the free seven-hour concert will…

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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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Music: Folk rocker Steve Forbert to perform in Plymouth

Steve Forbert has always seemed like a man on the move, the quintessential troubadour going down the road to his next show, and relentlessly creating new music shaped by the here and now. In that vein, he takes a balanced view of the record label difficulties that marked his early career, is grateful for the fans…

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You can buy green doughnuts at Krispy Kreme for St. Patrick’s Day

If you want to go all-out on St. Patrick’s Day this year, make sure your breakfast is colored green, too.Krispy Kreme is selling green doughnuts for the holiday, so if you forget to wear green, you can just bring your friends and family green doughnuts to avoid getting pinched. Why do people wear green on St….

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The Next Draft: Coffee, beer on menu at local breweries

WORCESTER — Most everything about Redemption Rock Brewing Co.’s barroom, from the warm lighting to the soft couches, makes you think of a coffee shop, not a brewery. Then there’s the bar, where you’ll find a coffee grinder, drip coffee machine and porcelain tap for cold brew, along with mugs and beans from local roaster Acoustic…

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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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Off the vine: Merry Edwards produces exceptional pinot noir

Back in the early ’70s it was almost unheard of to find women graduating from the University of California-Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. Of course that didn’t stop Merry Edwards; she was determined to make a name for herself as a winemaker. In fact Edwards has forged a path for generations of female winemakers…

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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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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Lizard Lounge hosts Duke Levine April 16

The first time Duke Levine picked up a guitar was when he was 8. It was an acoustic that belonged to his older brother Rick. After just one strum, Duke thought something along the lines of, “Hey, I’m making a pretty good sound!” What he didn’t know was that Rick, who did a lot of…

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5 things R. Kelly said in his explosive interview with Gayle King

R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been accused of multiple instances of sexual and physical abuse, sat down with CBS’ Gayle King for a nearly 80-minute interview in which the singer denied the allegations, saying he was “tired of all the lies” and that all his accusers are liars.Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10…

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Marvel’s Next Generation on Redefining What It Means to be a Female Superhero on TV

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than taking a deep dive into the franchise that gave us some of the most complex leading ladies of the modern era? There really isn’t one, which is why CBS Interactive, which TV Guide is a part of, teamed up to give Marvel fans an in-depth look…

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Music review: Black Pumas deliver a shot of funk, soul in first Boston performance

Two relatively new groups that are using and expanding retro forms to make exciting new music played at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Tuesday night, and judging from the joyful reaction from the 250 or so fans in attendance, they’re both on to something that should vault them into bigger venues and wider acclaim…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘Women Rowing North’ by Mary Pipher

 “Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age” By Mary Pipher. Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, 2019. 262 pages. $27 The core lesson in Mary Pipher’s new book about women and aging is that everything is workable. She says “Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age” is more “how to…

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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Opera del West celebrates Bernstein’s 100th in a trio of shows

In 2006, Eve Budnick – then a vocal coach at University of Connecticut – and Rebecca Grimes – one of her students doing a doctorate there – realized that they were both making drives from their homes in MetroWest to school. They got to talking. They also shared an interest in opera, and over many…

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