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  • July 03, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Hurricanes, fireworks and outdoor music really don’t mix. But while the Boston Pops pulled the trigger a day early for its July 4 extravaganza on the Esplanade, Berkshires-based troubadour James Taylor plays Tanglewood's main stage on Friday, with fireworks to follow. Other holiday weekend music includes the New Bedford Folk Festival, Rosanne Cash in Portsmouth, N.H., and an Indian Ranch blues bash with B.B. King, Robert Randolph and Shemekia Copeland in Webster. Plus a look ahead/back at Yes… More>

  • Expanding the Groove: Phish floats new gems in Mansfield tour opener by Paul Robicheau

    New albums are often viewed with hopeful skepticism by fans of bands with a long-cherished repertoire, and Phish’s Fuego was raked over coals even before it was recorded, its songs debuted last Halloween in place of an expected cover album. Now filtered through ex-Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin, Fuego offers a live, organic feel coupled with risky turns that makes it Phish’s most intriguing album since the ’90s. In turn, opening its summer tour at the Xfinity Center on Tuesday, Phish wasted no time in throwing down the gauntlet… More>

  • Live Review: Billy Joel Has Fenway Feelin' All Right by Paul Robicheau

    “There’s a pretty good crowd in Fenway,” Billy Joel sang in our old ballpark during his set-closing standard “Piano Man” on Thursday, winding to the realization, “It’s me they’ve been coming to see, to forget about life for a while.” But a concert that could have simply amounted to a stadium-sized, nostalgia-by-the-numbers jukebox proved more spontaneous to the setting – and of embracing life in that moment… More>

  • June 26, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Will the Zac Brown Band pull out its satellite-stage version of “Piano Man” at Fenway Park right after Billy Joel does it at the same venue? We’ll see this weekend, along with shows by Lucinda Williams and Neko Case in Lowell, Jamey Johnson at Indian Ranch, and Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at the Wilbur Theatre… More>

  • June 19, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Summer officially begins with one of those weekends where there’s way too much going on (which is a good thing). So I’ll waste little time in getting to the point – and some representative videos of concert options. They include a blues-rock guitar pairing of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph, a BBQ festival split between headliners Salt-N-Pepa and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and scattered shows with Buffalo Tom, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Jon Butler Trio, Delta Rae, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin and Art Garfunkel… More>

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