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  • August 22, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    A smattering of cool shows grace the last full weekend of August. Friday's the busiest night, ranging from the bubblegum punk of Hunx & his Punx and the hard-rock revival of the Cult to the ’60s pop falsetto of Frankie Valli and the rousing sea-shanty folk of Great Big Sea. Add a nightcap with eclectic groove spinners Club d'Elf. And on Saturday, Pat Benatar resurfaces in the area, while Amy Grant does the same on Sunday… More>

  • August 15, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Mid-August and the weather’s great for some mini-roadtrips to catch outdoor music. The Dropkick Murphys go west with Celtic punk fun in Holyoke, John Mayer rallys fans in Mansfield and Josh Ritter rocks Lowell with literate songcraft. Our state's north coast also swings with the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, which brings free music to the Witch City's waterfront, as well as the Rockport Music Jazz Festival, while the Tweed River Music Festival rocks Vermont. And Bim Skala Bim cruises with a last round of ska… More>

  • August 08, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Guitar fans can go crazy with choices this week, from pedal-steel firebrand Robert Randolph to jazz virtuosos Tuck Andress and Mike Stern to festival rockers Shuggie Otis and Explosions in the Sky. One huge exception: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s pop and hip-hop throwdown at Fenway Park… More>

  • August 04, 2013

    Beck in Rare Form

    Beck in Rare Form by Paul Robicheau

    Beck emerged in the mid-90s as the ironic, laconic master of the lo-fi collage, patching a quilt of alt-rock, folk, soul, blues, Latin and hip-hop that led to such studio jewels as Odelay, Guero and the more downbeat Sea Change. Especially given his relative absence the past few years, fans may not think as much about Beck as a performer, but he sure turned that around at Bank of America Pavilion on Friday… More>

  • August 01, 2013

    Working Order

    Working Order by Paul Robicheau

    New Order fans were dancing in delight at hearing those electro-pop pioneers recast their classic ’80s hits at the Bank of America Pavilion on Wednesday. And singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner led the party with a fair bounce in his step for a guy who'd posted online just days earlier that he’s been playing in pain with a broken leg. Perhaps Sumner was feeding off the energy of a Boston audience happy to hear songs like “Temptation” and “Bizarre Love Triangle” live for the first time in 20 years… More>

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